Serving In Arnhem Land
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Jeff comes from Papua New Guinea. He is the eldest of three siblings. He recently adopted his younger sister’s daughter as his own. Her name is Nikki Lisel Baloiloi, she is nine years old, and he loves her to bits. Jeff always wanted to become a pilot, but it was not clear to him what kind of flying was placed on his heart. In the early years, MAF used to serve his home island of Salamo in the Milne Bay province. He would always see the work of MAF in his area and the impact it was having on his community and he prayed that one day he would be able to serve through MAF as a mission pilot too. Funding was his life’s greatest obstacle, and after much prayer, continuous hard work, and perseverance, the Lord opened doors and provided, and he was able to complete his commercial license at the MAF flight training centre in Mount Hagen in December 2012 with his flight instructor, Rick Velvin.
In July of 2014, he studied a YWAM Sports DTS (discipleship training school course) in Perth. The intensive six-month program consisted of two parts, lecture phase in Perth, and outreach in Africa and Kolkata, India, this again was through God’s miraculous provision. The training strengthened his faith, and deepened his understanding of the Gospel, and his relationship with God. He shares, “I’m so fortunate and blessed I got to do a YWAM DTS, it has truly changed my life, and perspective of Christ, and has brought clarity, focus & meaning to fully understanding God’s purpose, and calling for my life”.
Jeff is pioneering MAFI’s new pilot internship program for Papua New Guinea nationals. The intensive twelve-month program seeks to take a CPL graduate to fly right-hand seat as observer on board the GA8-TC with an approved MAFI instructor pilot, to then move over to left-hand seat to fly in command under supervision. The focus is to introduce the intern into the MAF culture, by working in one of MAF’s operational bases to gain controlled exposure to marginal weather, build key sets of flying skills, whilst gaining valuable operational aeronautical experience within the MAF context.
Jeff is honoured to be the first to undertake this internship. He hopes his steps will motivate & encourage more nationals both from PNG and abroad who have been called to join this important ministry.
It has been an incredibly long road for him with so many challenges, and he still has a few more hurdles to overcome, but in all his struggles, the Lord has been faithful. Sixteen years after starting on his MAF journey, Jeff looks forward to sharing what he has learned on the mission field, and is excited about preparing to eventually serve alongside the MAF team, and people of Arnhem Land.
Jeff is a member of MAF Papua New Guinea, working towards eventually serving in Arnhem Land
Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and I will obey you faithfully, teach me to serve you with complete devotion. I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God, I will proclaim your greatness forever.