For nearly 38 years, a Florida-based aviation ministry has been serving missionaries throughout the Caribbean.
Agape Flights, a non-profit ministry, delivers mail and vital cargo to missionary partners on a weekly basis. Allen Speer (pictured), CEO of Agape Flights, describes it as a "full shopping service" for more than 350 families and individuals. The focus of their ministry is on the nations of the Caribbean.
"Haiti, Dominican [Republic], the Bahamas," he lists as destinations. "Now we're the only missionary aviation service that flies into Cuba with both the permission of the Cuban government and the U.S. government – and then we've answered to the hurricane situations in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean."
The ministry leader estimates they delivered roughly 110 tons of normal cargo throughout the year, as well as another 25-30 tons in hurricane relief.
"God's love flights," as he calls them, are a joy as they serve God's missionaries.
"That's our role here at Agape Flights – and it's our responsibility to make sure they have the tools and the necessities that they so desperately need," he tells OneNewsNow. "Many of our missionaries call us the 'lifeline' – because we're really their lifeline back to what you and I have every day: a normal kind of lifestyle."
The ministry's main aircraft is an Embraer 110 with a range of approximately 1,100 nautical miles; the backup ship is a Piper "Chieftain" with an 800-nautical mile range. The ministry website offers a current flight schedule as well as the ability to track the aircraft on their weekly treks around the Caribbean.