Join us June 12th through the 14th for our annual Advocate Summit! We start Wednesday evening with a Welcome dinner at the HQ Chapel, followed by two days of challenging and encouraging speakers. Registration closes May 22nd, so make sure to get signed up. Click HERE to complete the registration form! We look forward to seeing you!
Ecclesiastes 4:9 reads, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.”
When individuals work together, they can double their strength and get much more done as a team. They also reap the value of having worked in unison, thus creating harmony instead of disorder. Working as one people begins with the efforts of the individual. As they work together their efforts are increased. Advocate Edie Dolben shared a wonderful presentation idea she observed at the MAF President and Board Summit.
The speaker had a big chain. It was too heavy for one person to pick up. She put it on the floor of the stage, close to where she was speaking. The woman picked up one end of the chain, explaining it was too heavy for her to lift it alone. Choosing a person in the audience, the speaker called another individual to join her on the stage and take up part of the chain. She continued to call others up to join her and kept adding to the line. The speaker explained how it takes teamwork to lift the chain and how God has called everyone to do the lifting.
You can use the chain in your presentation illustrating how MAF partners with over 600 organizations to “do the lifting” of the chain.
Dear MAF Family,
We have a few opportunities in 2019 to invest in our MAF families overseas!
Often our staff and volunteers go overseas and serve by caring for our MAF Missionary Kids…and many times the stories we hear are ones of JOY, LOVE, FUN…and receiving so much more than they ‘gave’. Is God calling YOU to be a part of a team this year?
Please prayerfully consider if the Lord is directing you, or someone you know or go to church with, to support our MAF families.
If you are interested or would like more information about any of these opportunities, please contact me, Doni Otremba, MAF Volunteer Manager at (firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-498-0756)
Capetown, South Africa – April 25 – May 6, 2019
- What’s Needed: 1-2 people to babysit children for 5 days during our MAF Team’s Conference
- Cost: Approximately $3,000 per person (Fundraising Support Available)
Lesotho, Africa – July 5 – 14, 2019
- Where: Maseru, Lesotho to visit the Lesotho Program for a few days, then Bloemfontein, South Africa for the conference
- What’s Needed:
- 3-4 more people to join a VBS team of 5 to watch children and run a VBS for 3-4 days of our MAF Team’s Conference. We have the leader of the VBS attending the trip already – now we need people to help run the program for this amazing bunch of kids!
- Cost: Approximately $3,000 per person (Fundraising Support Available)
If you are interested, please contact me. If you know of someone else who may be interested, please feel free to forward this message!
Department Manager – Volunteer Ministries
Each region within the Advocate Wing has Virtual Reality (VR) goggles! If you have an event and leveraging the VR would positively impact your exposure, please reach out to your Regional Manager. All the VR headsets come loaded with two videos. One in Lesotho and one in Indonesia. You can also purchase your own VR headset from Amazon and download the 360-degree videos from Bynder.
In February, MAF President David Holsten was invited to speak at the Wichita Aero Club (WAC) Luncheon in Kansas. Wichita is the birthplace of almost all things that make up the airplanes MAF flies. This unique opportunity for MAF to speak at the WAC Luncheon came after months of planning and networking by Advocate John Penny. Praise God Almighty, it was a fantastic day!
Here are some Highlights–the LORD answered our prayers above what we could ask or imagine:
- Wichita’s Advocate Team of six had breakfast with President David Holsten and Development Officer Morty Lloyd (see picture below).
- There were 90 people there! Average attendance is 30-40.
- When President David Holsten spoke at the WAC Luncheon, he did an incredible job of translating the cause for what Wichita aviation folks do to better the lives of people all over the world. The crowd was very attentive during the presentation. WAC organizers said President David Holsten was the most engaging speaker they have ever had speak at a WAC—wonderful!
- Writers for Aviation Week and Space Technology were there and will be doing an article on MAF.
- Very strategic connections were made for MAF’s future: President David Holsten got to meet privately with the President of WAC, the owner of Midcontinent and the CEO of Textron. This will have an incredible impact for MAF!
Advocate John Penny has been working on trying to make this opportunity happen for over a year and at times he didn’t think it was ever going to happen. All in God’s timing. The Wichita Advocate Wing Team did a great job recruiting people to come to this event. God is using Advocates in small and big ways, in normal and unique ways to advance MAF’s ministry and His kingdom!
~ Dina Parris, Advocate Wing Southern Region Manager
Let’s face it, sometimes the work involved in being an Advocate is hard. At least is it for me as I prepare for an event. Maybe I make it harder than I should but I just want to get it RIGHT. There is so much at stake.
Don’t misunderstand, I enjoy this, a lot. Telling the MAF story is a joy and the support we get is over the top! Thank you, HQ staff! You know who you are. You are the ones who respond to that last minute “oh no” when I forgot something, or am on another learning curve that is not going well. Who foresees and provides almost before I know what I need. Thank you.
Yet, as I prepare to speak to a group, a church or at an event, there is that “how can my words say all that must be said?” There is so much. How do you condense 70+ years of lives changed into 20 minutes?
Recently I was preparing for just such an occasion. A new church who knew nothing of mission aviation, let alone Mission Aviation Fellowship. I combed through BYNDER (yet another learning curve), looked over other outlines I had done and yes, fretted – just a bit.
Then I began to write and, as the Lord always does, the words fell into place, the right photos, videos and illustrations came forth. The outline was done.
There is one tidbit I always come back to that seems to hit home with folks:
That is 254 YEARS of travel time saved in 2017 alone. When you add 2016’s savings of 234 years, it comes to almost 500 years, one-half of millennia in just two years of travel time saved!
The workers, missionaries, medical emergencies transported not only save time but the wear, tear and danger of days of travel by land. In short, we are extending the longevity and energy of those who have trained and committed their lives to Kingdom work abroad.
So when things seem to get a bit “hard” in the preparations, I remember the part we play in saving hundreds of years of travel time. We save tired, sore feet from being more tired and sore. We save lives from being needlessly cut short. It matters what we do.
~ By Advocate Nancy Cullen in Wichita, KS
The numbers are in! 2018 was another successful year for the Advocate Wing. We thank God for Advocates like you! Check out the 2018 Advocate Impact Report to see an overview of last year’s activities!
The Idaho Statesman, a local Idaho publication, released an article about MAF’s work transporting the Ebola vaccine to those hampered by isolation. Click HERE to check it out!
It’s ALMOST time to sign up for Advocate Summit 2019! Watch for an email from your Regional Manager. On Monday, March 11th, they are sending you a link to register.
Things you need to know:
- Registration fee: $50 per person
- Summit begins with dinner Wednesday evening, the 12th of June, and ends after dinner Friday, the 14th
- All housing and meals are included with your registration. Onsite housing is available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so register as soon as possible!
- We provide airport transportation. Let us know when you get your travel plans finalized!
Please see the below update from Joyce Lin. Joyce will be serving as a Pilot and IT Specialist in Indonesia.
Unit 6 (of 8) started this past week in language school and language learning is continuing to go well. Every once in a while when I’m talking to my neighbors, I realize I’m understanding every word in the conversation!
I recently made a video (click HERE to watch) that I’d like to share with you. I think videos are often more effective than words or photos for communicating what life has been like lately. In this video, I introduce you to my neighbors, my school, and my city. You can also hear me speak Indonesian and watch as I ride my motorcycle around town! Hope you enjoy it.