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About MAF

We strongly suggest this video to get a good sense of who MAF is and what they do, especially in DRC, where this video was filmed.

Mission Aviation Fellowship’s website does the best job of explaining exactly who they are and what they do in written form, which is the best answer we can give to the question:  “Why MAF?”  Here is their About MAF page, word for word:

Mission Statement: Sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed.

Mission Aviation Fellowship was founded in 1945 by a group of WWII pilots who had a vision for how aviation could be used to help spread the Gospel.

Since those early days, MAF has been an indispensible partner and servant to Christian organizations and other agencies. MAF enables and maximizes evangelism and church nurture, medical assistance, disaster response, and community development, as well as the training and development of indigenous people.

Using aviation and technology, MAF shares the love of Jesus Christ by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of isolated people in 42 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Eurasia and Latin America. Dedicated missionary families raise their own ministry support to serve as the hands and feet of Christ to those in need.

Evangelization and Church Nurture
Missionary pilot-mechanics fly over dense jungles, mountains, and deserts, providing a way to reach isolated people. Missions organizations and indigenous church leaders depend on MAF to bring them to and from remote villages, where traveling by foot would take days or even weeks. Precious travel time is saved so that more time can be devoted to evangelizing, Bible translation, and more.

Medical Assistance
MAF transports doctors and nurses-along with much-needed medical supplies-to treat people that otherwise would have difficult or no access to medical help. Daily, MAF is called on to perform “medevacs”-medical evacuations-delivering critically injured or ill people to hospitals and saving lives.

Disaster Response
After disasters, MAF is there to transport relief workers and deliver food and other desperately needed supplies. Where roads have been destroyed by earthquakes or floods, MAF is able to overcome those obstacles and bring aid to where it’s needed most.

Community Development
By transporting workers and supplies, MAF supports community development projects. Communities and lives are transformed by MAF support of solar energy projects, well digging projects, agricultural programs, and other development initiatives. In some locations, MAF provides communications services, such as email, HF/VHF radios, and VSAT broadband internet access.

Training and Development of Indigenous People
MAF provides distance learning technologies to help train indigenous pastors who otherwise would not have access to biblical teaching or leadership training. Through partnerships with other organizations, MAF supplies digital biblical reference and study materials, helps establish learning centers, and provides cutting-edge learning solutions that support the growth of the church. In addition, MAF trains indigenous people to become aircraft mechanics, bookkeepers, and communication specialists at MAF bases.

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