God is working every day, every minute through Grace on Wings ministry.
Here are a few stories from the families, friends, and patients who have been served by Grace on Wings.
Brenda Estes (Mission 441)
Brenda was a strong independent lady who 18 months ago moved from her hometown of Norfolk, VA to Spokane, WA to be the Executive Director of a non profit that serves the deaf and hard of hearing community (she is deaf herself). After suffering atleast 4 strokes in a 6 week window and a prognosis of 3 months to live we knew it was important to get my mom Brenda Estes from Spokane, WA to Indianapolis, IN where my family lives so we could be near her and help her fight to prove the doctors wrong.
From the first conversation with Shelli all the way through the time she arrived at the facility outside of Indianapolis I knew God was at work through the wonderful folks at Grace on Wings. I could go on for days of how much Shelli helped me through the whole process step by step and handled the coordination with the facilities as well as helped keep my mom comfortable on the flight, Or Jason and the compassion he showed my mom while she was strapped in on Nellie trying to help ease the small bouts of discomfort my mom had. My mom still says everytime she gets some discomfort, Where's Jason when I need him. And we cant forget Hal, His love for the lord and his ability to fly Nellie with a special touch to help keep the ride as smooth and comfortable as possible for the patient and family is an art that few can master but for Hal it is just another day at the office. Again I could go on for days but at the end of the day I am forever grateful for the folks at Grace on Wings and the love and support they have shown my mom and my family. They are true servants of the lord and through him anything is possible.
For Juanita (Mission 438)
My sister Juanita, from Kentucky, is currently suffering from stage 4 kidney cancer. One her last wishes was to spend her remaining time in New York with her family. She could not sit nor stand properly anymore, making a long distance trip by land ambulance impossible. Apart from this, problems with her finances prevented her from most available air services.
Thank the Lord that He led us to Grace On Wings. Not only did they help us physically but as well as spiritually. With their care and support, Shelli, Jason, Hal and Mike were able to show God's grace which hold their name.
May God guide them towards more opportunities to help others in their time of needs.
Grace On Wings will always be remembered.
Jean Siy Ko
My son is a resident of Seattle, he came on vacation to see his family in Daytona Beach, FL on August 4th 2016 and two days later his family was struck by a drunk driver. His family was OK however Anthony suffered a broken neck. He spent 75 days in our hospital. Thank God for Grace on Wings!
He needed to go to the spinal institute in Seattle. Grace on Wings is a blessing, the kindness shown during this traumatic time was in our lives shows us that there are good people in this world. Thank you Shelli and crew for treating my son with dignity and showing him God's love. May
God continue to bless you all.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
So thankful for the service you provided!
We are so thankful for the service you provided to fly us home from Rochester, MN after surgery. It would have been impossible to fly commercial for some time after such an extensive surgery. We were relieved to find that we were with people of faith who prayed with us, after the ordeal we had been through. We thank you for your flight service, but also for your prayers and friendship. We were much in need of all of this at the time we were with you.
We are doing well, and hope that others in need of your services will be led to you for your expert flight knowledge, but also for your faith and comfort.
Elaine and Dave
Grace on Wings
From the moment our family called we knew we made the right decision by using Grace on Wings. They handled everything for us. Took our worries away and were beyond professional. They made a dream come true for our father closest to us and with his inability to board a regular plane Grace on Wings made it happen!
I first read about Grace on Wings in our church newsletter, and was drawn to check out their website to learn more. What an amazing God-centered ministry! If you want to start your day with a real blessing, read one of Shelli's Mission Reports.
She has the gift of describing each journey, from beginning to end, in a way that will make you feel like you know the patients, their families, and their caregivers in such a way that you'll want to add them all to your prayer list! Grace on Wings is making a huge difference in the lives of people who are critically ill or injured, while giving God all the glory in the process!
May God bless everyone at Grace on Wings!
Flight 400 (Mission 400)
Thank you Mike and Shelli for all your hard work and dedication to all the patients you serve. Your professionalism and knowledge along with your patience and guidance were so very appreciated. May God bless you in every endeavor!
Ted Smith flight 397. 5-13-16 (Mission 397)
Ted has been a Rotarian for 20 years, he has been a member of Eastern Shore Chapel for 30 years. Circumstances left Ted a thousand miles from his sister and family in Dupage Il. At 78 Ted wanted to be with his family as his health was poor.
His Rotary friends and the church formed a partnership with the family so the expense was acceptable.
Ted's flight was a huge success and he is home now where his life will be much better. Shelly Engle and Hal Blank, who said a prayer as they loaded Ted were warm loving Christian people and they are doing Gods work.
Thank you so much for all you have done...(Mission 370)
Thank you so much for all you have done to get our mother, Shirley Thomas, home to our loving arms. God be with you on your flight tomorrow morning. Don't know what we would have done with out wonderful people like you. Friends in Christ.
We are forever indebted to you... (Mission 369)
Hi Shelli, Chris and Mike,
I just wanted to say thank you to you and the team at Grace On Wings. We are so grateful that we found you. My mother couldn't stop saying how comfortable Shelli and Chris made the flight not only for Cory but for her as well. She thought you both were outstanding. And hats off the pilots as she said it was the best flight she has ever taken from North Carolina to Maine. Words can't express how greatful we are to you all, hopefully you got a sense of our appreciation at the reception you received when you arrived at Cory's home in Maine. We are forever indebted to you for your kindness.
Thank you for everything,
Thank you for flying Maysie Madison (Mission 364)
Thank you for flying Maysie Madison to Mayo. Maysie is my grandaughter. The Lord is really using you with your great talents and love!! Stephanie, her mother, said you were all great and full of Love!!
Thank you Grace on Wings for flying my daughter and I, Maysie Madison to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota! You guys thought of everything! For what could have been stressful, you all made it so easy! Thank you and may God bless all of you in each and every mission!
I have all the faith that God is looking down! (Mission 361)
I personally wanted to thank Grace on Wings and their flight crew for transporting a very special little girl and her mother, Stephanie. I have had the pleasure of transporting this child and her mother a few times and I just have a place in my heart for this family.
As a mother and grandmother, I see the hope and love in this families eyes and they are probably the most worthy of families to have this kind of help.
Their deep faith and love has kept a family together in a crisis which would break most families up. I have all the faith that God is looking down on them today and this week as they seek answers in this puzzle. Thank you again.
I look forward to working with the crew on her return trip to Michigan!
Beaumont Medical Transportation
Greetings from The Sybesma Family (Mission 360)
November 18, 2015
Greetings from The Sybesma Family,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the people that were involved with my recovery from my accident. Although the event was severe, my recovery to this point has been somewhat remarkable. My doctors in Colorado said “it is not unheard of, but it is extremely rare”. Considering where I was, both physically and mentally, compared to where I am now, I am very happy with my condition. I do, of course realize, still have a bit of the way to go. However I hope to keep making quick progress.
Michelle was extraordinary and I would not now be this far along without her. To be honest, your interest and involvement was nearly as important. I had the chance to read all the comments and they were very nice. So thanks once again.
It was a pleasure working with you all! (Mission 359)
Shelli, Hal, Chet, Mike and Matt,
With much happiness I'm reporting the move of my father, Dwight Crim, to Kilgore TX is very rewarding for him.
Your expertise in handling his move was evident from the first phone contact to wheels down at mission end.
Being close to my sister has done wonders for his mental stimulation and physical condition.
My sister and brother-in-law have access to a van with wheelchair lift and have been taking dad on outings that often involve ice cream, much to his delight.
It was a pleasure working with you all. Thank you for your professional competence and caring attention to dad's well being.
Thank you for all you do Grace on Wings! (Mission 358)
A short time ago I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with Grace On Wings as they ministered with skill and love to get a young new mom who had suffered a debilitating stroke closer to her family.
In EMS we see so much devastation, gore, hardship. It's easy to become hardened, complacent, and numb. Easy to forget that each person you interact with is a LIFE and a SOUL created in Christ, and for whatever reason God has arranged for YOU to be present in that persons life at that particular time for HIS reasons.
I was touched so deeply by the love and care the entire flight crew gave to this woman, to the staff, to us as we transported the crew to the hospital...and the patient as we transported her to the airport. Not only did they minister to her...they ministered to my very weary heart. May God bless this organization and each member exceedingly and abundantly. And may God give the family in this story the strength and answers they need.
Thank you for all you do Grace on Wings!
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Thank you for the outstanding services (Mission 350)
My father, Robert (Bob) Lamb was transported by Grace on Wings from Prescott, Arizona to Traverse City, Michigan on July 10, 2015. I am writing to express my family's sincere appreciation for the loving and professional care that Dad received while in flight and for all the flight preparation assistance that was provided to me. I wish that I could recognize you all by name, but each person had a positive impact on Dad's transport and comfort. My thankfulness extends to each responsibility at Grace on Wings, including pilot, health professionals, faith leaders, and financial managers.
In Arizona, Dad sustained two compression fractures in his back, which caused him extreme pain accompanied with total loss of the use of his legs.
His inpatient treatment facility ruled, and rightfully so, that Dad could not return home to Traverse City on a commercial flight. And, as God has done so many times in my life families life, He stepped in and brought us to Grace on Wings. Today, Dad is in Traverse City, his hometown, at a wonderful assisted living home. His pain is significantly more controlled, and my mom visit him daily.
I want to specifically mentioned some individuals who flew with Dad and who assisted with all the arrangements for Dad's medical transportation fight, including Shelli and Chris who flew with Dad; and Mike and Lisa who answered so many phone calls.
And I cannot conclude this letter of appreciation without praising and thanking Jesus Christ for bringing us all together. Your Christ-like faith and dedication exudes from each of you. I know you have several prayer sessions for and with Dad, I was able to be present at this assisted living home in Traverse City where we - Dad's family, Grace on Wings volunteers, and the homes owner - thanked God for safety and prayed for Dad's health.
Afterwards, the homes owner pulled me aside and stated that she was so appreciative of our open display of faith in God and that she hoped for God's tugging of the hearts of her staff who are not yet believers.
From me and my family, thank you for the outstanding services and witness provided by all of you at Grace on Wings.
Air Transport from Madison IN to Titusville, FL...(Mission 344)
Hi Mike and all you great people!
It is a miracle that we are sitting here next to Dorothy, watching her sleep (but hopeful we will get to interact with her sometime today!)!!
The words "thank you" are just not expressive enough for what we are feeling! The words "God" and "miracle" are more the words that come to my mind!!
What an amazing team you have! Continue with God's work and the blessings will keep flowing in!!
Your fellow servants in "Christ",
Alice and Mary Jo
:) (Mission 339)
Hi guys, back in March you flew my dad (Richard Laws) home to Akron, OH from St. Louis. After you flew him home, he began improving steadily each day. Today he is still at a rehab facility to help with his walking. He is now off all tubes - breathing on his own, eating on his own, talking just fine. He is almost fully recovered except for his legs due to him laying in bed for months on end without any movement.
You flying him home, saved his life. It will remain one of the most amazing turning points in my life as well as his. Mine, because it's the first time I have had a real relationship with my dad. His, because he is now a new person physically and spiritually. I took him to the movies yesterday.God is good.
Thank you again and again and God Bless you and your staff, Denise
Flight for my Dad...(Mission 339)
A huge THANK YOU to our pilot Rusty, and your entire team for being an answer to many prayers...My dad is critically ill and was in St. Louis at a long term hospital with no family and no friends.
Grace on Wings was so reasonable and even moved up the date as to when he could be flown to Ohio. What you do is absolutely amazing not to mention professional, reliable, empathetic, fast acting and safe. It was like a dream...God Bless you and your team - I am still in awe...
My baby girl Noorzahra (Mission 318)
I have no words to thank you all at Grace on Wings for helping us at a time when we thought we had no choice left.
We had come close to giving up hopes of our family being reunited. It was because of your kind and helpful team that we were able to move our baby girl to Dallas with us.
Thank you so much! May All the good you do for other come to you. May God bless you.
Mom for Noorzahra S.
Transporting Katie to Baltimore (Mission 292)
Words cannot express how grateful we are for your service, and the professional crew who cared for little Katie during her flight on Nellie from Chattanooga, TN (Erlanger) to Baltimore, MD (Kennedy Krieger Inst). When you prayed for the flight & and our baby girl on the runway- we felt the spirit of God.
Katie was in a horrific auto accident - that left her with a severe brain injury, blood clot and stroke, plus C1 & C2 broken and spinal cord stretched. We are asking for continued prayers for Princess Katie- we expect nothing less than a miracle and know God is in control.
Without Grace on Wings - Katie wouldn't be able to go for rehab, as ground travel 12-13 hrs would be impossible. We consider you "our angels" and will be calling again soon - to get Katie back home in East TN. God Bless Grace on Wings.
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God's love Flight 288 (Mission 288)
Dear Angels at Grace on Wings,
I want you to know that Alex is doing well. We will be forever grateful for the loving, kindness you have shown to Alex and to me.
Your group of people are a testament to God's love for us here on earth. Not only do all of you acknowledge your faith but you are a living example of how God wants us to treat others. I will always be grateful.
Pulmonary Patient (Mission 271)
My patient had been experiencing severe respiratory symptoms and had local opinions and an opinion at the lung transplant center in Indianapolis. She was still very uncertain after receiving these opinions and wanted to see a physician in Chicago to see if there was any hope for her condition or if another transplant program would accept her.
We discussed the options and Grace on Wings provided a transport for her to and back from the appointment in Chicago. The patient and her mother and uncle all were brought from her home to the doctor's office in Chicago and back with professional care and the entire event was well orchestrated and specifically catered to all of her needs. The patient was cared for by two personnel whom she has been familiar with from her prior care at St Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, Todd Mossoney. RN and Jenny Marsh, CRRT.
The care provided thus was with people who already knew the patient on a first name basis and were already familiar with her specific condition and needs and her care was exemplary. The patient was also transported by the Pendleton EMS service to and from the airport and the Grace on Wings crew cared for her and accompanied her from her home through the flight and directly to the doctor's office and back. This transport was one of high risk for the patient due to her complex medical illness. Not only was the care and transport medically excellent, the care was delivered with Christ's Love.
Thank you for all that you do.
David C. Mares, MD, FCCP
Critical Care/Pulmonary Physician
Medical Director of Critical Care
St Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
Thank You! (Mission 262)
I wanted to write and say thank you for the excellent service you provided to my mother, Barbara Rogers, during her travel from Greenville to Muskegon last week. It would have been impossible for us to get her to Muskegon any other way (e.g., long drive or commercial flights). The trip was difficult for her, but she - and we - appreciated your kindness and help. She is now settled in an assisted living facility in Muskegon. After a few rough, initial days, she is starting to improve in spirits and health.
Thanks again for your assistance with her difficult move. I will gladly recommend your service to anyone having similar need.
Merry Christmas! (Mission 260)
Mission 260: August 26, 2013 (Age: 8 Months Old)
Card Photo: December 15, 2015
I can't say thank you enough for you time... (Mission 259)
I can't say thank you enough for you time and dedication. Today you transported my father from Knoxville TN to Grand Rapids MI to be closer to his family.
I'm at a loss for words right now at how much this trip meant and how quickly you got my father here with your air ambulance.
It has been such a relief today to know my mom is back home and my father is only 40 minutes away vs 10 hours.
My father has a long road of recovery ahead and he now is able to spend it with family and friends instead of alone in a room.
I only got to know a few of you for a very short time, my mother got to fly with you thankfully. But your mission, your reasoning for going out into tomorrow to face today is amazing. God bless you all!
There are not enough "thanks you's" in the world for all you do.
Grace on Wings is such a blessing! (Mission 237)
Our son, Jackson was born prematurely at just 24 weeks and 1 day gestation—nearly 4 months too soon.
At the time of Jackson’s birth, we were told that his chance of survival was a grim 10%. Since we were traveling from our home in Buffalo, New York to Indianapolis, Indiana to pick up our other children who were visiting the Nana in Kansas for Spring Break, we were out of our area, and told it would be several weeks before we could even think of transporting Jackson closer to home. Jackson was very sick and medically unstable, so Jackson and I were left at the hospital in Indiana while the rest of our family returned home to New York.
After spending 2 months in the NICU at St. Vincent Women’s hospital, Jackson had endured 3 surgeries and countless transfusions and diagnostic tests. He was finally off of the ventilator and ready to move closer to home. Unfortunately, our insurance company failed to see the medical necessity of transporting our baby boy closer to home, allowing our family to be reunited, and for me to return to work.
This is where Grace on Wings stepped in. They are such a blessing! Not only was Grace on Wings generous enough to absorb the cost of transporting Jackson closer to home, but they had awesome equipment and amazing staff. From the second they stepped into the room, a tremendous peace came with them. They took such great care of our little boy and transported him safely to Buffalo.
The team that saved Jackson in his original transport to the hospital was the same team that brought him home to Buffalo for us. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that God is working his wonders directly through their caring, capable hands.
Grace on Wings is an excellent organization allowing God to do his work and spread his love through them.
We are forever grateful.
Thank you all! (Mission 12)
Hal & Tamara Blank Dr. Jim Milstead and Gary Walter for making this happen you all are truly Angels. We have almost given up hope until we were told to call you.
It almost seemed to good to be true. I can't wait to see Casey boy again - he's my youngest boy of three and the most loving child you could ever meet and I can't wait to meet you all too.
I hope you like this card, it seemed fitting.
Thank you again,
Love Kevin L, Pam N., Chanteel L. & Casey L.
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