Since when have you been with MAF and what brought you to MAF?
I first joined MAF in May 1998 when I was in Madang. Back then I attended the same church as Olavi Kumpulainen and his family, a Finnish MAF pilot based in Madang. He asked me if I was interested in assisting with ticketing and other office duties. I’d never heard of MAF until that particular conversation with this MAF pilot at our local church. I agreed and worked as a ticketing officer at the Madang base until April 2011. I had to resign because my family moved to Port Moresby, due to my husband’s new job. However, Titus from HR contacted me at the end of 2013 and I re-joined MAF, this time in Port Moresby in January 2014.
What is your role?
My current role is as Admin Officer/Base Manager at the Port Moresby MAF office. I do have one co-worker here in the office.
Basically, MAF POM represents MAF Headquarters Mt. Hagen’s various sections/offices in timely delivery, e.g. follow up and collection of pilot/engineer/aircraft licenses and quality documents with CASA PNG, PNG Air Services and the Dept. of Transport, and MAF PNG land/property documents with the Dept. of Lands. We also assist with fuel logistics in the arrangement of returning empty fuel drums from Kawito from the wharf to Puma Energy. Now and then we meet and assist new MAF/CRMF staff at Jacksons Airport International terminal and help them transfer to the Domestic terminal. We process MAF staff work permits, entry permits, Australian visas, passports and expatriates’ police clearances.
What is your favourite part about this role?
I love to do staff work permits and entry permits as this means that our MAF PNG work force increases.
What are the challenges?
It’s a challenge when requirements change with no notice. Then I have to return to the office, inform MAF HQ, find a way to fulfill the requirements and return to the respective office depending on the time and urgency of the matter.
How does your job support MAF’s purpose and vision to see isolated people physically and spiritually transformed into Christ’s name?
Making sure of details in required documents for new MAF staff coming and timely reminders for current staff make it possible to have a pilot to fly the plane, an engineer to fix/maintain it, managers to approve and sign documents so that a Bible is given to a remote village or a very sick child makes it to hospital. It all makes “Flying For Life” possible.
How have you seen God at work in your role? Or how was God revealing his ways and his glory in surprising and unexpected ways?
When the PNG Labour and Immigration is very slow regarding our MAF staff application processes, I share it with other colleagues (like Jacinta and Merna at Mt Hagen). Then we pray and let God take control of the situation. It works out in the end.
God’s timing is always PERFECT. His PEACE surpasses all understanding.
Anything else you would like to add…
I want to encourage every one of my MAF friends and co-workers to live this principle: DO YOUR BEST, AND TRUST GOD WITH THE REST.
Also read Isaiah 26:3 & 7.