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Waiting for My Plane to Come

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Mark and Kelly Hewes  |  Leave a comment

140717_135229_6D_3583For the first time in my life I felt what it was like to wait and pray for that little red and white plane to come.

I had just spent a day and a night in the Achuar village of Wayusensa, documenting a team from Reach Beyond who was working with the community on a clean water project. Over the two days, I took lots of photos and video of the community hard at work digging trenches for pipes that eventually would pump clean water up to their homes. It was a whirlwind of new experiences for me: first time sleeping overnight in the jungle, first time drinking chicha (drink made from chewed yucca plants), and first time bathing in a jungle stream.

140717_105409_6D_3502I was dropped off the morning before with the plan to be picked up the next day by a flight heading this way with passengers and cargo. The big question was, when? The plane could come anytime throughout the day, depending on the weather or if the other passengers showed up as scheduled. In the morning, the radio operator from the ADSE base in Shell called out to the operator in the village. He said it was raining in Shell and that the visibility was at zero. It’s not uncommon for bad weather to keep the planes in all day.

I tried not to get my hopes up for a flight out. After a day and night in the jungle, I was muddy, hot, and out of clean clothes. I tried not to think about my comfortable bed at home or my flushing toilet. And I tried not to pray too much that the plane would be able to come that day. After all, there were people out there with real problems who needed God’s attention.

IMG_6813As the day progressed, I started to think about all of the people living out in small, isolated communities, and how they always have to wait for the plane to come. People with broken bones or snakebites… missionaries and work teams waiting for medicines and supplies… people hoping for the rainclouds to clear so that loved ones can come home. What a relief it must be for them to hear that low humming sound get louder and see the little plane circle overheard to make a landing!

IMG_6815And just like that, I heard “my” plane off in the distance, coming to take me home. I thanked God for the welcome sound and ran to get my camera ready to capture the landing. I sent up a quick prayer for all those living in remote places, waiting on an ADSE or MAF plane to bring them hope.

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Flight Training Beyond the Airstrip Name

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Paul and Carol Bergen  |  1 Comment

On the corner near the MAF headquarters, there’s a firehouse with a reader board out front that says, Plan your Fire Escape. It’s a good reminder to be ready for the unexpected. As MAF flight trainers, we train our pilots for the “expected” but to also plan for the “unexpected.”… [Read full post.]

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Leaving Home to Go Home

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Liz Schandorff  |  1 Comment

In two days, I will leave home to go home. Confused yet? Me too.

It will be with an array of emotions that we will pile our bags and our children on a Boeing 737 and… [Read full post.]

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How a Flight Safety Seminar is Improving My Marriage

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Joy Neal  |  3 Comments

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.” —Proverbs 29:11

As the spouse of a pilot, one of the things that drew me to MAF was its reputation for safety. But when I was required to sit in a day-long flight safety seminar at… [Read full post.]

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Four Things I’ve Learned as a Missionary Kid (MK)

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Smith  |  1 Comment

As I’ve just graduated from high school, I’ve spent lots of time looking back on my life as a missionary kid. The people I’ve known, the places I’ve… [Read full post.]

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