Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ahhh! Home at Last!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 28, 2005 - 3:36pm Cocoa, Fl

Mission accomplished. After deploying Vortex Voyagers TM in Beaumont and Orange, Texas (Monday, Sept. 26th) we drove to Baton Rouge to meet with Dan Andrews, our Air Mobile Representative. We have left an inventory in our storage facility in Baton Rouge for added deployments in the Hurricane Katrina / Rita disaster areas. Many people have a long wait before they can return home. In certain cases, such as in South Louisiana, the residents do not know what they will face upon returning home. The water situation will likely be very bad for a long time to come. Those are the cases where the Vortex Voyagers TM will be a great blessing. We are in touch with a number of churches and relief organizations that will be helping these people to re-settle. Dan Andrews will be available to deploy Vortex Voyagers TM as needed. Praise God, that we can be in position to help!

We departed for the long drive home Monday night. Had a flat tire and listen to this. It was about 3:00am on Tuesday morning. Called a 24 hour tire repair service. The gentleman who showed up, Odell, was a Christian and goes to Bethany Prayer Center in Baton Rouge. It was so good just fellowshipping with this brother in the Lord at that truck stop in Denham Springs, LA. We prayed together and we were on our way.

We rolled into our driveway at 1:00am on this(Wednesday) morning. So good to sleep in our own bed.

We are monitoring the Caribbean for the NEXT HURRICANE! We certainly pray that there be no more this season, however, the elements are there for more. Air Mobile will be ready!!

Thank you for your prayer, love and support! Do not hesitate to phone us if we can serve you in any way. If you would like to volunteer with Air Mobile, simply drop us an e-mail or give us a call. God Bless!!

Joe Hurston
Air Mobile

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Air Mobile deployed Voyagers in Beaumont and Orange, Texas! Mission Accomplished!!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 27, 2005, 12:28pm - Homeward Bound on I-10 - somewhere in North Florida

Sept. 26, 2005 was an incredible day for the Air Mobile Team. The day began in the Parking lot of the Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. You can well imagine the "state" of operations after a major disaster such as Rita. The Baptist Hospital was doing an excellent job taking care of patients under the circumstances. We walked through the front door, ran right into the Chaplain for the Hospital, Chaplain Cross (appropriately named). Within moments we we were talking to the right people. A major problem in the Hospital was that the city water, though restored, was incredibly contaminated. We went straight to the Kitchen directed by Chef Jones. Within minutes, the Vortex Voyager TM was purifying the city water and food was being prepared for a staff of hundreds who were focused on the job of restoring hospital operation. Chef Kevin Jones was a pleasure to train.

He completely grasped and appreciated the Vortex Voyager TM. The Baptist Hospital was very, very thankful for this timely gift.

From Beaumont, we picked our way through the debris, passed under powerlines held up with 2x4's by very helpful local police, witnessed destruction everywhere and headed toward Orange, Texas.
By the way, both the President and other major news agencies, i.e. Fox, ABC, etc. were either following us or we were following them. We often arrived together at the scene. The Air Mobile Bounder was right at the front lines throughout this journey. I'll tell you, it's not an easy thing to gain access into these disaster areas. Each time we were stopped and questioned, I flashed the Air Mobile business card and stated we had water purification systems. Wooosh, right through every obstacle. The Vortex Voyager TM is such a power tool and "door opener"!

The President's motorcade followed us into Orange, Texas. We went straight to the Command Center set up at the Baptist Hospital and there we met two phenomenal ministries, RAPID HOPE and STR8WAY (Straightway)MINISTRIES.

It only took a short time for Air Mobile and these 2 precious ministries to link up. The directors of both ministries INSTANTLY grasped the strength and capability of the Vortex Voyager TM. Both were on the front lines, Texas based and doing the work of the Lord with excellence. After extensive training, it was the distinct joy and privilege for Air Mobile Ministries to present a Vortex Voyager TM to each of these precious ministries.

Air Mobile successfully deployed 10 Vortex Voyagers TM on this mission that began on Sept. 18. These Vortex Voyagers TM are working in Biloxi, Houston/Galveston, Beaumont and Orange Texas. These are the areas hard hit by both Hurricane Katrina and Rita.

Now, we're "Homeward Bound". The Air Mobile Team of my wife, Cindy, 16 year old daughter Angelica, 8 year old son, Peter and me, beat up and tired are heading home. This has been a grueling journey. We faced many obstacles, a few harrowing moments as we chased Rita until she turned east and we dashed south to Beaumont. Thank God, I am recovering from Shingles. By the way, I believe that Shingles is what Job had. What a dreadful disease. Much prayer and good medication do wonders! Cindy who is a Registered Nurse took excellent care of me.

I want to say here just how proud I am of my family who traveled with joy, courage and great ability. My family back at the home base, Christian and Cherie truly did an excellent support job for our mission. The entire Air Mobile and Cartridge Source of America staff deserve a huge bravo and a heartfelt thanks from me personally!!

All of you have stayed with us in prayer and love and support. We just can't thank our precious Lord Jesus enough for you!!

We're already planning to make a flight into Haiti to deliver 20 Vortex Voyagers TM. We are believing our Lord for a ministry aircraft. The disasters are coming hard and fast and Air Mobile must deploy rapidly. Please remember to pray for the Lord to provide the right aircraft for the missions ahead.

Never hesitate to contact us. God Bless! Until next report....

Joe, Cindy, Angelica and Peter Hurston (The deployed Air Mobile Team - Katrina/Rita)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Air Mobile in Beaumont!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 26, 2005 - 8:10am - Baptist Hospital Parking Lot - Beaumont, TX

It was long and slow journey down Hwy. 69 from Southeast Dallas to Beaumont. Several times the signs said the Hwy. 69 was closed. We just kept proceeding to get as close as we could. We were never stopped. As we approached Beaumont the evidence of Rita was everywhere. This was a very powerful Hurricane.

Made it all the way to the Baptist Hospital in downtown Beaumont about 8:15pm. The drive through the city was eerie. No electricity, downed powerlines everywhere. In the darkness, only the faint outlines of the utter destruction could be made out. We phoned the hospital just outside of town and got final directions. I confirmed if the Emergency Operation was functioning.

Went straight to the Emergency Room and asked a Doc to check me out as there is a great deal of pain related to shingles. I am healing slowly, thank God. We slept in the Hospital Parking lot.

Beaumont is just torn to pieces. This morning we're heading to the Command Center and checking on the status of water. We're hearing of pockets of residents stuck without food and water and sending out S.O.S.'s. We're asking the Lord to use us to help in these situations.

We'll attempt to send a report out this evening. God Bless You and THANK YOU again for helping us get to this "Ground Zero" at Beaumont.

Joe and Air Mobile Team

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Air Mobile dodging debris and aiming to Beaumont!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 25, 2005 1:29pm Terrell, Texas

Yesterday, we paralelled Hurricane Rita all the way to where she turned to the east. Then we turned to the east and followed her. It was a wild ride! Very much like stalking a lion! We found a safe haven in Terrell, Texas, just south east of Dallas and slept (kinda). The old Bounder rocked and swayed all night.

Now, we're on our way to Beaumont to donate Vortex Voyagers TM to the Baptist Hosptial. The reports that we are getting is the at the water situation is dreadfiul. Just spoke to the Commander of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), David Lognion. Once explaining what the Vortex Voyager TM did, he said "Come On"!

We have Dan Andrews doing close monitoring of our proposed route. Dan is on-line getting all the latest on closures/blockages and known dangers. We're planning to go south through Tyler to Lufkin then Highway 69 in the back of Beaumont. This is going to treacherous driving. Please pray for us as we go.

We will be at "Ground Zero" in Beaumont by this evening. There are many, many variables to this whole mission. We could be stopped anytime, though, the Head of the EOC has cleared us in. Thanks for your prayer and love.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Rita's Ashore on the Texas - Louisiana Border! Air Mobile's on the move!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Saturday - Sept. 24, 2005, 7:52am, Austin, TX

Rita has struck! THANK GOD for effective evacuations! Bravo to the local/state and federal authorities for such an excellent job!! Damage is being assessed as I write. Now that we have a clearly established "Ground Zero", Sabine Pass / Port Arthur we can strategize what we can do. The path of Rita will take her very close to Shreveport. Yesterday, we made excellent contact with the Administrator, Gary Green, of the Shriner Hospital in Shreveport. We'll be in touch with him this morning.

We're listening to every piece of news that we can find. First reports are that Rita hit at about 1:00am with winds of 125 mph and is expected to drop as much as 25" of rain. Flooding will certainly be a huge factor. Storm surges were not nearly as high as expected. PRAISE GOD!! At this moment, there are no known fatalities, but it is very, very early.

I just spoke with Tim Mulville of Living Water International. He too, has been monitoring Rita. His plan will be to work into Galveston with his two Vortex Voyagers TM. It was so good spending excellent training and strategizing time with Tim yesterday. As we spoke this morning, we truly praise the Lord for the initial reports we are getting back.

New Orleans is still very vulnerable. It is still flooding and the strained levees can break at any time. We must continue to pray for them there.

Yesterday, Rick and Debbie Hutchinson, dear friends and wonderful missionaries in Haiti and the Dominican Republic gave us a call. They had been back in the U.S. awaiting the birth of their grandson. Well, they were less than an hour from us. Soon, our little Bounder was full of folks (including the new grandson). Tim and Rick were able to discuss critical needs for water wells in Haiti. It was a precious time of fellowship and exchange of vital information. This was just another example of our Lord "Deploying His troops". So glad to be part of His Body!

Today, we will "break camp" and begin heading north toward Dallas and over to Shreveport. Our coarse will actually paralell Rita from a safe distance to the west. Kind of like stalking a lion! Once arriving into Shreveport, we will check on the water situation with the Shriners Hospital there. Then we'll head due south directly and as close to "Ground Zero" on the Louisiana / Texas border as we can possible get. We don't know what we will find. Our goal is to bring very clean water to thirsty people. Our Bounder, with the 8 Vortex Voyagers TM on-board, can purify nearly 250 gallons per hour. I know this part of Louisiana extremely well. There are many, many sources of fresh (non saline) water.

After checking that region, we will then head back to Baton Rouge and meet with Dan Andrews, our Louisiana Air Mobile Team Member. We will store our remaining Voyagers TM there. Those Vortex Voyagers TM will be ready for immediate deployment to either the West Louisiana area, New Orleans or back to the Gulf Coast.

We will be monitoring our satellite radio throughout the day for developments and areas of need. We PRAISE GOD again for allowing us to be in this position of being so close to Hurricane Rita. All the Hurston's are well. Thank you for your prayer, love and support!!


Joe and the Air Mobile Team

Friday, September 23, 2005

Air Mobile ready to deploy in Texas in advance of Hurricane Rita - New Orleans levee just broke - story unfolding!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Austin, TX - Sept. 23, 2005 - 1:04pm (CST)
Just moments ago, the Levee system in New Orleans failed again! To many this is a nightmare! We need to pray for our Lord's grace to flow there!

Rita is barreling toward the Texas Gulf Coast, likely headed for Port Arthur just east of Houston. She has dropped to a level 3 and we all know how completely unpredictable these Hurricanes can be.

The Air Mobile Team arrived into Austin, TX yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Went straight to the Walmart on the northside of Austin and awaited Tim Mulville of Living Water International. Tim took 13.5 hours to drive from Houston, a trip that usually takes 3 hours. Houston is evacuating. Tim helped us find an RV park and we had a good nights sleep.

This morning Tim arrived and we've spent the last 4 hours in extensive training and strategizing for how we can deploy to the mulitple "Ground Zeros". Living Water International has drilled over 3000 wells world-wide bring life and hope to millions around the world. Tim is highly skilled and experienced in dealing with water crisis. Our Lord has really put us together.

As I write this report, we are getting the live reports from New Orleans tragedy. Levees are literally failing as I type. The outer bands of Rita are scourging the area, filling up the streets and canals and of course, Lake Ponchetrain. Only our Lord knows how this is going to turn out.

We have already been in touch with the Director of the Shriners Hospital in Shreveport, Gary Green. I explained to Mr. Green how we had donated a Vortex Voyager TM to the Biloxi Regional Hospital to help in their terrible time of need. Mr. Green is extremely interested in the Vortex Voyager TM. His hospital will be a major medical facility for victims of Rita. We are not sure which direction to head.

We have effectively trained a top First Responder in Tim Mulville with Living Water International for the "WEST" side of the Rita Landfall. I have been in touch with Dan Andrews in Baton Rouge. Today Dan is receiving another shipment of Vortex Voyager TM parts, i.e. filters, 0-rings, fuses etc. to keep our Voyagers TM running for a long time. Between the disaster coming to the Texas Coast and the unfolding disaster of New Orleans, our work is cut out for us.

We praise God for the having the ability to go IN ADVANCE of these storms and train and position Vortex Voyagers TM BEFORE THE HURRICANE HITS! In our current position, we will likely get Tropical Storm winds. We will stay just outside of the fierce range of Hurricane Rita. Again, you are so important to us. Your prayer and love and support enable us to GO!! God Bless You. We'll report once we decide which way to go.

With Love:
The Air Mobile Team in Texas

Thursday, September 22, 2005


Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 22, 2005 Between Dallas and Austin - Southbound on a back country Texas Rd. 8:44am

BULLETIN!! Hurricane Rita up to 175mph with Gusts to 215MPH! This is going to be one of the worst storms ever. We must pray for all in her path. I intend to lead our Air Mobile Team to Austin, TX which should be just to the north and west of Rita's projected Ground Zero. With our motorhome and satellite communications, we'll be able to keep moving just out of her destructive range.

We are meeting with Tim Mulville, Operations for Living Waters International(LWI). LWI has put wells around the world and has tremendous experience in dealing with water in very bad siuations. They are a "Dream Team" for Air Mobile to link up with. We are just a few hours away from meeting them. I cannot begin to express to you, our donors, supporters and prayer warriors how important this is to place VORTEX VOYAGERS TM into position BEFORE THE STORM.

By God's grace and help, we are not running FROM the roar of Rita, but are RUNNING TO THE ROAR OF RITA! We will be ready to get in and save lives! PRAISE GOD!!

Yesterday was a whirlwind of emotions and decisions. Again, our original mission of bringing much need relief to the Biloxi "Ground Zero" was accelerated, and our Air Mobile Team split up. Air Mobile donated 2 Vortex Voyagers TM to Dr. Clark and his team. Barbara Walker joined them and they immediately headed north to a town near Hattiesburg, MS. The story there is that the community has been suffering for a long time, even before Katrina with extremely contaminated water. They DESPERATELY need a Vortex Voyager TM. So off they went (We're really going to miss Barbara Walker, but she'll be a great blessing to Dr. Clark's team.

Meanwhile, we bid our farewells to Major Dan, the head of the huge and successful Salvation Army Operation going on at the Yankee Stadium in downtown Biloxi. He fully understood our mission to get to Houston. Within minutes we were rolling to Baton Rouge for more Vortex Voyagers TM.

Earlier yesterday morning (Wed.), I had requested Dan Andrews drive from Baton Rouge to Biloxi to assist us with more deployments, water analysis and training. But then we saw Rita growing at monstrous speed and ferocity. We then made the decision: AIR MOBILE IS GOING TO TEXAS! We turned Dan around and sent him back to Baton Rouge to get 5 more Voyagers TM out of our Baton Rouge Storage Facility. Within hours, we were at Dan's house in Baton Rouge loading the precious Vortex Voyagers TM. Of course, Dan made me a fresh cup of Louisiana Coffee!

Soon, we were on the road heading westbound. Our routing has been a bit clever. As you may see Houston is total GRIDLOCK! Millions of people fleeing Rita. Well we jumped on Old Hwy. 190 Westbound out of Baton Rouge, joined I-49 north to Shreveport, then west on I-20.

I called our Executive Pastor, Jason Linkous, at New Life Christian Fellowhip in Titusvlle, FL. I assesed him of the situation, including my bout with shingles. We prayed together and during the Wednesday night service, the great church of New Life lifted our team up. Man, the power of prayer is something else. Though the Air Mobile team is tired and kind of beat up, we sensed a new strength to just "keep marching". Cindy and I swapped driving chores and just after midnight made it to a Rest Area between Shreveport and Dallas and had a good couple of hours of sleep.

Now, we're on a back country road to I-35 heading to Austin from the North! We're going against all the traffic. Austin will be an excellent staging area for our team to wait out Rita and see what and how we can help.

Well, that's the plan for the moment. As I've shared again and again, DISASTERS ARE FLUID! We must always be ready to change and adjust. At this point, we all sense, we're on the right course. I just hung up Tim Mulville. He's in complete grid-lock out of Houston heading to Austin. We'll meet at the big Walmart north of Austin.

We're on another "adventure within an adventure, within an adventure". The Hurston Family counts ourselves blessed to be here at this hour. Again, you are so precious to us. Thank you for praying for and supporting our efforts. Until next report....

Joe and the Air Mobile Team (Cindy, Angelica and Peter)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Air Mobile leaving Biloxi - Heading to the Houston Area!

Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Biloxi, MS -, Sept. 21, 2005, 7:18pm (CST)

Hurricane Rita has turned into a Category 5 storm! Rita will likely be as bad as Katrina! We have been in touch with strategic Ministries / First Responders on the ground in the Houston, Galveston area. An immediate evacuation of Houston/Galveston has begun. Without question, the best thing for folks to do is EVACUATE! After seeing the destruction in Biloxi, we know that is the best course. After prayer this morning, our Air Mobile Team is heading into multiple directions and GETTING VORTEX VOYAGERS TM into position BEFORE THE DISASTER STRIKES!!

Here is how it's come down. We tracked Rita last night and saw her blow up to a killer Category 4 storm rapidly. Once we determined the general area of landfall, we began making contacts. Our first contact was Living Water International out of Houston. The Director, Jerry Wiles and had just met last week at the Harris Rosen Foundation, "Water for Haiti" Gala. It was a providential meeting. I just hung up with Jerry and he and his family are evacuating. He then sent me to Tim Mulville, his Operations Officer. Tim and I are going to meet in Austin, his evacuation point. This is north and to the west of Houston. We will bring him 4 - 6 Vortex Voyagers TM and thoroughly train him on every aspect of the operation and deployment. Tim and his team will then be equipped and ready to join the First Responders in with Voyagers TM. I also have a cousin that is a top First Responder in the Houston Area. We will endeavor to link up with him.

It is so important to get in BEFORE THE DISASTER. Now, it is with regret to leave this incredible operation here in Biloxi. The Salvation Army has a great operation going here at Yankee Stadium in downtown Biloxi. Yesterday, Cindy and Barbara gave over 100 tetanus shots. Angelica and Peter helped with the Children's Ministry Outreach.

Dan Andrews and I donated a much needed Vortex Voyager TM to the Biloxi Regional Hospital. Tim Jones, the Laboratory Director stated that the Vortex Voyager TM was an answer to prayer. After Hurricane Katrina, certain of the hospitals' critical testing units were not functional due to the lack of clean water. Now, the Vortex Voyager TM will give the hospital added ability to perform critical tests in the worst of conditions. We at Air Mobile are so blessed to be able to help those who help so many. Together, we can equip and assist one another during these terrible times.
Dan and I went house to house and did water analysis (specifically checking the salinity levels). Oh, the stories we heard of survival and the power of God to protect those that weathered out this terrible storm.

Late in the afternoon, Mohan Adhikari the founder and director of Global Crossroad came after his hard day of leading a team clearing houses. Air Mobile donated two Vortex Voyagers TM to his ministry. Mohan sends out literally thousands of volunteers world-wide. This is great seed in great soil.

Dr. Clark and his medical team, INCLUDING BARBARA WALKER are heading up to a desperate town near Hattiesburg. The Air Mobile team is dividing again. It is difficult to see Barbara go, but we all know it is the best. Barbara will be able to deploy and train Dr. Clark and his team in the town that has been passed over by so many. The story is that the water was very bad BEFORE the hurricane. Now, the situation is much worse.

We're just 10 minutes from departure here at Compassion Central in Biloxi. Our next stop will be Baton Rouge to pick up more Vortex Voyagers TM then on the Austin to train Tim Mulville with Living Waters International. Our hope and prayer is that they will not need the Vortex Voyagers TM for the emergency, but the sad reality is that they likely will be used! For that, WE PRAISE GOD FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO BE IN POSITION TO BE ABLE TO "GO" IN THE NAME OF JESUS! Until next report...

Joe and the Air Mobile Team

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Air Mobile back to one of the Ground Zeros - Biloxi! Rita rumbles toward Florida!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 20, 2005, 6:49am (CST), Downtown Biloxi, MS

On Monday, Sept. 19, 2005,the Air Mobile Team arrived at Compassion Central, a Salvation Army operation Center about an hour before Dr. Clark from Michigan arrived. We set up in the parking lot of a classic old High School Football Stadium affectionately known to locals as "Old Yankee Stadium". The place was a bit tricky to find because all the street signs have been blown down. Biloxi looks like a major war zone.

Dr. Clark's first patient was me. It seems I should have taken at least a tiny rest between India and Katrina. In the urgency of the disasters, never took even an hour off for "jet-lag". The result, a very painful malady known as Shingles. The Doc gave a quick and clear diagnosis. Somehow, over the next few days, I'm going to have to slow down just a bit, pray, rest and let the wonderful antibiotics kick in. Cindy and Barbara are absolutely "On the Mission". Today, they are both heading to assist the medical team. Angelica and Peter will be doing school work.

Last night there was a wonderful worship service right in the middle of the football field under a big red tent. It was so encouraging to see young people serving the Lord and others! This tragedy is giving us all the opportunity to shine for the Lord.

While we were waiting for Dr. Clark to arrive, Cindy was "on-line" running out many stories about the heroics and the current dreadful circumstances surrounding us. Thru her diligent computer research handy-work, we were able to contact the Mayor's office and find out more about the water situation around us. Water is being restored, but there are still great pockets of need. We found another ministry, "Global Crossroads". This organization works around the world, yet the Founder was right here in Biloxi. Miraculously, I was able to reach him on his cell phone. Within several hours, after he had been working on clearing devastated houses, he came to our location. We were able to demonstrate a Vortex Voyager TM to him. This evening, we're going to officially donate a Vortex Voyager TM to him. Will give more details and photos in tomorrows report.

In just a few minutes, Dan Andrews, our Baton Rouge Representative will be arriving. Dan and I will be going all over Gulfport/Biloxi and assessing the water situation first hand. Oh well, so much for the rest prescribed by Dr. Clark. Better wrap it up for now. God Bless You! Appreciate your prayer and love!!

Joe and the Air Mobile Team

Monday, September 19, 2005

A Safe Haven before the Storm!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 19, 2005, 7:36am (CST) 20 miles East of Pensacola, FL

The miles just clicked away as we pushed the Air Mobile Team toward Biloxi. Our medical team is not scheduled to arrive in Biloxi before early Monday afternoon. Our team needed a place to stay Sunday evening outside of Biloxi.

Barbara went through the big Campground book and began calling. No space until next year was the message over and over again. Cindy was driving, I was taking a snooze when we pulled into the rest stop. It stood out because there were a couple of old Vintage Blue Angel Jets in front. Cindy told me that we had just passed a KOA Campground. I quickly phoned and yes, they had space for us! I never cease to marvel at how our Lord provides for us!!

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Rita is working through the Bahamas and headed toward the Florida Keys. She'll likely become a level one storm. Once in the Gulf, it appears that Rita will hold a westerly coarse toward Mexico or Southern Texas. The thing that we are all watching is the speed and intensity of these storms. They really develop quickly and can wobble all over the place. We are praying!!

Again, we hope to arrive and begin working in Biloxi this evening. We'll be in touch. God Bless You and thanks again for standing with us.

Joe and the Air Mobile Team

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Air Mobile rolling down the highway to Biloxi!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - On I-75 between Ocala and Lake City - Sept. 18, 2005 12:301pm (EST)

Technology is cool!! Cindy is driving our 92 Bounder motorhome and I'm writing this report at 62mph. That's Peter grinning at you. Wow, I love it!

We loaded 10 Vortex Voyagers TM and Battery Packs this morning along with supplies, i.e. clothes, Gatorade, shoes, etc. We upped our quantity of Vortex Voyagers TM due to a generous dontation by the Harris Rosen Foundation for 10 Vortex Voyagers TM for Katrina Victims.

Barbara Walker landed in Orlando this morning after flying in from Haiti last night. We picked her up at the airport and jumped on the Florida Turnpike and here we are working our way to Biloxi.

Meanwhile, we're monitoring Tropical Depression #18. Soon to be named Tropical Storm named Rita. She's heading toward the Florida Keys then into the Gulf. We're glad to be bringing in more Vortex Voyagers TM.

We'll update you enroute. Appreciate your prayer and love and support.

Until next time....

Joe and the Air Mobile Team

Friday, September 16, 2005

Air Mobile Team heading back to the Gulf Coast on Sunday 9-18-05

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Air Mobile HQ, Titusville, FL, Friday, Sept. 16, 2005 9:36am (EST)

Hurricane Ophelia (now Tropical Storm) soaked North Carolina and is now meandering to the Northeast and with a bluster, grazing New England dropping a lot of rain, but no catastrophic events are forecast. THANK GOD Ophelia's on her way out of town!! Meanwhile, we're monitoring a couple of significant disturbances in the south eastern Atlantic. The season's far from over!!

Over the last few days, since returning from the Gulf Coast, we've gotten many phone calls from Pastors and leaders who have been working very closely with victims of Katrina. The story that we've gotten over and over again is how people are rising to this occasion. We were heartened by President Bush's speech last night in Jackson Square. I know that Square very well. Together, we will "Run to the Roar" and rebuild not only New Orleans, but the Gulf Coast and hundreds of thousands of lives that have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This is right and good thing to do!

As we look at what has happened since Katrina struck, one message stands out so clearly. BE PREPARED!! As the Air Mobile Team walked the absolute devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we all praised God that so many people heeded the warnings and evacuated. There were huge strips of land that NO ONE would have survived. The tidal wave was 29 feet in places and driven by 140+ MPH winds. The absolute, destructive force of Katrina was very similar to the Tsunami we witnessed first hand in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia (300,000 perished!!). From the Air Mobile position, we must get Vortex Voyages into the hands of First Responders BEFORE the disaster strikes!

Well, just who is a First Responder? A First Responder is the FIRST one to RESPOND! It is not only the professionals. It could be a parent, or a child, neighbor or a Good Samaritan. When a disaster strikes, we must get to those in need quickly. That is the beauty and strength of the Vortex Voyager TM! Without question, one of our first needs after a disaster is water. The Vortex Voyager TM does not solve all problems, but it does solve a MAJOR ONE! The Vortex Voyager TM sets up in 60 SECONDS and is pumping very clean water from very dirty water at maximum flow rate of 30 gallons per hour. We must get as many Vortex Voyagers TM into as many hands as possible in these vulnerable areas.

The reason I am leading an Air Mobile Team back to the Gulf Coast is to follow up on Vortex Voyagers TM already deployed and to continually work on getting this message of PRO-ACTIVE PRE-PLANNING into responsible hands. We will be assisting Dr. Clark in the clinic in the Biloxi area. We will also be doing extensive research on the post-disaster situation. We know that we will be deploying more Vortex Voyagers TM. That is why we are bringing an additinal 6 Vortex Voyagers TM with us. We also hope to develop an excellent training video on this trip. We, at Air Mobile consider ourselves so blessed to have been entrusted with this incredible LIFE-SAVING tool.

We also Praise God for you!! You are helping us to get out to the front lines and bring hope and life to those in desperate need. In the absolute simplicity of the Gospel, we believe that this is "What Jesus would do". THANK YOU for standing and praying with us on this vital mission.

Of the 24 Vortex Voyagers TM already and delivered to the Gulf Coast and these 6 units that we are bringing on Sunday (Sept. 18th), only 10 Vortex Voyagers TM have been funded. We are going by faith that all units will be funded. Please pray about participating in this with your generous gift!

We'll be doing final loading tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 17th. After Barbara Walker arrives from Haiti, our old 1992 Fleetwood Bounder motorhome will be heading west to the Gulf Coast with Cindy and me, along with 2 Hurston children, Angelica (16) and Peter (8). God Bless!


Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Titusville, FL Sept. 14, 2005 9:29am

Was up early this morning (4:30am) checking on the movement of Hurricane Ophelia that is just meandering off the coast of the Carolina's; still a level one. We are watching Ophelia very carefully. Then the e-mail from Barbara Walker, now in Haiti, made it to my "In-box". Dr. Clark is manning a clinic on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and desperately needs help. Barbara has known Dr. Clark for a number of years as he has worked with her extensively in Haiti. After prayerful consideration, Cindy and I, along with two of our children, Angelica and Peter will be heading back to the Gulf Coast this weekend. Barbara Walker is working on our next deployment into Haiti, but she will come in and join us on this mission.

This time we'll carry a "Six Pack" of Voyagers TM (6 Vortex Voyagers TM with 6 Power Packs). We'll go in our motor home that has already been equipped with an on-board Vortex. The RV will allow us to be completely self-contained and not a burden on our hosts.

Personally, I can hardly wait to get back to do serious analysis on the water situation. On our last visit there, our water tester (tests salinity) malfunctioned. I was unable to test the salt content. These tests will give us invaluable information about the affects and longevity of salt water in the "fresh" water supply. We will also be filming much of what we do and actually work on making a first-class training video of the Vortex Voyager TM operation.

We have a number of connections with local churches and will be checking on the needs with them. As people begin to return to their homes, the true water situation will come to light. Many areas have some level of restored water, but the "Boil Water" alerts could be in place for months to come. This is an excellent situation for the Vortex Voyager TM.

We plan to tow a trailer with donated supplies with us. If you are in our local area, Central Florida, please pray about bringing any donated items you might want to go into the region. Do not bring WATER! We will pump plenty of clean water from fresh water sources there. If you are not in this area and would like us to purchase supplies in your behalf, simply designate that on your gift.

As you know, we'll keep you up to date via our website "running journal". We're planning to depart on Sunday (9-17-05) morning and will be there until Wednesday (9-22-05) evening. We're praying that Barbara Walker will get a seat out of Haiti. Barbara is an invaluable member of our team.

Oh well, we were hoping to have a little more time between our trips out, but it wasn't meant to be for now.

We really, really appreciate you all. God Bless and stay in touch!

Joe Hurston

Monday, September 12, 2005


Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 12, 2005, 6:27pm, Titusville, FL

Today, we have been speaking with our representatives on the ground in Baton Rouge, LA and getting updates on needs and future placements of Vortex Voyagers TM. We have 12 units in-place and ready to go into areas of immediate need. Our home church, New Life Christian Fellowship has sent a convoy of aid headed by my good friend Bruce Waugh into Gautier, Mississippi. We are on stand-by to deploy Voyagers TM to the team there if the situation there warrants it.

Air Mobile continues to monitor now, Tropical Storm Ophelia (just down-graded to a Tropical Storm). We have such a sense of urgency to get into disaster areas quickly. Hurricane Katrina showed us again, just how important it is TO BE READY TO DEPLOY QUICKLY!! Simply put, if we would have had Vortex Voyages in the Superdome and other strategic locations throughout New Orleans, people may not have died!

Over the years, Air Mobile has owned and operated 13 different airplanes. We currently do not have an aircraft. Due to the increase in natural disasters, we are seeing the need to own and operate our own aircraft. THANK GOD for our many friends who have aircraft and have graciously allowed us to borrow their airplanes during time of need. This has worked beautifully. But now, we sense that it is time for us to secure another ministry aircraft. I have jokingly said, "we don't want to get another airplane until it is absolutely necessary". Well, that time is rapidly approaching. Air Mobile must be able to dispatch in a moments notice. Having our own aircraft will allow us to do that.

We are hoping to secure a twin-engine, pressurized aircraft. This type of aircraft will give us range, as well as being able to fly over most weather. We have only just begun to look around. We are considering a Cessna 421 or an Aero Commander 680 (Pressurized). We have not even begun seeking the funding for this project. More than anything, we want our Lord to direct this whole effort. We know from past experience, if our Lord is in the project, the funding will come for it. We have seen Him do this again and again. Please pray for us to be well directed in this serious matter for this crucial tool.

On Saturday, Sept. 10th, the Harris Rosen Foundation of Orlando, FL hosted a spectacular event, THE WATER FOR HAITI GALA. We are so pleased to announce more than $300,000 was raised for the placement of Vortex Voyagers TM in Haiti! These Voyagers TM will bring clean water to more than 500,000 Haitians!!

We are planning return trip to Haiti in the very near future to bring in 40 Vortex Voyagers TM!! As details unfold we will let you know. For now, our whole team is just simply exhausted. It's good to be home for a bit and recharge our batteries. Until the next report...

Joe Hurston

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Air Mobile back in Florida - On Alert!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Cocoa, FL Sept. 10, 2005, 2:03pm EST

Air Mobile is on Alert! We left Vortex Voyagers TM in Baton Rouge READY for immediate deployment. My good friend Dan Andrews has offered to position the units as needed. Christian and I had an uneventful flight from Baton Rouge to Vero Beach, FL. Other than dodging a few thunderstorms spun off the south side of Hurricane Ophelia all went well. Found out that Tom Flaim managed to jump on a private aircraft to Atlanta. For now, the Air Mobile Mission to the Katrina Disaster area can take a breather.

Once getting home, it was so good to be with Cindy. She and Barbara had arrived from an extremely successful trip in both India and Thailand on Thursday. Vortex Voyagers TM were deployed in the northern part of Thailand with an excellent ministry. Barbara had been there in February just after the tsunami. We are finding out and proving to ourselves that we can indeed stretch. Air Mobile has been all over the globe since the tsunami hit. We praise God for the privilege to serve Him in this life-saving capacity.

As we track Hurricane Ophelia, it appears that it will loop back around and possibly strike South Carolina. As we all know, hurricanes are very unpredictable. So we are preparing for the possibility of deploying wherever she strikes.

ONE MAJOR LESSON from Katrina is RAPID DEPLOYMENT! The Air Mobile Team was ready to go. Vortex Voyagers TM were built and pilots and airplanes were on stand-by, but the entire disaster area was completely blocked off. By the time we got in, the major catastrophe with the need for water had passed. However, in the isolated areas, the need for Vortex Voyagers TM is great. We were very successful in deploying units into very competent hands to reach into these areas.

Now, we are taking these valuable lessons and doing all that we can to PRO-ACTIVELY have Vortex Voyagers TM into place BEFORE the disaster strikes. We need your prayer for both the funding and the open and receptive hearts to receive this LIFE SAVING message!

As we shared with folks that we actually drank water from the streets of New Orleans, the interest in the Vortex Voyager TM has increased dramatically. We are going to leave the photo and actual video footage of Christian and I actually drinking Vortex purified water off the street and in the shadow of the Superdome in downtown New Orleans on Sept. 4th. Please feel free to tell others about this dramatic demonstration of the incredible capability of the Vortex Voyager TM. We were particularly blessed by the positive feedback for professional First Responders.

In just a few minutes, the Hurston's along with Barbara Walker are going to the WATER FOR HAITI GALA sponsored by Harris Rosen and the Rosen Foundation. You may find details on our website homepage. God Bless You all and THANK YOU for standing with us in this mission!!

Joe Hurston

Friday, September 09, 2005

Heading back to Florida!!

Report Submitted by Joe Hurston - Air Mobile - Baton Rouge, LA (Louisiana Aircraft) Sept. 9, 2005, 10:09am (CST)

The Air Mobile Team will be splitting up in Baton Rouge. Dan Andrews has graciously agreed to deploy remaining Vortex Voyagers TM as needed in the Disaster zone. Brad Hebert, another old friend of mine has a number of Vortex Voyagers TM and will assist Dan in strategic deployments.

Christian and I will be flying the Cessna 337 back to Vero Beach, FL in the next hour. Hurricane / Tropical Storm / Hurricane Ophelia ia swirling just off the coast of our home in Cocoa, FL. The Hurricane is projected to loop back and possibly strike Florida with full force. One thing is for sure, HURRICANES ARE VERY UNPREDICTABLE.

Our mission here in Louisiana / Mississippi is continuing on with full force, though part of the team is heading back to Florida. Tom Flaim is going to try to jump a private aircraft back to Atlanta. If that does not work out, Dan Andrews will be driving Tom to Atlanta and returning right back here to Baton Rouge.

This is a very quick report. Will fill in more blanks upon return. So many have helped us on this mission. Jeff McGimsey drove us here this morning. Shawn Mears, my niece housed our team and gave her unlimited usage of her car. Brad Hebert has been on call and come at a moments notice. Of course, Dan and Charlene Andrews housed part of the Air Mobile Team and gave us full support, transportation, meals, communications and the list goes on and on. Now, Dan will be available to deploy the remaining units. All we can say, from the bottom of our hearts is THANK YOU TO ALL!!!

Yesterday, we deployed another Voyager TM with Ricky Sinclair with the Miracle Church. We have been very pleased with placing Vortex Voyagers TM into very, very competent hands. Ricky's ministry reaches into desparate areas! We know that he will use these units to full capacity!

It's time to load and take off. We'll be flying just behind and under Hurricane Ophelia. We should be landing mid afternoon in Vero Beach. Please remember to pray for all in the Hurricanes path! God Bless You and thanks for your prayer!


Joe Hurston

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Putting Vortex Voyagers TM into skilled hands!

Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 8, 2005 - 6:27am (CST) Gonzales, LA -

Baton Rouge is mad-house! Traffic has increased 40-50% overnight. Baton Rouge is now the largest city in Louisiana. New Orleans has spread out across America, but Baton Rouge is first stop for many evacuees. Gas lines are everywhere. I AM PROUD OF BATON ROUGE! The city has opened its heart to the suffering. Yesterday demonstrated that to our team again and again!

After extensive research to multiple ground zeros, we are confident that the First Responders are taking on this huge battle - and winning! We are placing Vortex Voyagers TM into competent and well positioned personnel.

Yesterday morning began with a training session to a group of nearly 100 Georgia First Responders. Once we demonstrated and trained them on the use of the Vortex Voyager TM, the Hazardous Material (Haz-Mat) team IMMEDIATELY requested 2 more units! When the team learned that we had purified and drank the dreadful water directly off the streets of New Orleans, they were sold on the Vortex Voyager's TM amazing capabilities. These guys know that what we drank directly from the street is worse than just about anything they could imagine in their operations.

Telephone service is totally jammed up in Baton Rouge. Each phone call takes about 10 attempts before a line is established. We were able to arrange another AMAZING meeting. Listen to this.

Larry Stockstill is Pastor of Bethany World Prayer Center. President Bush visited Larry a couple of days ago because of the phenomenal work being carried out at the North and South Bethany Churches. I have had the pleasure of knowing Larry for over 30 years. By our Lord's direction, "I ran into Larry at the airport" within an hour of arrival into Baton Rouge last Saturday. We then made a plan to deploy a Vortex Voyager TM to Bethany. Yesterday that happened with EXCELLENCE. Here's the story.

Larry sent me to Charles Carpenter, who in-turn sent me to Andy Gill. Andy is a medical professional, highly skilled in purification systems. We arranged a meeting at 4:00pm "under the Crosses". Bethany is a Baton Rouge landmark off of I-10. There are 3 huge crosses (150 feet tall!) at the base of the South Church. The Air Mobile team sensed a real plan was coming together here.

At the same time, after many, many phone call attempts, we arranged to meet another Pastor in Baton Rouge, Ricky Sinclair. Ricky's church, The Miracle Place, like Larry's is hosting hundreds and hundreds of evacuees. Once Ricky and I made contact, I told him about our demonstration/training/presentation meeting with Andy that was to take place in about an hour. I knew that Ricky's church was on the north side of town and Baton Rouge traffic is near "gridlock". Well, Ricky was within minutes of the Big Crosses on the south-side. Ricky would be there!

We have also been in touch with another pastor, Max Latham, Sr., from south Louisiana (another ground zero). Well Max and I were talking about getting him a Vortex Voyager TM. He and his family have evacuated to Alexandria, a city about 140 miles to the north of Baton Rouge. Max has a son in Baton Rouge, Max, Jr. Long story short, Max, Jr. also came to the Big Crosses and we all met at EXACTLY 4:00pm.

Larry's father, Roy Stockstill, the founder of Bethany Church and my first pastor, said it so well: "GOD KNOWS HOW TO DEPLOY HIS TROOPS"!

The training under the crosses went great. We were able to pull water out of a pond right there and demo the Vortex Voyager TM. All agreed that the Lord has put an incredible tool into our hands!!

In the middle of all of this, we have scores of churches nationwide, including my own home church, New Life Christian Fellowship in Titusville, FL, praying for us! Another Larry, Larry Linkous, my pastor has stood with us from day one. As a matter of fact, New Life bought the very first Vortex Voyager TM that we ever deployed to thirsty and desperate people. Churches big and small from all over are sending contributions to help supply other churches in the affected areas with Vortex Voyagers TM and other supplies. Some, like the Church of the Hills in the Atlanta area, have funded units several times as they receive additional collections. THANK YOU TO ALL. You are our foundation. There is no question, this is the Church's finest hour!

This morning, the Air Mobile Team is in strategy and planning meetings. We have many calls out with prospective recipients. Again, phone lines are totally jammed, roads in grid lock. Just got in touch with Ricky Sinclair and we're meeting at noon today. We're going to video a training session on the Vortex Voyager TM. This will help us for future deployments. We'll update on developments. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR THE AIR MOBILE TEAM AS WE GO FORWARD IN FAITH!!


Joe and the Air Mobile Team

PS - Cindy and Barbara are back. They safely arrived from Thailand India. Our Lord did great things through them.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Ground Zero - Biloxi looks like a tsunami hit it!

Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Sept. 7, 2005 - 9:27am (CST) Baton Rouge, LA -

Yesterday we made it to the Gulf Coast. Picked up Highway 90 in Waveland and went all the way to the end of Biloxi. As you may know, Air Mobile was in Indonesia right after the great December 26th Tsunmai. The whole area looked exactly like what we saw in the Tsunami! PRAISE GOD for the evacuations!!! There were many areas that we saw, that NO ONE would have survived....period! Absolute and total destruction.

Because we were deploying a purchased unit from the State of Georgia for their support operations, we had clearance to go anywhere. We spent the day viewing the destruction and speaking and ministering to so many who were directly impacted by this terrible disaster.

We delivered the first Vortex Voyager TM unit to the Georgia First Responders stationed in Biloxi. They are first class people dedicated to serving and helping those in need.

Jeff, who volunteered himself and his Yukon the first day we arrived, drove us in. We went straight to his aunts home in Waveland, MS. Her place was destroyed but Jeff was able to retrieve a few personal things. The carpet was still water logged and the mold and mildew was unbearable and on just about every surface. Praise God, his aunt is safe. Jeff has been an incredible help to us throughout this mission.

Everywhere we went, we saw churches open and helping! Though many had lost everything, still, here they were reaching out with free food, water and clothes. Again, this is our hour to shine!!

All throughout the day, we were on the phone with Church leaders. We are finding that there are so many communities that have been evacuated and the people cannot get back in. The need for the Vortex Voyager TM will be upon their return. The boil water ban is anticipated to stay in effect for 6 months and up to a year in some places. Imagine caring for several hundred displaced persons and having to boil all their water for nearly a year! We thank God for our donors that enabled us to help the local churches care and minister to so many hurting people. We pray for the resources to help all the churches that need help. The number is great, but God is greater!

Another thing that has become crystal clear to everyone we met with is that they need Vortex Voyagers TM IN POSITION BEFORE THE DISASTER STRIKES!! This relates to both the government and First Responders, as well as the churches. Imagine entire communitees that will come to the local church in times of disaster for life-sustaining water for that period of days before the bottled water makes it in. The Voyagers TM will enable them to be true leaders in the community, and reach out to persons that may never have been or thought to go to church.

That is very much our mission here. We must get Vortex Voyagers TM into strategic hands not only for the Katrina disaster but for the disasters to come! Also, having the Vortex Voyager TM in hand gives the First Responder the capability to go anywhere, anytime and pump clean water from very, very dirty water.

Everywhere we went yesterday, we showed people how we pumped water out of the streets of New Orlans AND DRANK IT! We didn't have to do much convincing of the power of the Vortex once we showed them that!

You can go to our website and click on the link and actually view this happening. This morning, we are with another group of Georgia First Responders. Tom Flaim just walked up and told me that in 5 minutes, I'll be needed to assist in training on the use of another Vortex Voyager TM being deployed by this group.

I was on the phone with Charles Carpenter of Bethany World Prayer Center this morning. Pastor Larry Stockstill asked me to contact Charles. Later we will meet with him and donate a Vortex Voyager TM to Bethany. We'll also be meeting with Pastor Ricky Sinclair of the Miracle Church here in Baker. Ricky has hundreds of families from New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Pray for him and the entire church community in the affected areas as they are struggling with all the challenges at hand.

There is much more to write. We'll give more updates throughout the day.

Joe and The Air Mobile Team

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Many Ground Zeros - Worked in East Louisiana - heading to Biloxi

Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Air Mobile - Gonzales, LA - Sept. 6, 2005, 5:12am -(U.S. Central time)

SO MANY GROUND ZEROS! Yesterday morning, we met first at 0800 hrs with Doug Vincent, Chief Engineer for the LA. Dept. Of Health and Hospitals. Doug, although tired and frayed, spent nearly an hour reviewing and asking questions on the Voyager TM. After some hard analysis, he told us where the hot spots were for water needs and where we could help at that moment. Of course, during a disaster, everything is a "Moving Target". In other words, things change very, very quickly. What is a crisis during this hour may not be in the next hour.

I know there has been terrible press about the delays immediately after Katrina hit and I DO NOT MINIMIZE THE SUFFERING for one second, HOWEVER, after working disasters world-wide, and here at home for the last 27 years, never have I seen a country like America during a disaster. Not only do we have amazing resources, we have the HEART to help like nobody else on the earth.

What has become incredibly apparent is the nature of response in the first critical days. Basic needs could not be mobilized because they demanded cleared roads and electric power to deliver the basics. Truly THIS is the place and time for the Voyager TM. The portability of the machime and the ability to run on minimal power and even solar power are perfect for those first critical days before the convoys of bottled water and food make it to survivors.

I would love for you to be able to join our team and just feel the vibrancy and desire to help everywhere we go. Yesterday, we passed convoy after convoy after convoy streaming into New Orleans. Mixed in the convoys were many private vehicles with supplies and volunteers. When we stopped a moment and saw TV and saw the people in Houston opening up their homes, our hearts were touched by the care and love and generosity everywhere. Well enough of my "American Disaster Commentary" for now. Let me tell you about yesterday.

After meeting with Doug Vincent, we mustered our team of 5 and headed East on I-12. We went straight to Slidell, on the north side of Lake Ponchatrain. Slidell was hit very hard. We found the City Water Engineer and did an assessment on the water situation. Slidell has wells that are 2200 feet deep. The water pressure is up, and there are "Boil Water" alerts everywhere. However, soon and very soon, those Alerts will likely be dropped. They will soon have clean drinking water at the taps.

We then met with the Fire Chief who was great. He immediately recognized the stength and capability of the Vortex Voyager TM. After briefing us on the situation, and updating us on the water condition of Slidell, he sent us to Covington, a town about 25 miles west. He phoned the Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations and paved the way for us to see him. You can well imagine how busy these folks are.

Covington is like Slidell and very close to getting clean water from the tap. The Deputy Chief gave us invaluable insight into the conditions and how the Vortex Voyager TM could best serve in them. These leaders expressed the need for the Vortex Voyager TM BEFORE the disaster hit! That is exactly why we were there speaking with them. We must get these units into the "First-Responders" hands PRO-ACTIVELY! We heard again and again, "WHERE WERE YOU TWO-THREE DAYS AGO?". We did not take that as criticism, because we can only be in one place at a time, but we took it as "MARCHING ORDERS" to do all that we can to place these units into Hotspots BEFORE the disaster. People need clean drinking water IMMEDIATELY after the disaster hits.

Throughout the day, we were on the phone with Church Leaders. Upon our arrival several days ago, I met my old friend and Pastor of many years ago, Larry Stockstill at the airport. His church is housing and caring for over 800 evacuees! Yesterday, President Bush met with Larry and saw all that the Church was doing. We were on the phone with Pastors from south Louisiana (Burris / Grand Isle), Baton Rouge, Alexandria and other regions. Air Mobile is coordinating to get Vortex Voyagers TM into their hands. Praise God for the Church rising to the occasion. This will prove to be "Our Finest Hour"! This is what Jesus would do!

After finding fuel in Covington (fuel is in very short supply throughout the region) we headed back to Baton Rouge for an early start on Tuesday morning (that's why I'm up at 4:45am writing this report). So many lessons to be learned from all of this.

On the way home, Tom Flaim spoke with one of the many Georgia Emergency Response Teams. They will be taking adding addtional Vortex Voyagers TM to their current compliment for immediate deployment. We'll link up with them first in the Gulfport/Biloxi Region, and then tonight with the group going into New Orleans tomorrow. It's heartening to have the Vortex Voyager TM technology embraced by emergency response and medical professionals. There is a strong concern that there are still pockets of people without clean water, particularly in the rural, less populated areas.

Today, we head to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We've gotten the latest on road conditions from all of the Emergency Operation Chiefs and we've got Vortex Voyagers TM and we'll be heading out shortly. Again, God Bless You and thank you for your prayer and support.

We'll attempt to update on the road! Well, really have to get going to meet the other team members, that, by the way are the best. Our Lord knows how to deploy His troops. Christian, Tom, Dan, and Jeff are just great to work with!!

Joe and the U.S. Air Mobile Team

PS - My precious Cindy will be landing from Thailand today. In her last report she told me "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Air Mobile makes it to one of the ground zeros - downtown New Orleans!

Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President Air Mobile - On I-10 in Baton Rouge, LA Sept. 5, 2005, 9:14am (Central time - U.S.)

Everywhere we look on I-10 in Baton Rouge, we see military convoys of equipment, supplies and personnel heading to New Orleans. It's so cool driving down and updating the website at 70 mph. Thank God for wireless internet.

Yesterday, we made it all the way to City Hall in Downtown New Orleans. Actually set up a Vortex Voyager TM in the shadow of the Superdome and purified street water and drank it.

New Orleans is by and large evacuated. We met residents who have opted to stay, but their immediate situation was stable. The New Orleans Police and military and Red Cross and other support agencies are keeping a real close eye on them and their needs. It was announced that one of the adjoining parishes (county)was allowing residents back in. People just want to get home (if they have one) and try deperately to get on with their life.

We saw the evidence of the wind destruction. As we all know, Katrina made the last second jog and New Orleans was spared the brunt of the blow. It was the broken levee that devastated the city. There is still much water in downtown.

There are pockets of trouble throughout the city, but....the military and police are really getting a handle on the situation. As a matter of fact, 5 looter/thugs were shot after firing on the police very close to where we were. All medical facilities in New Orleans are cleared out and shut down. Just across the river there is a large medical operation going. Of course, all surrounding areas, such has Baton Rouge are completely filled and in max operation.

Bill Dunklee and Mike Cardinale landed in the Aztec right on schedule with 12 more Vortex Voyagers TM. These units are ready for immediate deployment. Again, Bill and Mike represent "So many, so willing to help"! We have additional aircraft and pilots on stand-by for immediate dispatch as needed. We have truly stepped out by faith by bringing these Vortex Voyagers TM into this area, as only 3 of the 72 have been funded. We need your help with this. Call 404-488-5970 to sponsor a Vortex Voyager TM.

Our two journalist, John Torres and Wayne Price flew back to Florida late last night with Doug Rodante and Collin Sugars in Doug's Cessna 401. Just spoke with Bill and Mike Cardinale and they too arrived back in Florida at midnight in the Piper Aztec.

This morning we met with Doug Vincent, Chief Engineer of Office of Public Health - Department of Health and Hospitals for Louisiana. This man is busy, yet....he took the time to meet with us and give us excellent data and direction. Tom Flaim had arranged the meeting. This is exactly the kind of contacts and direction that we need to strategically deploy the Vortex Voyager TM to the areas that really need what this amazing machine can do.

Today, we're going to drive toward Eastern Louisiana on the northside of Lake Ponchatrain and continue into the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi. We have several church contacts and I personally have family there. Their siutation is very bad. Some need oxygen, all need fuel. The needs are immediate and great. Of course we have the ability to pump very pure water immediately! Praise God, it's good to be able to GO and actually do some good! You, standing with us make this possible! THANK YOU!!!

I just want to say again, you've all seen the negative press about this disaster. There is SO MUCH GOOD GOING ON! Unfortunately, often the press does not report on that. Well, we're here at ground zero and can tell you with confidence, that though there are staggering needs, there are heroic and excellent efforts being made to relieve the suffering as quickly as possible.

Now that our computer is wireless, we may be able to slip in a few more reports as we go. Better close this one out and load for Mississippi and see what we can do to help the folks over there.

Joe and the Air Mobile Team

PS - Just heard from Cindy in Bangkok. She's boarding the first of 4 flights to get home. It will take her almost 40 hours to get back to the U.S. We have really missed her. Please pray that she has great traveling mercy and grace!! Thanks!!


Sunday, September 04, 2005

Aiming toward Ground Zero (s)!

Doctors fear tainted water gave shelter residents dysentery
9/3/2005, 6:01 p.m. CT
The Associated Press

Report submitted by Joe Hurston - President Air Mobile - Gonzales, LA - Sept. 4, 2005, 5:38am (Central time - U.S.)

So many "Ground Zeros"! Deciding where to aim the Air Mobile Teams is a challenge. Our hearts are breaking! Everywhere we look, we see suffering people. Hear reports of sick, thirsty, desperate. The need for CLEAN DRINKING WATER is everywhere. We must get the Vortex Voyagers TM into position.

We also see people everywhere reaching out to help. Upon arrival yesterday, Louisiana Aircraft at the Baton Rouge airport was the picture of hospitality (Community Coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts) amidst a constant press and flow of aircraft, relief workers, National Guard pilots and so many private citizens doing everything in their strength to help.

I know there has been so much negative press about the horrors going on in New Orleans, but that is NOT ALL OF THE STORY! Americans are good people with a big heart. We see and feel the evidence everywhere! We simply want to do our part!

We may have a way into New Orleans today. First must meet Bill Dunklee at the airport this morning. Tom Flaim is working at the State Government level with strategic meetings planned this morning.

New Orleans is extremely difficult to get into, as you can well imagine. There are many conflicting reports of the situation. We may have a way in, but I can't give the details.

Biloxi and Gulfport are also in dire need without the extreme restrictions of New Orleans.

Must thank Dan and Charlene Andrews for hosting and housing several of our team members. Also, Shawn, my niece. We are staging out of her home, that is conveniently on the road to New Orleans.

After a short, but good nights sleep, we're ready for action. Please be praying with us that we will move in the best directions possible.

We have several aircraft in Titusville ready on a moments notice to fly here with more Vortex Voyager TM water purifiers. PRAISE GOD again, for so many so willing to help!!

God Bless You!! THANKS for following our journey. We need your prayers and help! Will write later.

Joe and the Air Mobile Team

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Air Mobile on the ground in Baton Rouge

Report submitted by Joe Hurston - Baton Rouge, LA, Sept. 3, 2005 5:479m (Central U.S. time)

We're in Baton Rouge! Knowing the absolute fluid nature of a disaster such as Katrina, we arrived ready for anything! Well, within minutes, we were greeted by my dear friend since High School, Dan Andrews and his wife Charlene. Within an hour, we had transportation and loaded our Vortex Voyagers TM for our staging area thanks to my niece Sean Mears and her friend Jeff. Truly, our Lord knows how to deploy His troops

We actually took off Titusville in our Cessna 337 at 5:37am. Doug Rodante took off from Orlando Country at 3:30am. Now listen to this. We flew straight to Baton Rouge. Doug flew from Orlando to Atlanta and picked up Tom Flaim and headed to Baton Rouge. While I was 5 miles from the airport, I heard Doug's copilot, Collin Sugars calling 7 miles out. The remarkable thing is that without planning this, the first two Air Mobile relief planes arrived within 2 minutes of one another!

Tom went straight to the EOC (Emergency Operation Center) near the airport. Our Florida Today reportes sat in on a news briefing and we were asking many questions about the situation both in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. From here, we attempt to be sensitive to the needs and deploy accordingly. At this time, our team is fanning out into several areas, including the emergency medical facilities set up on the LSU campus.

Moments ago, I heard from one of my cousins, Toni, who informed me that my Aunt was in critical situation and needed help asap. It's good to have a strong team that can work in many areas at the same time.

Bill Dunklee will be flying a Piper Aztec, thanks to Dr. Bob Lehton, founder of Servant Air Ministries. Bill will be bringing in another "12 Pack"(12 Vortex Voyagers TM and 12 Battery Packs). My daughter, Cherie is arranging Bill's load. Bill will depart early tomorrow morning.

Wow, what a blessing to have so many, so willing to help!!

Just heard from Cindy in Thailand. She and Barbara are well and going among the Acah Indians of Thailand today.

We'll write more this later today, if we are able. As you can see, things are moving fast and in many directions.

Joe and Team