MAF Advent Adventure

Today's competition

Read or watch today’s Christmas Story to find out what special item(s) we had onboard our plane today!

Choose from the options below and record your answer on your printable Advent Log available here. Then, from December 25 – 30, visit maf.ca/advent to upload your answers for a chance to win a VR headset!

Don’t have a printer? Don’t worry. Simply use a piece of paper to record each day’s special item.

Q.

What did we put in our plane today?

School supplies and books

or

Surfboards

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Day 1

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Day 1


In the attic, Mike found a diary and old map
With the story of how MAF began.
Mike decided, for his Christmas mission,
He had an exciting plan!

Each page was filled with pictures and tales,
One for each country in which MAF flies.
From the first of these nations until the last
He’d provide much-needed supplies.

Now, jump inside Mike’s MAF plane,
There’s so much to learn and see;
Though Christmas is fast approaching,
There’s still space for you and me!

Diary checked and journey logged,
Mike folded the old map away.
As his plane took flight, soaring high,
He wondered who he’d meet today!

Mike’s little plane touched safely down
In the jungles of Ecuador.
He stepped out of the cabin and looked around
It’s a great place to explore!

Up to the aircraft came a smiling man,
Jaime Saint was his name.
Many years before, his grandfather Nate,
Had visited this place in his plane.

Some violent men from the jungle
Had killed Nate and all his friends.
But their story’s inspired many folk since,
Because the warriors made amends.

‘There are snakes in this jungle,’ said Jaime,
‘They’ll harm you if they bite.
Is there anti-venom in your plane,
So our nurse can make things right?’

Mike had just the thing in his plane,
So Jaime smiled at the sight;
Happy the villagers would be okay
Whenever they got a snakebite.

Mike climbed back into the pilot’s seat
And began his important checks.
He turned to the next page of the diary
To see where he’d be flying to next.

Day 2

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Day 2


Diary checked and journey logged,
Mike folded the old map away.
As his plane took flight, soaring high,
He wondered who he’d meet today!

Mike touched down at the next place on his map:
South Sudan – a dry, dusty place.
A family of six was waiting for him,
Each had a big smile on their face.

‘We’re here to help the Laarim people,
But we can’t buy fresh food, you see.
We must get our fruit and veg flown in,
If we want to have them for tea!’

‘No problem!’ said Mike, as he opened the hold,
‘You can have the fruit, cabbage and beans.’
‘Thank you, Mike!’ the mother said,
‘We’ll stay healthy by eating our greens!’

Mike climbed back into the pilot’s seat
And began his important checks.
He turned to the next page of the diary
To see where he’d be flying to next.

MAF began serving in Bangladesh in

1997

Did you know?

It took MAF four years to get permission to build a hangar in Bangladesh - and it had to be built on a pond! MAF filled the pond with sand - five metres deep!

Look around

Although Bangladesh is only about twice the size of New Brunswick, it has over four times the entire population of Canada.

It’s a very busy place! From the air, you can see how wet it is. One third of the country is covered in dirty water, and people have to build their houses on tall stilts to keep dry. Flooding is a big problem, and during the rainy season, MAF helps people whose homes have been washed away. Diseases like typhoid are everywhere because people drink and wash in the dangerous, dirty water. MAF has the only humanitarian floatplane in the country, so, because it can land on water, we can help all the people who live along the riverbanks.

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A little more about Bangladesh...

Location

Bangladesh is a low-lying country located in the delta of the mighty Ganges River. It is bordered by India and Myanmar.

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Time

4:36pm, 2nd March 2021

UTC +6

Fascinating Fact

Bangladesh is sometimes called ‘the playground of seasons’ because it has six – not four – separate seasons. These are: grismo (summer), barsha (rainy), sharat (autumn), hemanto (cool), sheet (winter) and bashonto (spring).

Weather

Current Weather: 31°C, Haze

Bangladesh faces many weather challenges throughout the year, including tropical storms, cyclones and flooding during the wet monsoon season, which runs from May to October. December tends to be warm and dry, with temperatures around 26°C.

An island education

Imagine you live on an island, with no nurseries or schools. This is what life was like for children on Bhola island, one of the poorest places in Bangladesh. MAF flies partner organisation CO-ID, which run schools for children there, enabling them to finally get an education.

Bhola Island, in southern Bangladesh, is the largest island in the Ganges Delta – home to more than two million people. This island is sadly prone to devastating flooding, with many people having had their homes washed away; forcing them to live as best they can in an area where even basic services don’t exist.

Only recently have roads been built there, although an electricity supply has still not been installed in the schools run by CO-ID.

Fred Hyde, CO-ID’s leader, had been working in the area for many years, so he knew what the local people needed most – the chance to get an education. Today, the CO-ID team has helped educate more than 100,000 children in local schools!

MAF flies their staff and school equipment to Bhola Island using its Cessna 208 floatplane, which can land on the water!

According to Fred, who died four years ago, ‘CO-ID relies on volunteers to get the work done. So saving even a single day in travel time makes a huge difference. MAF’s planes take us straight from the airport terminal in Dhaka (Bangladesh’s capital) through to Bhola, saving us around eight or ten hours each way.’

Ganges Delta

A delta is where a large river splits into lots of little rivers, often leading to the sea. The Ganges delta is the largest in the world and empties it’s water into the Bay of Bengal

Floatplane

A floatplane is an aeroplane which has special floats attached to the bottom, so it can land on water and float

Read

Matthew 2:10

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

Pray

Dear God, we thank You for the schools and nurseries which the organisation CO-ID has built on Bhola Island. We are so happy that the children can get to school and receive an education. Please bless them, their teachers, and the MAF pilots who land on the water there. Amen.

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