Logbook of Life

Logbook Of Life


I love Don's book, Logbook of Life, because I am a pilot, interested in aviation, and especially when it has to do with missions. Don is a friend of many years, beginning when he was Wycliffe's Chief Pilot in Ecuador. Arriving as a freshman jungle pilot, I worked with Don who became my supervisor and mentor. Don had organized and was leader of Ecuador's Aviation program. Much of Don's expertise became mine and prepared me for my future role as Chief Pilot in Colombia. Fasten your seatbelt as you fly with Don in South America, Africa, and Asia where God used his many talents as he provided leadership to new and established programs. This book has special appeal to those interested in types and models of mission aircraft and in harrowing experiences inherent in bush flying. Seeing God's hand of protection and blessing in Don's life and ministry will encourage and bless readers as it did me. Forrest Zander, former jungle pilot, Chief pilot, Field Director, Minister-at-Large, and Associate Director-Advancement for Wycliffe North Central. You will be amazed at the experiences Don writes about, describing his years of flying Bible translators in and out of South American rain forests and later in other countries around the world. Without air service, many of these pioneer Bible translators could not have done the job God called them to. This book will give you a greater insight into the hardships and joys of a missionary aviation couple. During our early years as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators, my wife and I often used the story of Don's 1976 aircraft accident to illustrate, along with Don, the important things of our life. The only four things left over from the airplane fire were symbolic: his watch, suggested giving the Lord our time; the hasp from his briefcase, giving the Lord our things; the glob of melted aluminum, giving the Lord our money; and the ignition switch and key, giving the Lord our talents. Pat Cochran The aircraft that Don flew were more than a means of transportation. There were his friends. May you enjoy the adventures that they had together as they provided vital support for Bible translation throughout the world. Ron Barkey, First met Don at JAARS in mid 70's, Raised family in Peru for 25 years, Currently in H.R., JAARS last 15 years I have had the pleasure of serving as Don Smith's pastor for the past decade. In addition to him being a missionary pilot, Don is also a man after God's heart. I have had many wonderful experiences with Don as we have evangelized the community, studied the Word of God, participated in prayer gatherings, and taken part in times of fellowship with one another. Don's heart goes out to the lost and dying. I know you are going to enjoy reading this book because the man who wrote these pages has such a desire to see the gospel spread to the ends of the earth. As you go with brother Don as he remembers flights to faraway places, I hope you will get caught up in the adventure of his missionary journeys. Rev. Donald Gamble, Pastor, Hermon Baptist Church I could write a book about the book I enjoyed it so much. I found it hard to put down. Aviation? Yes. Aviators will love this book and so will you! You will read about airplanes, missionaries, snakes, and head hunters, but there is so much more for all of us. Young and old alike will be blessed as you read how God has worked in the lives of so many. We are drawn even closer to God when we read Don's personal reflections from his logbook. May you be as encouraged, enlightened, inspired, and challenged as I was. Dick Blauser, Friend and co-worker, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. Retired Logbook of Life brought back so many memories to me! You will enjoy reading of Don's many experiences and be thrilled by God's provision and protection. Join me in praising God for what He has done in and through this servant of His. Roy Gleason



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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
  • ISBN-13: 9781519458155
  • ISBN: 1519458150
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Edition: LRG
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