There was excitement in the air as MAF's national and international staff and families gathered to dedicate MAF's newest aircraft to the fleet in South Sudan.
‘Thank you God for sending this good gift to South Sudan,’ exclaimed Finance Assistant James Yien as our team linked hands around the Cessna 182 SMA aircraft in Juba – and committed it to God.
Country Director Bastiaan de Waal opened with a prayer giving thanks for the newest addition to MAF’s fleet.
He shared how the Cessna 182 SMA will be used in a powerful way for Christ here in this challenging country, using the analogy of an eagle, and quoting Isaiah 40:31 – a scripture that inspired MAF pioneer Stuart King when he started the MAF programme in 1950 in southern Sudan.
‘But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’
Smaller aircraft: fresh opportunities
The new aircraft will open up new opportunities for MAF and our partners to help meet the overwhelming physical and spiritual needs in this country.
‘Many of our smaller partners, those without the big budgets, will greatly benefit from the Cessna 182,’ Bastiaan explained. ‘The [larger] Cessna 208 Caravan is efficient if you can fill it, but it is very inefficient for just two people’.
The staff team took in in turns to pray before Eivind Lindtjørn, the most recent pilot trained to fly the 182, closed in prayer.
'Heavenly Father, everything we have is from You. Thank You for this airplane, this resource, may it be used mightily for missions, for the Church, and for You.'