MAF is flying for life in Kenya


Popular as a tourist destination and with the largest economy in the region, Kenya is one of the more stable countries in Africa. We began flying there in 1959 but, following a survey of MAF’s work in East Africa, our programme closed in 1977 and operations transferred to Tanzania.

However, with increasing opportunities in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), our work in Kenya resumed. Since 1980, our aircraft have served the surrounding countries of the DRC, Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as flying within Kenya itself.

Regular shuttles to Marsabit enable us to fly missionaries and county governors, as well as deliver letters, packages and the results of blood tests to remote areas. Frequent flights to Marsabit Children’s Home, House of Hope and Gethsemane Garden Christian Centre (GGCC) provide staff and resources for orphaned children.

Naphtaly, a long-time friend and partner, was airlifted by MAF following an accident. He says, ‘Since returning to GGCC, over 50 people have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus! Thank God for MAF and all those who support this great ministry.’


Thank God for MAF and all those who support this great ministry.Naphtaly, Gethsemane Garden Christian Centre, Mfangano Island


Kenya. Main base: Nairobi. Programme begins 1959. 4 aircraft. 12 international staff, 55 national staff. 358* partner organisations. 138* locations served. 9698* passengers in 2013.

*2013 figures for Kenya & South Sudan have been combined.

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