MAF's newest Cessna Caravan landed at Lydd Airport in Kent on its way to the war-torn country of South-Sudan. 

Guests braved the September showers to get a glimpse of the new Cessna Grand-Caravan and dedicate it for service.

The plane will serve a country of great spiritual and humanitarian need where 6.3 million people, more than half of the population, suffer from food insecure and limited access to healthcare.

 'I thank God for the privilege of letting us be involved. ...You’ve got to let Him take over and keep looking up!' Stuart King, President Emeritus, Mission Aviation Fellowship International 

MAF has served the people of Southern Sudan; the first MAF programme to open in Africa, since 1950.

President Emeritus Stuart King was in attendance and Dave Fyock, CEO of MAF International, took time to honour his legacy:

‘I look at you, and I think of the vision that you and others had way back in the 1940s, and how God has taken that vision and brought it to reality. Today, that vision is impacting isolated people all over this world and this plane is part of the harvest you toiled and gave your life for. For that, we thank you,’ he said.

‘I thank God for the privilege of letting us be involved,’ was Stuart’s typically humble response, offering a few words of wisdom in reply: ‘because you never know what God has ahead of you, It’s always more than you think! You’ve got to let Him take over and keep looking up! God is good, God is great, bless you all.’

Prayers of dedication and blessing were offered and echoed as the onlookers encircled the plane. Children of all ages got the chance to sit in the pilot’s seat and admire the plane inside and out.

The next stop for the aircraft will be the Netherlands, whose supporters gave generously to buy the plane on the occasion of MAF Netherlands 40th Anniversary last year. It will arrive in South Sudan later this year where it will help reach dozen of isolated communities, landing on 56 remote airstrips to serve 173 mission and humanitarian partners.

‘I look at you, and I think of the vision that you and others had way back in the 1940s....
Today, that vision is impacting isolated people all over this world and this plane is part of the harvest you toiled and gave your life for.
For that, we thank you...’ Dave Fyock, CEO, MAF International, speaking to Stuart King, President Emeritus.