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We Are Coming to Whanganui and Hawera!

Tuesday 26 MarchCome anytime between 5.00pm - 7.00pmWhanganui Aero club, Whanganui Airport Wednesday 27 MarchCome anytime between 5.00pm - 6.30pmWaihi 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 opportunity to find out more about the worldwide ministry of MAF. Chat with some of the MAF New Zealand team and meet MAF NZ CEO Mark Fox. Come and see a M...

March 20, 2019

MAF is coming to Feilding's Field Day

We’ll be at the Central Districts Field Day at Mansfeild Park all three days, March 14-16. Find out about MAF’s worldwide work! We are looking forward to being at this year’s Field Day in Feilding. After you walk through the Agriculture Pavilion, you will find us a few hundred yards further on, on the left. We’ll be in section T20…you can’t miss our Cessna 206! This is a special opportunity to find out about Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). With a fleet of 130 aircraft in over...

March 11, 2019

Help Bring Lasting Change!

Over the almost 50 years Mission Aviation Fellowship has been in Arnhem Land, there have been many wonderful testimonies of the Lord’s breakthrough in people’s lives and communities. MAF families become part of the community; they live, work and worship in the ancient Aboriginal homelands. Over the decades, appreciation, trust and respect have become deeply rooted. MAF flights support a network of Christians who are serving the Yolngu communities: couples and families with Pioneers living in...

February 25, 2019

We are looking forward to coming to Feilding!

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 opportunity to find out more about the worldwide ministry of MAF. Chat with some of the MAF New Zealand team and meet MAF NZ CEO Mark Fox. Come and see a MAF plane that flew as a lifeline to isolated communities for 30 years! We warmly invite you to join us at this event! Tell your friends! All welcome. Sunday 3 MarchCome anytime between 1.00 ...

February 18, 2019

We'll Be At Festival One

This year it will take place between Friday 25 and Monday 28 January at Mystery Creek in Hamilton. We really enjoy the event, which has been described as “New Zealand’s ultimate summer festival celebrating the creative arts, Christian music and community and creating spaces for friends to make more friends”. If you are going this year, we would love you to come on over and say, “Hi!” See our operational Mission Aviation Fellowship aircraft and sit in the pilot’s seat. A team of staff...

January 10, 2019

In Just One Day

It was a busy Monday recently for the team of pilots and ground staff in Palu Indonesia for both Yayasan MAF Indonesian’s Kodiak and Helivida’s helicopter, delivering food, a full plane of medicine, two medical evacuations, and flying doctors in and out of two communities cut off by damaged roads. Two organizations, Yayasan Alpha Omega and World Share from Korea, working with a local church, donated food to be delivered to the communities of Kulawi and Omu that have been trapped without road...

December 17, 2018

A Safe Haven In Life's Storms

Peter and Avrienne Austin have been at Tree Tops Lodge for three years now. Tree Tops, in Cairns, northern Australia, provides a safe and relaxing environment for those involved in missions work throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Literally thousands of missionary families have passed through Tree Tops on their way to or from the field. People come to Tree Tops for a number of different reasons. Many come because they are desperately in need of rest after a stressful experience on the mission f...

December 12, 2018

We're coming to Whangarei and Whakatane

We are looking forward to coming to both Whangarei and Whakatane—and warmly invite you to join us. Tell your friends! All welcome. Come and see an operational MAF plane that flew as a lifeline to isolated communities for 30 years! This is an opportunity to find out more about the worldwide ministry of MAF. Chat with the MAF New Zealand CEO Mark Fox.Tuesday 4 DecemberWHANGAREI4.30-6.30pm Whangarei Flying Club, Gate 4, Hanger 10, Whangarei AirportWednesday 5 DecemberWHAKATANE4.30-7.00pm...

November 24, 2018

Help Keep MAF Flying

To fly Doctors Mark and Andrea Hotchkin back to the hospital in Chad where they provide basic healthcare to isolated communities would have taken MAF just six hours. Compare this to their arduous four days/three nights travel by land across the Sahara desert! This is how they described their journey: “We drove into the Sahara desert in driving rain, splashing through pools of water until we were stuck in a mixture of mud and sand. All our bags were unloaded and the digging started. After three...

November 21, 2018

Buy A Jerrycan Of Jet Fuel

Thank you for finding out about buying one or more of MAF’s $35 “Jerrycans of Jet Fuel” this Christmas! Each jerrycan card helps us make a flight that could change a life. With over 135 aircraft, MAF flies in some of the most challenging places in the world to bring emergency relief, long-term development and hope to people in places of deepest human need. But without fuel we cannot fly far! Each jerrycan holds about 20 litres of fuel—that’s enough for 20 minutes of flight. In many...

November 20, 2018

Bringing Change To One Community

MAF has been bringing printed Bibles, Audio Bibles and Bible CD’s into the community of Nungwaia, which in turn has brought change to those living there. Many have expressed their gratefulness—as well as requests for more resources. Many of the mothers in the Nungwaia community are excited about the Audio Bible. Many do not know how to read but they can listen to the Audio Bible while gardening, cooking, sleeping or just relaxing. It has greatly helped the mothers and they would like eve...

November 5, 2018

MAF/TRACK - Preparing Mission Ready Pilots

MAF New Zealand continues to be one of the highest per capita “sending” countries in the MAF world. With four women pilots and another to join them soon, we also have the highest ratio of women pilots per capita. But despite this success, we need to continue to identify, recruit, train and send more pilots into the mission field. Yet it takes someone special to be a MAF pilot. We set the bar high because, no matter what is going on around them, our pilots need to make sound decisions in diff...

September 17, 2018

Benji & Jess Hunt

As a missionary kid in the Philippines, Benji grew up watching missionary pilots and engineers and knew that he was called to the same work for the Lord. At 18 he returned to New Zealand to train in the Air Force as an aircraft engineer with the goal of working in the aviation field for missions. God opened many doors so that Benji could gain the exact experience he would need to partner with MAF NZ and put his skills to use for the Lord. Jess grew up in New Zealand and knew from the age of 7 th...

September 12, 2018

Change The Ending

“She is not dead yet,” said one of the villagers, “but she will die soon.” Lihut, a 15-year-old girl, was pregnant and trying to deliver, but the baby had turned. There was no healthcare at the time and the people in her village had no hope that 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. Lihut’s story was nearly over. ...

September 11, 2018

A Journey Across The World

Four young American students from Midwestern College in Kansas City, Missouri went to Chad to teach English and engage with the culture and the people. MAF was involved in flying them to their hard-to-reach destinations. Stephen, Arshia, Jackson and Jeremiah reflect on their time, in their own words. Jackson said, “There's a lot of uncertainty when travelling in that part of the world. You never know exactly what type of vehicle you're going to get, the people you're going to be with and you'r...

July 31, 2018

The Girl With No Feet

A little disabled girl was considered worthless—until she was noticed by someone outside her family. Imanya was only 6 months old when her mother left the home to do some errands in Abalwa village, east of Torit, South Sudan. Imanya woke up and started to cry and search for her mother. Inside the little tukol, built with clay walls and a thatched roof, there was a fireplace for cooking. Somehow the little girl crawled into the fire and was stunned with agony while her feet started burning....

July 28, 2018

Miracle Of The Conjoined Twins

Against all odds a pair of conjoined twins in the Congo were born naturally. Then they survived an epic 1,400 kms round trip to be separated! Anick and Destin, two baby girls who were born naturally at 37 weeks in the remote village of Muzombo, western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The family then travelled for 15 hours through the jungle on the back of a motorcycle, the twins wrapped in a blanket, to get to Vanga Evangelical Hospital, where they came under the care of Dr. Junior Mudji. Th...

July 10, 2018

Ryan Cameron

Ryan was born in Napier and has spent most of his life in Tauranga, New Zealand. He has been a member of his church from a young age and went to a Christian school and graduated from Faith Bible College in 2013. Ryan originally trained as a ballet dancer and now works as an aircraft mechanic and pilot for a regional airline based in Tauranga.At age eleven a missionary came to speak at his school. The stories the missionary told filled the class with horror and wonder. Following this talk Ryan be...

July 8, 2018

An Eventful Day's Flying

Pilot Danny Gill recounts an eventful day of flight training with Christiaan Haak in Kenya. I've been training for 6 months in Kenya, going through the process of license conversion and renewing my IFR (Instrument rating) on a C208 Caravan. I am nearing the end of my orientation flight training. I'd had two flights earlier in the week and am planning my “check ride” (so I can progress to solo flying). This Friday I was flying the shuttle service to Marsabit. It was an interesting day with lo...

July 4, 2018

Bridget Ingham

God first placed the desire to be a pilot in my heart when I was 11 years old. I grew up in a Christian family and eagerly pursued the abilities God has blessed me with, particularly in the areas of mathematics and science. I completed a PhD in physics in 2005 and spent two years working overseas in the UK and the USA as a research scientist before returning to New Zealand to continue my scientific career. During my undergraduate study I gained my private pilot’s licence, but let it lapse for ...

June 30, 2018

Gordon & Jannine Bland

Gordon and Janine were both born and raised in and around Wanganui New Zealand. They got married in 1976 and came to a new experience with the Lord in 1979. They raised 5 children, 2 of which have married and have children of their own. Gordon has been in the building industry for over 30 years as well as part time farming. They have been involved in various church roles, including mission trips and support. Janine Has served on the worship ministry for 35 years and has led ladies’ meetings an...

June 26, 2018

A Sawmill For PNG

In May, MAF flew a charter flight from Mt Hagen to Mougulu to transport a sawmill to the community there. Although the sawmill barely left enough room for passengers, the 45 minute flight was accompanied by another passenger from Care International, who was bringing care packages for the people. The earthquakes destroyed many of the food gardens local people depend on to grow their vegetables and a lot of people looked hungry. It seemed incongruous when a Bible School student thanked MAF for vol...

June 21, 2018

Supporting Schools In Madagascar

MAF is proud to support local schools in Madagascar! Yesterday, pilot Patrick Keller delivered 1,023 kgs of building materials for a school administration building in Marolambo. From the plane, the materials were carried through the village to the river where boats took the materials the rest of the way. It is very difficult to reach this place by road, but it’s only a 40-minute flight. A truck carrying building supplies for this project started out from the capitol but had to turn back due to...

June 18, 2018

Peter & Avrienne Austin

Peter & Avrienne Austin were married in 1977 and have two adult children and two grandchildren. They were baptized in 1984 at the Nelson Baptist church, after which they moved to PNG to work with Highway Motors, which was at that stage a branch of the Allegiance Training Association group in Lae. In total they spent 8 1/2 years in PNG, before moving to Hawaii to work as “Mission Builders” at the YWAM “University of the Nations” campus situated in Kona on the big Island of Hawaii. After H...

June 11, 2018

Sam Johnston

I was born and bred in Northern Ireland but at the age of 16 moved to New Zealand along with my parents, two sisters and the family dog Meg. I thank God for being raised in a loving Christian home, and for parents that taught me to value what was most important—my relationship with God. Working for MAF is a passion that was planted in me nearly 4 years ago. Not long after I began training as a pilot I heard about MAF and ever since that day God has impressed on my heart a desire to share t...

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