Each February the MAF engineers from many different countries we serve in gather together and have a week of meetings and fellowship. They discuss maintenance issues they've been dealing with, troubleshoot problems, and brainstorm solutions. They talk about managing national staff, cross-cultural challenges... etc. This is a way to "maintain the maintenance".
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Even though it means a week away from us (or in our case this year, almost 2 weeks) Rob looks forward to this meeting and talking "mechanics" for a week. Passion is a word that comes to my mind when I think about how Rob feels about engineering and quality maintenance. Many days are spent at his computer desk, working on paperwork and all of the legal "stuff" that comes with maintaining an aircraft--the less glamorizing side of aircraft maintenance. I can tell when he's had a day twisting wrenches, draining fuel tanks, or going over the aircraft with a fine toothed comb--- I can almost see the wheels turning inside of his head as he's thinking through fixing a problem, or what he must do to prepare for the next day. Passion.
Please pray for the MAF mechanics all over the world who are working in less than ideal circumstances, sourcing parts, sharing tools with other programs in other countries, and dealing with local aviation authorities sometimes tempting mechanics to work with less integrity than they should be. The mechanics' passion is aircraft, but beyond this, they are seeing the difference these airplanes are making within the country they serve. It's a blessing. And I am blessed to be married to a man who is loving what God has called us to do. :) Truly a privilege.