Cessna 206 landing in Brazil

By December 11, 2014
Cessna 206 for Brazil (photo by New Tribes Mission)

Cessna 206 for Brazil (Photo by New Tribes Mission)

Brazil (MNN) — For the majority of the last decade, New Tribes Mission has been working to get a mission plane for Brazil.

You may not think about it, but there are many remote tribal villages in the western side of the country.

Wonita Werley, spokesperson for NTM Aviation, says, “It’s interesting to note that Brazil is the size of the United States with Texas put in twice. So it’s vast, and there are hidden groups of people–some that may not actually have ever been contacted yet.”

In previous years there was a missionary plane that serviced western Brazil, but there came a point where they could no longer do it. Since then, NTM has been working hard to get a plane running again.

Werley explains that many of these villages already have missionaries working in them. “But the work is languishing, in a sense, because there isn’t a good supply route to sustain the missionaries once they get into these remote areas.”

If a missionary ever has to get supplies for themselves or seek medical help, they have to travel for 3-10 days through jungles complete with poisonous snakes, biting insects, and the like.

Otherwise, they could wait for months until the next supply drop.

Werley says this realization is daunting to many missionaries.

God answered a prayer

NTM will now have a plane operating for missions in Brazil (photo by NTM)

NTM will now have a plane operating in Brazil.
(Photo by NTM)

After many years, NTM finally has a Cessna 206 to be stationed in a remote city, as well as a mechanic ready to work. And until NTM has their own pilot in Brazil, they are working with pilots from other mission groups. For an outsider to get permission to fly in the country is a tedious, long process.

These legal hoops are only an echo of the legal challenges NTM has run into with getting their plane into the country.

“There have been challenges and more challenges all along the way. [It’s difficult] to work up a business plan, so to speak, that would be viable for this area of Brazil,” Werley says.

These legal challenges have slowed down the process to get personnel for the aviation program and to get the plane outfitted with necessary equipment for missionary duties. For nearly every practical step of the way, NTM has to get permission from the government.

How will it help?

For starters, teaching the Bible to remote villages includes a lot of work in language.

“Our people really need the airplane to be able to get technical help–linguistic help, translation help, even church-planting help and advice and encouragement into their tribe from time to time,” Werley says.

On top of these specialty needs, the missionaries need regular supplies for basic survival.

Despite the needs, Werley says about 80% of their missionaries in Brazil are Brazilian and don’t have the means to support the aviation program.

“We are really looking for people who have an interest and a heart for this kind of work to help us provide viable, affordable air transportation so our missionaries can get in and out. We have set up a group called Flight Crew.”

The flight crew is a way for people who are passionate about international missions (maybe aviation, specifically) to be able to participate even though they can’t necessarily travel. This program makes flying to remote villages in Brazil and other countries possible.

More challenges

NTM asks you to pray for them. Right now their plane is sitting where it originally landed in Brazil. It needs to have its import documentation completed and then permission granted to fly anywhere else.

Werley says, “The hurdles are there again. And this is not something that money, necessarily, can even help. This is something that we can only go to the Lord and seek Him and petition Him to make the paperwork happen and make the permissions available. So we really need people to pray that this plane can get where it’s going.”

She asks you to pray for pilots for NTM Aviation in Brazil as well.

“We just are looking for people that we can connect with who are interested in this sort of thing, who really want to be part of the great commission–be part of reaching these people who really if we don’t get to them, they will live and die and never know that there is hope in Christ.

“So if that is your heart, if that is the kind of work you want to be involved in, we would love hear from you and see how you can be a part,” Werley says.

To get involved with Flight Crew of NTM Aviation, click here.


  • Tim Holloway says:

    I’d like to get updates on this Brazil 206 project.
    I have a connection to New Tribes Mission in that my grandparents Ed and Virginia Holloway used to volunteer their services at the mission headquarters in Florida.
    I have a connection to the Cessna 206 in that I used to work for Cessna Aircraft. Although I’m no longer with them, I started there in 1997 as a mechanic in the Experimental department when the 206 was in re-development for production. Later I worked in the single engine plant in Independence doing customer acceptance flights and production flight tests for the single engine models including the 206.
    God bless your work.

  • Tim, thanks so much for commenting. You sure have lots of connections points with this story! Thanks for your interest and prayers. We don’t have a specific thread of updates just for the Brazil project, but you are more than welcome to sign up for NTM Aviation’s e-updates at [email protected]. Just ask to be put on our list. You can also read the latest news at NTM Aviation Flight Crew on Facebook. The Brazil plane has been mentioned a lot lately in both of these. Thanks again.

  • Hello ,

    Today I was able to know more about NTM in Brazil and after talking with Jeff werley And Tedd right I found out the fligth operation base is located on my hometown in Anapolis, Goias .
    I m very interested in find out more detail about the cessna 206 project .
    I do hold FAA and ANAC commercial pilot license ,making me able to fly airplanes in both country ,Brazil and US .
    I m been living in the US for the past 17 year and my wife is been relocated to go work back home .
    I would love to contribute as a pilot for this aviation project .

    Hope all the best ,

    J . Cesar Freitas

  • Delores says:

    I have been praying for the Cessna and the trip to Brazil. Thankful to hear it arrived there and will continue to pray for the paperwork to be done quickly.

  • Jim Ferguson says:

    Many of the years since the beginning of NTMA , Brazil was always on our minds to see one of our planes at work in that country. Now thank God , this 206 is there, with the people on board to see it being a blessing to our missionaries working there. I will surely be praying for all the necessary paper work to get through the channels, to get this plane registered in country, and that the finances will be made available for the national folks to be able to use it. Cattle are at a record breaking price, we need to ask the Lord to sell off a few. Pray I will, and including daily is NG and Jon Leeadall and family, plan to be down there sometime after Christmas. See you then, Lord willing, Jim

  • Thank you for this update on the NTM plane in Brazil. We are definitely praying that the Lord will work to bring about the finalized legal approval so that it to be used for His servants laboring among the tribal groups. He “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…”..

  • Hi, yes, Janet and I have been praying for this project and we have a special connection to it. We are alumni of NTM and while serving at TA/C in Douglas, AZ I had the privilege of having Charlie Patton train me for my instrument rating in the mission’s Piper Comanche N93F.

    Charlie and Ruth were our neighbors at the TA/C “trailer park”.

    Janet and I stay involved with NTM and NTM Aviation. Currently I fly business jets for a large fractional operator. I give thanks to our Lord and to Charlie, Jim Ferguson, Scott Wolfe, Forest Estelle and our many other friends at NTM that have encouraged us in our walk with the Lord.

  • Jim Eubanks says:

    Am praying for a quick and smooth registration process.

  • Thank you NTMA Team for all your work and persistence in getting this plane to Brazil!
    Growing up in Brazil, I remember the river trips that took nearly a week of travel of some very long days. I can’t imagine what the cost would be today for all the fuel to operate the boats we used then today.
    We definately are praying that God would have His person in your path as you work through the maze of paperwork. We’ll be excited to see what God does.
    Because everyone should have a chance to hear of Christ,

  • I am praying for the completion of this project to get the 206 operational. As a former Air Force pilot with flying time in Latin America to service isolated radar sites and other missions, I can appreciate how remote the villages are and the challenges that weather, terrain and political boundaries create for NTM to advance Christ’s Kingdom in this region. May God speed your efforts for His own Glory.

  • I will be praying for a smooth transition.
    In His Love and Service,


  • Praise the Lord for everything…the plane being available, the final paper work to get it into country and the safe trip…we are so grateful to know so many of the missionaries involved with NTMA and have watched their families grow over the past 18 years…a complete and positive blessing for all of us…we will continue to pray for the plane to get into operation soon as it is God’s will….Blessings..to all in this season for Christ is the reason…Art & Betty

  • Eleanor Hook says:

    I will be praying for a successful end to your red tape problems with the Cessna. May the Lord bless you in the work you are doing.

  • We’re praying for a fast and smooth paperwork procedure.

  • Have really enjoyed reading the abv notes. With the names of all the old timers mentioned it sounds like NTM history condensed. Have been praying for NTM projects and missionaries for over 40 yrs and will continue to pray for this project, the Fosters, the Leeadall’s and others.

    At our Church Christmas party, Sat night, My wife, Elizabeth, and I got to sit with Wayne and Mary Selby (NTM Columbia, Ret.) who met Les Foster and Macon Hare many years ago in NTM training. Small World, huh!!

    I’m an old worn out Csna pilot but, PTL, I’m not an old worn out NTM supporter, yet…

    Jon Williamson,
    Colorado Springs, Co.

  • We are praying that the Cessna 206 get the needed clearances to do the Lord’s work in Brazil.
    Keep looking up.
    Don & Marjorie Pine
    Glendale, AZ

  • Darline Bell says:

    I will be praying for the Cessna in Brazil and the red tape. My dear friends, The Tags, went through the same ordeal in Indonesia and it was so exciting to see God smooth the way. He will do the same in Brazil.

    God bless

  • Lynn Stroud says:

    Praying, knowing that God hears and answers each prayer.

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