Tag Archives: Amazon Jungle

Definition

Jim Manley served 17 years in Ecuador as a pilot, radio tech and program manager. He is now assigned to Learning Technologies serving at MAF Headquarters in Nampa, Idaho.

I stand at the plane’s open door. My helmet hangs in the cockpit, its cables dangling to panel connectors. My navigation notes lay on the clipboard over […]

Hidden Labor

A Shuar man holds the first complete Shuar Bible in Makuma, Ecuador – Aug. 2010. Photo Credit by Chad Irwin.

Revenge cycles tortured Shuar Indian lives for centuries. The father of a sick child asked the witch doctor only one question, “Who put this curse on my son?” Then dad and friends stalked and killed […]

When Popping Off is Necessary

When I joined MAF in 1977, the training department was teaching pilots how to execute a “flap pop-off.” This technique allowed the airplane to “unstick” itself and get flying at a very slow speed when trying to take-off from an extremely muddy airstrip…a trick that became quite useful when I flew in Ecuador.

The Amazon […]

The Christmas Art

That Christmas morning I was off duty. Mike listened to the radio for emergency calls. I sat across the road, adorned tree behind me, front window view before me. In the distance a towering storm moved slowly across the Amazon Jungle. Wind lashed treetops. Rain drenched leaf, ground and animal. Monolithic, powerful, and oblivious to […]