God was at work, though, and He spurred that enthusiastic team of young missionaries to face the task. By 2017, after initial visits to lay the groundwork and verify permissions, the team moved into the Maliyali’s remote location, knowing that the helicopter would be their supply line for everything they needed.
For five years, the church planting team delved deep into the Maliyali language and culture. As they worked and interacted with the people, they discovered the thinking, the language and the illustrations that God would use to pierce through the darkness to the hearts of the Maliyali people.
Through those five years, Ethnos360 Aviation supplied and sustained the team. But Josh was not a part of it, having returned to the USA for required training. As a welcome bonus, though, he added a helicopter rating to his flight credentials.
By the time he and his family returned to Papua New Guinea, the Maliyali team had reached the point of translating Scripture and developing plans to teach foundational Bible lessons. And Josh was ready and willing to help. “I get to serve the Maliyali people with the helicopter as well!”