MAF hosts an assessment trip in Chad.
Mission Aviation Fellowship has work in Chad, says their disaster response manager, John Woodberry. He describes the situation. "You have a couple of hundred thousand refugees who have fled the Darfur crisis and have also come into eastern Chad, who also has a civil war going on, which has created probably about 112, 000 internally displaced people."
Woodberry says they're flying out of the capital city, N`Djamena, flying to the south assisting missionaries and Bible translators. However, he says their work is changing. "We're also seeing increasing needs in flying in support of aid agencies who are responding to this crisis in eastern Chad."
However, in February, MAF faced some difficulties. "The rebels came all the way to the capital city. And, because of the security decreasing in the country, all our families left. And, MAF left a skeleton crew to continue operating the flights that are needed in Chad."
Woodberry says there is good news. "Security is starting to get a little better. Families are starting to come back in. You can pray for the security for the families."
Because of the increasing needs in the region, Woodberry says they need prayer. "MAF could basically use some more pilots and another aircraft in that region and we just use what we have to do what God has called us to do."
As MAF is able to assist other Christian organizations, many understand who they are. "The people that we serve know that we are Christian agencies who are coming and serving them and it opens doors that God can work through because it's really God's spirit working through us and in the heart of people we're serving."
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