Offering Christ's hope to youth and families
for over 50 years, in northern Canada and beyond.

AVIATION

Our vision for the future is that every family in remote northern communities in Canada will have access to godly teaching and influence so that disciples of Christ will be made in all communities.

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As we pursue the goal of reaching, teaching, and serving the Aboriginal people of the North, we use two approaches to ministry. One approach is to invite the people to us as we host events at Beaver Lake Camp. The other approach is community ministry­— going to the people.

Throughout the 20th century, community demographics have shifted; yet the biggest community problems remain addictions, suicide, abuse, neglect, and broken families. NYP has sought to bring the message of hope and restoration to communities of the North. This includes teaching workshops and doing counselling in the Arctic and in various communities of Northern Ontario and Manitoba. Summer opportunities include the PWTC program in Ontario and Manitoba communities. The summer months also provide chances for teamwork with ministries initiated by communities and other ministry organizations.

Over the years, NYP has acquired a significant amount of experience in Northern communities. Many former Stirland Lake and Cristal Lake students are now in community leadership. This is a unique window of opportunity as community leadership requests our ongoing influence.

A key component of making community ministry a reality lies in the aviation department. In NYP’s early years, Luscombes filled the need for supporting Stirland Lake, Cristal Lake, PWTC, and personal visitation. In 1976 a Cessna 206 on floats joined the fleet, and a Cessna 172 was purchased in 2004. A Piper Seneca enabled the Schnupp family teaching ministry across North America from 1982 to 2000. This was replaced with a Piper Cheyenne which had twin-turbine reliability, all-weather flight capability, and a range of 1100 miles. It enabled Clair and Clara to continue their teaching ministry.

Numerous changes have required continued adaption in the aviation department. For example, the decision to move from float planes to wheel planes became necessary as water-bases began to deteriorate and gravel runways became available. Whereas skis and floats gave the ability to land anywhere in inclement weather, the switch to wheels resulted in tighter safety margins and less toleration in risky weather. This translates into fewer visits to northern communities.

The decision to close Cristal Lake Marriage and Family Counselling in 2002 brought more changes. Without access to the Cristal Lake base, half hour flights became hour and a half flights from Dryden.

In December 2015 Clair Schnupp made the difficult decision to stop flying. The Piper Cheyenne was sold later that month.

In light of the current needs and opportunities, the aviation department faces more changes. The goal is to consolidate the fleet to two or three full-time airplanes that are utilized more regularly in regional ministry. This includes a small Cessna for economy travel and a Cessna Caravan for larger loads and tougher weather. A Caravan has the benefit of reliability with a low cost per seat mile. It has all-weather capability and a range and payload that meet the needs of team-ministry in Northern Ontario and Manitoba as well as in the Arctic. The NYP Board made the decision to purchase a Caravan when the finances become available.

As we consider the direction NYP is heading, our vision for the future is that every family in remote northern communities in Canada will have access to godly teaching and influence so that disciples of Christ will be made in all communities.