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Commissioning Service for the New Training Aircraft

The unseasonal grey clouds and rain showers did not dampen the celebration of the commissioning of a new MAF Cessna 182T training aircraft in Mareeba. Registered as VH-WLX, the plane has been fully funded by Australian donors: Geoff and Bev Atkinson, a legacy gift from Trevor Withnall, and 800 others who responded sacrificially to the fundraising appeal. MAF could not serve without the generous support and long term partnership of like-minded individuals who seek to transform the lives of people living in poverty and isolation. Read more about the event here.

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Helping to stop the spread of hepatitis in South Sudan

Hepatitis is a very serious, infectious and life-threatening disease. In parts of South Sudan the occurrence is so high that it can be categorized as an epidemic. Dr. David Anthony Tikimo, a specialist in tropical medicine and endemic diseases, has volunteered to help get the spreading under control. Dr. David boards the MAF Caravan in Juba together with boxes of medication and a young girl who had been tested positive with the Hepatitis B virus. The virus had entered the secondary stage, and she was vomiting blood (haemoptysis), her adomen and her legs were swollen, and it was difficult for her to defecate.

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All in a Day’s Flying!

All in a day’s flying! 9 hours, 13 landings in-between and a total of 270 minutes in the air transporting people and goods around Papua New Guinea. This is MAF Papua New Guinea.

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Meeting Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation Needs (Part 2)

On Thursday, the 23rd of May, the Twin Otter P2-MFT did a charter flight from Mt Hagen to Mougulu to transport a sawmill and food care packages to the community there. Also on board were Mandy Glass, MAF PNG’s Communications Officer and Laura Meeks, daughter of our Engineering Manager.

Part 2 of this story provides more background information on how this charter flight is going to meet earthquake and rehabilitation needs for the people at Mougulu and the surrounded area.

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Meeting Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation Needs (Part 1)

On Thursday, the 23rd of May, the Twin Otter P2-MFT did a charter flight from Mt Hagen to Mougulu to transport a sawmill and food care packages to the community there. Also on board were Mandy Glass, MAF PNG’s Communications Officer and Laura Meeks, daughter of our Engineering Manager.

Part 1 of this story is a personal account of the flight by Laura Meeks.

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Refugee Response

MAF is working with Samaritan’s Purse to help refugees in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Francis Houghton, Regional Director with Samaritan’s Purse says, “Every time I come here from North America, which is at least four times a year, I fly with MAF wherever I am. Samaritan’s Purse goes to places where others don’t like to go. We try to access the areas that are difficult to reach. Quite often they’re only reachable by air and MAF is there to take us. It’s because of that transport and service that beneficiaries are getting what they need.”

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Restoration of the Forgotten

KeA and Birgitta Arnlund are devoted to missionary work, and have been actively involved with MAF for many years. For the past nine years they have been investing their talents in helping the Turkana people of Lokichoggio in northern Kenya in an ever-expanding ministry of schools, evangelism, community development and food distribution.

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