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M i s s i o n
A v i a t i o n
F e l l o w s h i p
Investing in the future
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Mission Aviation Fellowship
Sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed.
John Boyd President & CEO MAF USA
Managing Editor: Tracey Werre Production Manager: Kelly Hewes Art Director: Colby Dees Writers/Resourcing: Jennifer Wolf Jason Chatraw Dianna Gibney
Blessing the Next Generation
Dear Friend in Christ, One of my most vivid memories from my time as an MAF pilot is when I stepped out of a plane into a crowd of hundreds of Haitian children. ough their excited smiles greeted me, they were obviously undernourished, their clothes torn and dirty, their country considered by many to be one of the poorest in the world. My heart grieved. I asked myself, what hope do they have? at’s why MAF serves in such challenging places: to bring hope to the lost and su ering. Our Lord gives speci c commands regarding the smallest of his ock. We are to teach them, care for them, and welcome them in Jesus’ name. Psalm 78 exhorts us to teach God’s Word to the next generation. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Following these commands is one of MAF’s greatest priorities. Children are frequent passengers on MAF ights: Many a pilot can tell of babies being born on the plane or own to medical clinics for treatment. MAF missionary families are frequently involved in personal ministries that focus on helping the little ones, children in orphanages, schools, English classes, Bible camps, and sports programs. We enable the work of those providing childhood vaccinations to jungle communities and food to starving families. Please allow me to thank you for what you are doing to build God’s Kingdom. He is using you, multiplying your faithful support of MAF, to bring hope and a brighter future to children who have so very little. In His grace,
EVERY GIFT YOU SEND, every prayer
you offer for MAF, helps change lives through aviation and technology. We enjoy hearing from you! Please send comments and questions to MAF-US@maf.org.
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John C. Boyd President and CEO
Matthew 10:42 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”
On the Cover: At one of the MAF Ecuador program airstrips, children greet an airplane. Photo by Chad Irwin.
EDUCATION TAKES FLIGHT
MAF Invests in Future Generations
AF’s ight programs meet many immediate needs, as well as some needs that are more longterm. Education is one of those long-term investments that pays bountiful dividends. Indonesia is just one place where MAF supports many educational initiatives. In the mile-high village of Mamit, located in Papua’s Swart Valley, Wes and Esther Dale have been faithfully educating students for many years. Wes—whose father was killed by Yali cannibals in 1968 and his story chronicled in Don Richardson’s book Lords of the Earth— has a heart to help raise up Christian leaders. He teaches at a Bible school in Mamit while Esther teaches reading, writing, and math to the children of the Bible school students. MAF’s partnership with the Dales is vital, enabling their much-needed work in this remote area. Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Will nger is a Bible school located in the remote village of Kampung Baru, Kalimantan. Young people from all over the island come here to train as pastors and evangelists so they can take the Gospel to fellow citizens living in remote areas of Indonesia. e school also serves as a high school and has several students receiving a Christian education in the higher grades. MAF’s support of this school makes it possible for this generation of young people to be a strong one, having an impact on their country. And still another generation is waiting in the wings, preparing to lead their communities. Several years ago, MAF’s regional manager for Indonesia, Wally Wiley, and his wife Joan helped start a K-12 school in Sentani, Papua. Even in its infancy, the school has received support from local governments, gaining validation within the community. It includes a mixture of students from the interior, as well as local students, and is already producing fruitful results. “ e greatest stories about what is happening here are about the interior kids and the way they have ourished—how they’re taking the lead spiritually and academically and becoming role models for the rest of the school,” Wally said. Around the world, MAF transports books, educational supplies, students, teachers, and materials to build school facilities in remote areas. It’s all part of keeping an eye on the future, both spiritually and academically.
Photo by Brian Underhill.
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Remote Haitian orphanage thrives as it partners with MAF
Let the Little Children Come
organization, Danita’s Children. en came her need for help with transporting the children to get proper medical treatment. “Some seasons we have had one medical emergency after another,” Danita says. “Since good medical care is practically nonexistent in our area, the only option we had was to utilize MAF to y the children to Port-au-Prince.” roughout the years, as Danita’s Children welcomed more little ones into the
ot long after Danita Estrella-Watts responded to God’s call to open an orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, she discovered that the closest medical care required more than a car–– she needed a plane. Danita’s path rst intersected with MAF in 2001 as she began to commute between Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and Ouanaminthe to obtain permits and do other legal work needed to establish her
orphanage, many were sick or disabled. MAF transported them to their new home, even brought some of them out again when they were adopted. Following the 2010 earthquake, the orphanage’s relationship with MAF kicked into high gear. An additional 77 people came to the facility for shelter and recuperation from injuries. Children with special needs, amputations or serious injuries were own by MAF; the rest came by bus. “Whenever we have an emergency, we rely on MAF,” says Danita. She recalls ights for several infant burn victims and other children who needed lifesaving surgeries in Port-au-Prince, or to reach a connecting ight for treatment in the U.S. One such ight happened in 2006 for a six-month-old boy, Lubenson, with a life-threatening tumor the size of a baseball in his mouth. Lubenson’s parents abandoned him, thinking the tumor was the result of a voodoo curse. It was growing daily, and time was of the essence. MAF was called and arrived within 24 hours to take Lubenson to Port-au-Prince. A week later, after obtaining a medical visa, the boy traveled to Miami, where a worldrenowned surgeon and his team donated their time to save the boy’s life.
Children play on the grounds of the orphanage/school run by Danita’s Children.
Photos courtesy Danita Estrella-Watts
Whenever we have an emergency, we rely on MAF.
A timeline of healing ...
Will White and Lubenson before surgery, after surgery, and six years later. Photos courtesy of Danita Estrella-Watts and Will White.
He is a happy, beautiful child with a great call of God on his life!
MAF pilot Will White, who transported Lubenson for the surgery, crossed paths with the boy during a recent ight to the orphanage. Although six years had passed, Will recognized him immediately. He was encouraged to learn how God is using Lubenson, who often prays with kids who have special needs at the orphanage and shares his story of how God provided for him. Danita adds that they recently celebrated Lubenson’s seventh birthday. “He is a happy, beautiful child with a great call of God on his life!” As she looks back on all of the children in her care, Danita says each one is a miracle. “When we rst received our children, many were in diapers, and now we are starting to talk about the future. Several of them are preparing to go to college in the next two or three years.” e sta at Danita’s Children make it a priority not only to clothe, feed, and educate the children but to teach them about Jesus Christ. “Our children will be able to look back at their childhood and see how the hand of God moved in their lives. For many of the children, if MAF was not available and willing to help in these emergency situations, their destiny would have turned out di erently,” shares Danita. What began with one woman and 14 orphans more than a decade ago today encompasses 80 sta members, more than 100 orphans, a feeding program of 18,000 meals a month, and schooling for 350 children. A dental clinic was completed in 2010, and now a medical center is under construction, where visiting medical teams can work and provide quality healthcare in an area that otherwise has none. e ministry also includes a church to nourish the souls in the community; about 500 people attend. Danita states, “It does not take much to make a di erence in the life of a child. You just have to be willing. I am grateful to MAF for being willing to be a vessel that has been used to save the lives of so many children.”
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Proving the Impossible
hen it comes to following God’s plan for their lives, Matt and Ellie Scheer know there are no coincidences on their current path as MAF pre elders. eir very relationship is a testament to the words “With God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). One has only to hear the unbelievable “How We Met” story to come to the conclusion that their paths were meant to cross on the way to MAF. And now that they’re preparing for an assignment in Indonesia, the meaning of that verse has really been put to the test. is past year and a half of building a ministry partnership team (prayer and nancial supporters) has been, according to Ellie, a time of “testing and re ning.” She describes some of the trials they’ve encountered––illnesses, car accidents, mice infestations at their home, as well as the ooding of their downstairs. “We had heard that this would be a faith-building year, but we didn’t realize how much that would be true for us.” Matt adds that “God has grown our faith and taught us how to praise Him ‘in the storm’ this year. He has also shown us a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ, as hundreds of people from all walks of life have joined our team to help make this ministry possible.” Both are looking forward to reaching the mission eld. ey were initially drawn to MAF because it serves in so many places around the world. And while they initially were excited about the possibility of serving in Africa––since Matt was raised a son of missionaries in Rwanda––once they learned more about all the di erent programs, they both felt a pull toward Indonesia. So they were excited to learn of their assignment there. Along with the trials, support-raising has been slow, and the couple wondered why it was taking so long! But then Ellie discovered she was pregnant with baby number three. God knew all along that they wouldn’t be ready to go last fall. ey had to learn to trust that God was in control and the time of their arrival in Indonesia was entirely in His hands. e couple will be packing their belongings, and Matt will be going through nal training at headquarters before they leave for language school this May. Please keep the Scheers in your prayers as they continue to seek out ministry partners and go through nal preparations. To learn more about the Scheers and support their ministry with MAF in Indonesia, go to http://www.maf.org/scheer.
Missionary Spotlight: The Scheer Family
Photo by the Popes.
Turbine Engines Exposed
... God’s call, your skills, MAF’s vision and opportunities ...
A mock-up of the turbine engine run stand. Photo by Phil Nelson.
Sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed.
MAF has opportunities for ... Teachers —For MAF missionary children Learning Technologies Specialists —Programmers —E-Learning specialists —App developers —Teacher/trainers IT Specialists Pilot/mechanics Aircraft mechanics Learn more at …
IS IT A
n its search to create better ways to train its world-class mechanics, MAF’s ingenuity knows no bounds. Case in point? e new turbine engine run stand currently under construction.
For about a decade, MAF has utilized an engine stand with a run out Cessna 206 engine to train mechanics on piston engines. But as MAF has purchased more planes like the K and Caravan that are powered by turbine engines, mechanics need maintenance training on those machines, too. Engine stands enable instructors to actually run an engine outside of a plane, creating a more dynamic teaching environment. Instead of talking about what they might see, instructors can create the conditions to see it. But this can be very costly.
It will be a critical tool in helping train our mechanics.
Gerald found a atbed truck to hold the turbine engine. MAF also needed a way to protect the mechanics from the exhaust gas. Gerald located a tractor-trailer sleeper cabin that ts the bill. e propeller and engine are mounted in front of the sleeper cabin. Technicians operate the engine from inside. e air brakes on the truck help keep the engine from moving. “It’s going to look like an interesting contraption––but it is going to be safe and practical,” said MAF’s Dan Rogers, who helps oversee the volunteers in the machine shop. “It will be a critical tool in helping train our mechanics.”
Last summer former MAF sta member Gerald Dafoe—now a dedicated volunteer—got MAF’s turboprop engine stand project o the ground, so to speak. Two generous nancial gifts helped as well.
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50 Years Young!
e crew at the Palangkaraya oatplane base in Kalimantan, Indonesia, recently held a birthday party for one of its Cessna 185s, PK-MCD. is senior citizen left the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kansas, in 1962—50 YEARS AGO! Since then, MCD has own in Papua and Kalimantan on both wheels and oats and has accumulated just shy of 24,000 ight hours. e Palangkaraya team shared cake and a few laughs at this unique birthday party. Following close behind at 22,000 ight hours is the other C185 oatplane at this base, PK-MCB, at a youthful 45 years old. e fact that these two C185s are still ying is a testament to MAF’s careful maintenance of its eet. (Photo by Tripp Flythe.)
MAF-Learning Technologies Conference Imagines Digital Evangelism
e MAF-Learning Technologies (MAFLT) team held a “super conference” in Nampa, Idaho, in January to discuss strategies for mobile MAF-LT Super Conference. Photo by Brendan Blowers. learning. Ten eld sta and ve Nampa LT sta members came together to discuss di erent approaches for using cell phones and tablets to enable biblical training. Issues of security, resource distribution and sharing on the new Estante app, and church resourcing were key topics of discussion. Director of MAF-LT Richard Morris says that “with mobile computing, MAF-LT has a greater opportunity for impact than any other time in the past decade.” He encouraged the team to imagine the possibilities available through technology: “ ink of the ve billion people who will soon have a computer in their pockets, and use that for Kingdom ends.”
Next Steps on the Lesotho Hangar Project
e MAF Lesotho program is moving another step closer toward the goal of building a new hangar. Only two of the ve aircraft t in the current hangar, leaving three planes exposed to the elements. Government o cials have signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating MAF can build at the airport with a 50-year no-cost lease. Fundraising for this much-needed hangar is underway. Please keep this project in mind when you go before the Lord in prayer.
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• the MAF missionary school in Tarakan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, will receive accreditation soon, which will provide quality education for our missionary children there and reduce sta turnover. the Lord will raise up more teachers to work with MAF. MAF pre eld missionaries will have success in nding ministry partners to provide nancial support and cover them with prayer. Estante, a new digital library tool developed by MAF-Learning Technologies, will have a positive Kingdom impact as isolated pastors and churches discover its usefulness for sharing Christian materials.
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As I sit on my porch writing this post, several aircraft have landed. I wonder what supplies they will bring, how many new people will arrive, and what impact the Gospel will continue to have. I breathe a prayer for all of the pilots who y here, and I thank God that He has called us to serve in this unique place called Wamena. To read more of the story and ...
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