Monday, November 28, 2016
We are very excited to announce that our fleet of aircraft will soon be 3 in Madagascar.
MAF has decided to relocate this aircraft from the Congo due to a higher demand for this type of airplane in Madagascar. Having this aircraft will directly impact the local people, while mobilizing local pastors to isolated villages around the island.
Our fellow MAF friend, Nick Frey is flying the aircraft from the Congo as we type this. And we will try and keep our Facebook Page up-to-date with his location as we get more information. The current plan is for him to land in Antananarivo on Thursday, December 1.
Nick will make three 6-8 hour flights over the next four days, covering approximately 3,890 kilometers between Kinshasa, Congo and here. This is about the same distance as Vancouver, BC to Montreal, Quebec!
Rob and Nick have been working hard over the last 2 weeks to get all of the required paperwork in order to make this trip possible. Our program is excited for this new addition to our fleet and the impact it will have on the God's kingdom in Madagascar.
Please pray for Nick and the aircraft as they make this long journey.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Flying in the helicopter is an amazing experience
The first stop after take-off from Ivato Aeroport was the other side of Tana (our city) to pick up a Mercy Ships patient who had been recovering at one of our church member's houses.
Children from the remote village arriving to check out the helicopter.
The walk from where we landed to the village. All of the children turned up to see the helicopter. Most of the parents and adults were working in rice patties or up in the hills.
Tonga Soa is "welcome" in Malagasy
This village has turned away from ancestral worship and embraced the One True God of the Bible. This monument is their official way of signifying the change.
The young lady in the yellow dress had been away on Mercy Ships receiving an important surgery. This is her along with the church members from Tana. They are addressing the village.
It's customary for everyone to give speeches when you visit villages
The young lady with her family. Her mother is the one in the red jacket and green skirt. Upon Rob's arrival at this village, she was stuck waist-deep in a hole while trying to dig for gold. Rob, along with Chris (the pilot from Helimission, and dear friend of ours) assessed her wounds and helped her as best as they could.
As amazing as it is serving with a ministry like MAF where we can help people get from A to B safely and quickly, it is was equally amazing to travel with Helimission into a village with absolutely zero contact with the outside world. These guys didn't even know when we were arriving. There's no airstrip, no traffic control tower, nothing. The helicopter can land in any open landscape, and that's just what they do. They go where MAF can't.
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