Monday, 8 June 2009

The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

The worthy cause of air transport

At the news of the AF 447 air crash I was having a conversation with my good friend who had sojourned in Papua New Guinea for 2 years where he had at times had to travel to the most remote areas not reachable with regular means of transport.

He told me of MAF, the Mission Aviation Fellowship [1] which offers much needed transport to remote unprofitable areas in uncharted regions all around the world, in Papua New Guinea he found the lifeline of the services invaluable both to himself and the communities he liaised with.

I found their website and just from the first page was immediately inspired to instinctively support their efforts with a small donation.

Not trendy but essential

This afternoon, I received an acknowledgement of my small gift and more information about the work they are doing and how it is affecting people’s lives.

Now, the work of MAF is not pop star celebrity stuff, it would probably not attract the proponents or Live or Dead Aid but their selfless charitable service which is of the highest professional order with their scarce resources is more than commendable and should be supported by well-meaning people of the world.

That it is a Christian charity is beside the point though it presents a basis for the work they do in saving lives, bringing help, facilitating communication and engendering healthy existence with rural and sometime far-off communities, and obviously, there is a missionary component to these efforts.

I publish here, the thank you letter I received from them and urge you to consider the Mission Aviation Fellowship as part of your charitable giving portfolio.

Thanks.

The appreciation

Thank you indeed for your kind gift of £___ via our website. We receive so many calls to help make a significant difference to isolated men, women and children in all kinds of need, and we are so glad you are part of our team.

While the thought of catching any kind of ’flu worries people in our own country, imagine what it must be like to live with almost no healthcare. That’s why, at Madundas in Tanzania, 224 children were presented to doctors and nurses on a flying visit with our Mbeya Safari.

Almost 200 of the children were given vaccinations against at least one of polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis and measles. Give thanks that doubtless that day means more young children will now go on to live healthier lives.

We have taken delivery of our first new Kodiak 100 aircraft in the USA. The Kodiak operates on jet fuel rather than Avgas which is more expensive and scarce. Please pray that God will provide the resources for us to be able to upgrade our fleet with more Kodiaks.

The first Kodiak is expected to enter service soon in mountainous Papua, Indonesia, where there is a tremendous need for aircraft. In the past few weeks, our current planes there have carried a patient with a broken back, an unconscious pregnant lady, a teenager with a broken arm and leg, a lady needing a Caesarean section, another pregnant lady with an enlarged spleen and liver, and a man whose hand had been cut in machinery.

Also, a load of Dani Bibles was delivered to Mulia. Pray that those who read these Bibles will have their eyes opened to spiritual truth.

Once again, thank you for your practical partnership.

Yours sincerely,

(Name Supplied, Supporter Relations)

Sources

[1] MAF-UK Flying for Life

[2] MAF to Dedicate First KODIAK 100 - Mission Aviation Fellowship

Home - Mission Aviation Fellowship – International web site

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