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Local church dedicates plane flying on a mission to Africa

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A local church is doing its part to help those in need across the world. Chattanooga Church helped dedicate a refurbished plane that will be carrying medical supplies to Africa.

Chattanooga Church has had a long-standing tie to the organization 'Mission Aviation Fellowship,' with its pastor serving as an officer.

"Mission Aviation Fellowship is known throughout the world and they do great great work," says Morty Lloyd.

Donors and supporters of Mission Aviation Fellowship came from across the Southeast to dedicate the latest plane to join its fleet.

"It's going to be serving in humanitarian roles as well as missionary roles," says Lloyd.

Morty Lloyd is pastor of Chattanooga Church and the Southeast Ministry Advancement Officer for MAF, an organization that is dear to his heart.

"My number one passion in life is Jesus. My number two passion in life is aviation."

He says in the coming weeks, the plane will be headed to East Congo in Africa.

"It's going to help fly in medical supplies, medical teams, missionaries and provide relief in an area that's so torn by civil war and disease and so many horrible things," says Lloyd.

The plane itself was almost destroyed two years ago in a tornado in Florida. MAF bought the plane and refurbished the $2 million aircraft. The Cessna Grand Caravan is just the latest plane added to MAF's growing fleet.

"Often times people don't realize how big and how great the reach of the ministry is around the world today, in 40 odd countries, with over 140 airplanes," says John Boyd.

Boyd is president and CEO of the non-profit. He says Mission Aviation Fellowship has played a crucial role in helping people around the world.

"This a machine and a tool, but it's people that we're interested in," he says, referring to the plane.

"When the tsunami hit Indonesia several years ago, Mission Aviation Fellowship was the only Western aid organization allowed in the country," says Lloyd.

He says thanks to the support from churches and other organizations from across the country MAF can continue its mission.

"The partnerships are just...without them we just don't exist," says Boyd.

Fifty-six donors helped purchase this latest plane.

As for Lloyd and his church, he says they will continue to support MAF. At the end of April, he and team of nine people are set to do mission work with MAF in Suriname, in South America.

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