Fall, 2021

We’re stepping out in faith, and watching God open doors as we look to continue a legacy of hope in Angola…

We knew Wings of Hope (WOH) was reaching the end of its life on the field, after 30 years of faithful service in Angola. As we began planning for its replacement, and just after we began our Capital Campaign to fund the new aircraft, God opened doors. A new Caravan, equipped with everything that was needed to operate in Africa, was available at an incredible price. Our senior leadership team began to pray- maybe, just maybe, this was meant to be our airplane.

The Caravan we were interested in had been purchased new for a mining operation in South America, but COVID-19 prevented them from taking possession of it, and they were motivated to sell it at a discounted price. God’s providence and provision enabled us to buy a perfectly equipped aircraft, while helping the previous owner sell a plane that was no longer of use to them – and all at a time when sales for this type of aircraft were hard to come by! It could only have been divine intervention.

We were not looking to purchase something before our funds were raised, and we were definitely not looking for a brand-new aircraft. We realized that purchasing earlier allowed us to sell our old Caravan earlier, and this would maximize the sale price we received. It also meant that we would not have to spend some of the money we hold in reserve for repairs. We believe God orchestrated this amazing opportunity, and it has come together into something beyond what any of us had hoped for. As we prayed and trusted through multiple roadblocks, including a bird strike which caused some damage, we came to trust that this was the aircraft for us, and the enemy couldn’t scare us off.

With this new aircraft, MAF will have a continued history of using a Caravan as a ministry tool in Angola. The partners we fly, and our mission of carrying these large teams and heavy loads of equipment, cannot be accomplished by a smaller aircraft. We are able to maximize our impact and our mission, all while operating safely because of the new advanced avionics and navigation system.

WOH provided faithful service in Angola for over 30 years, and is leaving a legacy of Hope. Imagine the legacy that this new aircraft is going to have. Its work will continue to make an impact for generations to come. It’s humbling to me, that the decisions and gifts that we make today will still be working for the Kingdom decades from now.

Thank you to all of those whose generosity has helped to continue this legacy, and please consider helping us keep our Wings of Hope in the skies of Angola.

In Him,

Brad Bell
CEO, MAF Canada

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Brad Bell

In 1988 Brad co-founded Campana Systems Inc., a Waterloo based software development company serving the healthcare and auto club industries. For 25 years prior to joining MAF, Brad served as the company’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer where he was responsible for software development of the company’s products and services. In his senior leadership role in Campana Brad was instrumental in growing the company organically and through acquisition to an innovative technology based firm. Campana was sold in 2014 and Brad is excited to follow God’s call in this next stage of his life.

Brad is deeply committed to the Christian community. He began his academic career with a one year study program at Emmanuel Bible College before studying Math Computer Science for five years at the University of Waterloo. Throughout his career he has participated in and supported a variety of missions with his time, talent, expertise and financial support.

Brad has served on the Board of many Christian organizations including six years on the Board at Crossroads International, the Christian media producer for programs like 100 Huntley Street, where he helped the organization through a period of transition from retiring founder, David Mainse, to a new CEO. Over the years, Brad has also held positions on the Board of his home church Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly.

Brad was pleased to be asked to join Mission Aviation Fellowship as the CEO. MAF is an incredible 75-year-old ministry providing help, hope, and heling to isolated people in over 30 countries.

Originally from Waterloo, Brad and his wife Darlene are parents to two adult daughters, Brieanna and Mallory, and grandparents to four children.