One of the major obstacles for missionaries and humanitarian workers in third-world countries are the geographical barriers. There are mountains, jungles and rivers. The countries are also usually poor so they lack the infrastructure to have good roads or commercial airlines. For the missionaries or humanitarian workers to travel around the country it is incredibly difficult, dangerous and time consuming; if possible at all.
MAF exists to help overcome these barriers by providing safe, reliable and fast transportation through aviation. So that, these other organizations can then do their work more effectively, in sharing the Gospel with more people and in ministering to the physical needs of people. We specialize in doing what we do well as pilots and mechanics, so that they can focus on doing what they do well.
MAF was started in 1945 by a small group of Christian World War II pilots, who after witnessing how valuable the airplane was in transporting troops and cargo into difficult places during the war, decided they wanted to use their skills as pilots to serve God in advancing His Kingdom around the world.Today MAF operates a fleet of 122 aircraft in 55 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Eurasia and Latin America. We serve more than 1,000 different Christian and humanitarian organizations. On average, every 1 hour flight in a MAF plane is equivalent to 3 days of travel by ground. This is a huge amount of time we can save these organizations, and give back to them so they can do more of their work.
In addition to flying, MAF staff are also first-hand witnesses to the transformative power of Jesus. We are the encouragers of missionaries located in far out isolated bases. We are witnesses to the humanitarian workers and government officials we fly. And we are the presence of Christ to the community in which we live.
For more information about MAF and to learn about other aspects of our ministry in communications and learning technologies, visit MAF's website at www.maf.org.