Amphib Mission Plane to Serve the Canadian North

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Adventist World Aviation and regional church partner to assist Native communities.

What follows is the first report in a series of stories on the challenges and joys of sharing God’s love among isolated Native communities in Northern Ontario, Canada. It is a region of forests and lakes, twice as big as the US State of California—or almost as big as France and the United Kingdom—but where very few people live. In this report, we share the news about a development bound to be a game-changer for Adventist outreach in the Canadian North.—Adventist Review

  • Ontario Conference president Mansfield Edwards receives a wooden replica of the new mission plane for the Canadian North from Jud Wickwire, AWA Vice-President of Operations. [Photo: Marcos Paseggi, Adventist Review]
  • Ontario Conference treasurer Virene Meikle, left, just before she handed AWA a check from a church member, who donated US$100,000 for Adventist outreach in the north without knowing it was the amount needed to purchase the mission plane. [Photo: Marcos Paseggi, Adventist Review]
  • From left, Jakov Bibulovic, Ontario Conference Church Growth and Evangelism Director; Edward Dunn, Adventist Churh in Canada Native Ministries Director; David Schwinghammer, Ontario Conference Executive Secretary; Edwards, Wickwire, Meikle; Sioux Lookout Seventh-day Adventist Group pastor Randy Elliot; and first elder Nick Rhone. [Photo: Marcos Paseggi, Adventist Review]

A new amphibious plane is slated to start soon serving isolated Native communities in northern Ontario, Canada, thanks to a partnership between the regional church and Adventist World Aviation, a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church which strives to meet the demands of isolated frontier missionaries in need of air support. The announcement was made at a dedication ceremony in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada, on July 29, where the Sioux Lookout Seventh-day Adventist Group was also officially organized.

“For some time now Canadian Adventist pilots had been calling me expressing their desire to work on an AWA project in Canada,” said AWA Vice-President of Operations Jud Wickwire. “And my answer always was, ‘Unfortunately, there is nothing available at the moment.’”

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