THE MAF FLOAT PLANES HELPS TO SAVE LIVES IN BANGLADESH!Bangladesh remains one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world. The lack of development and basic services in isolated and inaccessible areas is directly attributable to its geographic location. With over 8,000km of rivers, one third of Bangladesh is normally covered in water—but during the annual monsoon season (June to October), significant areas of the country suffer severe flooding. Travel by road becomes almost impossible, and many areas are cut-off from outside help.
MAF has been operating in Bangladesh since 1997 and is currently able to land at more than 300 water sites, the vast majority of which are located in isolated flood prone areas, not accessible by any other means of transport.
One of the charities MAF supports by its flights is Friendship, who came up with a great way to overcome the problem of flooding to reach people who are completely devoid of access to basic healthcare...they use floating hospitals, which allows them to relocate every few months to provide health care services to as many people as possible!
A MAF flight from Dhaka to Southern Bangladesh takes just 45 minutes—but upwards of 18 hours by road! Mooring at sites along the rivers for two to three months at a time, staff treat about 300 people a day who would be cut off from medical help any other way.
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By Chaundra Eagar
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Last week, MAF Uganda pilot Matt Eagar had the chance to spend the night in Tonj, South Sudan with a group he had flown in from Every Village.
Although one of the main purposes of Andrew and Shayna Brown's trip was to encourage the team there, and to check in with the Christian Radio programming, where Andrew—the radio programming director for Every Village—is discipling the guys at the radio station they run to help make a huge impact on those they reach through the airwaves, as well as those they live and work with. But another important reason was Abraham.
Now, although this trip was only last week, Abraham's story begins back in March—when a woman in Tonj gave birth to twins.
Like everywhere else on the globe, a baby is such a huge blessing—but in East Africa twins and their mamas are extra special. The family arranged a ceremony for these little ones and the Spear Masters came with sacrifices and a scapegoat to bless the children.
When their blessing was finished, Andrew was also asked to give a blessing for the babies and he took this opportunity to share the gospel with the crowd there. Abraham, a 70 year old Spear Master was in awe of the message. Over the next few days Andrew was able to sit and talk through it with him and Abraham, a widely respected, honoured and feared Spear Master, gave his life to Christ.
Now, fast forward to last week.
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