6th April 2018

April News For Prayer


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April 2018
Issue
583
PNG SPECIAL
Happy customers with their new written and audio Bibles
The power of God
Enter His gates with
thanksgiving and His
courts with praise; give
thanks to Him and praise
His name
Psalm 100:4
MAF Pilots Michael Dupuis and Steve Eatwell were discussing the incredible week
they’d had earlier this year in
Papua New Guinea
(PNG).
‘We loaded up our Cessna 208 aircraft for our day’s flights,’ Steve recalls. ‘We
filled up the Bible box and even had extra Bibles in the rear of the cargo pod.
‘Having stopped at the airstrips in Wanikipa and Hewa, we completely ran out of
our written and audio Bibles! Those meeting us at the plane also took a number of
SD cards filled with Gospel material.
‘Because the two tribes that make up the Hewa community are known for being
aggressive, flying in and out can be challenging. We usually need to make sure that
we take an equal number of passengers from each tribe, so that there’s a “balance
of power”.
‘On Wednesday, however, the atmosphere was different! The people were
friendly and full of fun! They bought a large number of Bibles and asked us to bring
more on the next flight!’
Give thanks for the spread of the Gospel in PNG and pray that many more
people will read God’s Word and follow Jesus.
Praise God

Praise God for the fantastic
opportunity we had to engage with
supporters during the flying visit of our
new floatplane to the
UK
in March.
We’re so excited that this new plane
will be serving our
Bangladesh
programme!

Give thanks for the completion of the
new housing for MAF staff in
Liberia
!
Our personnel are grateful for the new
accommodation that will provide
hospitality to many for years to come.

After a year of not being able to access
the Kegata and Idedua airstrips in
Papua
, we are now able to serve the
Ekari and Mee tribes again. Thank God
for this opportunity to again bless the
people there.

Praise the Lord that we were able to
fly the Prime Minister of
Timor-Leste
and his staff to Same recently for
some meetings. Give thanks for a
smooth flight and the MAF awareness
that resulted.

Thank God for the many volunteers
who spend time serving our
programmes
worldwide
, as well as
those who tell others about MAF in the
UK
. We are so grateful for them!
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Meet the MAF family
When she was 13, Glenys Watson knew
she wanted to be a pilot. So, three years
after graduating from high school, she
qualified, and worked as a commercial
pilot and a flight instructor. She was also
employed by a district health air
ambulance service.
From 2007-2017, Glenys

who has
four daughters

left her profession as
a pilot to look after her children, only
flying occasionally.
In August last year, she decided to
return to flying full-time, and took up
the role of MAF Pilot in
PNG
, with her
husband Jonny looking after their
children. They are based in Goroka.
When describing her ambitions in life,
Glenys says, ‘My faith in God is important,
and I seek to live my life using my gifts
and talents serving God and others
around me.’
Please pray for Glenys and her family
as she continues to serve Christ in a
country where women are often held in
low esteem.
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Serving earthquake stricken PNG
Please pray
Please continue to pray for the people of
PNG
, following the 7.5 magnitude
earthquake that struck Hela and the Southern Highlands (
NfP
582).
According to UNICEF officials, at least 145 people have died in the disaster, with
some 270,000 people requiring urgent humanitarian assistance.
MAF and its partners have been working closely to gather information, assess
the needs and distribute relief goods to remote areas following the 26 February
earthquake, which was then followed by a series of further quakes and aftershocks.
MAF partner and Lutheran missionary Anton Lutz, working south-west of Mount
Bosavi, has accompanied relief workers on more than 50 flights and at one stage
visited some 6,350 people to determine the extent of the damage from Wasana in
the south to Tinahae in the north.
About 35,000 people have been displaced. Huya airstrip has been closed due to
quake damage, health centres have collapsed, at least 20,000 people are living in
unstable and dangerous housing, and many aid posts remain unstaffed or without
supplies.
Although the disaster has affected some people and places more than others,
many lives continue to be at risk. Please pray for everyone suffering from the
effects of the quakes, and for the humanitarian organisations seeking to bring help,
hope and healing to those that need it most.
Our staff give thanks for organisations such as the International Training Institute.
The higher learning college, which has 10 campuses in PNG, donated 2,640 water
bottles weighing 1,595kg to help earthquake stricken areas whose fresh water
sources have become undrinkable due to contamination caused by landslides.
Landslides have also made crossing rivers dangerous.
According to Frances Devlin, a Mount Hagen based health delegate with the
Red Cross, ‘Traditional sources of water have been interrupted. In rural areas where
they are more likely to have collected water from a creek, often those creeks have
been covered up by landslides and the population were too scared to go in and
dig, to reclaim the access...
‘They’re scared to go to their houses, they’re scared to go and get food, they’re
scared to go and get water.’
We continue to pray for those affected and praise God that MAF aircraft are able
to fly food, tarpaulins and water to those in greatest need.
Some of the relief items we’ve flown have been donated by businesses based in
Mount Hagen. A group from Hela province provided four tonnes of essential aid.
Uphold partners such as SIL, whose aviation team continues working with MAF
to deliver food, water and shelter to stricken villages.
Organisations such as the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have already
expressed gratitude to us for providing survey flights that have helped shape their
understanding of the disaster.
Give thanks that, having served the people of this beautiful country since 1951,
MAF is well placed to deliver food and relief cargo to areas such as Yehebi, Habi
and Fuma

co-ordinating medevacs, assistance and relief with local churches,
businesses and organisations such as World Food Program.
Please pray that rain won’t hamper our efforts to deliver aid to the areas that
need it most, and continue to uphold all those who’ve lost homes, livelihoods and
loved ones.

Please pray for our new Amphibious
Cessna 208 floatplane as it makes its
way to
Bangladesh
. Pray for smooth
transportation and that the C208 will
serve many people in this populous
nation.

An internally displaced people’s camp
has sprung up in the
Democratic
Republic of Congo
, housing 30,000
people. Pray for all those who have
had to flee from their homes —
upholding the various organisations
responding to their needs.

During the response to the
PNG
earthquake, MAF played a vital role in
sharing information with aid
organisations and government
agencies. Pray these important
connections lead to new levels of
influence and fresh relationships as
we serve remote and isolated people
in the Asia-Pacific region.

MAF has the privilege of being able to
help people in developing nations
reach urgent medical help when they
need it. Despite the many happy
outcomes, it is always devastating
when patients don’t make it. Pray for
our medevac patients, their families
and our pilots, particularly when
things end in tragedy. Two patients
recently died in
Timor-Leste
— one
before take-off, the other during the
flight.

Pray that God calls the right people to
apply to the MAF vacancies that need
to be filled
worldwide
, particularly in
the areas of finance and engineering.
Ask for wisdom for our recruitment
team as they seek to meet critical
needs in MAF lifelines.

We have lost some much-loved
members of the MAF family recently.
Please uphold those who are grieving
throughout the world — at the same
time praising God that our former
colleagues are now with the Lord
Jesus. We are grateful for the hope we
have in Him.
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At least 20,000 people are living in unstable
and dangerous housing, and many aid posts remain
unstaffed or without supplies
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‘Though the mountains be
shaken and the hills be
removed, yet my unfailing
love for you will not be
shaken nor my covenant
of peace be removed,’ says
the LORD, who has
compassion on you
Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
Over 2,600 water bottles donated by International Training Institute
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