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Bill Wulff

JAARS, LETU Class of 1975

My name is Bill Wulff, and I still consider myself an Iowa farm boy. During the summer between my junior and senior years in high school, one of my friends from church, Vernon Swartzrock, was piloting a rental aircraft from Charles City, Iowa back to LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He crashed on take-off from Fayetteville, Ark. in a severe thunderstorm and was not discovered until many months later. The wreckage and his body were found one mile off the end of the runway. Vernon had been warned by Flight Services not to take-off, but he ignored their advice and continued VFR to his death.

I had no intention of going to college. But the Lord got my attention through Vernon’s accident and redirected my life through the witness of the LeTourneau Singers (male chorus group) who came to our church and befriended me.

My dad and I visited the LETU campus to check things out. The most impressive thing was the Jell-O food fight in the old cafeteria. THIS was where I wanted to go to college! Amazingly, I signed up for the MT/AT major and had never flown in an aircraft until the summer that I completed my A & P program.

Dale Crane, dean of the aviation program at the time, asked me one day if I had ever considered being a missionary aircraft mechanic. I was in shock! Yes, I grew up in a Christian home and had heard many missionaries speak in church about serving the Lord. But it had never occurred to me that I could use my mechanical skills to His glory.

The next summer, I traveled to Waxhaw, N.C. to work at JAARS on a summer mission trip with LETU. That experience convinced me that THIS was how I wanted to invest my life!

I have never regretted that decision. My wife, Debbie, and our four kids served in Colombia, South America with Wycliffe Bible Translators during some very violent, scary years, but God was always faithful. I was the crew chief of a Hughes 500 helicopter program, crew member on our DC-3 program and then Chief of Maintenance for our jungle program, consisting of three Helio Couriers and one Piper Navajo.

Because of the guerrilla activity in Colombia, I was asked to close down our aviation program there. Two years later, God directed us to move to Papua New Guinea, on the other side of the world. Here, I have had the privilege of maintaining Cessna 206s, Cessna 402s, a Brittan Norman Islander turbo-prop twin, a Beech King Air B200C turbo-prop twin and two Bell turbine helicopters. Currently, I am the Maintenance Manager, with a staff of 20 people. Serving the Lord has NEVER been dull and NEVER lacked for challenge and excitement.

May I encourage you to make the decisions in your life that you will never regret? I have! Come join us in being a part of getting God’s written Word into the hands of those who have never had it in their heart language before.

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