MAF needs help in their Sumatra, Indonesia program

By August 10, 2005

Indonesia (MNN) — The tsunami in Indonesia has allowed many organizations to begin working in a region that previously had been very hostile to Christians.

In a letter to supporters, Mission Aviation Fellowship says that when the government of Sumatra saw the love and self-sacrifice of so many Christians, they became more open for MAF’s program to stay for at least two years.

There are 134 respected relief agencies that rely on MAF for transportation and support. But, MAF needs an additional aircraft and more air strips to be even more effective.

Funding for the amphibious Cessna Caravan has been raised, but they need to raise $400,000 more. The money is being used to ship the aircraft to Sumatra and establish the program itself; building homes for seven staff members (now living in tents), set up a more permanent facility, plus provide parts, equipment and satellite communications. Kevin Swanson is calling this opportunity historic.

It’s all being done to help MAF communicate the Gospel message to an area that saw 127,000 lose their lives in the earthquake and related tsunami. Pray that many will respond.

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