In March 2019 MAG pilot Damon Whitlow, MAG Director of Maintenance Scott Grote, and MAG mechanic Joel Braxton traveled to Honduras to conduct a field survey for the potential re-opening of a 2,400 foot remote airstrip.
In July 2018, a team led by MAG’s COO and Gabon Program Director, Steve Straw, travelled to the Central African countries of Cameroon and Gabon to continue repairs to MAG’s Cessna 207 aircraft and then to continue work on a new airstrip, laying the ground work – literally – for the future of medical care access, compassion, and ministry to the region.
2018 marks the seventh consecutive year that MAG has partnered with International Health Service of Minnesota (IHS) to bring a major medical outreach to the Honduran region of LaMosquitia. Hosting one of IHS’s largest teams at MAG’s Rus Rus Hospital, this annual “brigade” delivers medical, dental, optical, and surgical care to 10-20 percent of the region’s population each year.
Residents of the remote Miskito villages of Rus Rus, Mabitah, and Suhi, were waiting with great anticipation as the MAG team was due to arrive. For the past several years a team had come to do VBS programs for the children, but this year’s team had a different flavor. This year was more about partnership, about the larger community, and about hope for the future.
From time to time, our MAG aircraft need a double-portion of Tender Loving Care. That’s when we retrieve the aircraft from the field program, and bring it back to the US to be pulled apart, inspected inch-by-inch, refurbished with a couple new bells and whistles, and then put back together, with a new engine and prop.
MAG’s national church partner in Gabon, EACMG, is embarking on an ambitious construction project on 65 acres of property, just outside of the capital city of Libreville. Their desire is that the social works of the campus will demonstrate God’s love to the country’s largest population region, in Word and in Deed.
On April 22, 2017 over 300 supporters of Missionary Air Group descended upon the Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport, in Burlington, NC, for MAG’s first ever Open House and for the Dedication Ceremony of MAG’s new ministry headquarters.
People wait in line outside the hospital to receive medical and dental care after having walked for up to two days to get there. This means carrying food, bedding, and children with them. Large extended family groups and even entire villages often travel together for safety.
Nearly a year of preparation, government paperwork, and construction has finally culminated with the official opening of MAG’s new “home base” airstrip in the Peten region of Guatemala.