Watering the Earth
Rebekah Somandin, wife of MAF Arnhem Land’s Chief Engineer, accompanies the team on a Homeland Outreach to the remote community in Mirrnatja.Read More
Arnhem Land is a hot, humid, remote and physically demanding area in the Northeast of Australia’s Northern Territory.
Arnhem Land is a hot, humid, remote and physically demanding area in the Northeast of Australia’s Northern Territory. During the wet season, the flood plains swallow the main roads, rendering them impassable for months of the year. The weather is unstable during this period when flights are needed most, providing a constant challenge for our pilots to navigate. It is home to around 20,000 indigenous people.
MAF operates 11 aircraft to 56 different airstrips throughout Arnhem Land. Seven of these aircraft are owned by the Yolŋu themselves and operated by MAF pilots on their behalf as Laynha Air.
MAF delivers basic supplies, enables education, health care and development.
MAF families have become part of the community; they live, work and worship in the ancient Aboriginal homelands. After more than 40 years here, appreciation, trust and respect have been deeply rooted. MAF is almost the only external Christian influence in the area – providing a professional aviation service and an effective witness at the same time, and supporting the local church throughout the region.
Many Indigenous Australians in Arnhem Land possess a mobile phone, and our Technology Services team is able to share the Gospel by texting Bible verses every week. They have also been able produce MicroSD cards for mobile phones, containing countless amounts of Christian resources. The team also shows the Jesus film and distributes Bibles and Good News DVDs. Read more about Technology Services in Arnhem Land.