Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Mission Aviation Fellowship flies for life in West Africa

Connecting people can be a challenge in remote and exotic parts of the world. It is a challenge Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is seeking to overcome in Monrovia, Liberia, the ministry’s newest programme in West Africa. After its launch in 2015, they have been working relentlessly to overcome new physical and geographical obstacles, connecting isolated and unreached communities with the hope of the gospel. MAF Liberia has been providing charter flights for single organizations, or for multiple peoples, cargo, and short-term mission teams. In 2016 alone pilots of MAF Liberia flew 498 hours, transporting 2,172 passengers and 15,882 kg of precious cargo. Across the West African region, MAF Liberia flies as many as 80 different organizations such as Partners in Health, Serving in Mission, Danish Refugee Council, and New Tribes Mission. Passengers flying with MAF benefit from huge timesaving—especially during rainy seasons when roads are impossible to travel. MAF flight services provide ministries with significantly more time on the ground to carry out their work—whether that is bringing the good news, restoring dignity to communities, or providing better access to healthcare.

MAF pilot Arjan Paas makes his early morning pre-flight checks in MAF Liberia’s Cessna 208. Arjan flew across the African continent from Uganda to start MAF Liberia in 2015.

Arjan Paas is one of the two pilots pioneering the ministry of MAF in West Africa. Originally from the Netherlands, Arjan has been serving with MAF for six years. His passion for the gospel and aviation has taken him all over the world—from Arnhem Land, Australia to Uganda and South Sudan in Africa. In August 2015, he teamed up with Emil Kundig to fly their Cessna 208 nearly 5,000 kilometers across the African continent from Uganda to plant a new MAF program in Liberia. After a few quiet months, NGO’s and mission organizations began connecting with MAF. Now they are flying at least four days per week.

EMI Senegal Civil Engineers Greg Perry and John Agee explore the site of a future airplane hangar with MAF Liberia’s chief engineer Mark Newnham.

EMI Senegal has partnered with this newest MAF location to accelerate transportation and the connections to isolated parts of the continent. EMI’s designs for the foundations, slab, and approach apron of a new airplane hangar in Liberia will put the growth of MAF Liberia and the ministries they serve on a strong foundation. Their new hangar will provide the space and resources to expand MAF’s presence and reach as they ‘Fly for Life’ throughout West Africa.