MAF shares Christ’s love and helps isolated people feel loved and cared for by bringing hope, help, and healing through aviation. MAF has been established in Timor-Leste since 2007 and medical evacuation flights are the main priority.
On Friday, July 8, Mission Aviation Fellowship received a phone call and was requested by the National Ambulance and Medical Emergency Service (SNAEM) to transfer a 35-year-old patient who needed to be transferred from Baucau Municipality to get further medical treatment at the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV) in Dili Municipality.
Established good relationship with the people of Timor-Leste
Domingos Gaspar Brito, a general medic at the SNAEM, states, "MAF has established a good partnership with the Ministry of Health and the SNAEM to support transferring sick people in remote areas to get special health care by the specialist medics at HNGV in Dili municipality."
Saving people's lives
Domingas da Costa, a medevac patient from Baucau says, "I was in severe condition, so the nurses decided to send me to get special treatment by the specialist medics at the National Hospital. I was feeling down before I was transferred from Baucau to HNGV by MAF’s aircraft because my baby had died in my tummy, and I needed surgery immediately," she concludes,
A week later, a MAF team visited the HNGV to check on Domingas’ condition and pray for her recovery. She stayed at the hospital for three weeks, and she has recovered and has already returned to her home in Baucau Municipality.
MAF's 15 years of ministry in Timor-Leste
Jan Klassen, MAF’s pilot, explains, "It’s great to see that MAF has been in Timor-Leste for 15 years and has been able to bring help, hope, and healing and show God’s love in practical ways in the last 15 years and hopefully for the next 15 years too.
Since January this year, MAF has registered almost 200 patients evacuated from seven municipalities: Atauro, Baucau, Bobonaro (Maliana), Covalima (Suai), Manufahi (Same), Vikeke, and Oecussi. This year, MAF has celebrated 15 years of serving the people of Timor-Leste.
Jumenia Ximenes, a nurse from the national ambulance service, says, "I would wholeheartedly like to congratulate MAF for 15 years of supporting emergency services in Timor-Leste. We are very grateful to MAF’s presence in our country, serving our people who live in remote areas. "