Kompiam District Hospital Outreach – PNG

Thank you to MAF for being so willing to partner with Kompiam District Hospital to make outreach visits to the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea possible.

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How Working for MAF has Changed My Life

MAF Canada’s Tim Bax recently spent some time in Papua New Guinea. While he took away a wide range of impressions from his time in PNG, the most indelible impression left upon him was the profound impact MAF is having on the lives of our national workers, many of whom have been serving with MAF for decades.

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Microlet, Motorbike and a MAF plane

Have you ever looked at a photo in a MAF magazine or on a website and wondered, “I wonder what it’s really like to work there?” For most people traveling to the remote locations where MAF serves will never become reality and remain just a thought. But in August 2018, a group of seven Australians, aged from 15 years to 70 plus, accompanied by MAF Australia General Manager Ian McDougall, made the trip to Timor-Leste to see just what life and service there is really like.

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Inspiring Young Hearts

MAF Uganda recently hosted a field trip to their airfield. Some of the boys were so impacted they are now talking of becoming pilots one day. It gave them a strong sense of value to be given this opportunity. Who knows what will eventuate from this day out in Kajjansi airfield. One thing is clear, it was a lifetime highlight for these kids who will live off the memory for a very long time.

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CRMF Bible Box Testimonies, Prayer Requests and Statistics

The Bible Box is a project that both MAF and CRMF partner together on. It’s quite a simple idea, but it’s life-changing for people who have no access to Christian resources and Bibles. Here are some stories and testimonies from our MAF Australia pilots and MAF Papua New Guinea staff who help hand out these valuable resources.

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Teaching to Fish and Overcome Poverty – Liberia

The story of a remarkable woman, Sister Wilhelmena, who in 2012 in response to the poverty around her, started the Peoples Initiative Against Poverty Program. Sister Wilhelmena often uses the services of MAF in Liberia to further her work, saying, “sometimes when the roads are bad, we are trapped. There’s no way to get out to carry on the work we do. It’s not only to the church but the entire country who’s been facing problems with roads. MAF’s presence in Liberia has brought great relief. We are very, very grateful. You can ask anybody in this region that has ever flown with MAF and they’ll tell you we are grateful.” Read about her amazing work here.

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Bringing Education to the Remote

For over 40 years, MAF has been partnering with Yirrkala Homelands School and Laynha to bring education to the remote communities of Arnhem Land. Yirrkala Homelands School was formerly part of Yirrkala School, and the services for Homeland communities began in 1974. Since the very beginning, they have been using MAF services to transport teachers out to the remote Homelands.

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From Death to Life

“She is not dead yet,” replied one of the villagers, “but will die soon.”

A 15-year-old girl was pregnant and trying to deliver, but the baby had turned. There was no healthcare at the time in the dense jungles of Kalimantan, Indonesia, on the island of Borneo. The people in her village had no hope that this girl, named Lihut, would live.

So they turned to the local witchdoctor.

He and a few other men decided to jump up and down on the girl’s belly, thinking this would help. Of course, it only caused further damage.

On a nearby grass airstrip, a small airplane—a Cessna 185—touched down and John Hook, a pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), stepped out. Read what happened next here.

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A Story of Grace

This is a story of Grace. Emma Grace. She is alive today only by the Grace of God because, when Emma Grace was just two days old, she was left to die. Read more here.

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A Day to Remember – Harverson Memorial, PNG

The Harverson family came to PNG to find closure. What they found was connection and love.

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Didinga Bible Dedication – South Sudan

When MAF’s Cessna 182 landed in the village of Chukudum, it was the first time ever that the Didinga people in the south-east of South Sudan had seen a Bible in their mother tongue. It had been almost 40 years in the making and the excitement was great.

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Reconnecting Noru by Air

It has been twelve years since MAF has been able to land in the community of Noru in Papua New Guinea. Glenys Watson, First Officer on the MAF flight that recently reconnected Noru by air reports: “As we circled over the airstrip to inspect it, we could see plenty of people were out waiting to see what would happen. From the air, it looked good. The grass was cut short, and the wind was light. We made an approach to land. As we came into land, people lined the side of the airstrip, and all were clapping and cheering. We stopped and shutdown at the top of the airstrip where the majority of the community had gathered. We were met by men with bows and arrows dancing around the plane. As we climbed out, again the community clapped and cheered and hung flowers around our necks. The joy was obvious!“

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Well, This Isn’t Going to Work! – A Story from Papua New Guinea

Being a mission pilot these days in Papua New Guinea isn’t that much about flying missionaries. The number of missionaries in the country has declined a lot since MAF started its operation in 1951. Today, the MAF pilot is often the only expat missionary a remote community gets to see. However, the time spent on the ground with the community in many cases is limited to unloading the plane and to sorting out the passengers and loading for the take off.

Random opportunities do exist, however, when the timing is just right and the pilot can spend time with the people on the ground as recently happened to MAF Pilot Rick Velvin.

Enjoy his testimony of allowing God using him in an unexpected way.

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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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