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75th Celebrations

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, Matamata from 6-8 November 2020.  

We want as many people as possible to be a part of this event! As we say in MAF, “All pieces play a part”. From its earliest days, MAF has depended on everyone working together to keep the MAF planes flying. Pilots, aviation engineers, IT support, financial managers, people who represent us in their local churches, prayer groups, board members and more! People who pray, people who give and people who go—no matter your role in supporting the work of MAF, you’re invited!

Over the weekend, we will look back to the pioneers who joined with Murray Kendon to found MAF, including Trevor Strong, Stuart King, Nate Saint and Betty Green (MAF’s first female pilot). We will honour and thank all who have served with MAF New Zealand over the past 75 years—and remember those who gave their lives flying for MAF.

There will be time to celebrate the incredible work taking place today and hear stories from some of our staff currently working with MAF overseas.

We will acknowledge and encourage the upcoming generation, those who are catching the vision for aviation and missions and starting on their path towards MAF. They are the ones who will carry MAF forward into the future!

Lastly, we will envision the future of MAF, with all of the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead and pray for new MAF ministries and initiatives.

This is going to be a weekend you won’t want to miss! Our Cessna 206 will be there to look at and sit in (with scenic flights on Sunday afternoon, weather permitting). There will be good food, activities and games for the young at heart, worship, special guest speakers, multimedia presentations, times to meet old friends and make some new ones…and some surprises too! But most of all we are going to thank God for His goodness and all that has been achieved. Spaces are limited, so register to ensure your place.

In the video below, Mark Fox, MAF New Zealand CEO, extends a personal invitation to you to join us as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of MAF.  Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this celebration.