Mission Aviation Fellowship: Eternal Harvest Reaped in Remote Countries Makes the Difficulties Worth It

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is a name you’ve heard from us before. They partner with ministries to fly into isolated parts of the world with aid and the Gospel.

What you may not know is how dangerous MAF’s work can be.

David Holsten, MAF’s President and CEO says, “Flying airplanes into short, slippery airstrips where there’s rebel activity or there’s something like the Ebola sickness that is present in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, it exposes them to a certain level of risk that is very real.

“Part of the reason that we are willing to do that is we believe that’s what God has called us to do.”

MAF team members often reside in or near the regions they serve — including areas with security concerns or harsh living conditions.

“We have staff who are living in cities like Port au Prince in Haiti or Kinshasa in the western Democratic Republic of Congo,” Holsten says. “These are difficult places to live.”

However, every person working with MAF would say the eternal harvest they see is worth it. With their ministry partners, MAF’s aviation services advance Bible translations, church planting, and development work.

Holsten says, “Additionally, we do a lot of disaster response flying when there is a large-scale disaster that takes place in countries where we can position staff or airplanes. It allows us to arrive early-on and provide a helping hand to those who most need it, particularly when it’s an airplane that can make the difference in being able to connect them to the resources they need.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh