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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 PNG in

1951

Did you know?

Sadly, the first MAF PNG pilot, Harry Hartwig, died in a tragic crash because the weather and hills were so dangerous and hardly anyone had ever flown there before.

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is MAF’s busiest programme.

Last year, we flew over  920,000km – the equivalent of going around the whole world more than twice! Our little planes have been flying in PNG for 69 years. For the people living deep in the jungle, MAF is their only connection to the outside world. With no Internet, hospitals or books – it can feel like being in the middle of nowhere. MAF pilots face some of the trickiest landings in the world, on mountains, in rainforests or steep valleys. Flying to more than 213 different places in 2019, MAF makes a huge difference to the lives of PNG’s people.

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A little more about Papua New Guinea...

Location

The country neighbours the Indonesian province of Papua, and is the eastern half of the island of New Guinea.

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Time

12:24am, 4th March 2021

UTC +10

Fascinating Fact

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has three official main languages: English, Hiri Motu and Tok Pisin. However, with its 600 islands and many different ethnic groups, the country has more than 850 languages! Because of this, PNG is host to 12% of the world’s languages – some spoken by fewer than 1,000 people.

Weather

PNG has a tropical climate, so it’s hot and humid throughout the year. December tends to be the hottest month, with temperatures above 30°C.

The Bible Box

Harriëtte Knigge and her husband Wilfred, a pilot with MAF Papua New Guinea, are originally from the Netherlands. Harriëtte sells Bibles at airstrips once Wilfred has landed.

‘When we landed in Wanakipa, a bush village in the mountains,’ recalls Harriëtte, ‘the people asked if we had Bibles with us. We had a whole toolbox – what we call the “Bible Box” – full of them. We headed over to the shade and were immediately surrounded by people.

‘Every Bible we had was sold – every one! We ask a small price, but most people in the bush don’t have that much money, so they just offer what they can. It’s not the money that people are willing to give that touches me, it’s their hunger to read God’s Word.

‘At the MAF base in Wewak, many other missionaries live nearby, serving with Bible translation missions like Wycliffe. They devote their lives to translating the Bible into the 800 other languages spoken in PNG!

‘A lady once told me: “It’s so important to hear and read the Bible in your own language, the language of your heart. Because then it is not about the God of the Dutch (Dutch Bible), or the God of Australia (English Bible). It is about the God of your own life, the God to whom you belong and who speaks your language.”

‘Until the time that there’s a Bible in every language, we’ll continue with our toolbox full of Tok Pisin Bibles.’

MAF is also passionate about PNG’s young people knowing about Jesus. At Christmastime, pilots Mathias Glass and Satish Moka – wearing festive hats – gave out little Tok Pisin Bible story books. The children at the landing sites literally pulled the booklets from the pilots’ hands!

Missionaries

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

Bible translation

Bible translators are people who work on translating the Bible from English to a different language so that more people can read it

Tok Pisin

Tok Pisin is a widely spoken language in Papua New Guinea

Read

Luke 1:31

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

Pray

Dear God, thank You for people like Harriëtte who distribute Bibles at airstrips. Thank You that those who buy them can read God’s Word in their own language, and fully understand its meaning. Help those working on other Bible translations so even more people can learn about Jesus. Amen.

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