OSHKOSH, Wis. – Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has a unique mission. This Christian organization uses light aircraft and other technologies to share the Gospel and make life better for people living in remote, difficult corners of the world.
“With our fleet of 140 planes worldwide, MAF goes places that others cannot or will not,” said John Boyd, president and CEO of MAF. “We reach the most desperate people in the most isolated areas.”
MAF is located at booth 21 along James Ray Blvd. in the AirVenture main aircraft display area, not too far from the main entrance gate. Visitors to the display can try their hand at the flight simulator, talk to MAF missionary pilots, and check out the ministry organization’s new aircraft—a Quest KODIAK bound for Papua, Indonesia.
A second MAF airplane—an amphibious KODIAK—is on display at the Aerocet booth 256. It will soon be serving remote villages along the rivers of Kalimantan, Indonesia.
On Friday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., MAF pilot John Hook will speak on Short Field Take-offs and Landings in Forum #5. Like all MAF pilots, Hook has extensive experience flying in challenging topography such as mountains and jungles.
MAF author Jessica Vana will be featured in the Author’s Corner on Friday, August 1, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Vana’s book, Adelina Aviator, helps children deal with the fears they might face when leaving friends and family to move to a new home. The books are available at the EAA Warehouse during the week of AirVenture.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (www.maf.org) was founded in 1945 by WWII pilots who had a vision for how aviation could be used to spread the gospel. In 1946, pilot Betty Greene flew the first MAF plane on its inaugural flight, transporting two missionaries from Wycliffe Bible Translators to a remote jungle location in Mexico. Since that time MAF has grown to a global family of organizations working in 33 countries. Through its aviation and technology services, MAF enables the work of some 1,500 Christian and relief agencies.
MAF’s recent work has included assisting with vaccination campaigns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, supporting relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, and enabling the work of churches, evangelists, and Bible translators across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. MAF’s U.S. headquarters is in Nampa, Idaho.
Note: MAF staff are available for interviews during AirVenture. Please contact Dianna Gibney at 208-498-0778 to arrange an interview.
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