Where Our Hearts Want to Be

Jesus Film Ministries Team

MAF Uganda have had a long relationship with Sam Tsapwe who we love to support as much as possible. Over the years we’ve seen how much this man personifies Jesus and has such a passion to reach the lost with the gospel. There’s nowhere too difficult to get to that Sam isn’t prepared to go but MAF is able to…

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Restoration for Victims of War & Violence

Restoration for Victims of War & Violence

17th September 2020 – 22nd September 2020 Route: Kajjansi-Entebbe-Goma-Lodja-Bukavu-Kisangani-Gemena-Kisangani-Bukavu-Goma-Entebbe In the world of a MAF pilot, life is never predictable, but especially now with the current Covid19 crisis, you never know what a day is going to bring. An admirable trait I have observed over the years of working with MAF is the way they will determinedly find a way…

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The Skies are Open – MAF Uganda Re-Launched

The Skies are Open

With long awaited relief, MAF Uganda were given permission from the CAA to fly passengers domestically after a 6 month wait. The program are required to meet health restrictions and between each flight the plane needs to be thoroughly cleaned before more passengers board. Lutheran World Federation’s Unprecedented Challenge addressing Covid19. On our first flight, we flew Jesse Kamstra, the…

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Breakthrough Disaster Relief Flight to Kasese

The day has finally arrived our team has waited and worked towards for the last 2 long months. Sam Baguma and others in the team have been communicating with the Office of the Prime Minister to find a way to bring cargo to the people suffering in Kasese after flash-flooding displaced 25,000 people. We asked for prayer re the perfect…

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Invaluable Prayer Cover

Invaluable Prayer Cover

Here in Uganda we’re entering our 10th week of restrictions which have brought our busy program to a halt with regards to flying. Our engineers have kept busy maintaining aircraft and most of our pilots have been working hard to ensure that licensing is up-to-date and any training can continue in our simulator. Our ground operations team have also been…

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Kasese Flash Floods in Uganda

Kasese Flash Floods in Uganda

There are an overwhelming wave of trials hitting Uganda which are adding to the insurmountable struggles of lockdown. At the same time, MAF Uganda’s runway has been flooded from all of the rain which is causing Lake Victoria to swell to record levels which haven't been seen since the 1920’s. Thankfully our emergency team and operations were given permission before…

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Hope and Grace International

Hope & Grace International - Dr Richard Barnor

I love my job working as MAF’s communications officer in Uganda. What I love the most is being able to meet with partners and hear and see what work they’re involved in and to observe lives being changed. While on the northern shuttle flying on LDR with Pilot Dave Forney, I was able to listen to Dr Richard Barnor’s life…

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When Timing is Everything

Kajjansi

While on a shopping trip with another MAF family, a woman overheard our conversation mentioning MAF. She proceeded to tell me how her daughter had been rescued by MAF just a few weeks back. The details and timing of how her daughter happened to be able to join a flight that had just arrived in Arua was a God-intervention which…

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A Great Wake Up

A Great Wake Up

MAF’s regular partner, Jenga is finding ways to impact the poor community in Mount Elgon via supporting an ethical coffee company I was privileged to accompany two game changers we flew into Soroti in September who are partnering with a fantastic coffee project in the Jurassic-looking region of Mt Elgon. Nick and Ruth are formidable medical and business consultants who…

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Every Village – Flight to South Sudan with Pilot Eivind Lindtjorn

During June, 2019, MAF Uganda went the extra mile by arranging a multiple day flight to South Sudan for Every Village. Every Village was finishing a leadership retreat in Kampala, and needed to return their managers back to various location in South Sudan. Additionally, the Every Village Executive Director and Water Director were going to survey program activities, which requires…

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The Power of Love – Flight with Empower One to Arua

Empower One

Empower One’s vision is also to reach the unreached with God’s love, which makes for a perfect partnership with MAF. ‘MAF is so incredible!’ beams Jackson Songa, Director of Operations of evangelism organisation Empower One. ‘I am very grateful that its aircraft came along at the right time for us. How else could we get to dangerous, hard-to-reach places without…

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MAF Medevacs

MAF Medevacs

Day to day life in remote Uganda is hazardous to say the least, and MAF has recently flown two medical evacuations for people of the cloth. A Sacred Heart Sister seriously hurt her back in a boda boda (motorcycle) accident, and more recently a priest working in Arua had to be urgently flown because he had broken his pelvis, femur,…

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Shoulder to Shoulder

Shoulder to Shoulder

Sometimes the things we do can seem mundane and not particularly pleasant. Today, I had to discuss, and convince a man from the Civil Aviation Authority that our procedures make sense and are safe. Because our flying is not like airline flying and we go to bush strips with rough, narrow surfaces, no air traffic control, no tarmac, no lines,…

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The Eye of the Needle – Outreach to Karamoja

Baptist Mission in Karamoja

MAF was able to fly with our Norwegian MAF representatives to visit the Baptist Mission’s project in Kaabong. The clean air and desert colours of Karamoja, splashed with pink flowered trees made me think of all of the diverse traits of Africa that I love..one part is verdant and laced with jungle and water, another, arid and harsh, but with…

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The Congo Crisis

The Congo Crisis

Recently, the area of Kasai in Congo has erupted because of the killing of 2 government leaders which triggered mass tribal violence and a surge of refugees to flee the region into Kyangwali, West Uganda. (https://reliefweb.int/report/democratic-republic-congo/conflict-and-displacement-kasai-january-2018). Tutapona is one of our valuable partners that are offering much needed trauma counselling to refugees. Candice Lassey recently went on a trip on Tutapona’s…

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Finding Jackson Mataya Safe in Uganda

Finding Jackson Mataya

In January, 2013, I first encountered Jackson, an orphan from Kajo Keji who was severely disabled due to polio. When I first met Jackson in 2012 he was resorting to crawling to school 6kms there and back every day because his 3 wheeler chair had long since rusted. MAF was able to help fly the frame back to Kampala where we located…

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Medical Team International – Health Care Initiative for the Displaced

Medical Team International

At the end of last year, a group of MAF UK visitors flew to Moyo airstrip to visit the work of one of our partners, Medical Team International. MTI are regularly booked on our Northern Shuttle to various locations near to the refugee settlements. The Regional Director, Andrew Hoskins kindly offered to host our team and arranged for 2 vehicles to…

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Restoring Hope Ministries

MAF pilot Rembrand Rodenburg prepares for landing at Chobe airstrip

Pilot Rembrand Rodenburg had the chance to find out more about the work of Restoring Hope Ministries on a recent shuttle flight from Uganda to Buni, DRC. Restoring Hope Ministries work in Dungu, DRC, regarded as a safe haven because of the presence of UN. As a consequence refugees have settled there in the past year. Refugees from both South…

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Bidi Bidi… The World’s Largest Settlement

Bidi Bidi Settlement

Over the ten years I’ve worked for MAF, I’ve witnessed the beauty and transformation our passengers bring about in this hurting world. MAF’s programme in Uganda helps address the problems caused by the violent conflict in South Sudan that resulted in thousands of people taking refuge in Uganda. Last year, I visited Bidi Bidi – the largest refugee settlement in…

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MAF Uganda Training Base

Training Centre

The MAF Uganda program has become an international hub for many of our pilots as its training base expands and participates in upgrading more pilot’s type conversions. The Uganda training base is one of MAF International's training bases, where MAF is providing training for its own pilots (conversion training, supervisory pilot, check pilot, and instructor pilot training). The MAF Line Pilot…

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