Jungle Runway Lays Path for Evangelism In Papua, Indonesia

Jungle Runway

Missionaries recently traveled to the village of Mokndoma in Papua, Indonesia, with a goal to bring help and healing to those who live there.

“Our goal here is to plant a church that can reach out and reach the rest of the Wano people,” missionary Tim Ingels said.

But first they had to find a way to get to the Wano missionaries. To do that they needed an air strip, something that would take years to build, working mostly with shovels and sticks.

“Two years of work to get this thing done,” Ingells said.

The project has been completed.

“To see the plane, circling by the first time is just surreal; it’s just like, it’s happening and he comes in and lands and you just feel the emotion, you know,” he added. “It’s so cool to have an airplane land, touch the ground.”

The plane belongs to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).The group serves people living in isolated areas where transportation or communication is difficult. They enable the work of some 1,500 churches, healthcare organizations, relief agencies and mission groups. They also deliver Bible translation teams.

“We’re here to celebrate the finishing of the complete Bible in the Hupla language,” MAF pilot Mike Brown said.

“We’ve been partnering with the missionaries that have been working to translate this thing for years and years and years and so it’s just great to be able to come and join them in the celebration,” Brown explained.

The group also flies mercy missions.

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David Mims

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