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In 1995, an ever-increasing cry from isolated frontier missionaries in desperate need of air support precipitated a meeting of General Conference officers, various mission-focused ministries, aviators and businessmen on the campus of Andrews University (AU). Adventist World Aviation (AWA), an independent supporting ministry was founded. AWA operates 13 aircraft at eight sites in four countries, relieving physical suffering, saving lives, offering hope and proclaiming the gospel where people have never heard of the Carpenter from Nazareth.

A Brief History of Adventist World Aviation:

Missionaries returning home in greater numbers during the 1980's and early 1990's greatly reduced aviation assistance to frontier missions.  The need for air support, however, remained.  As Adventist Church leaders, businessmen, and missionary aviators listened to testimony of those on the front lines they prayerfully explored creative ways to build an air bridge to reach the physically unreachable.  The decision to found a supporting ministry tasked with meeting this challenge was made, and Adventist World Aviation (AWA) was born.

In 1997, AWA proposed a three-way partnership (Adventist-Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI), (AU), and AWA) in which aviation students would participate in a work-study/mission training program to prepare three aircraft and themselves for mission service.  AWA raised funds for one aircraft. A two-for-one matching grant from ASI enabled AWA to purchase two more Cessna 182s.  Ultimately three projects were launched.  One of these aircraft, dubbed Project AirPower, became a project of the International Pathfinder Clubs, the equivalent of Boy and Girl Scouts.  The “Pathfinder Plane” is presently working in support of missionaries and Ministry of Health workers in the isolated villages of Region 1, Guyana.

Requests for air support continue to arrive from all around the world.  AWA will extend its services and respond to requests as resources become available.  AWA’s long-term goals include a flying clinic using the Quest Aircraft Company Turbine-powered Kodiak built specifically for mission aviation. With a seating capacity of 10, it will double, or even triple the productivity of our missionary pilots, volunteers, and medical personnel now using Cessna 182s and 206s. 

AWA continues to build God’s Kingdom, reaching the unreachable who live with desperation, disease and death as constant companions, and introducing them to Hope, Health and Life. The process of meeting people’s physical needs and proclaiming a message of hope lays a foundation for the future, indeed, all eternity. AWA’s influence since 1995:

  •     68 tribal nations impacted
  •     Over 43,000 people reached
  •     More than 5,000 youth involved
  •     23 churches and schools established or built
  •     Over 35 epidemics stopped
  •     In excess of 8 million missionary seat miles flown
  •     Well over 2 million pounds of food and supplies delivered
  •     Over 2,000 emergency medical evacuations conducted