Mission Aviation Fellowship

What is MAF?

Mission Aviation Fellowship is a Christian organisation whose mission is to fly light aircraft in developing countries so that people in remote areas can receive the help they need. Since 1946 MAF planes have been speeding the spread of the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ by word and deed, in places of deepest human need. Isolated places where flying is not a luxury, but a lifeline.

Where do they fly?

To over 2000 destinations in many different countries. In Africa this includes the Sudan, Chad, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. MAF is also flying in Madagascar, Bangladesh, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea.

How often do they fly?

Every three minutes an MAF plane is taking off or landing somewhere in the world. These flights enable crucial work by many development and aid agencies, missions, local churches and other national groups such as Tearfund, Medair, World Vision, UNHCR, WIycliffe Bible Translators, Christian Blind Mission, Medecins Sans Frontieres etc. Medical care, adequate food, clean water and Christian hope are raching countless thousands of men, women and children.

What have they been involved in recently?

When the devastating earthquake took place in Haiti, MAF were able to respond immediately with three of their planes plus a new Kodiak 100 aircraft. The MAF team co-ordinated the arrival, storage and distribution of relief supplies through their hanger at Port-au-Prince Airport. With their knowledge of the country, the culture and the language, this service proved invaluable to relief organisations. They also set up a critically important satellite communications system allowing them and at least 16 other aid agencies to collaborate effectively in bringing relief supplies to the needy people of Haiti.