On our front page today is a story about Archangel Airborne, a Honesdale-based group many people may not even know exists.
It is a group of volunteers who take their many talents and apply them across the world. They fly into places like earthquake-ravaged Haiti and coordinate medical care for the local people.
They have plans to go to Nicaragua and Mexico and even into war-ravaged areas in order to help.
It's quite an amazing story and to think it is based in Wayne County is even more amazing.
Or is it?
Actually, it makes a lot of sense if you think about what the group does.
For one, TML Aircraft at Cherry Ridge Airport has a state-of-the-art facility where this group is based. Thanks to TML owner Thomas Lovelace, the group has access to these top facilities which is a great place to coordinate such missions.
Last year, the group conducted its first domestic mission when they went to the Jersey Shore following Superstorm Sandy.
For many of them, it was astonishing to see such devastation so close to home. The people in New Jersey were decimated following the storm — and some are struggling to this day.
It is safe to say the people of that region were grateful for the Archangel Airborne members who flew in tons and tons of much-needed supplies.
And that is the key to this group.
Wherever they go, the people are grateful, as they should be.
Page 2 of 3 - But you can't put a price on outreach of Americans to every corner of the earth. Sometimes, Americans are not painted with a great brush around the world, but when individuals reach out to other individuals, things change.
Imagine you are a refugee in Haiti following the earthquake and an EMS worker or doctor comes there and treats you, in essence saving your life. No matter your previous view, your opinions of Americans is almost certainly higher.
That aspect of this group is key. They believe by reaching out in small groups, they can make a big difference. In fact, they think it could even save future American lives in parts of the world.
There might not be a higher calling, at least when it comes to reaching out to those in poverty.
There is no question that poverty is the leading cause of violence in this world. When people are hungry, that changes everything.
We've seen it throughout history and it continues to this day.
Some say it could eventually happen in America. Whether or not that is true, time will tell.
But we know it is happening in places like Haiti, Africa, South America and many places around the globe. Many times, dictators are responsible for quashing their own people and keeping them poor and in poverty.
But whatever the case, that doesn't deter the volunteers who make up Archangel Airborne. They understand that outreach is the key component of their mission.
That outreach can be working with local medical professionals to improve care on a permanent basis. It can also be a smile and hug to people who are in circumstances most of us can only imagine.
Page 3 of 3 - All of it is vital.
This local group, which includes people from all walks of life, has remained fairly low key since forming in 2010. They are focused on missions and making sure those in need get help.
Last weekend, they had a coming out of sorts, hosting an event at the airport to let people know what they are doing. It was a great event and attendance was good.
Hopefully, by having events like this, more and more people will get to know the group and understand what an important mission it has undertaken to help those in need.
It is a higher calling, indeed.