MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship)
MAF was first envisaged in 1944, the idea of a pilot who had been serving in the RAF. He was joined by others with vision, determination and flying skills. At great financial cost to the first supporters of MAF, an aeroplane was purchased, and survey work started in Sudan 4 years later. Surprisingly, most missionary groups in Africa at that time did not consider an air service as useful, even though travelling by road was often impossible and also dangerous. However, MAF proved its worth to the various missionary groups in Sudan, Ethiopia, Chad, Tanzania and Kenya over the next 30 years, and in Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia and Madagaskar in more recent years, so that an air service is now considered essential to the work of these missions. It is interesting to note that the first (and only at the time) plane MAF purchased was damaged beyond repair in an air crash in 1948, but now they have numerous planes, operating in over 30 countries. They carry food aid, medicines, and medical staff to places where any other mode of transport is impossible. People can receive emergency medical treatment from major centres in hours rather than having to travel for days in dangerous overland journeys. MAF respond to situations of war and disaster, bringing emergency aid and working on rehabilitative projects for the victims of these situations e.g. East Africa food crisis in 2011. Add in the fact that remote communities hear the good news gospel of Jesus Christ, and the development of community support projects, you can see how important the work of MAF has become in world mission.
(MAF also works in other countries than those mentioned above, through other sister and associated MAF organisations e.g. MAF USA).
If you would like to know more about MAF, and what they do, click on www.maf-uk.org or www.maf.org. The story of MAF UK so far, is written in various books, “Hope Has Wings” and “Eyes Turned Skyward”. These are available from MAF UK.
An aeroplane operated by MAF lands at an airfield in a developing country every 3 minutes
(This content and images are taken from www.maf-uk.org)