MAF Advent Adventure

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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 Papua in

1952

Did you know?

In 1960, a lady called Betty Greene - the first ever MAF pilot - spent 3 days trekking through the jungle to reach a hidden tribe called the Moni people. MAF still flies there today.

Look around

Papua is part of Indonesia; a group of islands in the Indian Ocean.

There are many people in Papua who are cut off by mountains, swamps and tropical rainforests so they can’t reach hospitals, shops or schools. They also live in danger of volcanoes, earthquakes and forest fires. MAF is very busy in Papua, our pilots flying 11 aircraft to some of the remotest places. Places where roads simply don’t exist. Last year, MAF flew over 1.6 million kg of cargo – that’s heavier than 3 jumbo jets! Lots of MAF’s work involves flying patients to hospital for urgent medical care.

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A little more about Papua...

Location

The Indonesia province of Papua occupies the western half of the island of New Guinea and is bordered by the country of Papua New Guinea.

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Time

10:57pm, 3rd March 2021

UTC +9

Fascinating Fact

Indonesia has three New Year’s Days: one for the Muslim calendar, one for the Chinese calendar, and one for 1 January. Some of the country’s local traditions for the various New Year’s include praying special prayers and giving away money to children in the neighbourhood.

Weather

Current Weather: 26°C, Clouds

The weather this time of year in Papua averages a tropical 30°C or higher! Did you know that you need to drink more in hot climates because you lose water when you sweat?

A school trip to remember

Grace Holsten, daughter of an MAF missionary couple, grew up in Papua, Indonesia. During her time there, she went to a small international secondary school, which had a big impact on her.

‘One of the most fun events my school took part in,’ Grace says, ‘was called Outdoor Education (OE). Every year, my school takes a two-week trip into remote villages deep in the heart of mountainous Papua. Its main purpose is to educate the students on the vibrant cultures of the indigenous people living there.

‘We go on OE to learn from and interact with local people, but we also go to serve. We help install water tanks, dig ditches for airstrips, and fix roads. We also run kids’ clubs, set up medical clinics, and show the Jesus film!

‘I went on OE four times during my time in Papua, and MAF played a significant role in each one. Without MAF flights, we couldn’t have gone to most of the villages we visited. MAF was key in transporting my school friends – and other volunteers – in and out of the villages, as well as carrying the vital supplies we needed for the trips.

‘Through MAF, I was able to meet people and experience cultures with which I’d never have had the chance to connect. I came face-to-face with the harsh conditions that thousands of Papuans live in, and at the same time experienced joy as the villagers kindly welcomed us into their lives.’

Missionary

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

Cultures

Cultures are the ideas, traditions, and behaviour of a particular people group

Indigenous

People are described as indigenous if they are native to (come from) one particular area of a country

Read

Luke 1:32

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David

Pray

Dear God, we pray that the children of MAF families who have to go to special international schools, like Grace, will feel at home, and can learn from the different cultures and languages. Amen.

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