MAF had the privilege of exhibiting at the first airshow in Boise, ID in over 20 years! Gowen Thunder, a two day airshow and Idaho National Guard Open House, brought out thousands of people across the Treasure Valley.
Departments across MAF – including advocates, mobilizers, development officers, technical staff, training pilots and others – joined forces to make this event a huge success.
Petey the Plane was a huge hit with upwards of 500 kids and adults taking photo flights throughout the event. Over 1500 people got an up close look at the Kodiak and heard what God is doing through MAF.
In July each year, kids ages 15 to 18 journey from all over the world to MAF Headquarters. From Nampa, they hop in the van to an old train depot next to the airport in Cascade, ID. This begins the week of MAF Aviation Camp.
Throughout the week, twelve campers receive aviation theory instruction and hands-on experience in three different aircraft. They work in teams to construct and fly small gliders made out of foam plates and bamboo skewers. Upon completion, there is a competition with the gliders. The competition includes glider assembly accuracy along with flight criteria including endurance, distance, right and left turns and altitude.
In addition to the glider competition, morning devotionals, afternoon activities, along with staff member and volunteer testimonies about MAF and life experiences, we share the vision of what MAF is really about: Sharing the love of Jesus.
This is my fourth year participated in this camp and it has blessed me each time. I lead the glider assembly and competition, as well assist where needed. To be able to witness seeds being planted in these kids about mission work, and MAF in particular, is most gratifying. In addition to campers going on to Moody Aviation, mission trips to various continents, we’ve had some return for the second time and then become camp assistants. It will be great to see what the Lord does with these kids as He works His plans in their lives.
We’ve recently welcomed Alan & Kim Sizemore from Wichita Falls, TX on our Advocate Wing South Team and Alan is already busy organizing bike riders for a famous 100 mile bike ride held in Wichita Falls on August 26th. Over 13,000 riders from all 50 states and many foreign countries will participate in this ride. Alan is recruiting a team and sponsors to benefit MAF!
Join the fun! RSVP to Alan by June 24th to receive an MAF Team Jersey. firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-781-3450.
Alan & Kim will hold a team meeting for local riders. They will explain what MAF is and tell its story. This will be a recorded presentation so it can be posted online for other non-local riders to view. A local friend with a passion for Christ and aviation offered his services to create a promotional video for the local news station. He will also film the MAF team on ride day. Kim will contact the newspaper and others to get additional PR.
If you, or someone you know, would like to participate please contact Alan at email@example.com OR 940-781-3450.
There were lots of great outcomes from Sun N Fun this year! We spoke to 3,165 individuals either out by the Kodiak or inside the tent – an increase of 70% compared to 2016. One new idea for this year’s tent was the “green screen” where we took a photo of people and placed them into an MAF field program location. Once we took a person’s photo, we emailed it to him/her with a thank you message and a link to the MAF website. The green screen drew a lot of attention and positive comments from people. Other highlights included raising over $2,500 in cash donations and receiving 11 new Advocate prospects.
Checkout this Sun N Fun Video by Kentucky Advocate, Travis Kircher – Sun N Fun 2017
From left to right: Texas Advocate Travis Fergurson, Kentucky Advocate Coordinator Scott Hillard, Florida, soon to be Kansas, Advocate Zach Wilkinson and South Regional Manager Dina Parris.
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
September 25 – 27, the Ministry Awareness Team hosted 26 advocates and 4 spouses for our 9th annual Advocate Summit at MAF HQ in Nampa, ID. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and refreshment!
The advocates had the opportunity to spend time hearing from MAF leaders focusing on our theme “Now is the Time”. Ephesians 5:15-16, the key verse for the Summit, tells us “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Leaders challenged advocates to consider, how are you making the most of every opportunity…
While at the Summit, advocates experienced a “behind the scenes” tour of HQ, Skype sessions with field staff around the world and spent time with MAF leaders and staff. They also enjoyed a flight in an MAF Kodiak with lunch at a remote Idaho airstrip. Advocates were able to see the new buildings being constructed as part of the Campus Expansion. Campus Expansion, Fleet Optimization, New Ministries & Initiatives are all part of the Future Generations Campaign which was also presented.
We are compiling the PowerPoint Presentations from all our Summit speakers along with the video footage from the presenters. Advocates can access the information in the Advocate Summit 2016 folder located on the Control Tower on the MAF Intranet.
EAA AirVenture, aka Oshkosh was a little bit HOT and a little bit rainy but overall a lot of fun!! MAF was represented at AirVenture with the Kodiak airplane and our big tent that housed a flight simulator, video of the new Take Offs and Landings, and friendly people to chat with. We had 1497 people stop at the airplane and 1058 come inside the tent. We gave away over 1300 screen cleaners with a reminder to “look us up online”.
Advocate Travis Fergurson joined the team for a few days as did Regional Manager Greg Pyles and Ministry Awareness Director Mike Snodgrass. Several other Advocates stopped by to say hello.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.