Flying for Life – the story of MAF

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THE inspiring story of Mission Aviation Fellowship – MAF – was related to members of Ballywillan Men’s Fellowship at their opening meeting on Thursday morning of last week.

For the past 70 years MAF has been providing aviation support to Christian and humanitarian agencies all over the world, bringing medical and spiritual aid to some of the most remote places on earth.

Retired school principal Mildred Poots of Ballymoney, who is MAF’s local representative, told members how the organisation had been created shortly after World War Two by a group of ex-military pilots, who had had a vision of how aviation could be used to spread Christianity and humanitarian aid throughout the world.

Today, MAF is a family of organisations led by people in countries around the world who maintain the vision of taking Christ’s love all over the earth.

Mrs. Poots showed dramatic illustrations of many of the parts of world where MAF is providing a vital service, despite the most primitive of operating conditions for the aircraft flown by MAF pilots and engineers. Thanks to the speaker was voiced by te president of the Men’s Fellowship, Dr. Michael Gardiner.

This Thursday (22 September) the speaker will be Clarke Black, a former chief executive of the Ulster Farmers’ Union. Open to retired and semi-retired men of all denominations and none, the Fellowship commences at 10.30am in the Link area of Ballywillan Presbyterian Hall, Portrush. Talks, in the adjacent Octagon, commence at 11am.

New members are welcome, as are visitors. There is an annual membership fee of £12 and £1 charge at weekly meeting. the Fellowship gives support to charities.