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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

We’re coming to Matamata!

This is a chance to meet the MAF New Zealand’s CEO and chat with some of the staff, who will be on hand to share insights into the work of MAF around the world. On site will be MAF New Zealand’s six-seat Cessna 206, which flew for MAF for 30 years, first in Cambodia and later in the remote far north of Australia. Come out on Wednesday 20 November, anytime between 5.00-7.00pm. Waharoa (Matamata) Aerodrome,  State Highway 27, Waharoa. Hope to see you there! Bring your friends, all in...

November 14, 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

We’re coming to Gisborne and Masterton!

This is a chance to meet the MAF New Zealand’s CEO and chat with some of the staff, who will be on hand to share insights into the work of MAF around the world. On site will be MAF New Zealand’s six-seat Cessna 206, which flew for MAF for 30 years, first in Cambodia and later in the remote far north of Australia. MAF warmly invites everyone to come to Gisborne: Thursday 7 November, anytime between 5.00pm-7.00pm. Gisborne Rescue Helicopter, Gisborne Airport. Masterton: Sunday 10 November, an...

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

It’s Time To Celebrate!

In 2020, MAF around the world will celebrate 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 Spring...

September 12, 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...

July 25, 2019

Help Transform a Nation!

Can you imagine being among the 70% of the population of Timor Leste who live in rural areas? You would face significant inequality with those in the capital Dili. In fact you, your family and your community would face urgent medical and health issues that include: Rheumatic heart disease (one of the highest rates in the world —1 in 20 children impacted)Tuberculosis (51% of the nation has latent TB)HIV/AIDs (there was a 15% increase in cases last year)Child malnutrition and stunted growth ...

July 15, 2019

Tali Takes To The Air

Tali Grace is currently training to become a pilot at the MAF Flight Training Centre at Mareeba. Her journey to MAF began when her Dad took her to visit PNG in 2008. On her first flight in a small aircraft, Tali sat beside the pilot and found the experience exhilarating. She feels this is where the seeds of wanting to become a pilot were planted.While in Year 12 she was particularly exhausted on the Friday before a school band performance. Her Mum suggested she stay home and rest, but Tali felt ...

July 8, 2019

A Force To Be Reckoned with!

Joe Knighton, Senior Flight Instructor for Mareeba Flight Training Centre strongly believes that, “God gives us skills and abilities, and it is our duty to use those skills to help others.” Growing up in England, Joe’s first flight was at the tender age of 14 as an Air Cadet. This led to his first solo flight at 18. He was all set to enter the Air Force, when—at just 19—Joe had a debilitating motorcycle accident, which left him paralysed. While in hospital he had been told repe...

July 2, 2019

Managers Needed

TREE TOPS LODGE IN BEAUTIFUL NORTH QUEENSLAND is a joint venture of MAF and Wycliffe. It provides accommodation for missionaries seeking a break from the mission field, offering rest in a peaceful Christian atmosphere. There are currently positions for Management Team Members, typically husband and wife couples, that urgently need to be filled.  POSITION TITLE: Management Team Members (typically husband and wife team). POSITION TYPE: Full-time volunteer on a rotating two-week roster that in...

May 27, 2019

Clean Water, Fresh From the Mountain!

Flying over the highlands of PNG and looking down on the huge forests, more and more houses with a corrugated iron roof can be spotted. For hundreds of years the people used to live under a grass roof. Many still do. But apart from easier maintenance and higher sustainability, having a corrugated iron roof helps with collecting rain water. However, even for those with corrugated iron roofs and a small drum to collect water, after a couple of days of dry weather this runs out. Then a time-consumi...

May 20, 2019

Help Dreams Come True

In 2013 Josephine was living in an orphanage in Kajo Keji, South Sudan. She was a teenager, exhausted by a life that had left her powerless. Her broken wheelchair had condemned her to crawling on the ground, her legs and knees caked in mud. The only way Josephine could keep her dream of an education alive was to crawl to school and back every day.Verses like the one below show God’s amazing mercy and compassion for every person on the planet, even the most marginalized:He raises the poor from ...

May 16, 2019

Overcoming “Runny Ears” in Arnhem Land

From the very beginning, the vision of the Menzies School of Health Research has been a commitment to examine, understand and improve Indigenous health, including those living in Northern Australia and the tropics. Thirty four years later, the organisation has four headquarters across Australia, with an influence that spans across the developing countries of the world. Menzies is the global leader in tropical research into life-threatening illnesses. For the past two years, MAF has helped fly M...

May 13, 2019

MAF Makes It Possible

Friedemann Urschitz, from the Liebenzell Mission in Austria recently wrote: Thanks to MAF I was able to get to remote villages to conduct courses, get airstrip equipment repaired and visit churches over an eight week mission trip to the East Sepik Province of PNG. Without MAF’s flights into remote villages, I could not have done that many visits and courses. The first village MAF flew me to was Nungwaia. Shortly after we landed, the pilot sold almost a full box of Bibles and some reading glass...

May 6, 2019

Second Disaster in Five Weeks for Mozambique

Cyclone Kenneth struck Mozambique April 25-26, 2019, just five weeks after Cyclone Idai caused large scale devastation and loss of life. In response to this latest disaster Mission Aviation Fellowship again mobilized staff from its Nampula base (the largest city in northeastern Mozambique) to assist, along with staff from the MAF Disaster Response Team. On 27 April, MAF delivered a load of rice, sugar and candles to the island of Ibo, which was hard-hit by the cyclone. More than 160,000 people h...

May 1, 2019

We Are Coming to Whanganui and Hawera!

We are looking forward to coming to Whanganui and Hawera, and warmly invite you to join us at one of these events. Tell your friends! All welcome. Tuesday 14 MayWelcome anytime between 4.30pm - 6.00pmWhanganui Aero club, Whanganui Airport Wednesday 15 MayWelcome anytime between 3.30pm - 5.00pmWaihi Road, Hawera Aero club, Hawera Airport With a fleet of 130 aircraft in over 30 countries, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flies in some of the most challenging places in the world! This is an opport...

May 1, 2019

Flying Over the Mud!

Only 43% of Chadians have basic access to clean water. International Aid Services (IAS), a relief and development organisation based in Denmark, drills wells to provide clean water to those who need it most. Luke Lunsford works with IAS in Chad—but sometimes the biggest obstacle to his work is dirty water. In rainy season it can be almost impossible to travel because of flooded rivers and thick mud. According to Luke, travel in and out of Hadjer Hadid (an area in eastern Chad) is “one o...

April 23, 2019

A Medevac for Meshack

A Friday night in October 2017, four gunmen killed a security guard and six students while injuring another 18 at Lokichoggio Mixed Secondary School, close to Kenya’s border with South Sudan. A former student, who had been expelled from the school due to indiscipline, led the three other armed men in the deadly revenge mission that lasted three hours. The attack happened between 1 and 4am—but the police didn’t arrive at the school until 5am. Therefore, the attackers had plenty of time ...

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