On a recent flight to the small village of Long Sule, MAF pilot Steve Persenaire told me a little bit about the people who live there. Unlike most of the villages in Kalimantan, in Long Sule the women do much of the hard labor. Whenever a plane comes in, ladies are there waiting to help […]
In the interior villages of Papua, Indonesia, no holiday or special occasion would be complete without the traditional Bakar Batu feast. The entire community comes together to prepare this meal and many hands are needed to complete the work. Veggies are gathered, a pig is killed, rocks are heated over a fire, and everything is […]
Within the first few days of arriving in Papua, I witnessed an act of kindness that would be the first of many experienced here.
After eating dinner with an MAF family, they took us out to get some dessert. We stopped at their favorite little smoothie shack to order some cold mango drinks. While we waited […]
I became a pilot for MAF about two months ago. During my first solo flight, I was so nervous. My hands were shaking. My heart was thumping in my chest. “Here we go,” I thought, and pulled back on the control stick. I knew immediately something was wrong. My aircraft pitched to the side, toppling […]
My first Bible was a Precious Moments Bible that my parents were given when I was born. I can remember flipping through pages, looking at the simple illustrations of David as a shepherd boy and Jesus in the manger—in true Precious Moments style—when I was bored during long sermons. When I turned 13, I asked […]
For 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 […]