This year we are getting behind MAF's work in three of the most remote and challenging places we fly!Thank you to everyone who gave or prayed for MAF's on-going work in Mongolia— but did you know that in Timor-Leste MAF fly hundreds of life-saving medevac flights—on top of their regular workload?In Timor-Leste (also called East Timor) over 70% of the population of 1.2 million live in rural villages away from the capital Dili and are isolated by mountainous terrain. Roads are poorly maintained; overland travel is at best lengthy and exhausting and at worst, virtually impossible or dangerous. Flooding and landslides cause frequent disruptions.
In March 2015 MAF completed their 700th medical evacuation (medevac) flight!
Two pilots and a small but dedicated staff serve MAF in Timor-Leste. They need your help in keeping the planes flying. We want to support MAF's incredible work in Timor-Leste by raising $25,000—but we can't do it without you!
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In the night before the 18th March, some devious creatures paid a visit to the MAF airstrip in Haydom and left a nasty surprise...
The morning of the 18th March 2016 had started as every other day for MAF Tanzania pilot Kirstein Combrink. Kirstein prepared for the day's Haydom medical safari and made his way to the airstrip. Little did he know, that this seemingly ordinary morning would be followed by a very unpleasant afternoon!
Kirstein wanted to fly a medical team to Gorimba as part of a medical Safari in partnership with Haydom hospital, but as he walked towards the Cessna 206 he couldn't believe his eyes! Kirstein incredulously inspected the elevator of the plane: it was badly damaged, the fiberglass scratched off and the metal bent!
Guess who... gnawed on a MAF plane!
Had he hit something on his way back last night? Had he not noticed having damaged the plane yesterday? Or did a motorbike hit the plane during the night? All of these scenarios seemed improbable...
Who was the perpetrator? Who could sabotage the medical Safari? Who would vandalise a MAF plane, a plane that is supposed to bring help, hope and healing in Christ's name? It almost looked like there were bite marks on the elevator. The only animal that would take some big bites out of the wings of hope could be... hyenas! (And all that hyena saliva was a bit of a giveaway, too!)
How dare these carnivorous (or shall we say plane-ivorous!) beasts cause great damage and cancel that day's clinic flight!
Read more: Hyena Gnaw Attack!
Apprentice Engineer. Mareeba.
Please pray for safety for Jon whilst at work. Praise God that Carla has finished another semester of university – and please pray that she has passed
Making A Difference In Timor Leste
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