Tag Archives: Congolese

Preparing for Slippery Cross-Cultural Experiences

How do you peel a banana?

The answer is easy: Just start from the top. However, things get a little more complex when you start talking about which end really is the top. Here in the U.S., the top is the end with the stem. That is how bananas are displayed in grocery stores. That is […]

Water From Rock

A team from France is assisting a remote Congolese village with its water system. I had the opportunity to learn more about the project when I picked them up after they spent one week assessing the needs.

Nick Frey with the team that worked on the installation

The current system is a bit dated and in […]

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 […]

A Lesson In Contrasts

Living in Kinshasa, DRC (a city of about 10,000,000 people) we can sometimes forget that MAF’s vision is for isolated people. There are always people crowding the streets, jamming the market places, and flooding entire areas that were once wide open. It was one of the biggest shocks when we arrived, to be overwhelmed by […]

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 […]

Fires And February Flights

MAF pilot Nick Frey recaps some of the happenings at MAF’s West DRC base in Kinshasa.

Flight strip in Malebo, Congo

We are going through a mini “dry season” in this part of the world (West D.R. Congo). It’s a time when Congolese utilize the intense heat and direct sunlight to burn sections of land […]