An Indonesian woman remembers the impact a small red and white airplane made on her life—and the lives of so many others.
“When I was little, I wondered how an airplane could fly if it couldn’t breathe,” said Yunike Hermanus.
Yunike and I were talking about the Cessna 185 with the affectionate name of “Charlie Brown” that […]
MAF flights bring trainers to remote villages to teach culturally relevant Bible story-telling methods
“It doesn’t get much better than this.”
Brad Hopkins, our MAF pilot—and my husband—pointed at the clear blue sky out of the floatplane window. I glanced at my notes: Kuala Kurun—that’s the name of the jungle town to which we were headed.
“Just a […]
I made up this rule when I was a kid: If I’m afraid of something, I must try it.
So, that’s how I found myself strapped onto a wakeboard on a Borneo river.
As a required safety feature of our floatplane water base, MAF owns a speed boat, which is also a way our team of Americans […]
Pebbles scratched the paint. Bigger rocks just turned over in the propeller blast.
But golf- to baseball-sized stones pounded the tail of my airplane. Couldn’t be helped on the gravel strip. Still had to takeoff.
Two boys next to a Cessna 206 at a typical grass airstrip in Ecuador. Photo by Mark and Kelly Hewes.
A maintenance specialist’s race against time shows the key part each of us plays.
Mike and Angie Johnson had just returned to the Tarakan base in Kalimantan, Indonesia, after a family conference with other MAF staff in the area. Mike, a maintenance specialist, had a full day ahead of him—working on all three of the program’s […]
I take Eric’s 4-year-old hand in mine. He slows down my usually fast gait. I help him stay focused on the short journey to his Indonesian preschool. Our combined pace fluctuates, but finds its place somewhere in between what’s normal for either of us.
Some days, we’re dodging puddles from last night’s tropical downpour. (OK, I’m […]