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75th Celebration - New Dates

In 2020, MAF around the world celebrates 75 years since New Zealander Murray Kendon’s vision for using light aircraft to enable missions became a reality. Seventy-five years later, we are still flying in some of the most remote places on earth in order to “share the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology, so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed”. In New Zealand we are organising our own special weekend of celebration! Join us at Totara Springs, M...

July 2, 2020

Together We Learn

My name is Harriëtte Knigge and at the beginning of March, I flew to Moropote, in a remote part of PNG, with a friend Caroline Wälde, to give a trauma healing course. In typical Moropote tradition, Caroline and I were greeted with sing-sing and a beautiful welcome letter. The trauma healing course we brought to Moropote explained what wounds of the heart and grief are, as well as how we can help others. We also discussed what God says about all this, what we can learn from the Bible and what f...

June 25, 2020

Achieving the Engineering Dream!

Have you ever thought of becoming an engineer for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)? 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. After completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Dan worked as an engineer for a few years before he decided to take a backpacking trip through PNG. As part of his trip he visited some friends who were work...

June 3, 2020

Strategically Placed for the Battle Against COVID-19

For the past 75 years, MAF’s goal has always been the same—to overcome the barriers that keep people isolated from the help they need. Today, that barrier is COVID-19. Our regular flights have become restricted by the pandemic. Yet MAF’s commitment to bring “hope and healing” remains the same. As we have done before during times of great need, MAF is responding—and we need your help.  When this pandemic hit, MAF was already in place and operating in 30 developing nations...

May 25, 2020

An Update From Mark Fox

As events unfold regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Mark Fox (MAF NZ CEO) shares up to date information about how the virus is impacting MAF’s ministry, both here in New Zealand and around the world. There’s no doubt that the pandemic has impacted MAF programmes but, as far as possible, MAF’s ministry carries on and continues to need your prayer and support.  ...

April 14, 2020

From the First Day Until Now

“From the First Day Until Now” is a video specially produced as part of MAF’s celebration of 75 years of “Flying for Life”. It shows how one man’s life was changed—and how his life then transformed his community and the generations to come! This one simple story is repeated many times over in the 30 countries where MAF works. The light of Jesus is shared and touches other lives. The sound of a MAF plane approaching is the sound of hope. As you watch this video you can be sure t...

April 9, 2020

Update - 24th March

As events unfold regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to be in touch with you on how this is impacting MAF’s ministry, both here in New Zealand and around the world. As far as possible our work carries on and continues to need your prayer and support!Our goal is to respond wisely and without fear, while following the current NZ government advice about how to keep the workplace safe. Although our 75th Celebration has been postponed until November 6-8, MAF’s ministry around the world car...

March 24, 2020

New dates set for MAF New Zealand’s 75th Celebration

In light of recent Government announcements regarding the evolving situation with COVID-19, the MAF NZ Board has made the difficult decision to postpone our 75th anniversary celebration weekend in May. We realise this decision will be met with disappointment and we appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented and challenging times. As well as needing to keep the well-being of all attendees in mind, we also had a number of staff and guests planning on joining us from oversea...

March 24, 2020

Partnerships Make All the Difference

One of MAF’s core values is Partnership—we value the strength and diversity that co-operation and collaboration bring and partner with those who share our beliefs and values. One such partnership is with Lentera Papua, a small, efficient non-profit organisation that focuses on the highlands of Papua, Indonesia. They train and disciple the young generation of Papua to become professionals in ministry, aviation, medical, education and social fields. Lentera was using their PAC750 aircraft...

March 18, 2020

One Teams Story

When faced with an “impossible” journey, what do you do? Not long ago Micha, a young German with a passion for Jesus, joined a team of six planning to share the gospel with people in the remote Highlands of PNG. After a time of prayer, the team felt that God was putting a particular area on their hearts—but then they found out it would be almost impossible to get there. That was, until they got in touch with MAF, who told them they could fly the team in! Micah said, “Once we arrived,...

March 6, 2020

Calling all Aviation Engineers

The amazing work of MAF's Aviation Engineers allows our planes to keep flying. Meet some of the engineers in the hangar and see how vitally important their work is! To find out more about current vacancies with MAF: https://careers-mafint.icims.com/...

February 24, 2020

Fiona Vincent

Finance Manager My involvement with MAF began in 2009 when the Mareeba Maintenance Hangar was desperate for help in the finance department. We were living 30 kms west of Mareeba, on the edge of the outback with our five children. Since I had qualified as a Chartered Accountant and had many years’ experience in that field, the vacancy fitted my skillset. A year later the Mareeba Finance Manager retired and I was able to step into that role. I continued to homeschool our children. When we m...

February 10, 2020

New Amphibious Plane Arrives in Bangladesh!

Programme Manager Mark Blomberg writes: “The plane is here. It landed in Dhaka around 14:30. This marks the start of a new season for the MAF Bangladesh program and our ministry in this country”. The new Cessna Caravan C208 with Wipaire 8750 amphibious floats and the latest avionics equipment will replace our existing aircraft that has served in Bangladesh since 2005. The new arrival will enable MAF’s programme to better serve the people of Bangladesh for the next 15-20 years. Bangladesh i...

January 15, 2020

Nick & Ruth Hitchins

Dreams do come true—just never in the way we could ever have imagined! Nick’s initial dream of spending his life flying began as a teenager, but of necessity was put on hold for over twenty years until just recently, when God breathed new life into it. It has been an unfolding miracle: watching God bring together our family’s passion for flying, MAF’s vision of “flying for life” and our love of Jesus’ words, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the fullest abun...

December 26, 2019

Andy Campbell

Born in Gisborne, I became interested in aviation at the age of four and upon leaving home I joined the RNZAF as an avionics technician. Around 2000, I read personal accounts of Papua New Guineans and their experiences and response to the Gospel—it left an impression on me. I recall wondering if I might end up in PNG some day! Fifteen years on, I obtained a job with Pacific Helicopters, a commercial company based in Goroka (PNG Highlands). This has been ideal preparation for my role with M...

December 26, 2019

Jerrycans Of Jet Fuel

Over the years we have been amazed at God’s mercy and compassion for even the most marginalized and how, by working together, we have been able to bring God’s love to isolated people in places of deepest human need. Begun by two young pilots from New Zealand after the Second World War, Mission Aviation Fellowship now has 130 aircraft in over 30 nations and flies in some of the most challenging places on earth. In 2019 we flew teachers, pastors and resources to the aboriginal people living i...

November 18, 2019

The Greatest of These is Love

Francis Wayambo and his family moved to Australia from Papua New Guinea two years ago. Francis serves as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) in the MAF Arnhem Land programme. They live in the Yolngu community of Yirrkala and have established good relationships with the people there—everyone knows of the Wayambos and their passion for ministry among the children and youth of Yirrkala. Every week, they set up their local church building to run a thriving ‘Kids Ministry’. ...

November 5, 2019

A Girl With A Broken Arm

Mission Aviation Fellowship has been serving the remote areas of Papua New Guinea for over 60 years. Recently Mark Fox, the CEO of MAF New Zealand, had the chance to see first-hand the difference MAF makes. He was flying with a missions team in PNG when they made an emergency detour. A 4-year old girl had broken her arm in three places. With no roads in or out, the only access to her village was by air. Mark and the MAF team were able to fly her and her parents to a hospital for treatment. If no...

October 29, 2019

A Privilege To Help

In Western countries medical emergency needs are addressed through a country-wide call centre. In Germany for example, an ambulance should reach you within 15 minutes. The ambulance itself is furnished with high-tech medical emergency equipment, at least one doctor plus and two highly qualified nurses. It’s so different in Papua New Guinea—and even more challenging in remote areas! Recently a medevac was requested through a hand delivered letter!  This story is by Siobhain Dales in ...

October 18, 2019

Dodomona HF Radio Install

MAF sponsored six HF Radios’ to be installed in six different remote areas last year. Five of the six HF Radios were installed by our installation team in five remote communities in Edwaki, Kabori, Kwieftim, Yebil, and Seserimi which are located in the West Sepik Province and Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) installation team recently completed the installation of the 6th and final MAF-sponsored remote HF Radio installation in Dodomona, a r...

October 3, 2019

A Redbird Helps Pilots Prepare

In a milestone for the flight training department in PNG, the recently installed Redbird Flight Simulator was dedicated to enhance and improve in-house training on Caravan aircraft. On Thursday, 22 August 2019, during the little dedication ceremony, Markus Bischoff, MAF PNG’s Crew Training Manager, explained the advantages of the ‘sim’, as everyone is calling the Simulator, “Compared to a real aircraft, the sim is much cheaper to operate and we can use the actual airplanes for operatio...

September 23, 2019

Connect, Equip, Send - Our Highest Priority

We can have the aircraft, the fuel, the teachers, pastors and medical teams that urgently need to reach isolated areas. We can have the landing strips, the building supplies and educational materials...but if we don’t have the right staff, the MAF planes can’t fly. And at this point, many key positions overseas urgently need to be filled. If just one of these positions is vacant, it impacts on the whole programme—and in turn on all those who depend on MAF’s aviation services!  W...

September 18, 2019

What a Difference a Vaccine Fridge Makes!

Late last year our technical team installed a High Frequency (HF) Radio in Kabori, a remote village in PNG. The HF radio was installed in a local pastor’s house, part of which he dedicated to serve as a health clinic in Kabori—the only health clinic for the community. Despite the lack of proper health equipment and medicines, the local pastor went out of his way to help provide basic health-care treatment for people in need of medical attention. Upon entering the clinic, the Christian Ra...

September 5, 2019

Working Together in Bible Translation

It is 2019 yet there is still a long way to go to complete translating the whole Bible to Yolngu-Matha, the heart language of the Yolngu people. The encouraging news is that there are both indigenous and non-indigenous translators in North East Arnhem Land who have invested years in building relationships and learning language to effectively translate the Bible.  Yolngu-Matha was originally an oral language. Though the Yolngu excelled in bark paintings, traditional dances and other forms of...

August 27, 2019

The “Forgotten People” of Northern Kenya

The Turkana people call themselves “Emuriakin”, the forgotten people. This is understandable given the fact that the government’s attention towards this region was drawn off when the borders of southern Sudan were opened and the money left, together with the NGOs. All plans to develop the area were put on hold indefinitely, and Lokichoggio (the outermost Kenyan town, on the border with Sudan) became a town of derelict and abandoned buildings and people without hope. When a Swedish pilot an...

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