Further to our recent postings on the recent accident in Yenkisa, the family of the pilot would like to give God thanks for his hand of protection over Pastor Gideon Kend and his team during the unfortunate event. They would also like to publicly thank Pastor Gideon for choosing to continue his journey to the community of Yambaitok. The team had originally planned to travel to Yenkisa and then continue the journey by foot to Yambaitok, which is a full day walk away through the dense forest, where Pastor Gideon was invited to preside over a baptism ceremony for several members of the community. Whilst it would have been understandable to cancel his trip given the ordeal that he and his team had just gone through, Pastor Gideon showed tremendous courage and elected to lead his team through the night towards Yambaitok to get there in time for the baptism on Saturday.
 
Pastor Gideon later informed us that he arrived safely and that he saw God’s hand leading in the service, where 11 souls were baptised and many people surrendered their lives to God.
 
We continue to give God all the praise through it all!
 
Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

MAF International has set-up a Crisis Management Team (CMT) to address the implications of Covid-19 for our work and those we serve. Under the guidance of the CMT, each MAF programme is taking action to properly prepare for and address the implications of Covid-19 in their location. We anticipate that Covid-19 will have an impact on our operations in the weeks and months to come.
Current work is focusing on:
Establishing procedures to mitigate the possible transmission of Covid-19 by our flight operations.
Providing guidance and support for staff, minimizing the risk of Covid-19 in their service with MAF.
For as long as possible, with due regard for the risks presented to our beneficiaries and staff, maintaining flight operations to reach isolated people in need, to continue to bring help, hope and healing.
We are implementing measures in compliance with official government advice in each of the locations where we are working.
Please uphold in prayer our staff, flight operations and the isolated people we seek to serve during this difficult time

AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT AT YENKISA, PNG.
Just after 1pm local time 19-March-2020, a Cessna Caravan (P2-MAF) operated by MAF PNG was involved in a landing overrun at the Yenkisa airstrip in the Enga Province, PNG highlands.
The pilot and three passengers on board are safe with no injuries. The aircraft has sustained damage.
MAF has informed the relevant safety authorities and investigations are underway. MAF operations have been suspended and bookings will not be accepted at this time, while those investigations begin.
We apologise to service users for disruption and inconvenience.

Kylan Diprose of v2track visits MAF PNG Program

We were honoured to have Kylan Diprose visit the MAF PNG Program on Monday 6 January 2020, he and his brother Bevan Diprose founded v2track, the aircraft tracking system we use here in the MAF PNG Program as well as in other MAF Programs around the world.  Kylan and a cousin came through Mt. Hagen on their way to the village of Sibilanga for the Golden Jubilee, which is the 60th Anniversary of the first missionaries arriving there. Their grandparents, ­Neal and Margaret Windsor, were some of the first missionaries in that area of PNG, raising their children there as well.

Several years ago Kylan flew, periodically, for MAF in Arnhem Land, and there recognized the need for a way to track the airplanes. Being a computer programmer himself, he along with his brother developed the v2track system, which has now gone on to be used commercially as well as with Mission Aviators in over 30 countries worldwide.

For the MAF PNG Program, the environment we fly in can be very harsh with monsoonal wet seasons, dense jungles, high mountain ranges, and rapidly changing weather patterns.  Given the fact that HF radio communications are not always reliable, having a system that utilizes both satellite and cellular formats providing aircraft positional awareness and communication with the pilots is crucial.  Especially since weather and other factors can change at a moment’s notice and the need to communicate that to the pilot and back to the bases is imperative.

The v2track system allows that communication between the pilots and bases and allows our Operations team to always know where our aircraft are located, which assists us in coordinating the many medical evacuations we do each month.

We are thankful for the vision and efforts of Kylan and his brother Bevan and appreciate his visit.