Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been donated a Cessna 182 light aircraft, which is set to be an invaluable help in its work in South Sudan.
After a whistle-stop tour of the UK last month, the plane headed for South Sudan to work with over 100 partners. Using a network of 90 dirt airstrips located across the country, each year hundreds of MAF flights make it possible to address needs relating to poverty and hunger, access to safe drinking water, healthcare, education and spiritual growth.
Partners in South Sudan include Tearfund, Medair, CMA and many local church missions. In 2012, MAF planes flew more than 7500 passengers, made over 4000 landings and flew more than 650,000 miles in the young country.
The Cessna 182 was previously owned by a German skydiving club and was donated to MAF by supporters at a cost of £250k, including an extensive refit for work in the demanding conditions of South Sudan.
MAF CEO Ruth Whitaker said, ‘This is a most exciting addition to the MAF fleet. We are truly grateful for this wonderful and generous gift; and for all our supporters who make possible our worldwide work’.