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Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Dim Mirror, a Fog

"We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love." - 1 Cor. 13:12-13 MSG
When God doesn't answer our prayers the way we'd hoped; when we're left questioning outcomes, Scripture is pretty clear on our understanding of things. Also, it's clear about who to trust, who to keep trusting.

Little Sofina did not survive the recovery after the surgery, and many of us are left asking Why? The way we see it, a successful medical intervention could have been a door into this village, which has had very few missionaries visit to begin with. We saw it as a way to bring opportunities to their lives, to offer Sofina a more "normal" life. But our understanding of God's bigger purposes, the Big Picture, is so limited. God is completely holy and righteous, and everything He does is good. So we continue to trust, and give glory to Him. We praise Him, because so many hearts were turned to Him in prayer. We praise Him because we bore witness to how He orchestrates details. We praise Him, because He ultimately holds the world in His hands---this village and its people too.

Please read more about this story here at The Island Will See.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Beauty & Friends

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Medevac out of Madagascar

This week MAF had the privilege of being a part of a huge journey for a local Malagasy family in a remote village. Their 2 year old daughter has a large tumor on her nose that is filled with brain tissue. Under "normal" circumstances, with access to "normal" medical healthcare as we know it in North America or other developed nations, this tumor could be removed by highly specialized pediatric brain surgeons at a very young age. She is suffering from malnutrition, but further development is impossible while carrying the large tumor on her head. Because of the location of the tumor, she cannot sit, as it crushes her air passageway.

After seeking a team of doctors in Kenya, this baby has been airlifted from her village and then on to Kenya. She was granted a Malagasy passport to travel within an hour, no small miracle in itself!

You can read more of her story and the missionaries involved with her family here.

God orchestrates the timing of these events. We are also thankful because while MAF was preparing for this Medevac, the Hangar and airplanes have been undergoing a serious audit by the local aviation authority. Rob had the opportunity to share with the authorities the fact, once again, that MAF is serving here to save lives.