Several years ago when Pieter and Anja van Dijk came to Nampa for MAF training, they worshiped at Cloverdale URC. At that time the church made a decision to support them when they went out into the mission field. The have been ministering in Nabire, Papua, Indonesia. They came back the States this fall (first time in almost 10 years!) for Pieter to complete additional training at MAF. We were privileged to hear him speak in our church regarding what it is like to be a MAF pilot and visited with him a little more over dinner at the Vander Stelts. We were also grateful he was willing to assist in giving us a tour of MAF headquarters in Nampa while he was here.
We learned about some of the modifications that need to be made to the MAF planes prior to being sent into the field: antennas, wheel flaps, cargo holds, and stripes on the propellers. The stripes on the propellers makes them visible so people know to stay away from them.
|This is an engine that can be worked on for practice so pilots can maintain their planes.|
|Sitting in the cockpit. Who knew the planes were so small!|
The MAF building has the remains of Nate Saint's plane which was found in 1994.