Life as a missionary pilot is rarely boring. From sick patients needing urgent care to turtles being rescued by NGOs, I have had the opportunity to see the depths of the reality of life under the tropics. I have also had the privilege to see the importance of a strong support team who can pray, and faithfully parner with us. I am thankful that as a flight instructor, I can also be involved in the training of future missionaries pilots.
Roughly 600 million people speaking roughly 5,000 languages still have little-to-no Scripture in a language they can fully understand. Most of the unreached people groups also lack basic medical aid. In countries plagued by social and political instability, hazardous roads, Aviation is often the most efficient way, if not the only way, literacy teams and medical workers can reach the unreached.
AVIATION AND THE NONI COMMUNITY
The Luxs, Bible translators and litteracy experts arrived in West Africa in 2020. They settled in the high mountains of North West Cameroon and started Bible translation work in the Noni community. The Luxs gained the trust of the natives and were soon highly appreciated by that community. However, the arduous two-day trip road from the capital city to their place not mentioning the possibility of armed-hands robbery during the trip made it difficult for the Luxs to receive significant help in their colossal task. Their work was henceforth more than necessary slowed down.
But when a runway was built in Lassin, village of the Noni community, JAARS-aviation program was able to support the Luxs and their realities radically changed. In 2009, a team from the Netherlands came to survey and help Bible translators at work in the region. They were on a tight schedule but they wanted to visit the Luxs among many others workers. Imagine, spending three to four days on the road for a two-hour visit? Would you?
I flew the Netherland team from the capital city to the high mountains of Cameroon where the Luxs were working. We left around 8: 30 AM and at 10:43 AM, we were in the village of the Noni community. At 3: 30 PM, we were back in the capital city and went on to the next visit.
In 2011, 30 years after the Luxs have arrived in Cameroon, Three years after the Netherland team visit, the Lassin community finally had the Bible and an alphabet in their own language. That team had made a strategic visit to the Lassin community that has been made possible in one day by aviation. May God raise more and more people who will hear the sound of the balafon calling them to care and to love through aviation.