“Help! Please, help my son!”
This was the cry that the mission pilot for Adventist World Aviation in Guyana heard through the jungle. Suddenly, the pilot saw a man carrying a child, running up the dirt path toward the mission plane.
Intently the mission pilot, who is also a nurse, looked at the child’s leg. Instantly she knew the problem. The young boy had been bitten by a bushmaster—a deadly snake of the jungle.
Quickly the boy and father were transferred into the plane by the student missionaries, who were on hand to help; the mission pilot made the necessary pre-flight checks, said a prayer to God for protection on their flight and for the young child, and then began taxiing down the runway to fly them to the nearest medical clinic. By air it is takes about 1 1/2 hours; by land it is impossible because there are no roads; by river it would take about 24 hours.
Mission aviation is an important part of sharing God’s message to others in the hard to reach areas of the world—and to provide healing and comfort to those in these jungle villages. Each time an AWA plane flies, transporting a injured or sick villager, hearts are being opened to hear about Jesus.
When Christ was on earth, during His ministry, He first showed compassion to the people and tended to their physical hurts; then He shared the Plan of Salvation. For many of these villagers in places like Guyana and the Philippines, their first understanding of Jesus is through the services they or family members receive from AWA’s aviation missionaries.
Adventist World Aviation is helping to share Jesus through their mission aviation services in Guyana, Philippines, Alaska (Arctic Circle Region), Nicaragua, and Brazil. In addition, AWA has flight training programs for students at three high schools in North America—Thunderbird Adventist Academy (Arizona), Heritage Academy (Tennessee), and Blue Mountain Academy (Pennsylvania). Through these high school aviation programs, students are able to complete their flight training program and receive their private pilot’s license upon graduation. Many have shown an interest in becoming a mission pilot, to help save lives in the hard to reach places.
The Yellow Plane (also known as the Pathfinder Plane), has saved the lives of many, carried many loads of food, water, and medicine for many villagers, and has even had to deliver caskets, containing beloved family members, back to their village for burial. But, no matter the journey or the payload, the message is the same—Jesus loves you and is preparing a home for you in Heaven.
During a recent youth event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Yellow Plane was on display for the young people to see and touch. Laura LaBore, the mission pilot who has transported many injured patients in the plane, was also there to tell the stories about how the plane saves lives.
Each day new and exciting things continue to happen with Adventist World Aviation—new missionaries are being deployed, more people are learning about the ministry of AWA, more people are accepting Jesus. God is working through each one of our missionaries, and AWA is privileged to be used in service for Him. [ home ]