“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Never has the truth of these words in Jeremiah 29, verse 31 proved to be more true than in the life of Kells native, Amanda O’Hara, (nee Orr), who now resides in Brisbane, Australia.
At the moment, she is preparing to leave her current job with an independent audit firm to work for Mission Aviation Fellowship, (MAF) as a Finance Manager.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is a Christian organisation that provides aviation services for people living in remote areas around the world.
For over 60 years, MAF aircraft have been serving isolated and underprivileged people by providing a regular flight and freight service bringing essentials to these communities as well as medical care, emergency food and Christian hope.
Following a period of ‘transition training’ in June, Amanda, who became a Christian in 1994, will start her new job in July/August at an isolated reserve in the Northern Territory called Arnhem Land.
Since 1973 MAF has been serving the remote communities of Arnhem Land by delivering basic supplies, food and resources, and enables indigenous believers to spread the Gospel in a region where drugs, alcoholism and abuse are rife. MAF families are almost the only external Christian influence in the area, providing a professional aviation service and an effective witness to Arnhem Land’s people.
Amanda will be responsible for providing financial feedback to the Programme Manager and to departmental managers regarding the performance of their departments within the Arnhem Land Project. She will also provide effective financial management including budgeting, reporting, performance monitoring and providing year end accounts for audit.
She says: “I believe God is leading me into the mission field and has been preparing my heart for working in an indigenous environment through my working with indigenous foster children and an indigenous organisation. I feel my passion for helping indigenous families developed with the caring and advocacy of aboriginal children within the foster care system.
“I am keen to become part of a community where my love for God and my life experience can reach out to others and show God’s amazing love and promise never to leave us or forsake us.”
To pray for and follow Amanda’s adventures follow ‘Amanda’s MAF journey’ on Facebook or log on to https://www.maf-uk.org/staff/amanda-ohara