Since the birth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the 1800s, the church has utilized every kind of vehicle to bring the Word of God to those who don’t know Him, including airplanes. Adventist World Aviation (AWA) was founded by former General Conference President Bob Folkenberg. In the 1990s he made AWA an independent organization, and it continues to serve the worldwide church today. Now AWA has around 26 aircraft and does mission work on five continents.
Of the 7 billion people on Earth, 2 billion have not heard of Christ. Of those 2 billion, 800 million live beyond geographical barriers. In these areas there are often no roads to reach the interior of the country, and it can take days or even weeks to reach people on the ground. AWA makes it possible to reach these places quickly. They minister to the people living in these remote areas by delivering food and vaccines, providing medical evacuations, holding health clinics, and building schools. Their work has greatly decreased the number of women dying in childbirth and has stopped 35 epidemics. They also return the bodies of deceased individuals to their loved ones and assist in giving them a proper burial.
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He took care of people’s physical needs first. AWA follows this example by taking care of the needs of the people and earning their trust. By doing this, Christ’s love is seen in action, and people are more willing to open their hearts and ears to the truth.
For more information on how to get involved with AWA’s mission, visit their website at www.flyawa.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolina | August 2018