Mission Aviation Fellowship pilot returns from month-long relief trip to Caribbean

Posted at 5:27 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 19:27:40-04

It's been nearly two months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean islands; but in the midst of the storms, a team from Nampa was in the air -- and on the ground -- providing disaster relief.

Nampa's Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) helped deliver food, water and tarps for shelter, to the islands of St. Martin, Barbuda and Dominica. 

"You had a DC8 flying in tarps, water system, hygiene kits, food, and then we helped get those out to those islands," said John Woodberry, MAF Global Response Manager. "So, it was the right aircraft, right load, at the right time, to the right basically what we were involved in."

Working with Samaritan's Purse, the men brought rapid relief to those living on the devastated Caribbean islands. They were even the first fixed-winged aircraft to land in Dominica.

"Just the scale of the hurricane...all of the leaves, the trees were down, 75 percent of the roofs were gone," Woodberry said.

MAF pilot John Woodberry spent one month in the Caribbean. The former commercial airline pilot says it's a difficult job, but he knows that every mile he flies makes a difference.

"I always felt the gifts I had were gifts that God had given me, and I was intrigued I could use my gifts in a place like MAF and help people around the world," Woodberry said. 

The group delivered around 8,000 hygiene kits, 17,000 blankets, and more than 50,000 liters of clean water. And in a couple of weeks, Woodberry will head back to the Caribbean to do it all again.