I had a great opportunity to fly with a Learning Technologies pilot, Brad Venter to sell Bibles at a remote airstrip. This trip was special because it was planned so that the team from Nampa could see bibles being sold in a remote airstrip.
Selling Bibles at remote airstrips by MAF pilots has given a great boost for one of the main facets of CRMF’s LTPNG. Survey results showed the need for Bibles in the remote places and working in close partnership with MAF PNG, a total of 4,854 Tok Pisin Bibles, 2,123 English bibles have been distributed in a period of two and half years.
What we did not plan was to land at Wonenara airstrip with its interesting approach! Skillful may be the better word to describe the approach where you dive into a narrow valley and then turn 90 degrees left for a few minutes and then turn 90 degrees left again to line up with the airstrip which is at the back of yet another hill. Once you clear that hill, the strip is in clear view. As soon as we landed, the message that Bibles were on sale for a special price got around and very soon the aircraft was surrounded with people.
It was a real blessing for me because I received photos and reports from Matt Painter and other MAF pilots about Bible sales at remote airstrips from my desk and to be on site to witness the eagerness to buy bibles was so special. All I could do was to murmur a silent prayer for the partnership LTPNG has with MAF pilots. Brad sold about 50 bibles on that day and people requesting more to be brought as they were not expecting this flight.
People were still wanting to buy Bibles until an elderly man approached be to ask if we would leave as our sale of bibles was holding up people to cast their votes for a local level government representative.