Without MAF, Mission Work cannot be done!
This statement comes from an Austrian missionary, Friedemann Urschitz, who grew up in Papua New Guinea and who still reaches out to the remote communities in the Sepik. By walking many extra miles through the jungle, he encourages and trains people for the benefit of the next generations.
Below is his thank you message he recently sent to MAF. Today, Friedemann Urschitz works as the Director of Liebenzell Mission Austria.
Thanks to MAF I could get around to remote villages to conduct courses and get airstrip equipment repaired and visit churches over an 8-week mission trip to the East Sepik Province. Without the flights into remote villages, I could not have done that many visits and courses.
My first village MAF flew me to was Nungwaia. I was born in PNG and lived my first 9 years in Nungwaia, the first village my parents worked with SSEM (South Sea Evangelical Mission) which later became the SSEC (South Sea Evangelical Church).
Shortly after we had landed, the pilot sold almost a full box of Bibles and some reading glasses to the village people which came to greet me at the plane.
In Nungwaia I serviced the Deutscher Lawn Mower which they use to cut the airstrip grass and then handed out solar lights to church pastors and church leaders from 11 different local churches. I could hold a course with the church leaders over the weekend. Some of the pastors and church leaders had to walk three days to come and meet me in Nungwaia. On Sunday more than 1000 children from various local churches joined the pastors and church leader and we had a combined service together.
My second flight took me to Ambunti, the mission base of Pacific Island Ministries (PIM) situated right next to the mighty Sepik River. Here I spent most of my time in the mission’s workshop to get some equipment and machines fixed. I stayed there 10 days until MAF could take me to my next destination.
Moropote is about a 30 minutes flight from Ambunti. There I tried to fix the tractor, but I need to order spare parts and maybe I can get it running again on my next mission trip.
From Moropote I walked to three different villages to visit churches, have church service with them and give teaching and training to pastors and church leaders.
Getting to those villages was not an easy walk, each taking about up to 2-3 hours one way through the jungle and swamps.
If MAF wouldn’t fly to Moropote, the only other way is a one and a half days canoe trip up the Sepik, Sio and Nageg River and then walking for some hours through swampy jungle.
I had wanted to visit some more villages, but because MAF did not have a plane for some days in the Sepik Province, these visits had to be postponed for another time.
Thank you for giving financial support to MAF so that MAF is able to subsidise flights to remote bush villages. Without MAF, this mission work cannot be done and many people wouldn’t get any service. Many villages don’t have a teacher or a nurse and missionaries and church leaders would not be able to do visitations and give courses which are in desperately needed. No medevacs could be done and many more people would die and suffer.
Many thanks to all supporters.
Please pray for Friedemann as he currently is again on his way to Papua New Guinea with a tight schedule to continue teachers’ training at Ambunti, to build a teacher’s house at Yatoam, to visit the church in Moropote and then to walk to Bitara inspecting the airstrip the community is building, just to name a few of his project which all require MAF flights to transport him, local team members and (building) supplies to the various places.
But this is exactly what we as MAF are here for in Papua New Guinea, to be a catalyst and carrier for help, hope and healing.
Bless you as you pray for Friedemann’s mission trip.