emergency response2018-10-25T16:28:01+00:00

When a disaster occurs, MAF responds quickly with air transportation, emergency communications, logistics support, and experienced personnel. Getting the right people to the right place at the right time.

We use our skills to get the right people and the right cargo to the right place at the right time, enabling our partners to respond well in remote, insecure and inhospitable locations. We are the missing piece that enables agencies to bring whatever is needed – medicine, shelter, food – to disaster victims.

Responding to disasters around the world is a key part of MAF’s mission to share God’s love through aviation so that isolated people will be physically and spiritually transformed.

John Woodberry
Global Manager of Disaster Response,
Mission Aviation Fellowship

MAF’s Global Manager of Disaster Response John Woodberry has spent more than 12 years responding to disasters around the world. Following a career in United Airlines, John felt a strong sense of calling to use his gifts and abilities in service to the Lord. He joined MAF in 1993 as a pilot/mechanic in Kalimantan, Indonesia and took on the Global Disaster Response role in 2006 following the tsunami in Indonesia two years before.

Responding to disasters around the world is a key part of MAF’s mission to share God’s love through aviation so that isolated people will be physically and spiritually transformed. Over many decades, MAF aircraft have responded to numerous disasters – from famine in Ethiopia and genocide in Rwanda to more recent major emergencies including earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal and hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. This year, we’ve been there to help the relief efforts for remote communities when an earthquake devastated parts of Papua New Guinea and another outbreak of Ebola occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Faith underpins all that John and the Disaster Response Team do. John shared: ‘The greatest challenge is coming into an unknown situation. You’re in a new environment, with new challenges and new needs. So, the first thing you’re going to do is pray and ask God to give you wisdom. You’re seeing people with urgent needs and the question on your heart is “How can I help these people?” God give me the strength to love, care and do the right actions in a rapid way.’

Stories about MAF’s emergency response work

Reuniting families in the midst of chaos

Stanley Lepar's miraculous reunion story. Today Yayasan MAF Indonesia (MAF) has been busy flying three tons of rice, two full medical teams and medicine to the village of Lindu, 20 minutes south of Palu. This area had been particularly hard hit by the earthquake. In [...]

Medicine for 1,500

MAF and Operation Blessing deliver medicine. Operation Blessing’s Indonesian branch, Obor Berkat (OBI), sent two teams of doctors to Palu just days after the earthquake and tsunami devastated the city leaving homeless and injured residents setting up makeshift tented camps across the town. The [...]

In just one day

It was a busy Monday 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 from the rest of the world

Until some major excavation takes place, the community of Kulawi in Indonesia is left isolated between multiple landslides that have cut off access in or out except by foot or air. The community of Kulawi, tucked in the mountains south of Palu in Indonesia, [...]

Using aircraft to bring earthquake & tsunami relief

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) continues to privide disaster relief flights to facilitate aid efforts on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, following a deadly earthquake and tsunami on 28 September 2018. The team arrived on Tuesday and are basing themselves out of the airport in Palu. ‘MAF [...]

MAF responds to earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia

MAF’s Disaster Response Team along with our programs in Papua and Kalimantan, is responding to the disaster on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, caused by a 7.4 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on Friday, 28 September. MAF’s Disaster Response Team along with our programs in [...]

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