Exploring the future of missions aviation

flightplanEarlier this year, Global Mapping International completed an unusual multi-year research project: FlightPlan, an ambitious effort started in 2004 to document the status and explore the future of Christian mission aviation ministry. They’ve released a PDF summary of their findings. This excerpt from the document makes the case for missionary aviation in brief:

The global need for mission aviation is undiminished. Rural populations are growing rather than declining, and most rural peoples are not increasing their mobility. Hundreds of millions of people lack access to an all-weather road. Physical access remains a leading challenge for missions focused on remote peoples. And remote peoples are unlikely to be reached by trickle-down from urban-oriented strategies.

They’ve released the full findings on CD-ROM, which you can request (although note that GMI is limiting distribution of the full report to people who are involved in missions aviation).

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