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Pastor publishes new book on Mission aviator

SoVaNow.com / August 12, 2013
Dane Skelton, pastor of Faith Community Church in South Boston, has published his second book on Mission Aviation. PAPUA PILOT: Flying the Bible to the Last Lost Peoples, is the personal memoir of Paul Westlund, a Mission Pilot that Skelton befriended after a visit to Papua, Indonesia in 2005. Westlund and Skelton began collaborating on the book in 2010, and were nearing completion in 2011 when Westlund was killed in a tragic crash in the mountains of Papua.

Westlund, a bush pilot with 25 years and 11,000 hours of experience, lived an adventure that most men only dream. He served the last and the least of the people of the earth: the unknown tribes of Papua recently emerged from the Stone Age, many still cannibalistic and warlike. The book includes photos of some of the exotic people and places Westlund served, fascinating peeks into emerging cultures and behind the scenes glimpses of bush pilot operations.

Each chapter, ripped straight from his logbooks, gives the reader a pilot’s-eye view of flying and faith on the far side of the world.

Skelton will be signing copies of the book at Windmill Farms Bake Shop at Hupps Mill Plaza on Friday, Aug. 30 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Profits from the book will go toward completion of The Westlund Center, a new home base, hangar and maintenance facility in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia, for the aviation ministry Westlund served. The book is available now at the Windmill Farms Bakeshop as well as Amazon.com, B&N.com, Christianbook.com and other internet retailers.

Skelton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



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