One Final Emergency: MAF in Uganda

Back in March 2020, MAF was able to answer one last emergency before lockdown in Uganda grounded all of our operations for many weeks. David and Rose-Mary Salmon have been living in North Uganda for many years working with ex-child soldiers near Gulu. In March, Rose-Mary fell seriously ill and remaining remotely would have been extremely risky for her health.  MAF was able to fly them out to Entebbe on our last flight back in March when restrictions were put in place.David and Rose-Mary wrote this letter of thanks to God for all they have seen of His faithfulness to them over the years.

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Achieving the Engineering Dream!

Have you ever thought of becoming an Engineer for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)?  Is this something God might be calling you to do? Dan Perrett has just completed his apprenticeship in Engineering (Cert IV in Aero skills – Avionics) through Aviation Australia in Cairns. He achieved this after five years of dedication and hard work. […]

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Attacked by a Crocodile: MAF in Arnhem Land

During this time of world wide lockdowns and restrictions on flying, MAF Arnhem Land is blessed and grateful that they have been declared an essential service by the Northern Territory Government and can continue helping people in need during this Covid-19 Crisis. Read about the latest medevac on the link, rescuing a crocodile bite victim. Please help ensure MAF can continue helping people as we have for the past 75 years, by contributing to our current appeal: https://maf.org.au/covid/

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Exciting Updates from MAF Mareeba

2020 will be remembered as a very unusual year, when social distancing was the norm and children and parents alike, studied and worked from home, trying to ensure our safety from Covid-19.  However for MAF in Mareeba there are hopeful ventures afoot.

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Looking back over 75 Years of MAF: A Mother’s Day to Remember

One Sunday morning in May, six women set off from Kawito station, Papua New Guinea on an adventure set by God.  There was laughter in the air and a sense of freedom and celebration as these women zoomed off down the river. Maybe it was the anticipation of a break from the kids and a change of scenery or maybe it was the excitement of what lay ahead. 

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Aerial Health Patrol and Air Strip Surveys in Papua New Guinea

Mission completed! “We were happy to have finished the mission!” Standing in front of Sierra Delta Papa at the end of their 3 days flying are pilots Jan Ivar Andresen from Norway and Corné Noordhoek from the Netherlands. On Wednesday, they took off from Mount Hagen flying Sierra Delta Papa (P2-SDP), which is our dedicated […]

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Disaster Response in Uganda

There’s an overwhelming wave of trials hitting Uganda which are adding to the insurmountable struggles of lockdown. The latest is extreme flooding in Kasese, Western Uganda. At the same time, MAF Uganda’s runway has been flooded from all of the rain which is causing Lake Victoria to swell to record levels which haven’t been seen […]

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Looking Back over 75 Years of MAF: A Story from Grace and Earle Greaves

Grace and Earle Greaves served for over thirty years with MAF. Most of that time was spent at the MAF-AIR training base situated in Ballarat where they were involved in supporting and encouraging many others to ‘go forth’ to other lands. In this excerpt from ‘Wives Within Missionary Aviation Fellowship’ by Raelene Hawke, Grace writes […]

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A State of Readiness in Bangladesh

While numerous nations declare a ‘state of emergency’, MAF’s program manager in Bangladesh is declaring a ‘state of readiness’ to serve at this time in this densely populated country. Alone in the sky Mark Blomberg, MAF’s program manager in Bangladesh, shares, ‘Right now, we just want to maintain a readiness and an ability to respond […]

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Changing the Ending: One Face Mask at a Time

COVID-19 has brought about challenges that we at MAF were not even aware of. This being a shortage of personal protection equipment for our medical flights and our partner organisations providing health services. Most of the homelands we service in the Northern Territory do not have fully equipped surgeries, clinics or full time Doctors, they […]

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Travelling by Car in Timor-Leste

Why do MAF Programmes need good vehicles? Because we cannot always use planes to get where we need to go!

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MAF in Papua New Guinea through different eyes

Two German medical students spent their semester break volunteering at the Kompiam Hospital. They’ve had the privilege of flying with MAF to 2 remote villages for a clinic patrol with some team members from the hospital. This is there written account of their experience of rural clinics and flying MAF.

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The Greatest of These is Love

Article by Divyan Ahimaz, Area Communications Officer – Asia Pacific Region and Roshni Ahimaz Based on an account by Francis Wayambo, LAME Photos provided by Francis Wayambo, LAME Francis Wayambo and his family moved to Australia from Papua New Guinea two years ago. They live in the Yolngu community of Yirrkala and have established good […]

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A Royal Legacy – Demining Angola with MAF Partner HALO

You never know who you will meet in the course of a day of flying with MAF! on 27 September 2019, MAF pilot Marijn Goud had the privilege of meeting HRH Prince Harry while he visited a minefield being cleared by The HALO Trust in Dirico, Angola. Marijn shares: “It’s been an absolute honour to meet him there and be a part of the incredible work HALO is doing in Angola. This will benefit so many of the isolated people we serve.”

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MAF in Papua New Guinea – visit by the Swiss Ambassador to PNG

On Monday, 16 September 2019, when Papua New Guinea celebrated it’s 44th Independence Day, the Swiss Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Yasmine Zwahlen and her husband Pedro Zwahlen, Swiss Ambassador to Australia visited our MAF operations.

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Timor Leste: Health in Isolated Communities

Isolation is caused by many things in Timor-Leste! Some people here are isolated by jungley forests where no clear road has been made. Other people live perched high on the sides and ridges of mountains, with roads that often are impassable due to landslides, mud or generally poor condition. MAF Timor-Leste loves partnering with organisations like SHARE who bring health and education to some of the most difficult to reach places in our world.

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Light for Kargi’s Kids – MAF in Kenya

Kargi is one of the many areas in northern Kenya with only a vaguely defined airstrip. Without MAF, a trip to Nairobi would take almost 9 hours to drive in a car and 11 hours on Kargi’s few motorbikes. However, for most, the only option would be a 5-day trip on foot. Now, with MAF, it takes little more than 2 hours.

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What do MAF Pilots Do? MAF in Papua New Guinea

Sometimes I have been asked the question, “What does a MAF pilot do?” The answer is different for each country where MAF operates, and from one day to the next. In Papua New Guinea (PNG), we do many things; on any one day I could be a mailman, an ambulance driver, a hearse driver, a taxi, a delivery man, and many other things, including being a school bus driver!

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Verified Versatility: The MAF Shuttle Flights in Kenya

MAF’s shuttle flights are like flying busses that go from airstrip to airstrip to bring people and cargo to different locations. It requires a versatile aircraft and some planning. Sometimes rows of seats are removed or stacked on top of the cargo and reinstalled to make it all fit into the aircraft.

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Makeshift Medical Church – MAF in Kenya

Instead of a nine-hour drive, One Child Matters chartered two MAF Caravans to fly a medical outreach team of 18 people from Developing Workers to Lokori. From there they drove 25 km in a bus to Elelea and set up a makeshift clinic in the local church.

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