I have had the privilege of visiting MAF programs in different countries. Each program is so uniquely different – MAF tailors its presence in each country to meet the special needs and challenges native to each area and its people. In Papua New Guinea, for example, the program’s service is vast as MAF provides humanitarian aid, medical flights and supports missionaries in isolated mountain villages. Our flights are integrated with the local economy as we y produce, including coffee, to the market so that even in remote areas they have viable income from their farming.
One of the things that became very evident on my most recent trip is that as they serve in these programs around the world, our missionaries are on the front lines. Challenging situations are part of their lives every day. Some of them serve God in difficult political climates, geographically extraordinary areas and places of extreme poverty. In each case, MAF missionaries go to “the end of the road” and beyond to share God’s love through aviation and technology.
Over the holidays I had the pleasure of speaking with an MAF donor who expressed his gratefulness for these families that are willing to go to these places to serve God. The reality is that without supporters like him, and like you, we could not reach these areas. We are thankful for you, as you partner with us to see the tangible love of God reach people in some of the world’s most remote places. Thank you!
As we look ahead, the need for workers in the field is astonishing. In 2017 we will continue to invest resources in recruiting new staff who are called to serve overseas. From pilots and AMEs to managers, teachers and IT specialists, it takes a variety of skilled and passionate people to carry out MAF’s ministry.
We are also looking forward to using technology in new and exciting ways to enhance MAF’s ministry around the world. An e-learning classroom solution for remote schools utilizing the Raspberry Pi, a leading edge miniature computer, is being developed and deployed.
We are focused on growing to meet the incredible needs in the countries that we serve in as God leads and directs us. Thank you for being our partners in mission! Your interest and support enables us to meet our mission and vision, for God’s glory.
Whether gifts are big or small, God is the source of them all. In my previous career as a high-tech entrepreneur, we frequently linked increased marketing or product improvements with increases in sales. We linked doing more with getting more. God’s economy is different. At MAF, I am reminded time and again that God wants us to be faithful to do the work, but He is the one who brings the harvest. Each and every one of your donations helps us to extend God’s love into some of the most remote and isolated areas of the world.
Your donations are enabling us to reach new places, like Myanmar, with hope and healing in the name of Christ.
Your donations also allow us to be ready for situations we cannot predict; like Hurricane Matthew that recently tore through the island nation of Haiti. MAF aircraft were there and ready to evacuate people to safety both before and after the hurricane struck. Your gifts allowed us to be able to immediately fly survey flights to assess the damage, helping our partner organizations to plan their response and get aid to those in the hardest hit areas as quickly as possible.
No matter how remote an area or how unexpected the situation, your donations help to fuel MAF’s work, sharing God’s love through aviation and technology.
The focus of the MAF Home Office staff is to serve and support our overseas staff to the best of our ability so that they can, in turn, help and serve those around them. By caring for and supporting our overseas staff with details like insurance, donation processing, correspondence, and member care, they are better able to focus on the needs of their program, and the people they are there to serve.
We also support our staff in prayer. Prayer is one of the ways we are privileged to join with you, our supporters, in God’s work through MAF. We really understand our supporters don’t only give of their finances to support MAF’s mission, but also support our staff by praying for them, and for MAF. We know how important that is! We have seen God answer prayers for our staff and organization in amazing ways.
Stuart King, one of MAF’s British founders, recently wrote this prayer for MAF’s ministry:
Lord, thank you for your peace, protection, and provision. We pray that MAF will always have:
One purpose – the glory of God
One pathway – the will of God
One passion – the love of God.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
I hope that you will join with us in praying this prayer for MAF and our staff around the world.
Thank you for your ongoing support of MAF’s work!
Our Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs), are constantly at work in the hangar and beyond, ensuring that our planes are in top working order, that inspections are carried out and that problems are found on the ground and not in the air. Teachers are another vital part of our staff as they impact Missionary Kids and local children in the classroom, (and outside as well!), on a daily basis. Their service allows families to serve in areas in desperate need without worrying about their children receiving a proper education. There is also our IT staff who work diligently to maintain and develop internet and communication infrastructure that is so vital to MAF’s work in remote areas where such infrastructure does not always already exist.
You will see evidence from our Annual Report that there is another significant part of our team enabling MAF to carry out lifesaving flights each day. Each one of you, our supporters, who have joined MAF through the giving of your finances and prayers, plays a significant role in seeing our mission accomplished with every flight!
Since starting with MAF I have been amazed at the number of people I have met who have an MAF story. Not because they have worked for MAF, but because they have been involved with an agency that MAF has supported. Whether it was a flight to get them to and from the field, or a life-saving medevac or supply drop, MAF was there to help in the work God had sent them to accomplish. You find MAF in the weirdest places – which is a good thing! It allows us to serve alongside more than 1,500 partner organizations, enabling them to reach these isolated places with greater speed and safety, multiplying the effectiveness of their resources and work.
The work done by organizations such as World Vision, UK Aid, HALO Trust and Samaritan’s Purse is supported and facilitated by MAF flights and infrastructure. The pages of this website are full of these connections: from working with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force to deliver food to areas where their aircraft are simply too large to land, to flying children with special needs in rural Mongolia to Reaching the Light ministries where they will receive life-changing physiotherapy, and delivering eye surgeons to remote areas of war-torn South Sudan. MAF is there, working to see these people receive the love and care of God in tangible ways.
You may remember the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus shared in Luke 10:25-37. Finding a man beaten and robbed by the side of the road, the Good Samaritan didn’t hesitate to help. At the end of this parable Jesus says to those listening to “Go and do likewise”. Sometimes our calling will bring us to the front lines where recognition is abundant, and sometimes we will be actively working where others may not as readily see us.
The important thing is that we are following God’s direction, working together to accomplish the work He has set out for us to do. Thank you for joining with us to accomplish His work!
People like our dedicated MAF Advocates give of their time and energy to represent MAF. Just recently, when an opportunity arose to host an MAF booth at a local Christmas Concert a phone call was made and an MAF advocate was ready and willing to show up at a moment’s notice.
This fall I learned of a lady in the Kingston area who, after reading about the story of Nate Saint and the other missionaries who gave their lives in Ecuador reaching out to the Waorani people, began supporting MAF. She faithfully gave a monthly gift for over 28 years! It was my privilege to thank her in a small way by giving her a small wooden cross that I had carried back from my trip to Ecuador, made from the wood of Nate & Marj Saint’s original house.
Without the faithful prayer support we receive from our Prayer Partners, the work of MAF simply could not go on.
We appreciate each of you, our donors and partners in this ministry, greatly. Publications, such as this Flying for Life magazine, our 2016 Calendar and our Prayer Diary, are our way of saying thank you, and keeping you up to date on how your donations are fueling God’s work through MAF.
Another way we would like to show you our thanks is by offering a Planned Giving seminar, through ADVISORS with Purpose, to all of our MAF donors. When I took this seminar a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learned, even though I thought I already had a pretty good knowledge base on tax laws. These seminars are full of good, solid information about estate planning and no matter which charities you choose to include in your will, by doing this type of estate planning you will most likely reduce the taxes that your estate pays. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity; I think you will find it is really worth your time!
The Bible tells us that it is not the size of the gift, but the motivation behind it that gives that gift its eternal value: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Thank you for all that you have entrusted to us, to help us accomplish God’s work together.
I was joined on this trip by a couple of amazing and humble MAF donors who provided the majority of the funding for the new Quest Kodiak aircraft being celebrated in Ecuador. We were there to attend the special dedication ceremony being held to mark its arrival and commissioning into service. This mission-centric aircraft has an enormous capability and will be serving the people of Ecuador for a very long time.
We were also able to ride along on a flight that took us to Palm Beach. It was a sobering experience to stand there, the site where Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Peter Fleming were killed by members of the Waorani tribe. Their prayer was to see these people reached with the Gospel and through His provision, God answered that prayer, though not as anyone had expected and not without great cost. It amazes me to think that the families of these men did not respond with anger, but rather with love and forgiveness. As they sought to do more for the Waorani, they saw many of them accept Christ.
I was struck when we visited the Waorani village that there was no technology to be seen. Little electrically powered conveniences and no water purification system, and yet they were completely at ease with the high tech Kodiak in their midst. Through experience, they had come to realize that the plane was a useful tool that could help them in many ways.
We met Dyuwi Tani who was a member of the raiding party that killed the missionaries on Palm Beach. He shared with me that their village had been praying for more than ten years that God would provide them with a larger aircraft. He fully understood the capabilities that such a plane would bring and the urgent needs it would fill. It was remarkable to see the joy in Dyuwi’s face – he simply believed and always knew that God would provide such a plane. It was incredible to be there to witness God answer that prayer.
As you surf this website, I hope that you will be encouraged by the stories of hope and reconciliation, and the unique ways our partners use MAF in their efforts to reach those in physical and spiritual need.
Psalm 133:1 reminds us “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
We are blessed to work alongside our partners in ministry who, no matter which organizational name they serve under, are working toward the same Kingdom goals.
Thank you for your faithful support of MAF.
Of the many things that I learned over these last few months, and in my experience with MAF so far – is the geographically dispersed, interconnected, and devoted team that makes MAF what it is. Most often we hear stories from our pilots who do the bulk of the frontline work, but there is a large, dedicated team standing behind them to make those flights possible.
Our mechanics and hangar staff keep our aircraft in top working order, and ground staff and managers around the world handle bookings, flight-following and paperwork to ensure the operations run smoothly. Some of our MAF families serve as teachers to the children of other missionary families and those of the wider community in which they serve, making it possible for families to commit to serving in remote areas, knowing that their children will receive an education that will be well regarded when they apply to colleges and universities in Canada and the USA. Others here at home provide vital teaching to the newest generation of pilots and mechanics, while the home office staff strive to support those on the field.
Then there are the spouses who tirelessly maintain their households in conditions much different than those we enjoy here in Canada. They face daily challenges and yet continue to minister, not only to their own families, but also by reaching out with Christ’s love to those in the communities where they serve.
Recently I learned about MAF’s Disaster Response Team. In the wake of the Nepal Earthquakes they immediately jumped into action, heading into a country that many civilians were avoiding or even trying to get out of, to find out how MAF could help. It quickly became apparent that fixed-wing aircraft would be of no use due to the level of destruction and steep sloping mountains where the villages are located. Not to be deterred, they obtained helicopters and began providing all the logistical support and coordination required to put these helicopters into action. In just a matter of days, the helicopters were taking off or landing every 15 minutes, delivering aid through over 40 partner organizations to these people in desperate need.
None of MAF’s work would be possible without another part of our MAF team; You, our supporters and advocates who faithfully pray for and financially support the work of MAF. Every week I am humbled by hearing new stories of how supporters are helping out with specific needs – just incredible. Without your support our flights would only be a dream to those in need – your generous contribution to MAF’s ministry makes them a reality.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul reminds us that “ …the body is not one member, but many.” (v.14) and that in Christ all the members are made one. I see this in action every day at MAF. It is amazing to me that every hour of every day, people all over the world are working together to accomplish the work God has given to us.
Thank you for being an important part of our MAF team.