An hour later his symptoms were under control, and I was thanking God for the blessing of modern medicine and access to the treatment my son needed.
|Villagers walk to a jungle airstrip,|
where a Mission Aviation
Fellowship airplane is waiting.
This is where missionary aviation enters the picture. In some remote regions an airplane turns a five-day jungle trek into a one-hour plane ride, or a jostling 20-hour drive on unmaintained dirt roads into a smooth thirty-minute flight. Every day missionary pilots not only save lives that might otherwise be lost, but provide safe passage over treacherous and unforgiving terrain.
|A JAARS pilot loads his Kodiak|
while villagers watch and wait.
As followers of Christ, we believe that meeting physical needs is important (see James 2), but that is only a starting point. Jesus commissioned his followers to carry the news that He is reconciling the world to himself, and because of his death and resurrection we can have hope for this life and for the life to come. Missionary pilots support this holistic calling: to show his love by meeting tangible needs while bearing his message of reconciliation.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-20