Royal Thanks to Mission Aviation Fellowship
During his recent African tour, HRH Prince Harry visited Angola to witness the work of de-mining charity The HALO Trust, walking in his mother’s footsteps to increase awareness of the vital cause.
Wearing body armour, The Duke of Sussex walked an active minefield and remotely detonated a landmine to remove it from a field at Dirico, a remote town on the Namibian border. He then visited Huambo, the site where his mother, Princess Diana, was famously photographed in similar body armour in 1997. The place is now a thriving city.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been flying with HALO in Angola for 25 years, transporting brave men and women who continue vast de-mining projects across the country. Some 100,000 mines have been removed since 1994, when the country was in the grip of civil war. Since then, thousands of lives have been saved, with safe land allowing life to spring up everywhere.
On-site to transport HALO staff and be on standby for medical evacuations, MAF bush pilot Marijn Goud had the honour of meeting Prince Harry. As they spoke, the Prince remarked, ‘HALO could not do it without you, thanks!’
MAF is proud to partner with HALO in Angola as it continues its lifesaving work. Over the years, MAF has provided transport logistics for team members and VIPs conducting site visits. MAF aircraft are also on call round-the-clock should the need arise for a casualty evacuation were a mine to be unsafely detonated.
MAF Pilot Marijn Goud said, ‘It’s not every day that you brush shoulders with royalty and have the chance to meet the well-known faces who campaign for a better world. But most days I do have the privilege of meeting the unknown heroes who carry out inspiring, life-changing work in some of the world’s far-flung places; places that are often only accessible on board one of MAF’s little planes.’
MAF flies over 130 light aircraft in 26 different countries in the world, working with over 2000 partner organisations to bring help, hope, and healing in Jesus’ name to people in some of the remotest places. MAF will be our mission focus for the first quarter of 2020, which also happens to be the 75th year since MAF’s founders came together with a vision to use aviation and technology to transform the lives of remote people. Kevin Crook of MAF will be speaking at all three morning services on 2 February. Please do come along to hear more about MAF’s work.
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