Bible translation efforts threatened by lack of fuel supply in Papua New Guinea.

By August 19, 2005

Papua New Guinea (MNN) — Missionary aircraft are running out of fuel in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where the largest Wycliffe Bible translation center operates. At least 700 translators and national co-workers are working on 180 language projects. More than 300 languages still need translation of the Scriptures. Wycliffe Associates is issuing a cry for help to continue the important air support program to keep various language projects and communities running in the mountainous, remote areas of PNG.

The traditionally used piston engine aircraft use avgas, which is becoming less available and more expensive. The demand for avgas has declined as commercial air providers have been switching over to more economical turbine aircraft, which use jet fuel. Shipping in the avgas has become difficult and very expensive.

In response Wycliffe Associates have come up with a solution, the Beechcraft B200C, which runs on the commonly available jet fuel. This airplane is in great condition, will do the work of two Cessna 402s, is faster and more reliable, has been expertly maintained by the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service. It can be used both for medical evacuations as well as for fuel, cargo and passenger transport.

But the crucial need is for funding. Wycliffe Associates needs $364,000 to pay off the balance for this crucially-needed aircraft.

Air support is vital to continue Bible translation efforts throughout mountainous Papua New Guinea. If you’d like to help, contact Wycliffe Associates by clicking on the highlighted link above.

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