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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 the DRC in

1961

Did you know?

The first landing in the DRC in Bulapé, and the wheels of pilot Jack's plane got stuck in the mud! Co-pilot Stuart had to travel 90 miles along dirt tracks in a car instead.

Look around

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a huge country – the second largest in Africa. It’s hot, humid and covered with massive rainforests where you can find all kinds of tropical animals and creepy-crawlies.

But it’s also very dangerous, with gangs of violent soldiers fighting to gain power and sometimes killing innocent people. This means that local inhabitants are frightened and sometimes run away from home to find safety. Recently, deadly diseases such as Ebola and measles have been spreading fast. MAF is working with medical teams to try and help people who are injured or ill, and to make sure that these illnesses don’t spread.

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A little more about Democratic Republic of the Congo...

Location

The DRC is the second largest country in Africa. It has a tiny coastline that is only 25 miles wide, but is otherwise landlocked. The DRC is bordered by Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

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Time

3:17pm, 3rd March 2021

UTC +3

Fascinating Fact

The Democratic Republic of Congo is among the most resource-rich countries on the planet. Although it has an abundance of gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin – minerals used in electronics such as mobile phones and laptops – its population is extremely poor.

Weather

Current Weather: 31°C, Clouds

It’s hot and humid, with temperatures around 31°C. You’ll probably hear the rumble of thunder and see a flash of lightning because storms are very common.

Helping to stop measles spreading

If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you know what it’s like to feel very poorly for a short while, but get better in the end. In the UK, most of us have been vaccinated against measles, but in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an outbreak of the virus can be deadly.

Between January 2019 and January 2020, more than 310,000 people caught measles in the DRC. Sadly, thousands of people died – many of them children. The World Health Organisation called it ‘the world’s worst measles epidemic’.

The people in places like the DRC are more vulnerable to the disease because of malnutrition. This is made worse by only a small percentage of the population having had a vaccination, along with poor access to doctors and hospitals.

In early February, MAF Pilot Nick Frey carried health workers and boxes of measles vaccines for a medical charity working in Lisala, Basankusu and Boende. The vaccinations will prevent young children, pregnant women and their families from catching measles, which will help stop the virus from spreading further.

Measles

Measles is an infectious viral disease which causes a fever and a red rash

Epidemic

An illness outbreak is described as an epidemic if a lot of people in a community catch the disease at the same time.

Vaccination

Medicine injection, which helps stop you from getting nasty illnesses.

Read

Luke 2:4-5

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

Pray

Dear God, we thank You that we have access to medicines and vaccines to protect us from deadly diseases in the UK. We ask You to heal those who are ill and protect those who are being vaccinated against measles in the DRC. We ask that You get rid of this virus. Amen.

Today's Challenge

Write Christmas cards for all your neighbours, and deliver them by hand

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