Missionary Flights International: Helping those in Need Through Aviation

Missionary Flights International (MFI) is a charity organization based in Fort Pierce, Florida. The organization is designed to help missionary families, disaster relief missions, medical teams, and other needed teams to areas with limited methods of travel. The organization provided transportation for the 2010 earthquake relief missions in Haiti.  They also carry military personnel to and from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.

DC-3 at the MFI Hangar

MFI was founded in 1964 by Reverend Don H. Beldin. The current president of the organization is Richard Snook. It was created to help those in need by providing a service that was not commonly offered. Today, the organization makes regular trips to Haiti; as many as two a week. These trips are used to take supplies and missionaries to the area. As needs arise, the company can fly to other destinations. Because of the length of time they have been in business, they have created an established system that can distribute aid to areas in need immediately.

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MFI’s fleet includes two PT6A-powered DC-3 aircraft, a Cessna 310, and they are raising funds for another turbine DC-3. You can learn more about these specific planes at http://www.missionaryflights.org.  By using larger aircraft, MFI enables missionaries to bring their cargo and belongings with them.  This helps save time clearance customs once the aircraft arrives in the area. The cargo and belongings include building materials, tools, or even pets in some cases.

mfiFlights continue on a weekly basis due to the steady inflow of supplies and letters received at MFI’s hangar in Florida. These items are organized by destination and mission before departure on one of the next available flights. The personnel at MFI provide the special care that is necessary to ensure the supplies arrive safely at their destination.

Missionary Flights International is just a small part of the larger missionary aviation community throughout the world. MFI is doing a great work for the Kingdom of God and helping people in need. For more information or to donate to MFI check out their Website or Facebook page.

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