Bringing aid to the Philippines

CUYO, Philippines — Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and New Tribes Mission (NTM) are working hand-in-hand to deliver food, clean water, and other critical aid to remote island communities of the Philippines in desperate need following Typhoon Haiyan.

The missionary organizations are among many that are providing aid to the typhoon-ravaged area.

NTM already had four aviation personnel stationed in the Philippines, operating two small airplanes and one helicopter. So when the disaster struck they were uniquely positioned to help, according to the organization’s officials.

MAF’s experienced disaster response personnel travelled to the Philippines to assist the NTM crew with logistics.

The team is focusing its efforts on small, isolated islands that no one else is assisting, officials noted. They have established an air bridge to transport relief supplies to the island of Cuyo. From there, the NTM helicopter delivers aid to people in desperate need.

“We have heard that the smaller islands have had 70%-80% destruction and no one is helping to meet this need in this remote corner of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan,” said John Woodberry, MAF manager of disaster response and security.

The MAF/NTM team has been delivering rice, tarps, and other needed supplies. They are working with the Philippine Red Cross to distribute food and hygiene kits, and doing survey flights to identify isolated areas in need of assistance.

“We are partnering with the local church and local municipal leaders to find the best way to meet the needs and serve those most vulnerable,” said Woodberry. “The local church in Cuyo, where the helicopter is based, is putting together family packs with rice and canned protein to sustain families in remoter islands devastated by the Typhoon.”

Those wishing to support the Philippine relief effort can give online at or

“We are thankful to all those who are giving so that the NTM/MAF team can continue to deliver hope and life-saving supplies to these hurting families,” said Pam McCurdy, an NTM spokeswoman.

Founded in 1945, Mission Aviation Fellowship is a family of organizations with a singular mission: To share the love of Jesus through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed. Recent MAF work has combatted malaria and Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, enabled Bible translators and evangelists in Asia, Africa, and Indonesia, provided relief flights to support the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, and supported rebuilding efforts following numerous natural disasters in Haiti.

New Tribes Mission is an international church-planting mission organization that works among groups who have had little or no access to the Bible, mostly in remote locations in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific Region. While providing practical help such as medical care, community development and literacy education, missionaries also share Bible lessons that allow the people to choose for themselves what to believe.



    As a french citizen, I expect setting up in the PHILIPPINES, a new “Aerial Survey” Service provinding aid & help to the most in need people when a disaster struck,
    by delivering critical aid, clean water, food, all kind of medicines, vaccines, electric generators, tents, tarps, stretchers, mobile shelters, surgeons & medical personals etc.

    Crews are highly professionnal and unpaid pilots.

    Aircraft is not a $30M corporate airplane but a Cost-effective Cessna Super CargoMaster
    brand new EX model (400 Grand Caravans in the FEDEX fleet), burning jet fuel available
    everywhere and operating unpaved runways & short airstrips in remote areas.

    Need synergies & partnership for this micro-project.
    Best regards,
    co-founder of french NGO “Aviation Without Borders”
    retired airline captain (DC8-DC10-Boeing747-Airbus340)

    • Chris Potts says

      Dear Claude,

      I operate a C182 and a C172 out of Clark,Pampanga.I’m a PPL with 1000 hours mostly Philippine flying.

      I offered the planes to MSF but they are concentrating on helis.

      If I can assist your project,please let me know.

      Kind Regards,
      Chris Potts
      Hong Kong

    • Gerald minor says

      I volunteer to help with the flying duties. I’m rated in 747, 777, 737, Cessna 402, Cessna 172, and others. I’m retired Air Force and airlines and eager to help. Need no pay. Can get myself there.

      • BAUMGARTNER says

        Thank you so much fo your proposal.
        But just few hours ago, family and propective partners don’t agree with the project.
        Please disregard my comment on General Aviation News.
        Sorry for inconvenience.
        With kind regards,

  2. John Barsness says

    Thanks MAF for all you do. I encourage pilots to make a donation to this worthwhile effort if you desire. It is a good time to share with these folks who might have lost everything. Happy Thanksgiving everyone…

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