Author Archives: Owen Fuller

Sleeping Sickness in the Congo

As I get off the plane in Zobia, the other passengers and I are greeted by dozens of villagers. Our drive from the airstrip to the MSF (Doctors Without Borders) compound takes about 45 minutes, most of it through Congolese jungle. At times the bamboo and other trees almost form a tunnel over the road.

Here […]

The New VSAT in Nyankunde

Nyankunde is just a little over 15 miles from Bunia, the site of MAF’s main base in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in some ways it feels a lot farther removed. Bunia, while no metropolis, feels like a city; there is constant noise, people everywhere, and limited natural scenery. Nyankunde is much […]

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

A view of Bunia, DRC from above on a radio tower during some antenna work.

Taking a boat ride on the Nile during a family vacation to Jinja, Uganda.

Hiking to a pygmy camp near Epulu, DRC.

Flying past the rim of a volcano near Goma, DRC on the way to Bukavu.

When I was […]

Installing VSAT Systems in Africa

You probably know that Mission Aviation Fellowship flies missionaries, doctors, pastors, and relief workers to many of the most remote parts of the world. While you won’t find reference to it in our name, MAF also has quite an extensive IT ministry. In many of the remote places we fly there is also a lack […]

Information Management for Aviators

With iPad in hand, pilot Joey Martin goes over documents in his electronic flight bag.

Running aviation operations in an organization like MAF requires a lot of information to be accessed, computed, and logged. A lot! There are passenger manifests, maintenance records, aviation operations manuals, airport strip charts, aircraft manuals, procedure checklists, weight and balance […]

Technical Tools To Equip Bible Translators

Sign outside the Bunia Bible translation office.

Here in Congo, linguists serving with SIL International (a field partner of Wycliffe Bible Translators) are working with local churches to promote Bible translation, literacy, Scripture use, and local language development. However, these Western missionaries aren’t the ones doing the actual translation work. Rather, they are training and facilitating the […]