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Critical Decisions, Correctly Made = Lives Saved

“I send you this email about yesterday’s drama for me and the Wewak team. Elijah was diagnosed with a burst Appendix. When he reached Australia, it had not burst yet, but he was warned he had less than twelve hours to live. Had we not taken the extra steps to save him, he would have died.” – Paul Woodington, MAF PNG

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A MAF Christmas Story, Papua New Guinea 1970

Jim and Ruth Charlesworth served with MAF from the highland base at Wamena in Papua. Jim recently sent through this recount of a memorable Christmas time encounter in 1970.

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Delivering Rice and Christmas Cheer

The “Beras Natal” (Beras = Rice, Natal = Christmas) flights are something that is unique to Papua. Churches and villages purchase literally tons of rice for their Christmas celebrations and the MAF facility in Wamena has stacks and stacks of rice waiting to go out to villages. As a pilot, sometimes it seems tedious to fly and unload all of this rice. But, when I imagine the festivities that it will contribute to surrounding the celebrations of our Lord’s birth, it becomes a joy. Read more here…

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MicroSD Cards for Christmas – Arnhem Land, 2013

Just imagine the possibilities when you combine mobile technology and the ability to reach remote locations in a MAF plane. That’s what Peter from MAF Technology Services Arnhem Land did.

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Blessings Beyond Belief

In September this year, the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) headquarters in Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea received an interesting request. The Yamka community, greater tribal clan(s) living around the area of the airport (Kagamuga), wanted to have a celebration honoring MAF for its more than 65 years of service and commitment to rural communities of PNG.

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Fleeing for her Life

After a short 15 minute flight, we arrived at A* and met the missionaries there. One of the missionaries quickly pulled Jason aside and told him that, as well as our booked load, they wanted us to put a young woman, Susan*, on the aircraft and take her to Goroka. She had been abused and brutally beaten by her husband over several days and he was intending to kill her. Susan had managed to escape and had found refuge at the mission station. The missionaries had hidden the woman in their house, but now they needed to move her and had arranged a safe house for her in Goroka.

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Visiting Gäwa

In East Arnhem Land, MAF is partnering with Gäwa Christian School to bring a full education to the remote homelands.

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