By CHRIS BURGESS
Rain battered the windshield of the KODIAK as it landed in the Indonesian city of Sentani. Medical personnel rushed the passenger — a 6-year old boy named Mika — into a waiting ambulance, which sped off to the local hospital.
Earlier that day, Mika had been climbing a tree in his village of Mokndoma, a small hamlet deep in the jungle highlands of Papua, Indonesia. His foot slipped and he fell, impaling himself on a branch. After local missionaries were unable to assist Mika, they radioed Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in hopes that the boy could be taken to the hospital in Sentani.
A short while later, a MAF KODIAK landed in Mokndoma on the unimproved airstrip, covering in a mere 15 minutes what would have been a days-long journey by foot through rugged mountains. After Mika was aboard, the powerful airplane leapt from the airstrip and quickly travelled the distance back to Sentani. [Read more…]