Bringing in the New Year!

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~ C.S. Lewis

We are excited to have you on this journey with us as we step into the new year! 2018 has been a year of challenge and change, but even more so of God’s incredible blessings and grace. As the leadership team of the Ministry Awareness Department join together, next week, for our Strategic Planning Meetings we ask for your prayers. We desire the Lord’s wisdom and direction for this ministry and discernment on how we can use 2019 to better bring Him glory. Please join us in prayer as we plan out this coming year!

CFC Season Wrap-up

Thank you so much to all the advocates who represented MAF at CFC and workplace events this year. This season, MAF was at 30 events in 16 states because of advocates like you. Thank you Bill Koss, Brent Shaw, Craig Talsma, Daniel Goheen, Daniel Bristol (Prefielder), Dennis Dahl, Grant Mugge, Jim Hamill, Joel Penhorwood, John Penny, Nancy Cullen, Judy Olenik, Kurt Muller, Paul Gibson, Scott Schoonmaker, Travis Fergurson, and Diana and John Hartzler.

Next Spring, I will share a detailed report featuring what donations we received from our efforts.

Thank you so much!
Holly Syreen
Giving Programs Coordinator
hsyreen@maf.org

Craig Talsma – Lansing, MI
Kurt Muller – Glen Allen, VA
Travis F.
Daniel Bristol with employees – Texas University
Craig Talsma – Detroit, MI

Change the Ending

I have not read a lot about the nuts and bolts of the current but just the title is exciting to me.  It says so much in three words:  Change The Ending

It is the core of the gospel.  The Word of God says straight up that:

  • while we were yet sinners God loved us.
  • before the foundation of the world, before creation, the Lamb of God was slain, for me, for you, for all mankind.
  • God knew the end from the beginning and made a way before a way was needed.

Change the ending indeed!  What a Master Planner we get to work with.

The message is clear, MAF and its mission is coming alongside God’s plan and purpose to bring the good news: “your ending can be changed”!

This is going to be a most joyful message to share as an advocate this coming year!

~By Nancy Cullen, Advocate in Wichita, KS

Working at MAF Haiti

How does it feel to be born and raised in Haiti with 6 million people and only 500K jobs available? This is extreme poverty. Haitians have the will to work but jobs aren’t easy to come by. If they find work, the maximum daily wage is usually $2 per day.

Our Haiti Advocate Team rallied to make life a little better around the MAF hangar in Port Au Prince.  We tackled several projects enduring the Haitian heat, humidity, bug bites, a tarantula surprise and so much more. We worked hard, we laughed and we encouraged one another.

One of the jobs at the hangar was to build forms and pour a concrete walkway to the aircraft parts room. It took a couple of days to get the forms built and the third morning we were ready to pour concrete.

We were split into two teams with Team 1 responsible for pouring concrete. Health concerns and lack of concrete experience led me to pray and ask GOD for help the night before.

The next morning a flatbed truck delivered sand and rock. They dumped the rock on top of the sand in the same pile. While separating the rock from the sand, we started to complain. Just then, a MAF local staff arrived and said, “Thank you for coming here to help me and make my life better”.  I gave the glory to GOD and the local staff member replied, “This is the day the LORD has made. Rejoice in the LORD!” From that moment on we stopped complaining and went to work.

Earlier that morning approximately 10 Haitian men arrived with machetes to cut the grass next to the hanger.  The men finished cutting the grass as we started to mix and pour the concrete. They stopped to watch us work. One of the men asked my daughter, Brittany, “Can I have your job?” Another man asked me, “Can I have your job?”. We tried to explain that we were volunteers. I continued working while thinking about how I spent money to get here to volunteer but this man really needs this job.

Shortly after that encounter, I learned one of our Advocates kindly offered to pay our Haitian friends for helping. In the end, we were high fiving, fist bumping, laughing and thanking one another. GOD answered my prayer. It became obvious that He wanted us all to work together, just like the MAF Haiti Team.

~ By Advocate Keith VanOrder, Texas

Accessing MAF Media!

Over the past 70+ years, as MAF serves throughout the world, we gather large amounts of media to tell the story of God’s work in isolated places. Our marketing team has compiled all the media in one location.  To better equip you with resources, we created a specific Advocate Wing login to Bynder.   Here is the link to Bynder.  Email your Regional Manager to receive your new username and password.

Who is My Mobilizer?

We are excited about the many opportunities this new year will present to partner with Mobilization (formerly Recruiting). Get to know the Mobilizer in your area by visiting the Mobilization web page!  If you haven’t already, shoot them an email to introduce yourself.

To order business cards for your state’s Mobilizer, contact Martinah Brown (martinah.brown@maf.org).

 

Calling All Advocates! Sun ‘n Fun is coming!

Are you interested in representing MAF at one of the largest airshows in the nation?

Sun ‘n Fun is a great opportunity to serve alongside other mission organizations and aviation enthusiasts. Aviation Ministry Support Association (AMSA, formerly known as MASA-FL) makes it possible for MAF to be a part of this great airshow by providing housing, meals, transportation, and wristbands for those serving. Your cost to attend is airfare to and from Tampa Bay, FL and the commitment to serve for the entirety of the week.

If you are interested in this ministry opportunity, contact your Regional Manager by January 20th.

Volunteering in 2019

I love Christmas.  (I know… I know…Christmas is over… just keep reading…) I look forward to it with increasing enthusiasm each year, beginning around June and culminating in December.  Inevitably though, every year after Christmas, something happens. And I’m never quite prepared for it, even though it happens every single year. It’s called January.  That time of year where the days are short and the weather is cold. You find scraps of tape around your house for weeks. There are a few leftover Christmas cookies sitting on a plate in your house; no one’s eating them (because we already had too many), but no one’s throwing them away either (a crime!).

It’s in this haze of cold weather and dry cookies I find myself dreaming of spring, summer, and fall.  It’s in these January days when I find a great deal of joy planning for trips, activities, and vacations that will happen later on in the year. It not only gives me something to look forward to, but it also pulls me out of “The January Funk”.

If you are planning for spring, summer, and fall of this year, whether it’s inspired by “The January Funk”, or not,  you might want to consider coming to hang out with us at our MAF headquarters in Nampa to do some volunteering.  We have around 100 volunteers living in the area. They gift their time and talents to MAF throughout the year; however, we also have people who travel in their RV’s and volunteer on-site for a few weeks or months at a time during spring, summer, or fall.

People often ask me, what is there to do at MAF as a volunteer?  I chuckle to myself because the answer is very close to “everything.”  When we have seasonal volunteers, we make sure we put them to work in areas they are skilled or able to serve.  These areas include everything from building maintenance to outgoing mailings, building machine parts in the hangar to preparing food for an event, building new construction to transcribing interviews with our Field Staff or other MAF Staff.  The list goes on and on.

If you are waiting for God to give you a sign to volunteer at HQ, this is your sign! Please contact me, Doni Otremba. Let me know what you’re thinking. We will talk about dates and possible projects for you while you’re here.  Just send me an email at dotremba@maf.org

Blessings on you, and thank you for all you do for MAF!

Doni Otremba

Manager of Volunteer Ministries

Joy to the World

One of my favorite songs around Christmas time is Joy to the World.  I can’t help but belt out the words to this song when singing with others at church or when I’m driving by myself and listening to the radio!

I want to share a few things you might not know about this song.  Joy to the World wasn’t written as a Christmas carol.  In fact, in its original form it had nothing to do with Christmas.  Yet today, it’s one of the most popular and recognizable Christmas songs!  The song is sometimes referred to as an “accidental classic.”

Isaac Watts, the author of Joy to the World, was one of the great hymn writers in church history.  He wrote one of his most famous hymns by accident. In 1719, Watts published a book of poems in which each poem was based on a psalm. But rather than just translate the original Old Testament texts, he adjusted them to refer more specifically to the work of Jesus as it had been revealed in the New Testament.

One of those poems was an adaptation of Psalm 98. Watts interpreted the psalm as a celebration of Jesus’s role as King of both his church and the whole world. More than a century later, the second half of this poem was slightly adapted and set to music to give us what has become one of the most famous of all Christmas carols:

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come;

Let earth receive her King!

Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing! And heaven and nature sing!

And heaven . . . and heaven . . . and nature sing.

 

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,

Repeat the sounding joy! Repeat the sounding joy!

Repeat . . . repeat . . . the sounding joy!

 

 He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness

And wonders of his love! And wonders of his love!

And wonders . . . wonders . . . of his love!

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about this Christmas song.  As you hear and/or sing Joy to the World during this Christmas season, be encouraged to know our Savior came as a baby in a manger and He will be coming back as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New year!

 

– Mike