Grand Opening and Open House of our New Facility
8850 Grissom Parkway
May 12, 2006
May you have a blessed Memorial Day here in America! We have so much to be thankful for in our great country. God Bless every veteran and thank you for all you have given us!
Before giving an excellent report on the Grand Opening, here's an update on what Air Mobile has been up to. Just prior to our Grand Opening on May 12, Air Mobile successfully deployed 20 Vortex Voyager TM water purifiers to Haiti May 5th to May 9th. Our main focus was on the North Coast in the Port-de-Paix area. We will be submitting a full report on that soon. Right now, the Air Mobile Team is on I-95 southbound at 3:22am for a flight to Port-Au-Prince for another mission to deploy Vortex Voyagers TM. Now, on to our Grand Opening Report.
May 12th was a beautiful day, crystal clear skies and not too hot for Florida. Our event actually began at 12:00 noon for the Grand Opening of Cartridge Source of America (CSA). CSA is the company used by our Lord to produce the Vortex Voyager TM as well as provide vital and key personnel support for many Air Mobile Teams.
The noon event was a wonderful opportunity to tell our 150+ guest from our local community and beyond of the excellent relationship between CSA and Air Mobile Minsitries. The event began with my good friend, the Honorable Judge Robert Decatur giving the opening speech. The "Judge" is a Tuskeegee Airman as well as a notable judge and so much more. He has been a wonderful inspiration to us and to me, in particular. Pastor Dan Pritchett gave the blessing and the CSA party began. A number of our noon event guests stayed for our evening Grand Opening event for Air Mobile.
The Air Mobile event started on-time and proceeded through a delicious sit-down meal and warm fellowship. Our ribbon cutting and prayer began our event. More than 150 guests then came through the doors of our beautiful facility and began the tour with a reproduction of our original work-bench where the very first toner cartridge was remanufactured in Haiti. Yes, that is where CSA has it's roots, a little workbench in Haiti in a mud hut village. It's quite a story and may be found on the CSA website located at: www.cartridgesourceamerica.com then go to Company History.
At the rear of our spacious lobby area are the doors that lead to the manufacturing plant for high quality remanufactured toner cartridges as well as our famous Vortex Voyager TM water purification system. Guided tours were offered by Janel Pardun, the CSA Production Manager.
Then either a ride up the elevator, or a walk up the spiral staircase to the various displays of the 2005 - 2006 deployments of Air Mobile Ministries. Displays included Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, New Orleans / Mississippi Gulf Coast, Pakistan, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Africa.
Wow, what a year! Air Mobile circled the globe more than 7 times during 2005 alone!
How did Air Mobile and CSA find such a beautiful building? Through the gracious and generous heart of Dr(s). Florence and Stanley Alexander we now reside in this magnificent facility. In early 2005, CSA/AMM needed more space and looked at either building or leasing a new home. The first time we looked at this building, it seemed too good to be true. Once contact was made with Dr. Florence Alexander, we soon were demonstrating the remarkable Vortex Voyager TM. Dr. Florence and Stanley could have done many things with their beautiful building, but they chose to make it available to CSA/AMM for the work we are doing around the world and particularly in saving lives! We thank the Lord for the wonderful contract that was signed enabling us to operate out of such a grand home! In addition to an excellent lease, we have an option to buy!
A dear friend of Air Mobile, Jean Paul Raymond flew down from MA to attend our event. Jean Paul is a gifted artist and brought many of his beautiful works of art depicting World War II aviation. We were so blessed to have Jean Paul with us and many were moved by his magnificent art.
So many contributed to this event, beginning with my beautiful wife, Cindy. Cindy along with our CSA Vice President, Larry Junker tirelessly lead many volunteers in the preparation and decoration of this gift of a beautiful home for Air Mobile. Our entire CSA staff worked long hours and when the day came, all were treated to an incredible Grand Opening.
Our honored guests included Dr. Naseer Shaikh, the former Surgeon General for Pakistan. It is amazing how many accomplishments in life a single person can have. Dr. Shaikh is both a dear friend and strong proponement of the Vortex Voyager TM water purifier. He sees this invention as a "Medical Miracle". He stated that this machine could literally change the health of entire nations. Clean water is the major key to health! Other guests included Cal Burch, the Head of Seucrity for NASA at Kennedy Space Center along with Tim Adams, Senior Quality Engineer for NASA . Also, we had Jay Casdorph and Matt Baer with Office Max.
We were blessed to have Barbara Walker, our Air Mobile Caribbean Representative with us. Barbara has helped us to deploy Vortex Voyagers TM world-wide. Barbara flew in from Haiti just for our event. Cindy and I have traveled the world with Barbara and there is no braver, more capable Air Mobile Team member to be found in this world. Barbara is the best!
Among our guests, we had John Torres, writer for Florida Today. We recalled many of our journeys around the world together. The next morning (May 13th), Florida Today published a wonderful story of our Grand Opening(s). We are very thankful to Florida Today for covering our activities world-wide. John is an excellent writer, but also a dear friend.
Overall, the Air Mobile event will long be remembered by all. We concluded the event with prayer and many stayed well into the evening. Our team of volunteers that included so many it would be hard to name them all cleaned our facility. We were ready for business and ministry on the following Monday.
Later this morning (May 29th) the Air Mobile Team will be boarding an American Airlines flight to Port-Au-Prince, Hiati for another life-saving mission. American Airlines has graciously allowed us extra baggage on this flight. THANK YOU, American Airlines! As you read this report, please remember to pray for us as we travel back to Haiti.
You may have heard about the terrible earthquake in Indonesia. We, at Air Mobile are monitoring that situation very closely and will likely travel back to Indonesia with Vortex Voyagers TM after we return to Haiti.
Well, we're nearly to Miami. Until our next report.....God Bless You and thank you again for your love and prayer!
Joe Hurston - President Air Mobile