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Stepping Stones to Regaining Pilot Status

To Fly Again

Missionary pilot Jon Leedahl survived a near-fatal motorcycle accident, but woke from surgery as an amputee. A long journey began. And questions about his future lingered. Would he ever fly again? Could he fly again? What does it take for an amputee to fly? And what would it take to get back to Papua New Guinea as a missionary pilot?

Stepping Stones

As his physical body healed, Jon and Adie Leedahl became taking steps to make their past their future — to get Jon back in the pilot’s seat. They ask that you pray for three significant events on their horizon.

  • On Oct. 21, Jon has a check ride to demonstrate his ability to fly with his prosthetic. “He’s already passed the medical side, now he needs the flight portion done,” wrote Adie, Jon’s wife. “He will have three check rides — one for each aircraft he is licensed in.”
  • On Nov. 3, Jon will have surgery on his foot to remove the foot plate. “During the accident,” Adie wrote, “ Jon had a badly broken foot that needed repair, so a metal plate and screw were put in his foot.”
  • “Next, he would need a check ride with NTM Aviation to be checked out for flying overseas,” Adie wrote. “Lord willing, that will take place in December.”

A Lofty Goal

Those are stepping stones to a lofty goal: to be back in Papua New Guinea by January 2016.

“Yes, seriously!” Adie writes. “We will continue to move in that direction unless the Lord shows us otherwise. … Thank you for praying and following our journey. Please and thank you for praying for these next steps on our behalf.” Would you pray right now?