Natasha Tordoff - with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
You can find out about Natasha's work and plans at https://www.maf-uk.org/staff/natasha-tordoff. Please find below some extracts of her latest newsletters. ("PNG" = Papua New Guinea)
23rd March 2022
The green light to GO!
Thanks so much for your patience in persevering with me as I have navigated the various fundraising and immigration requirements these long months. As mentioned in my last letter, I met with MAF HR on the 14th December 2021 and I was given the green light to fly to Papua New Guinea. Since then however, there has been one final obstacle regarding vaccinations which had kept me waiting a little while longer and delaying this letter to you, but this has been resolved and I am now finally within reach of my intended destination!
Anticipated departure date... MAF are currently underway in planning a travel route; first to Cairns northern Australia, by the 2nd May to take part in some team building with the Pacific support team for one week; and then on to Goroka, Eastern Highlands of PNG.
Please remember me in your prayers as I prepare to leave for Papua New Guinea, in:
Leaving my family behind - I have anxieties about their well being and not seeing them for a long period of time. I particularly worry about missing out on time with my parents who are now slowly ageing.
The emotions my family will experience in seeing me leave - My Dad may be the one to feel the brunt of my departure the most. Please pray for God to help him deal with the sense of loss.
Moving across the world and making a new home - though I am already a seasoned traveller and thoroughly enjoy solo pursuits, I am not ignorant to the challenges that will come; building new support systems, working with new colleagues and adapting to a completely different way and pace of life.
15 Dec 2021
I will be working for Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship which is the technological arm of MAF. It is now being rebranded as MAF technologies.
As the pilots are an essential part of MAF in the mission field, so are the staff that work within MAF technologies.
Rural Papua New Guinea has essentially no access to technology of any kind with 80% of the population living in areas where, as you are aware, have no access to electricity, hospitals, emergency services or schools. The technology we provide allows these communities to access the outer world, MAF airbases and government services. MAF technologies provides radio masts, solar panels and other technological solutions that bring both development and access to the gospel.
A bespoke audio device created by MAF technologies allows villagers living in rural locations who do not have electricity to listen to the word of God in their language. This device is so practical in that it has its own solar panel for charging, SD slot for audio bible to be inserted and is a useful tool for the kingdom of God as it passes on the word of God to the communities in a tradition that they are most familiar with - An oral tradition. As PNG has 850 different languages, not every language has been transcribed and still only exists in its oral nature. Therefore, the word of God in their language and in oral form is a precious commodity to the communities of Papua!
I will be serving as Corporate Services Manager to CRMF and will assist the general manager in the running of it. I am very excited and can't wait to get stuck in to the work! 😊
Here is a link to their webpage where you can find many testimonials of how technology is saving people's lives in PNG and bringing the gospel to them https://crmf.org.pg
I hope that this helps in terms of my role within MAF and will continue to send prayer letters and updates to about my time in PNG.
Thank you again for your support.
God bless you all and Happy Christmas!