Rough Jungle Airstrips? No Problem! MAF Airplanes Are a Lifeline for Those in Remote Areas
Organization Seeking Pilots and Mechanics for Overseas Assignments
OSHKOSH, Wis.–– Selamat was just a toddler when he fell into his family’s cooking fire, burning his face, right arm, and the right side of his upper body. Medical care is not available in his isolated village in the mountains of Papua, Indonesia, so Selamat’s mother did what she could: for more than a day she hiked up and down the steep mountains with the baby on her back until she reached the small airstrip at Ndundu.
“When I saw Selamat in his mother’s arms, my heart sank,” said Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot Kees Janse. “I have done many medevacs over the years, but rarely have I seen a child that was burned so severely. We quickly boarded the airplane and prayed to God for protection on the flight and strength for Selamat and his mother. Then we took off for Wamena.”
Selamat is just one of many whose lives have been saved with the help of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). MAF is a Christian organization dedicated to sharing the Gospel and making life better for people in remote, isolated parts of the world. Its 135 airplanes use short airstrips carved out of jungles and mountains, to reach those that no one else can.
“Medical flights are one small part of MAF’s work,” said John Boyd, president and CEO of MAF. “We respond to disasters, support missionaries and church work, and deliver food and water when people are in need. MAF is a lifeline to those living in isolated parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.”
You’ll find MAF at booth 20 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 pilots, take jungle selfies in front of the green screen, and check out the ministry organization’s newest KODIAK airplane.
MAF is currently seeking pilots-mechanics and aircraft mechanics to serve at its overseas bases.
“The ideal candidate is a committed Christian who feels called to minister overseas through aviation,” said Ron Hilbrands, MAF’s mobilization manager. “He or she needs to have a commercial pilot license with instrument rating, at least 400 flight hours, and an airframe and powerplant certificate. We also have openings for aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians.”
Stop by the MAF display to speak with a mobilizer and learn more about MAF’s exciting mission. More information is available at www.maf.org/serve.
MAF pilots are skilled at flying in challenging topography, and you can learn from their expertise at two free public forums. On Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., John Hook, a veteran MAF pilot and mobilizer, will speak on Short Take-offs and Landings at Forums Plaza Stage #1. On Friday, July 28, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Hook will present about Flying in Terrain at Forums Plaza Stage #5.
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 37 countries. Through its aviation and technology services, MAF enables the work of some 2,000 Christian and relief agencies.
MAF’s recent work has included supporting relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew and in Nepal following two deadly earthquakes, 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.
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