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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 Brazil in

1956

Did you know?

Brazilian authorities require pilots to have very high technical standards so Asas de Socorro started a special school to prepare pilots and engineers for flying in Brazil.

Look around

Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest nation in the world.

When you think of Brazil, you probably think of rainforests, but the landscape is actually very varied. In the north, you’ll find the Amazon – the world’s largest rainforest. But there are also dry grasslands, rugged hills, pine forests, swampy wetlands, and a long coastline. The swamps are home to some amazing animals – giant anacondas, huge guinea pig-like animals called capybaras, and scary alligators called caimans. In 1956, MAF started a flight service for missions serving in Brazil. As the project grew, it became a Brazilian-run programme called Asas de Socorro (ADS), a sister organisation to MAF.

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A little more about Brazil...

Location

Brazil is the largest country in South America, taking up that half the continent’s landmass. Brazil contains most of the Amazon River basin, which has the world’s largest river system and the most extensive untouched rainforest on earth.

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Time

10:55am, 3rd March 2021

UTC -3

Fascinating Fact

Brazil’s most famous landmark can be found in Rio de Janeiro. The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks the city and Sugarloaf Mountain. It weighs 635 tonnes – 6 times as heavy as a blue whale – and, if you include its base, is almost 125 feet high.

Weather

Current Weather: 28°C, Clear

December is classed as spring in Brazil, and it’s usually the wettest month of the year, although temperatures are warm. The average temperature is currently a sweltering 25°C!

Open wide!

Last year, the MAF team in Brazil – known as Asas de Socorro – ran a five-day dental safari for the people living along the hard-to-navigate Purus River in western Brazil.

Volunteering their time, 2 doctors, 3 dentists and a ministry team went by MAF floatplane and then boat to the people located on Humaitá Beach, from where they could reach 15 additional communities.

The flight saved the team a gruelling 24-hour journey by boat!

The Purus River is one of the most winding stretches of water in the world. If you were to measure a straight line from its source to its mouth, it would be 50% shorter than its actual length!

Asas de Socorro ministers to the communities that are hardest to reach. With no shops or medical facilities, many don’t even have schools. The people living in these remote regions grow their own food or buy it from the boats that run like buses or trains up and down the river.

Sadly, for nearly six months of the year, the water is so low that the regular boats cannot even reach these hard-to-access areas, leaving them even more isolated.

Fortunately, the kindly dentists were able to examine 112 patients – drilling, filling and pulling decayed teeth, as well as teaching people how to brush properly!

Without MAF’s plane, it would have taken too long and cost too much for the grateful patients to have made the long journey necessary to receive the dental treatment they so desperately needed.

Read

Luke 1:38

‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.

Pray

Dear God, although we may not enjoy going, we thank You for the access we have to dentists in the West. We pray for people in remote places in Brazil, where dentists are few. May the teams that fly with MAF provide people with much needed dental care. Amen.

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