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MAF—The Lifeline to Missionaries at Owena

”MAF is our main lifeline connection and continues to service the community through medevacs, bringing in medical supplies, taking out coffee, etc.” These are the words of Judy Young, a missionary, after her fourth return to Papua New Guinea to serve the people of Owena through a new missionary training school. Owena is a village situated around a steep airstrip on a mountain range in the Eastern Highlands of PNG with no road access. The people often walk between one and one and a half days ...

June 21, 2021

A Small Act of Kindness

Six year-old David came to see the MAF plane in Hamilton last year and he loved it. He was excited about the Christmas Jerrycan cards too. He liked how MAF helps people in other countries with the supplies they need. Over the summer David decided he wanted to raise some money for MAF. He used a refreshments stand he had built with some spare wood lying around and sold lemonade made with lemons from their tree. He added some pocket money he had been saving each month to total $57 and sent it to M...

May 18, 2021

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May 14, 2021

The Flying for Life magazine is out!

We are excited to send you our next edition of Flying for Life magazine. Hear of the continued vision of MAF NZ from Mark Fox and how MAF internationally is continuing to navigate COVID-19. Read about MAF New Zealand’s hangar purchase and development and be challenged by our latest candidate’s journey to MAF. And, as always, there is much, much more. Hard copies of the magazine are available. If you would like to receive one, contact our office at: info@maf.org.nz...

April 29, 2021

Wearing Many Hats!

Often commercial pilots become jaded by the repetitive flying they do and begin to hanker after more challenging flying. Working for MAF often means learning to handle a variety of roles and developing the ability to “wear many hats”. It’s seldom boring! Since starting out in Tanzania as a pilot in 2005, Martin Zimmerman has worn a number of different MAF hats, including ground ops training, Flight Training (Crew Training Manager) and Chief Pilot. In 2014 he and his family moved to Uganda,...

March 25, 2021

Flying for Peace

We all know that sin and pride results in a world marked by division and “isms”; racism, consumerism, ethnocentrism, elitism, agnosticism, atheism, and many other “isms” that separate—and finally end in conflict. The Bible is quite clear about the root cause of conflict; “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel...

March 18, 2021

Supporting Bible Translation and Literacy in Liberia

MAF partners Aaron and Amy Speitelsbach have served with mission organisation Ethnos360 since 2007, first studying French in France, then moving to Abidjan, Ivory Coast for one year, before relocating to a village close the Liberian border for two years and finally settling across the border in Liberia in 2011. They are working among the Glarro, a people group numbering about 4000-5000, who live mainly on the border between Ivory Coast and Liberia. “We are doing church planting work,” Aaron ...

February 25, 2021

Jonny & Glenys Watson

Jonny and Glenys Watson, along with their children, Katie, Alana, Danielle and Lucy are from Hamilton, New Zealand, and have been MAF in PNG since 2017.  Glenys is currently a Mission Pilot in the Papua New Guinea programme flying the Cessna 208 Caravan. She finds joy in flying into bush strips in the mountainous and challenging terrain in the Highlands of PNG and seeing spiritual and physical transformation in these isolated communities. The Watson family live in the city of Goroka where t...

February 9, 2021

Jonathan & Michele Pound

Jono and Michele met in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and were married in 2010. They have four children, Abby (9), Daniel (8), and twins—Joseph and Benjamin (6), who are all home schooled by Michele. Prior to having children Michele worked as an outdoor activity instructor in the UK, trained and worked as a chef, and flew in the RNZAF as a Navigator. Jono joined the Air Force as an Avionics Technician and after six years remustered to pilot. After completing his wings course he ...

February 2, 2021

A Bold New Vision

Great news! We have made the first step towards purchasing a hangar at Tauranga airport, which will be developed into the Kendon-Strong MAF Centre! In response to the urgent global need, the Kendon-Strong MAF Centre will allow us to meet the changing landscape of recruiting and developing missionary pilots, engineers, ground staff, managers and leaders. It will be a “hub” of MAF activity—prayer, fundraising for the work overseas, recruitment, equipping of new staff, training and connec...

October 8, 2020

The Humble Hero

Greeting Trevor Strong is like meeting a long lost friend. His warmth and graciousness are the first things I notice as I shake hands with one of the men who, in the midst of the horrors of WWII, dreamed that aircraft could be used for a better purpose than war. Trevor Strong is also a true gentleman, and the first thing this soon-to-be- centennial does when I meet him in his rest home on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand is to offer me his chair. He asks me about myself and my work, and ...

September 30, 2020

High Impact Flights!

Tod Aebischer, Country Director in PNG, recently flew from the “remote—to the really remote” to see first-hand the difference even one MAF flight can make on a community. Despite the heat and humidity of the lowlands, being soaked with sweat and the buzz of mosquitoes, Todd reported, “I can tell you...I was surprised and pleased beyond my expectations. This is truly “high impact flying!!” On his two-day trip Todd saw how, in partnership with others, vaccination programmes, airstr...

July 21, 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

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 almost 30 years until just recently when he completed a year of pilot re-training with MAF in Mareeba.  After a career spanning Business Admin, Operations Management, Film & Television Production and more recently as the CEO of an IT company, Nick’s career has taken him around the world and ...

December 26, 2019

Andy & Sharon 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...

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