Mission Aviation Fellowship flies into hard-to-reach areas of Papua with help and Gospel hope.
In line with MAF pilot Dennis Bergstrazer, “There are roads which might be beginning to be constructed, however nonetheless they’re in very poor situation. A lot of the airstrips that we go to don’t have any roads in any respect.
“We’re sort of a lifeline to folks living interior as well as the church and the church workers — the pastors and evangelists and laypeople. That’s the way they get back and forth.”
A part of MAF’s work contains medical flights for distant individuals residing within the island’s inside. Bergstrazer says they conduct a number of medical flights a month in Papua throughout their 5 bases.
Just lately, Bergstrazer flew a sick four-year-old boy from a distant village to a hospital in Timika. The little boy had been sick for thus lengthy that his eyes and pores and skin had been yellow and his abdomen was swollen.
“His father came with, but his father has never been to Timika nor does he speak Indonesian. He just speaks the local language…. So his uncle came with as well then because he had been to Timika before and he does speak Indonesian at least a little bit.”
Bergstrazer flew the trio to Timika. Then, he and his spouse, Rose, drove them to the hospital within the ministry’s automobile.
Instantly, the medical doctors dominated out malaria — a standard illness transmitted by jungle mosquitos. Bergstrazer continued to examine in on the household, and medical doctors found the little boy had severe liver issues.
“It’s fairly common for something like that to happen where folks are living interior. Unfortunately, he had probably been sick for a month. This was the first opportunity he had to jump on one of our airplanes and get to someplace where they had some medical care.”
Bergstrazer says moments like this give MAF pilots and households the chance to be the arms and ft of Jesus.
“I think the Lord gives us those opportunities to just be in the right place at the right time to show compassion and love toward those in need.”
MAF wants extra individuals to affix them in Papua and function Christ’s ambassadors to distant individuals.
“There’s especially a need for teachers,” Bergstrazer says. “We’ve got a mission college on the coast and one inside. Our of us can serve distant locations as a result of they’re assured that their kids are getting a superb training in the event that they’re in boarding college on the coast. However we now have a essential want for academics to instruct in varied topics — kindergarten by way of highschool.
“We need pilots and mechanics too. We are so short here. We have five bases and we have anywhere from one to ten families working at these different bases, but we’re all short. We’re probably operating at about 20 or 30 percent of what our capacity is for pilots and mechanics.”
In the meantime, please pray for the hospitalized little boy. Ask God to present the medical doctors knowledge. Pray for full bodily therapeutic for this youngster and religious consolation for him and his household.
Header picture courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship.