8th April 2017
MAF UK April Prayer News
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The ‘large open field’ that has become an unofficial refugee camp in South Sudan
‘I had to do something’
Enter His gates with
thanksgiving and His
courts with praise; give
thanks to Him and praise
MAF Pilot Wim Hobo drives back and forth to Juba Airport,
, nearly every
day. Just before he reaches the airport, there’s a large open field which, since July
2016, has become an unofficial refugee camp.
Over 1,000 men, women and children sit there, day after day, having fled from their
villages because of insecurity. They have come from all over South Sudan, displaced
because of civil war. Some have walked miles to escape the violence, others were
Children in tattered clothing crowd under the shade of a nearby tree, in desperate
need of food, water and sanitation.
Day after day, as Wim drove past this tragic sight, he wondered what he could do to
‘I asked Moses Swangin,’ he recalls, ‘one of MAF’s local despatchers, to ask if they
had any specific needs we could help with.’
The refugees told Moses that they needed medicine, food and water. The only water
they could find came from a dirty stream on the other side of the airport.
So Wim and Moses purchased and delivered four water tanks which, when full,
contain a total of 1,500 litres. But the tanks were empty…
Salvation is happening! Praise the Lord
for an outreach trip to Bremer Island,
, with partners Pioneers
and God’s Dreaming. Three Yolŋu men
gave their lives to Jesus! Hallelujah!
Praise God for progress with MAF
Nepal’s project agreement to work in
for five years. Give thanks in faith
that it will soon be signed by the relevant
MAF flights enable us to provide help in
a variety of ways, including transporting
building supplies to improve education
provision in Sentani,
. Thank the
Lord that He sees the need and creatively
delivers a solution.
Give thanks that there are new staff in
the pipeline for
Papua New Guinea
(PNG). Your prayers are working!
The recent Jaime Saint tour in the
was a fantastic success! Praise God for
Jaime’s willingness to share how he has
had to allow God to write his story, and
for the impact the tour had on the
spiritual journey of those who attended.
Give thanks also for Cathy Burton and
the 4Front Theatre cast who helped to
make this a blessed event.
Meet the MAF family
Miriam Wheeler, MAF UK’s Legacy Manager
and a former maths teacher, is one of five
children. She grew up in Portsmouth and
met her husband Marcus while working at
‘At work,’ she says, ‘my job is to help
communicate the importance of legacy
giving, and the wonderful difference it can
‘It is a real privilege to see the generosity
of our supporters through remembering
MAF in their Wills. Occasionally, I have had
the opportunity to meet some of you,
which has been really enjoyable.’
Miriam says she is very blessed to have
two great boys – Caleb (8), who loves
football (‘We were playing football recently
and I can no longer tackle him’) and Boaz
(6), who’s ‘obsessed with Star Wars’.
Outside work, Miriam loves entertaining
friends, doing Pilates, and spending time
outdoors – whether in the garden or by
‘I had to do something’
The truck Wim originally ordered never arrived, so he went to the main road and stopped the
first water truck that went past.
‘When we filled up the four large drums, people were so very happy. They came from
everywhere with their own jerry cans and buckets.’
Wim paid for the water out of his own pocket. He asked the truck to come every day to refill
the tanks, promising to pay the bill.
That night, one of the tanks was stolen by someone outside the camp. The next morning,
the water truck didn’t arrive.
Eventually Wim and Moses managed to get things working smoothly, and for two weeks
water was delivered to the camp on a daily basis.
Yet the situation there worsened. More and more refugees continued to arrive and, without
access to food and toilets, the people struggled.
Fortunately, the Red Cross built showers and toilets and brought in an even larger water tank
to meet the camp’s needs.
Moses was touched by the whole experience. ‘Doing this brought me a few tears. Being a
refugee in your own country is very painful – this is the life I once had. So when I see my
younger brothers in this country suffering, I have to help.
‘I have seen this type of tragedy since my childhood, and I want it to end. These young kids
are suffering. It really pains me so much.’
Wim’s five-year-old daughter Yenthe was also affected. The first day she went to the refugee
camp with her father, she was immediately surrounded by hundreds of children.
‘Yenthe was probably the first white girl these kids had ever seen,’ laughs Wim.
The next time Wim was going to the camp, he asked Yenthe to go with him. Yenthe replied,
‘But Daddy, can’t we just go swimming in the MAF pool instead?’ (The pool is available to MAF
personnel who, for much of their time in South Sudan, have nowhere to go because of the
Wim, however, explained that the children at the refugee camp didn’t have enough water to
drink, let alone a pool to swim in! ‘What should we do,’ Wim asked, ‘swim in the pool or make
sure the water truck arrives today?’
Yenthe immediately agreed it was more important to ensure that the children received
‘With MAF,’ concludes Wim, ‘we bring food and aid to faraway villages with our aircraft. But
we aren’t usually doing anything in Juba itself. I drive past these people every day and knew I
had to do something to help them.’
Give thanks for Wim, for whom this is all part of serving the people of South Sudan.
Matthew 25:35-40 (ESV) says: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you
gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me... Truly I say to you, as you did it to one
of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Praise God for MAF personnel such as Wim Hobo and Moses Swangin who went the extra
mile to give water to those in need – remembering to pray for an end to South Sudan’s famine.
Pray too that those living in refugee camps in South Sudan and elsewhere receive the food
and water they need, but to also encounter the living water found in John 4:10 and John 7:38.
Pray for the work of MAF partner Open
Doors in the
Democratic Republic of
, which is ministering to Christians
targeted by the rebel group ADF (Allied
Democratic Forces). Ask God to bless
their work as they help prepare people to
share the Gospel with those who
Pray for a compassionate and generous
response in the West towards those at
risk of starvation in
. Ask God to touch the hearts and
minds of His people during this time of
Pray for Samuel Jakob and his family as
he takes on the role of MAF
Country Director. Give thanks for Bert
van den Bosch and his family as they
prepare to leave, seeking the Lord’s
blessing on their future.
Lift up the people of Hewa,
those seeking to disciple them in the
ways of Jesus. May our pilots and staff
have a positive impact on their lives.
Pray for the visa situation in
. In answer to your prayers, we
know how to proceed, but the process is
complicated. Pray for wisdom, patience
and open doors!
Despite a few encouraging steps
forward, the peace process in
is still fragile. Pray for the country’s
leaders as they make crucial decisions.
Pray too that God’s influence will be
known and seen throughout this
MAF partner In Deed and Truth
Ministries, which serves in Tonj,
, recently had its first baptism!
Please give thanks and pray for Mary as
she grows and shares her new faith in
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me
Many are they who say of me,
‘There is no help for him in
God.’ But You, O LORD, are a
shield for me, My glory and
the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the LORD with my
voice, And He heard me from
His holy hill. I lay down and
slept; I awoke, for the LORD
sustained me. I will not be
afraid of ten thousands of
people Who have set
themselves against me all
Psalm 3:2-6 (NKJV)
Marlies, Yenthe and Wim Hobo
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