MAG - Africa Impact!

In February 2016, Sean Donelly (MAG CEO), Alace Straw (MAG Member Care Specialist), and Steve Straw (MAG Chief Pilot) met with the national leadership of the C&MA (Christian & Missionary Alliance) churches in Libreville, Gabon.  The Straw’s established the mission aviation program in Gabon, known locally as “Aviation Médicale de Bongolo”, in 2008.  The service provides critical transport needs to national church efforts, especially the Bongolo Hospital, a 160-bed full-service hospital in the remote south of Gabon. The Cessna 207 aircraft (N207FD) is owned by MAG, who has become the sole “aviation partner” of the Bongolo Hospital and the C&MA National Church of Gabon.

2015 Year - End Ministry Summary

In This Issue:

  • Claudia’s Story – A Double Miracle
  • Eduardo’s Story – A Life Twice Saved
  • In Africa: Spreading the Gospel By Air
  • Urgent Needs and Project Updates

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Dr. Tom Gelhaus, part of this year’s IHS (International Health Service) Team performs the first restorative dentistry in our upgraded dental clinic at the Rus Rus Hospital. This smile tells the whole story!

An Atypical Inspection

An annual inspection for an airplane, like a car, can either be fairly quick and easy, or it can come with the need for significant investment of time and money. This year, the latter was the case for MAG’s N9719Z, or “One Nine Zulu” as it is commonly called. One Nine Zulu is the plane currently in use in Rus Rus, Honduras. Given its location, the inspection and repairs would normally take place in Rus Rus. But this was no normal annual inspection.

Extreme Makeover - Rus Rus Edition

In early May, MAG’s Director of Pastoral Ministries Carlos Paz led a team of five to Rus Rus, Honduras to complete some much-needed work on both the hospital and Guest House. The Guest House improvements will pave the way for current Rus Rus resident missionaries, Wes and Denise Wiles, to move in, making room for 2 new missionary couples to join the field. Both the Moras (David and Hannah) and the Braxtons (Joel and Abrielle) are in preparation for field deployment and will be taking up residence in the Main House/Duplex currently occupied by the Wiles’.

2014 Year - End Ministry Summary

In This Issue:

  • President’s Note
  • Additional Medical Team Lands in Rus Rus
  • Making a Difference That Goes Beyond the Numbers
  • First Operational Flight for Guatemala Field Program
  • Progress Slow but Steady on Guatemala Air Ambulance
  • New Training Aircraft Arrives
  • Road to Mission Service Passes Through Burlington

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MAG Pilot Westley Wiles prepares to take-off from Rus Rus to fly a trauma patient out to a larger hospital. The patient, a young pregnant woman, was pulled from a collapsed mine, then carried to Rus Rus for eight hours on a blanket. The flight saved the her life and that of her unborn child.

MAG Pilot Westley Wiles prepares to take-off from Rus Rus to fly a trauma patient out to a larger hospital. The patient, a young pregnant woman, was pulled from a collapsed mine, then carried to Rus Rus for eight hours on a blanket. The flight saved the her life and that of her unborn child.

2014 IHS Medical Brigade Has Eternal Impact

Think about it. What would it be like if you could only see a doctor or a dentist one day a year? And what if seeing that doctor or dentist required you and your family to walk three days round trip through the jungle carrying all the food for the trip? Then, after that walk, you arrive at the clinic to find several hundred people already camped out waiting in line ahead of you? And when you finally see the doctor or dentist, they don’t even speak your language? Now, imagine being intensely grateful for this care because you  know your child will live to his next birthday – and because you can remember when that may not have been the case. Hard to imagine?  Welcome to health care in the remote region of Honduras called La Mosquitia.

East and West Churches Come Together for the Kids of Rus Rus

A team of six men and women traveled to MAG’s Honduras mission base January 30 through February 10, 2014 to hold a Vacation Bible School for children from the villages of Rus Rus and Mahbita. This was a very special team as, not only was it comprised of volunteers from both East and West coasts of the US, but it was also the first time a VBS program had been held for these children.