We use our skills to get the right people and the right cargo to the right place at the right time, enabling our partners to respond well in remote, insecure and inhospitable locations. We are the missing piece that enables agencies to bring whatever is needed – medicine, shelter, food – to disaster victims.
'Responding to disasters around the world is a key part of MAF’s mission to share God's love through aviation so that isolated people will be physically and spiritually transformed.'
MAF’s Global Manager of Disaster Response John Woodberry has spent more than 12 years responding to disasters around the world. Following a career in United Airlines, John felt a strong sense of calling to use his gifts and abilities in service to the Lord. He joined MAF in 1993 as a pilot/mechanic in Kalimantan, Indonesia and took on the Global Disaster Response role in 2006 following the tsunami in Indonesia two years before.
Responding to disasters around the world is a key part of MAF’s mission to share God's love through aviation so that isolated people will be physically and spiritually transformed. Over many decades, MAF aircraft have responded to numerous disasters – from famine in Ethiopia and genocide in Rwanda to more recent major emergencies including earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal and hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean. This year, we’ve been there to help the relief efforts for remote communities when an earthquake devastated parts of Papua New Guinea and another outbreak of Ebola occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Faith underpins all that John and the Disaster Response Team do. John shared: ‘The greatest challenge is coming into an unknown situation. You’re in a new environment, with new challenges and new needs. So, the first thing you’re going to do is pray and ask God to give you wisdom. You’re seeing people with urgent needs and the question on your heart is “How can I help these people?” God give me the strength to love, care and do the right actions in a rapid way.’