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Day 1

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Day 1


In the attic, Mike found a diary and old map
With the story of how MAF began.
Mike decided, for his Christmas mission,
He had an exciting plan!

Each page was filled with pictures and tales,
One for each country in which MAF flies.
From the first of these nations until the last
He’d provide much-needed supplies.

Now, jump inside Mike’s MAF plane,
There’s so much to learn and see;
Though Christmas is fast approaching,
There’s still space for you and me!

Diary checked and journey logged,
Mike folded the old map away.
As his plane took flight, soaring high,
He wondered who he’d meet today!

Mike’s little plane touched safely down
In the jungles of Ecuador.
He stepped out of the cabin and looked around
It’s a great place to explore!

Up to the aircraft came a smiling man,
Jaime Saint was his name.
Many years before, his grandfather Nate,
Had visited this place in his plane.

Some violent men from the jungle
Had killed Nate and all his friends.
But their story’s inspired many folk since,
Because the warriors made amends.

‘There are snakes in this jungle,’ said Jaime,
‘They’ll harm you if they bite.
Is there anti-venom in your plane,
So our nurse can make things right?’

Mike had just the thing in his plane,
So Jaime smiled at the sight;
Happy the villagers would be okay
Whenever they got a snakebite.

Mike climbed back into the pilot’s seat
And began his important checks.
He turned to the next page of the diary
To see where he’d be flying to next.

Day 2

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Day 2


Diary checked and journey logged,
Mike folded the old map away.
As his plane took flight, soaring high,
He wondered who he’d meet today!

Mike touched down at the next place on his map:
South Sudan – a dry, dusty place.
A family of six was waiting for him,
Each had a big smile on their face.

‘We’re here to help the Laarim people,
But we can’t buy fresh food, you see.
We must get our fruit and veg flown in,
If we want to have them for tea!’

‘No problem!’ said Mike, as he opened the hold,
‘You can have the fruit, cabbage and beans.’
‘Thank you, Mike!’ the mother said,
‘We’ll stay healthy by eating our greens!’

Mike climbed back into the pilot’s seat
And began his important checks.
He turned to the next page of the diary
To see where he’d be flying to next.

Day 3

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Day 3


Diary checked and journey logged,
Mike folded the old map away.
As his plane took flight, soaring high,
He wondered who he’d meet today!

Landing in a place called Wanakipa,
Mike found himself surrounded
By friendly Papua New Guineans,
Looking astonished and astounded!

A lady called Harriëtte called up to him,
‘We were praying you had Bibles in your hold.
My friends want the Scriptures for themselves,
But my very last copy’s been sold.’

‘Let’s take a look,’ said Mike, looking around,
Before emerging with a crate.
It was full of Bibles in the Tok Pisin tongue.
‘Thanks,’ said Harriëtte, ‘Now that’s really great!’

‘Thanks!’ said the villagers crowding around.
‘Now we all can read of God’s love.
We hoped you’d be able to help us,
When we saw your plane flying above.’

Mike climbed back into the pilot’s seat
And began his important checks.
He turned to the next page of the diary
To see where he’d be flying to next.

MAF began serving in South Sudan in

1950

Did you know?

MAF's first plane was called a Miles Gemini, and was made of wood! It needed a special radio to land in Sudan in 1948, which Stuart King bought for less than £1 on a market stall in Egypt.

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South Sudan became one of the first countries in which MAF started flying because there were hardly any roads there and many people were in desperate need.

MAF’s programme began in 1950 – its early pilots flying in a wooden plane called a De Havilland Rapide. Now, we have five shiny Cessna Caravans and one Cessna 182 aircraft, which are much better for landing in rough and muddy conditions. South Sudan is a very poor country, and recently more than two million people had to flee from their homes because of fighting. MAF flights help people whose lives have been broken by civil war and now live far from home in vast refugee camps.

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A little more about South Sudan...

Location

South Sudan became the world’s newest country in 2011 when its people voted to separate from Sudan, in the north. Other surrounding countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

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Time

3:50pm, 3rd March 2021

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Fascinating Fact

The colours of South Sudan’s flag are highly significant. The black stripe represents the South Sudanese people. The red indicates the blood shed during the country’s battle for independence. The green symbolises the lush lands of the country. The blue triangle denotes the River Nile, and the golden star represents the states that united to make South Sudan.

Weather

Current Weather: 41°C, Clouds

It’s hot, hot, hot in winter in South Sudan, with temperatures reaching nearly 35°C. It’s also very dry because, between December and February, it rarely rains.

The veggie run

Missionaries working in remote areas of South Sudan don’t have easy access to basic food items such as vegetables, fruit and eggs. So, once a month, MAF flies the veggie run; bringing a healthier diet to AIM missionaries.

Ard and Carin de Leeuw live in South Sudan with their four children, working for Africa Inland Mission (AIM) among the Laarim people in a place called Kimatong. The de Leeuw family are learning the language and culture by getting to know people from the tribe, as well as evangelising to them.

Living in a remote place with no supermarkets means they can’t get all the food which you and I take for granted. One day, Carin met a lady called Marlies, the wife of MAF South Sudan Pilot Wim Hobo, in Juba – South Sudan’s capital city.

Carin explained how they can’t get good fresh food in Kimatong, and Marlies offered to buy groceries in Juba, where there’s a wider variety of fruit and vegetables, and get them flown to the family by MAF! Families working for AIM in four other places then asked MAF to do the same thing.

Marlies says, ‘It was clear that the missionaries needed these supplies. They live very remotely, and, in most villages, you can’t buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Once a month, we are sending groceries to five different villages: Torit, Kimatong, Nagishot, Lohutok and Ohilang.’

‘There is even a fridge and freezer in MAF’s storage room just for AIM,’ Ard adds, ‘if we need chilled stuff like yoghurt or meat.’

Ard and Carin say they are very grateful for the support MAF is giving them. ‘We get much more fresh food to eat, we are healthier and less sick.’

Missionaries

Missionaries are people who go and live in places with a need, in order to help them. They share their love of God whilst they help in practical ways

Remote

Remote means far away from big towns and cities, and we often use it to describe tiny villages that are many hours/days drive away from larger cities

Culture

Culture is the word for the ideas, customs, and behaviour of a particular people group or group in society

Evangelising

Evangelising means telling others about the Christian faith - God's love for them.

Read

Luke 1:30

But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God.’

Pray

Dear God, we thank You that we can easily access fresh fruit and vegetables in supermarkets in this country. We pray that MAF can keep flying supplies to the people serving in South Sudan, keeping them happy and healthy. Amen.

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