Wednesday, 28 October 2009


OCONOMOWOC - The West family has the kind of faith you don't see much these days. They gave up a job and a new house to do missionary work in Africa. After a plane crash took the life of Adam West last week, family and friends are once again finding strength through their faith.
It was six years ago that Adam and Carrie West found a new calling. "God called him and said, "I want you to be a missionary pilot," So Adam gave up his job at Briggs and Stratton, they sold their home," said friend Doug Harper. For years, Adam worked as a mechanic, training to be a pilot. The Wests were months away from realizing their dream, flying for missionaries in Zambia, Africa.
Then, last week, the unthinkable happened. Adam, 38, and his flight instructor were killed in a plane crash in Tennessee. The cause is still unknown. "This has kind of rocked our worlds. I remember when we all got the call, we were just stunned. This isn't what we expected," said Luke Dye, senior pastor at White Stone Community Church in Oconomowoc. On Sunday night, friends at White Stone Community Church remembered West at a harvest festival. They now hope to help Adam's wife Carrie and their children, 6-year-old Micah and 2-year-old Holly. "Literally, they gave up everything. Everything they had was what they fit in their car," Dye said. The church is hoping to raise funds to help the West family in their time of need. They are asking anyone who can to donate for the family.