Posted by: Donna Douglass | Friday June 4, 2010

God’s math

“Say again your type aircraft?” a slightly incredulous voice sounded in the pilot’s headset.

“Cessna 206,” the pilot replied clearly. On the other end of the radio connection, the man taking down flight information prior to take-off simply shook his head, baffled at how 15 people could fit in a six-seat aircraft. The pilot, however, had counted carefully: beside him sat a father. His wife and child sat behind him, between two moms with twins on their laps. In the last of the three rows sat a dad, a mom and triplets.

This was legal because the people in New Guinea are small, so they can seat three across the center row instead of only the two allowed stateside. That made it a seven-seat aircraft, but the miraculous part was the twins and triplets themselves. Because of nuances in the animistic beliefs of the people before they met Jesus Christ, they would normally leave all but one of multiple births outside in the jungle to die of exposure.

So this flight manifested not only an abundance of passengers, but God’s abundance as well: in His sustaining the missionaries as they toiled over the years and in the power to change hearts and lives, even lives deeply ensconced in the most godless of cultures. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4) –or– “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him”… (1 Cor 2:9)

(This is a true story that happened to a friend in Papua, New Guinea. To find out more about missionary aviation, visit the organization that this pilot (Tim) flies for MAF or AIM-AIR, which is who we’ll be flying with.)


  1. Reading that only one baby from a multiple birth would be chosen, and the other one or two would be left to die, made my stomach drop. As a mom, it’s so hard for me to imagine ANY situation where I would voluntarily let any of my children go. =(

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