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The Added Dimension

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Jim Manley  |  Leave a comment

We’re all flat-landers stuck in two dimensions. Doesn’t matter if we live in the mountains. We’re glued to Earth’s undulating surface, meticulously following its ups and downs. That restraint does grant security. We need concern ourselves only with the challenges of moving left or right, forward or back. Vertical decisions fade to choosing stairs or elevator.

GPS_v01But a few years ago I recall thinking: Here I am, the pilot, an intruder in three-dimensional space. Suddenly up and down greatly complicates my work. The sky looks free, clear air for thousands of miles, only birds and clouds for companions. But, in fact, it demands answers to scores of questions.

How do I find my destination? No signs point the way, no roads lead anywhere. In fact, how do I know where I am now? No monument marks my spot. Chosen goals remain unreachable if I don’t know my starting point.

What about boundaries? How do I stay away from where I’m unwanted? Major air terminals distain the uninvited. Military Operation Areas, where warriors practice their sharp art, detest intruders. Like busy freeways, both peril the unwary trespasser.

And when cloud fills or night hides the vast expanse, how do I know what I fly over? Mountains? Desert? Ocean? Swamp? What if I unexpectedly return to flat-land? How will I know what awaits me?

Fortunately, technology provides answers. For example, my control panel sports a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver. This magic box catches invisible radio waves and displays my position within plus-or-minus 30 feet anywhere on the planet—dark, light, cloudy, or clear. Doesn’t matter. With that and a map I fly confidently, stay out of danger zones, and reach my destination.

Then recently I realized it’s a lot like following Jesus. God gave me his Spirit so I could receive his invisible direction. Without it, I float in emptiness. With it, I navigate confidently through life in a chaotic world. Without it, I’m lost. With it, I know my position in creation exactly. (1 Cor 2:12)

What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” — 1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV)

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Between Two Worlds, Part 2

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by MAF  |  Leave a comment

…. continued from an earlier post.

Q: How in the world do you condense your life down to a dozen or so packing bins? Can you describe your process?

As we walk through Target or IKEA, I find myself unconsciously picking things up and… [Read full post.]

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The Tears I’ve Cried

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Natalie Holsten  |  Leave a comment

Recently I shed happy tears. I love happy tears, especially since I usually shed sad, hormonal, frustrated, or angry tears.

We traveled from our home in Papua across the country of Indonesia to Kalimantan, where we served for 10 years, and had… [Read full post.]

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Four Things I Learned from an MAF Mechanic

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Wolf  |  2 Comments

In talking with one of our aviation maintenance instructors here at MAF headquarters, I discovered that some tips could be applied to life as well. Here are four things I’ve learned about life via plane maintenance.

#1 The Tootsie Roll Theory. Talk to the guys in the maintenance or safety divisions here at MAF… [Read full post.]

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Epic Water Surprise

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by Justin Honaker  |  Leave a comment

There is an air of excited anticipation so tangible you can almost see it as Matt Monson, our newest pilot, taxis off the runway and into the MAF area. Our entire staff is poised to give Matt a soaking he’ll likely not forget. Matt is… [Read full post.]

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