MAF Dedicates Missionary Plane for Service in Haiti
Talia Wills (top left), Larinda Fuller, Macy Fuller, and Gabriella Fuller explore the new MAF plane destined for Haiti. They are the children of MAF missionaries preparing for service in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A plane dedication event was held
NAMPA, Idaho—Amid a crowd of several hundred supporters, staff and local residents, Mission Aviation Fellowship dedicated a Cessna Caravan aircraft in an April 28 ceremony at the ministry's headquarters in Nampa, Idaho.
Mission Aviation Fellowship is a faith-based, nonprofit ministry that serves missions and isolated people around the world with aviation, communications and learning technologies.
Funded by gifts from supporters, the new plane will depart in May for Haiti, where it will support the work of churches, medical teams and relief workers laboring to rebuild the island nation still suffering two years after the devastating earthquake. The aviation ministry has served in Haiti for 25 years and has a permanent base at the Port-au-Prince airport.
"The airplane is the tool that God has given MAF to reach out to a lost and hurting world," said John Boyd, the ministry’s president and CEO. "And two years after the horrendous earthquake, Haiti is still hurting, both physically and spiritually."
David Alexander, president of Northwest Nazarene University, led the prayer of dedication. David Rask, director of aviation resources at Mission Aviation Fellowship, spoke about the plane and the impact it will make.
"One of the principal tasks of this plane will be to carry work teams—people who come from the U.S. for one or two weeks to build schools, orphanages and medical clinics, to provide clean drinking water, or to build churches," Rask said. "In times of great needs, such as earthquakes and floods, this plane will carry food, water and shelter."
The dedication ceremony was part of a day of activities that included airplane rides, a pancake feed, a gift drawing, videos and children's activities. Staff from the aviation ministry's Learning Technologies division demonstrated the latest gadgets for sharing the Gospel easily and discretely in difficult areas of the world.
Mission Aviation Fellowship is a family of organizations with a singular mission: to share the love of Jesus through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed. Serving in 32 countries with more than 140 planes, the ministry supports the efforts of some 1,500 Christian and relief organizations.