When 2020 began, none of us expected that our lives would be turned upside down.
Wherever we are in the world, our family and friends are being affected dramatically by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s forced all of us to make major changes to the way we live, not least experiencing isolation for the first time.
MAF is no stranger to responding quickly to emergencies, but our teams have had to radically rethink how to operate under these conditions.
The health and well-being of our neighbours near and far is under threat, and we know that if one part suffers, we all suffer. As you know, many of the people served by MAF are already living in extreme poverty and — without us — they are not equipped to face a crisis like this.
- Remote village communities live without basic medical facilities, separated from their nearest doctor by jungle or mountains
- Thousands of families forced to flee their homes now live in crowded refugee camps, their lives devastated by civil war
- Millions of people have still not heard of the God who loves them.
Seventy-five years ago, the war in Europe had come to an end
The streets rang with the sounds of celebration — no longer would the fearful drone of aircraft overhead be heard.
But, even as the noises of war were being silenced, God had already placed in the hearts of our founders the idea that the sound of an aircraft engine could become a mighty blessing. Within a few years, we were flying for life in Africa, South America and Australasia.
Today, thousands of people around the globe rush to their local airstrip at the sound of an MAF aircraft knowing that help, hope and healing are about to land!
For decades, the men and women of MAF have been part of a unique mission. Their compassion and commitment has led to countless people being physically and spiritually transformed through Christ’s love. We’ve seen:
- churches planted
- schools, clinics, hospitals and seminaries established
- immense and urgent needs met in the wake of famine, flood, drought, disease and earthquake.
From the first day
As it says in Philippians 1:3-5, ‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.’
We value your partnership and support more than you could know.
But strict lockdown restrictions continue in many countries where MAF serves, meaning most of our flights have been postponed or cancelled. You know that it’s absolutely essential for all of our teams to be ready to respond whenever and wherever they can. For MAF people and planes to stay strong through this storm.
Are you able to strengthen the MAF family?
In the near future, we expect a considerable surge in demand for MAF flights to relieve the people currently cut off from life-saving supplies and support. MAF’s readiness is totally reliant on the skills and expertise of our international missionary and local staff to keep the fleet maintained.
We’re fully committed to ensuring that we retain these staff members and support them through this crisis.
We’re trained to serve, prepared to serve and ready to serve the isolated people in remote communities longing for the sound of an aircraft engine overhead.
At this time — when flying is greatly reduced — less money is coming in from partner organisations who share some of our flight costs. MAF is already drawing on its reserve funds to take account of this shortfall, but your support is crucial to our mission.
Please consider making a special gift at this time of uncertainty
Your support will keep MAF planes ready to serve some of the world’s poorest people.
We are very thankful for your active commitment to our mission.
We truly appreciate you!