Taking delivery of the Papua Caravan on 5.15.18

What does Independence, KS, have to do with Papua, Indonesia? Not much until very recently. On May 15, 2018, a MAF crew gathered in the town of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie to take delivery of a brand new Cessna Caravan. This Caravan, after visiting Wipaire for a change of wardrobe to floats and showing off its shiny splendor at AirVenture, will make its way to Papua to serve isolated villages from MAF’s base in Merauke, Indonesia. The party welcomed the newest member of the MAF fleet included MAF staff, advocates, and supporters. Dave Rask gave a moving presentation to a celebratory gathering including Cessna employees, sharing with them how their meticulous and high-quality work will impact lives in a powerful way. The Caravan made its maiden flight down to Okmulgee, OK, where the entire staff of Covington Aircraft laid hands and prayed over the aircraft. Advocates present included Nancy Cullen, Stu Rogerson, John Penny, and Zachary Wilkinson.

 

By Holly Syreen

 A New Caravan Joins our Fleet! 

Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;  And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey… That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”   Deut 11: 8-9; 21

On May 15, members of the MAF Wichita Advocate Wing, Advocates John Penny, Zachary Wilkinson, Nancy Cullen and Stu Rogerson, along with Dave Rask, MAF Director of Aviation Resources, Holly Syreen, MAF Giving Programs Coordinator, and Morty Lloyd, Major Funding Development Officer converged upon Independence, KS and assembled at the Textron Customer Delivery Center to take possession of the newest Caravan to join the MAF fleet. This plane is destined for Merauke, Indonesia, the most southeast point of Indonesia on the Island of Papua.

The day’s program included:

  • an initial walk around of the aircraft followed by pictures and a delivery ceremony with Textron employees invited from the local factory. This included an opportunity for Dave Rask to share about MAF and where this plane will serve to the employees present.
  • an hour or so customer acceptance flight conducted by Dave Rask and a Textron delivery pilot.  Those of us on left on the ground had a chance to get acquainted with the Textron folks and each other.  Dave returned wearing that “I’ve just been flying and all is well” smile.

When Dave mentioned this airplane was replacing a Caravan with over 20,000 hours, there was an audible gasp among the Textron employees.  They understood that’s a lot of hours!  He also mentioned the Caravan serial number 10 was among the aircraft to be replaced this year.  Again, an audible reaction from the crowd since most of them had not been born when that aircraft rolled off the Cessna assembly line.  No one can say MAF does not take care of nor is not a good steward of our resources!

As in any delivery flight, there were a few minor “squawks” to deal with, most identified by the Textron Delivery pilot.  So while those were being taken care of, the rest of us toured the factory.  Seeing aircraft in their various stages of birth is both exciting and sobering.  There were Cessna Mustangs, 172s, 206s, and 208s. The precision and detail managed on the scale required are impressive.  But there was an extra treat in store for our group:  we were able to see the next two MAF Caravans in process!  One in the assembly stage and the other getting its paint stripes.  These two, along with three more, will go to the MAF International program in Papua.

Personally, this was my third time at the Independence Plant.  In 1997, I was invited to tour the factory as the FAA Air Traffic Representative just a year after the plant opened with the Cessna 172 line.  Then in 2009, I returned as an FAA Air Traffic Evaluations Specialist to give the newly opened airport traffic control tower its first inspection.  This time was my first visit as a non-Fed, which made it a whole different experience.  As a believer, I take all work I do as Kingdom work, even as a Fed, but this time, as a MAF Advocate,  there was a new level of freedom.  It was an honor to be included in this very special event.

As a native Kansan, Wichita resident and private pilot, the legacy of the Textron aircraft go deep and wide in our community DNA.  At my local church, there is a segment each week called “the church outside the walls” where the pastor highlights member’s activities out in the community.  This week, they invited me to say a few words about my trip to Textron.  After the service, a retired Cessna mechanic/engineer who worked on the design and prototype of the 206 asked if I had noticed a rod on the aircraft that serves to keep the door from banging into the cowling when both are open.  I had.  He proudly gave me the account of how he had seen that problem and provided the fix.  I will now always see that rod as “Tom’s Fix”.  He was blessed as he thought of his part in that aircraft as it carries Kingdom servants to the isolated people of the earth.  May “they may :

  • be strong
  • and go in
  • and possess the land,
  • and that they may prolong their days in the land, which the Lord promised unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that flows with milk and honey…
  • That their days may be multiplied, and the days of their children, in the land which the Lord promised unto your fathers to give them..That their days may be as the days of heaven upon the earth.”   (Deuteronomy 11).

What could be better than airplanes taking the Love of Jesus so “Days of Heaven on Earth” come to those we serve?  For this lady pilot, not much!

 

By Nancy Cullen

Half Day of Prayer

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, MAF Headquarters observed a Half Day of Prayer.  The morning began with a time of resting in the Lord, alone.  Staff was encouraged to go to a place of solitude and seek our Father and to pray.  The attached Devotional Book was provided.  After a few hours of aloneness with God, staff came back together to pray for the corporate prayer requests as the Lord led.  Some of the prayer requests were shared via video.  You can watch those requests here.

The next Half Day of Prayer is Wednesday, November 7, 2018.  We encourage you to mark 11/7 on your calendar and join the MAF staff worldwide as we spend time with our Savior.

By Susan Davis

Returning Home

On the afternoon of May 16, Haiti Program Manager, David Carwell took this Cessna 207 from Nampa to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Purchased by MAF in 1992, it served in Haiti from 1994 until 2011 when it returned to Nampa for some much-needed refurbishment, including replacing the doorposts.  This plane has just-shy-of 10,000 flight hours, with 8,500 flown with MAF in Haiti. It was totally rebuilt and is already home serving the people in need. This plane, like all others in the MAF fleet, is a tool to reach isolated people with the good news! Please pray with us for God to use us to effectively accomplish this goal and for safe operations in Haiti.

Sharing MAF while Traveling

Todd Wolfe shares how his business travel has increased exponentially this year. While travel takes Todd away from home and the usual places he shares about MAF, he still finds ways to be an Advocate for MAF.  “Wherever I go, I always leave behind little MAF tokens: a business card, a FlightWatch, a MAF Fact Sheet, etc.–all the little stuff.”   It may seem small, but it’s just another way to spread the word about what MAF is doing to reach isolated people.  As an Advocate, we don’t have to have a big opportunity to share, we just need to make the most of every opportunity!  Galatians 5:15-16

By Todd Wolfe from Wichita, KS

Bad Weather Stories

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

For over six months we had been planning a MAF Exhibit at the Heart of Texas (HOT) airshow in Waco, TX.  MAF has displayed at HOT for several years, starting with Advocate Keith VanOrder the first year.  This year was going to be bigger than ever with several Advocates, MAF prefielders and a Mobilizer attending.  We even got the privilege of having MAF’s Kodiak for a static display—it was going to be amazing!  The two events prior to HOT, MAF had in Texas with the Kodiak that week at LeTourneau University and Dallas Executive Airport, went great and the weather was beautiful!  Sunshine and clear skies.  And then….the morning of the HOT airshow: freezing cold temperatures below 40 degrees, high winds, very low attendance…AND something blew into the Kodiak and scratched and dented it—WHAT!?!?  It seemed this weekend event was a disaster, a waste!  All this planning and work for nothing!

In fact, now it would cost repairs on the Kodiak before it could get to Florida for the Sun n Fun airshow!  I felt so bad for the MAFers who had given up their weekend and driven to Waco to share about MAF and instead had to endure wicked cold weather—what a travesty!  I was just about to send an apology email to the MAF group who went to Waco’s HOT, when instead I received the following email from Advocate Travis Fergurson from Arlington, TX:

 

The severe weather at the Waco Air Show was a blessing.

  • Daniel Bristol (MAF Prefielder) had connections to a business owner who has an office next to Texas State Technical College and the airfield. We found refuge in the locked warm building.
  • We were served delicious hot chocolate, pigs-in-a-blanket, and had great fellowship.
  • The Lord blessed us with the mission-minded people.
  • My Groupie list now consists of:
  1. Lee Washington of EMEX Power. He has owned numerous businesses and is interested in scholarships for future missionary pilots.
  2. Todd Lovett. Pastor, pig farmer, and leader at Wings For Christ. I have been communicating with him for over a year but had never met him in-person.
  3. Adam Aldous, President of Nightflight Concepts. He is a former Army helicopter pilot & is helping lead Wings For Christ where Daniel Bristol built flight hours.  Connecting Adam to Tim Huggins, former Army helicopter pilot, and founder of Florida College of Missionary Aviation.
  4. Cheryl Hull, the daughter-in-law of the Wings For Christ founder.
  5. Angel Newhart, the Aviation Department Chair of Texas State Technical College, Chaplain at National Guard, military pilot, and supporter of Wings for Christ. I contacted her and she Friended FB YMAA Flyers.
  • Wings For Christ wants to offer $150,000 annually in missionary aviation scholarships one day.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!

I read how Travis was putting 1 Thessalonians 5:18 into practice.

Truly, we ought to give thanks in ALL circumstances!

What are your bad weather stories???

By Dina Parris with Travis Fergurson from Arlington, TX

 

Events Update

On April 2,  the MAF Kodiak took flight from headquarters in Nampa, ID to embark on an adventure across America. Pilots Will White and Chad Irwin buckled in for a long, but exciting ride.

The Kodiak first landed in Longview, Texas, at LeTourneau University’s aviation center located at East Texas Regional Airport. Many aviation students enjoyed pizza while hanging out with MAF staff, advocates, and volunteers. Pre– fielder and LETU alumni, Joel Geaslan shared about how God opened doors financially for his family to join MAF. He was an encouragement to the students. The event ended with 8 students winning a flight in the Kodiak. After the flight, many helpful hands loaded the plane and waved goodbye as it took off for its next destination….Dallas, TX!

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) headquarters staff welcomed MAF with open arms! CAF is located at the Dallas Executive Airport just south of Dallas. The Kodiak began boarding passengers at 11 am and continued with flights throughout the afternoon. Tutta’s Pizza Food Truck served up delicious Texas style pizza for dinner, while guests heard from MAF Board Member Larry Jones and Pilot Will White. Many supporters came to see the aircraft and engage with MAF staff and advocates.

Riding on the high of great connections in Dallas, the Kodiak moved south to Waco, TX. The Blue Angels were in town and MAF had a front row seat. The Kodiak was on display at the Heart of Texas Airshow, and even though the weather was frigid, the conversations and connections warmed the hearts of the team. Many advocates and MAF staff literally weathered the storm together and praised God for good friends and hot cocoa.

While on display in Waco, the Kodiak was damaged when another exhibitor’s tent blew into the wing and pilot door. What could have been a major set back, turned into a minor hiccup as the pilots and MAF’s safety team assessed the damage and determined it was only cosmetic. With the thumbs up for take off, the Kodiak headed off to Florida for a little Sun and a lot of Fun at Sun ‘n Fun 2018!

Sun ‘n Fun proved again to be a great time connections and sharing the ministry of MAF with the masses. Sun ‘n Fun is an annual event for MAF. MAF shares a tent exhibit with many other mission aviation organizations and has an aircraft on display as an example of the “tools” we use to share the love  of Jesus Christ. There were many seeds planted during Sun ‘n Fun 2018, which encouraged the hearts of MAF staff and advocates.

Click HERE to read one advocate story about his time at Sun ‘n Fun.

What’s Next??

After Sun ‘n Fun, the Kodiak headed to Waxhaw, NC to be used by JAARS for training. JAARS is graciously repairing the cosmetic damage sustained in Waco. Hopefully, they don’t repaint it blue!  JAARS will have the Kodiak until July 19th when it will head to Rockford, IL. Code1Aviation, located at the Rockford International Airport, is excited to have us for a visit on Friday, July 20th and then it’s off to Oshkosh AirVenture 2018!

The Kodiak will join MAF’s newest aircraft, an amphibious Caravan, at Oshkosh July 23-29 where both planes will be on display. There are a couple celebrations in the works during Oshkosh, so stay tuned to the Connect for more information in the coming weeks.

By Alexis Adams

 

GOD in the Unknowns

Zach and Hannah Wilkinson share how God is preparing them for mission aviation

BY: TRAVIS K. KIRCHER
MAF Advocate

If you follow Zach Wilkinson’s Instagram account for any length of time, you’ll quickly discover three things.

Zach and Hanna Wilkinson

He loves aviation. He loves photography. And most importantly, he loves his new bride, Hannah.

The latter is obvious as the pair speak on a conference call from their apartment in Wichita, Kansas. When Hannah is jokingly encouraged to “spill the dirt” on Zach, she giggles, and Zach replies, “She knows me better than anyone.”

Both Florida transplants – he from Bradenton, she from Daytona Beach – they have differing views of the Kansas climate. He likes snow. She doesn’t. “I did live in Colorado for, like, two years of my life,” Hannah says. “But then I came back to Florida. So I mean, I know what cold is like, but I still don’t like it. I don’t want it to snow. I want it to warm up.”

“I miss a lot of things from Florida, but Wichita is okay,” Zach says. “Kansas is pretty cool. The sunsets are really nice, they’re just not over oceans. That’s the big difference.”

But in the coming years, Zach and Hannah both say they hope to make an even bigger move to even more diverse climates – leaping not just states, but continents – as they deploy to the mission field: Zach as a missionary pilot, and Hannah as a nurse.

The aviation bug

Missionary aviation wasn’t always a part of the equation in Zach’s life. In fact, for a while, aviation was little more than a childhood hobby.

“I had airplane toys, and built models, and had airplane wallpaper,” Zach recalls. “Warbirds, mainly, were my favorite. My greatest interest was World War II aviation.”

Then came his first airplane ride. Or rather, his first ride in a small, general aviation airplane. (“I had been on commercial flights before that, but I don’t really count those, as those aren’t really airplane rides,” Zach explains. “Those are like bus rides in the sky.”)

That flight – a biplane ride at the Fantasy of Flight museum in Orlando – came when Zach was around 14 or 15 years old.

“It was pretty cool,” Zach says. “It was an open-cockpit airplane. It was a nice, cool, sunny Florida day with good visibility and the perfect sky. And I liked being low to the ground – relatively low to the ground, compared to most airliners – and being able to see everything real well.”

Zach with his dad

It proved to be a bonding experience for Zach and his father, who accompanied him on the flight.

“My dad had an interest in airplanes, but he was never a pilot,” Zach says. “But he kind of encouraged that in my life: he took me to air shows, and I think he enjoyed having a son who was into airplanes.”

Growing up in Bradenton, Zach’s family was also devoutly religious.

“I grew up in a family who knew Christ, and they encouraged me in my walk to follow Christ,” Zach says. “I’ve kind of always grown up knowing great Christian people and having good leadership and good peers and good family – grandma and grandpa, and really everyone.”

As time wore on, Zach busied himself with church and school activities. Aviation – at least in the sense of pursuing a pilot’s license – was not part of the picture.

All of that changed during Zach’s junior year at Bradenton Christian School, when, on a lark, he decided to take his first flight lesson. As before, his father came along for the ride.

“I took a discovery flight in Florida – the Sarasota airport there, which is right near Bradenton,” he says. “ It was in a [Cessna] Skyhawk. I had a good time. We were going along the coast and saw the beautiful coastline. It was easy for me and I went on to take more lessons.”

It was then that Zach was unwittingly bitten by the aviation bug – a malady that claims so many other victims, as well as their wallets. Upon graduating high school, Zach quickly enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.

The Behal detour

For anyone seeking a job in aviation – particularly during a pilot shortage – the “obvious” career path leads straight through the airlines, but Zach wasn’t so sure.

“As I learned more about airline flying, I didn’t dislike it, but I thought, ‘I don’t know if I really want to do that kind of flying for the rest of my life,’” Zach explains. “Because the airlines are a very one-path, very vertical direction. I mean, you build hours, you go to a regional airline, you go through a mainline carrier, and when you’re 65, you retire. I wanted more opportunities to do a broader scope of aviation, and also tie in my faith with that.”

Zach’s prayers would be answered when he ran into Brian Behal, a recruiter for Mission Aviation Fellowship, during a career fair at Embry-Riddle during  Zach’s freshman year. Behal introduced Zach to MAF’s mission of “sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people can be physically and spiritually transformed.”

Suddenly for Zach, a whole new world was opened up. “I may be biased in saying it, but I think the type of flying that the missionary pilots do – from a pilot’s sense – is way cooler than flying in airlines,” he says. “The airlines – I made that quip earlier about being a bus driver in the sky – whereas the mission aviator, they are directly involved in helping people who desperately need help and who otherwise don’t have forms of transportation. And you’re flying through mountains and valleys and you might even be a seaplane pilot and land on lakes and rivers. You’re always invested in people’s lives and communities, moreso than just an airline pilot.”

“To me, that’s like the greatest combo you could ever do, is do something as cool as flying airplanes, but also serve and seek the lost with that capability.”

As the years went by, Zach says he would continue to attend career fairs at Embry-Riddle. Each time, he says he would walk past the airline representatives and head straight for Brian Behal at the MAF booth. As time wore on, he obtained his private pilot’s license, his instrument rating, his commercial rating, his multi-engine endorsement and his CFI rating. There was, however, one thing that troubled him – one thing he lacked.

MAF prefers that its missionary pilots also have an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic’s rating – something Zach didn’t have. And as his college career was rapidly coming to a close, it was something Zach would have neither the time, nor the resources to pursue.

It was a problem Zach – and God – would revisit later.

Romance in the sky

Hannah Wilkinson

Meanwhile, God was raising up another of His Florida children – and her life

was about to intersect with Zach’s.

Nineteen-year-old Hannah Apking had been working at Chick-fil-A and was about to graduate with an associate’s degree in sciences from Daytona State College.

“I had to work a lot,” Hannah says. “I didn’t get a lot of school done because I had to work a lot.”

“She got her associate’s debt-free because she is super-cool,” Zach says.

“That was always a goal of mine too,” Hannah says. “Like, I never wanted to go to a university right off, and I didn’t want to get into a bunch of debt.”

Zach had recently graduated from Embry-Riddle and was flight instructing, when a friend of his – who knew he had an interest in photography – asked him to take aerial pictures of two airplanes: a Cirrus and a Cessna Skyhawk.

“So on a particular day, we were doing a photo mission with a Cirrus and a Skyhawk,” Zach says. “And, well, simply enough, the pilot of the Cirrus brought his girlfriend along for the photo mission, and his girlfriend’s friend was none other than Hannah. So Hannah was there. So when I met them at the airport to jump in the plane, there was Hannah. I met Hannah.”

She was 19. Zach was 23. They hit it off. The next day, the four of them went bowling. Zach asked her out two weeks later.

As time blissfully wore on, their relationship deepened. They both shared commonalities: a strong Christian family heritage, and a desire to serve and help people – Zach through missionary aviation, and Hannah though nursing.

“I always preferred science and stuff, more than everything else in school,” Hannah explains, recalling her pull toward a nursing career. “But later in high school, I needed to pick a career, but I didn’t know what to do. But I kinda wanted to help people. I felt like that’s what I should be doing. I just felt like that’s where I was supposed to be headed.”

Before long,  Zach knew it was time to propose. Hannah says she kinda-sorta knew what was going on, because Zach dropped a MAJOR hint when he went to buy the ring.

“Like, a month before, Zach was like, ‘Hannah, I’m gonna go on a special errand,’” Hannah laughs. “And I’m like, ‘Why would you tell someone that? Why would you tell a girl you’re going on a special errand?’ So I knew what he was doing, pretty much.”

Both Zach and Hannah recall how the proposal happened:

“It was very simple, because I’m pretty sure that’s how both of us preferred it,” Zach says. “We were on a beach at sunset, and we were the only people around. It was pretty cool.”

“Yeah, it was simple,” Hannah says.

“It was simple,” Zach repeats.

“But good,” Hannah reiterates.

“But good.”

Hannah says, again, there were tell-tale signs of what was about to happen.

“I was surprised but I kind of thought it was happening, because I saw, like, a little square box in his pocket,” she laughs. “But I kept telling myself that it wasn’t happening because I didn’t want to get my hopes up…”

“…in case it was a gumball or something,” Zach explains.

It wasn’t a gumball – and the two were married in Aug. 2017.

The Hillard-Parris detour

After graduating from university, Zach continued flight instructing, racking up flight hours and fulfilling a contract to do so for Embry-Riddle. Which was not a problem, because he says he fell in love with teaching.

MAF Advocates

“The impact that it has on the individual is what I enjoy so much,” he says. “You can be a part, really, of someone achieving their dream. That might be a little bit cliché to say that, but helping people achieve their goals, and genuinely wanting someone’s success was my everyday job. And airplanes were in the middle, so it was a spectacular combo, you know?”

At the same time, his relationship with MAF deepened. During an MAF event at the College of Missionary Aviation in Florida, Zach and Hannah – before they were married – met Regional Manager Dina Parris and MAF Southern Region Coordinator Scott Hillard, both of whom pressed him to join MAF’s advocate team.

“I actually got a ride on the Kodiak because I signed up to be an advocate,” Zach laughs. “I don’t know if they bribed me, but that was included in the deal. Scott Hillard gave up his ride on the Kodiak for that particular day because I agreed to sign the advocate paperwork. It was God connecting me with MAF even closer at that point.”

 

The God detour

But last year, Zach’s contract with Embry-Riddle ended, and things got real. Really real. Remember the A&P rating MAF wants its missionary pilots to have? Zach still didn’t have one – and as far as he could tell, he had no prospects for getting one.

“I didn’t know what to do,” Zach says. “That was the big, empty unknown:  how was I going to become a mechanic? I had really exhausted all of my options. Going to school wouldn’t really work. It was really the scenario where I could have a different job and could make enough money, but would never have enough time to go to school. Or I could go to school, and I would have to take out large debts and loans and I wouldn’t be able to work.”

It seemed as though Zach was going to have to set his dream of becoming a missionary pilot aside – at least for now. Maybe for a long time. Maybe for a really long time. So instead, he spent eight months courting Textron Aviation in Wichita – a company he had previously interned with, hoping to land a position as a factory training pilot there. It wouldn’t give him any mechanics experience, but at least he might make enough to go to school for it later.

“So for the longest time, I thought that was it – that was the path for me because the mission aviation thing just wasn’t going to happen right now,” Zach says. “But God was working in the background, of course, as He always does. And when I least expected it, He opened up another opportunity and it was perfect. I had completely taken God’s ability to make things happen out of the equation. He taught me a lesson, I guess, is what I’m saying.”

On a lark, Zach decided to go to the “Experience MAF” event in Wichita. That’s where MAF advocate John Penny introduced him to Joel Mugglin of Mid-Continent Aviation Services (MCAS). Mugglin explained that he needed to hire a pilot – one who could work in the mechanic’s shop as an apprentice, eventually getting an A&P.

“There’s a lot of cool things put together in this. They have a Kodiak. I like Kodiaks,” Zach says. “They have a mechanic’s shop, and I could work in the mechanic’s shop and receive the experience I need to become a mechanic. So all of a sudden, in a matter of one month, compared to my, about, eight months of talking with Textron and thinking that that was the option for me, God gave me every single little thing that I needed.”

Zach

Then in a surprising turn of events, Zach was offered both jobs. In the end, just before he and Hannah were married, he chose the MCAS position, which, like the Textron job, is also in Wichita. Now, he says he is flying, while at the same time earning experience to ultimately get his A&P rating – and getting paid to do it. He says this will take about two years. At the same time, Hannah will be going to school to pursue a nursing degree. They hope to be ready to deploy to the mission field within 4-6 years.

“So it was an excellent turning point,” Zach says. “When in life, there is an open area of unknowns, that’s where God does His best work, because that’s where He is.”

Where will they go? Zach and Hannah say they aren’t sure yet. Indonesia sounds intriguing, since Zach flies Kodiaks and that’s where Kodiaks hang out. But Africa and the Congo are interesting too. Then there’s Haiti, where they could stay close to home.

“We’ve got a map that I put up in our apartment that I just kind of stare at every once in a while,” Zach says. “I’ve put up pictures of MAF events and people who I’ve met…and there are pictures of the Kodiak and the MAF calendar is there, and little quotes and things and some Scripture. And I put pushpins in all the countries where MAF-US has bases…just so I can be mindful of how many different places are in the world.”

Wherever they go, Zach says he wants to leave it up to God’s plan, because by now, he says he’s learned that God knows what He’s doing.

“He’s got a good plan,” Zach says. “And it’s way better than mine, and He’s given me plenty of evidence that this is the way I need to go.”

TRAVIS K. KIRCHER is an advocate for MAF, based in Louisville, Kentucky. He can be reached at tkircher@maf.org.

Advocate Summit 2018 – What’s Your Why?

The deadline for the Advocate Summit is fast approaching!  Please pray about joining us June 6th, 7th and 8th. Visit HERE to register before the deadline, May 18.

What’s your Why? 

1 Samuel 12:24 reads, “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”

What’s your Why?  Why do you serve the Lord through MAF? Wednesday evening, June 6th we will kick off the Summit with a Welcome dinner at MAF headquarters.  The following two days (June 7 and 8) we will hear from MAF staff from all over the world as they share their Why. Our annual Summit is a unique opportunity to share challenges we as Advocates face, how we overcome those challenges and develop new skills to equip us as we serve. We look forward to seeing you this June!

New Resource! – 2018 Fact Sheet

The 2018 MAF Fact Sheets are now available! Click HERE to order copies on the Resource Order Form.

The Fact Sheet highlights how the Lord is effectively using MAF around the world and is an excellent resource for your upcoming Ministry Opportunities!