P2-MEW is the fifth of the six brand new Cessna C208 aircraft that will serve the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) with MAF.

On Friday, September 27th 2019 P2-MEW, a Papua New Guinea (PNG) registered aircraft, left the Mareeba aerodrome. Before its departure, our MAF Mareeba team came together outside the hangar to pray for its journey to Mt Hagen, captained by MAF PNG’s Flight Operations Manager Brad Venter, as well as its purpose to serve the people of remote Papua New Guinea.

P2-MEW’s Arrival and Dedication at Mt Hagen

P2-MEW touched down in the early afternoon at the Kagamuga airport Mt Hagen. The aircraft wasn’t greeted in the traditional manner of a water salute by the airport’s Fire Department, but rather got washed down with a heavenly rinse due to the rain at arrival time.

After the custom and quarantine officers were done with their required admin work, the aircraft was unloaded and our Mt Hagen based MAF team came together to dedicate our new aircraft, P2-MEW, to its service for the people of remote PNG.

In his speech, Godfrey Sim, MAF PNG’s Church and Community Partnership Manager addressed the significance of the strong partnership with Mission EineWelt (MissionOneWorld) which is quite unique but also represents the many other organisations and people that partner with us to support our operations through financial support, staff, and prayer.

The team then gathered around the new aircraft in a big circle, and Hudson Higlett, wife of our IT Manager, spoke words of thanksgiving and blessing to dedicate this aircraft for its purpose to serve the isolated corners of Papua New Guinea’s highlands and lowlands.

P2-MEW’s First Operational Flight

On Monday, September 30th, after receiving a compressor rinse by the engineering team and once the thick morning fog finally lifted, our brand new Cessna Caravan P2-MEW took off towards Yambaitok for its first operational flight serving the people of remote Papua New Guinea. On board were a pastor and another passenger, along with MAF Pilots, Captain Mathias Glass and JanIvar Andresen, who is currently being trained for operational flying.

Waiting at Yambaitok was our MAF PNG Ministry Team who had spent the weekend by invitation from this community to run an outreach program, sharing the gospel in different ways to encourage the congregation there.

Preparing for departure, some of the community posed with the pilots and outreach team in front of the new aircraft acknowledging their appreciation for MAF.

Story Mandy Glass. Photos Amanda McCall (AMC), Brad Venter (BV), Lisa Campbell (LC), Mandy Glass (MG) and JanIvar Andresen (JIA)