St Luke's Church
20 Neilston Road, Paisley Renfrewshire PA2 6LN

CHARITY NO. SC000558       Within the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley





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Alan Morris MAF Area Rep

The MAF initiative  'EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY' is being utilised more and more and an event is planned more or less every month across Scotland, from DEESIDE to KINROSS. My first visit to the MAF UK HQ in Folkestone took place and found out that  some 40plus staff work on all aspects of managing the charity. I spent two days there getting to know them and met Stuart King, one of the founder members and their C/EXEC Ruth Whittaker.

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MAF is currently seeking professionals from a CHRISTIAN background in the areas of engineering, pilots and management. A pilot, for example, has to have either a minimum of 500 hours or 1000 hours experience, depending on location,( some terrains are more difficult than others and many areas do not have complete radar coverage!!).

On signing up to work with MAF a pilot  can take up to 9 months to become retrained and  accredited by MAF and the local Aviation Authority in the country of work. Four year contracts  are the standard with many personnel seeking a further 4 year extension.

More information is available direct from their website.

Staff going out to work abroad are expected to raise funds to support their mission on the basis of something like a 50/50 split of their living etc costs with MAF. MAF has a support team to aid them in fundraising.

More exciting things are planned especially for 2014 and the COMMONWEALTH GAMES period in GLASGOW.

Initially on the 7th  JUNE there will be an attempt to beat the WORLD RECORD for the number of ZIP WIRE participants over a 24 hour period racing down some 200metres of line over a drop height of about 50 metres, so it'll be quite fast!.

MAF Big Picture 2014

MAF Big Picture 2014 is a fantastic opportunity to become a World Record holder and help raise funds for MAF's work in the Commonwealth.

MAF's  friends at the Abernethy Trust will be setting up a huge zip wire, and MAF is looking forward to an amazing event involving people of all ages.
The Big Picture will be taking place in the grounds of Hamilton College on Saturday 7 June 2014.
MAF asks, will you be one of the 1,000 people who will take the zip slide challenge across Hamilton Racecourse and down to the  landing site on the college playing fields?

Will you help to create the MAF Big Picture - a stunning artwork which will tell the story of the work MAF does in many Commonwealth countries?
Will you come along with your friends  and be part of MAF Big Picture 2014?

The maximum number of entrants will be 1000 and entries beyond that number will be held on a reserve list - so book quickly! You will need to pay a non-returnable registration fee of 10 and raise a minimum in sponsorship of 25 to take part in the challenge.

  To get involved in this exciting event please register today at

If you seek a quieter and more relaxed way to support MAF, you could maybe consider a BAKE OFF TO TAKE OFF event.

Bake off to take off

MAF has been going baking crazy here at their HQ . They've  made biscuits, cakes, tarts and scones, and you can too when you request your free Bake Off to Take Off pack. By holding a coffee morning on our behalf you will help us continue reaching isolated people and flying for life.

Their  fantastic fundraising pack is crammed full of great ideas as well as just a few tasty recipes from Supporters and Overseas staff. They'll also send you balloons, stickers, posters, invites and an MAF DVD to help get your event off to a flying start.

A serious humanitarian situation has  in Southern Sudan over the past 6 weeks, you may have heard, read or seen News items on the conflict. MAF has reluctantly withdrawn its planes and staff to a secure base in Kenya whilst the situation remains tense and armed conflict flares up between different militias. MAF seeks your prayers to support the South Sudanese people and its operations in the area .

More information on MAF and its work and news is available direct from their website or if you do not have a computer or internet access you can receive their quarterly newsletter and Scottish special reports by signing up as a MAF supporter by  giving me your name and details.