More than 4.7 billion people tuned in to watch athletes from 205 countries participating in the Olympics. The eyes of much of the world – 70 per cent of the population – were on our nation.
Is this evidence that we are now one world? But two billion people did not tune in. Many of those don’t have access to what many take for granted: 22 per cent of the world’s population have no electricity, 23 per cent of people have no form of shelter, 15 per cent are undernourished, 13 per cent have no safe, clean water, and one per cent are starving.
Although technology has advanced and communications are greater than ever, many people across the developing world remain isolated. More than ever, people are marginalised and isolated by geography, natural disaster, war, politics, economics.
The world is far from being one.
MAF, a lifeline for those who are cut off, is using small aircraft to bring practical help and spiritual hope.
With a fleet of 135 light aircraft, MAF is flying within the developing world, in places like Bangladesh: where a third of the country is under water; South Sudan: where the world’s newest nation is seeking to develop simple infrastructure, healthcare and education while still struggling with insecurity; Papua New Guinea: where mountain ranges and the challenging terrain mean people may have to walk for days or even weeks to get medical attention, education, food supplies.
Established in 1945, now for over 60 years, MAF has carried relief and medical hope to millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Today, MAF works with more than 1000 partner organisations around the world, organisations like Tearfund, Medair, Save the Children.
As they look to the future and as they continue to help meet these increasing needs of the people they fly and serve, MAF organisations around the world are adopting a common logo. With one purpose, one vision and one look MAF remains committed to flying for life.
The new logo uses the Christian symbol of a dove and will be used by all MAF groups internationally. The intention is of course that wherever and whenever in the world, people will immediately recognize the aircraft and what they’re doing.