Advocate Dick Koester went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 3, at his home in Freeport, IL, surrounded by his family. Dick was a Korean War veteran, business man, and also served over 15 years as a missionary in Honduras, Indonesia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Haiti. Dick and his wife JoAnn have a long history with MAF as teacher/base maintenance volunteers in addition to serving as Advocates since 2011. Ps 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints”. We rejoice that Dick is in the presence of His Savior!
…to MAF’s newest Ministry Advocates!
We are excited to welcome Warren Fegley, Jim Logue, and Brian Arnold!
Warren Fegley is from Garden City, Idaho. Before retirement, Warren worked in the Manufacturing Engineering area for a skid steer loader manufacturer, called Bobcat, for 31 years. He designed manufacturing production tools and finished his career in the Quality Cost Improvement Department, working with all departments to make better products, while reducing product cost. Warren is married to Jennifer. They have raised three children, Tiffany, Tyler and Tate. They moved from Bismarck, ND to Boise, ID in 2007. Warren has volunteered at MAF HQ since 2008.
Jim Logue lives in Lakeville, MA with his wife, Zulmira. Jim is an A&P mechanic with Air Bear Aviation but in his free time enjoys going to the beach, woodworking, and hiking. Jim is interested in sharing with others the logistical and technical aspects our missionaries face.
Brian Arnold lives in Bourbonnais, IL, works for Sprint Corp. and heard of MAF through his church (an Advocate was at their missions fair and the church supports MAF missionaries Matt and Alyssa Harris). Brian co-leads a singles Bible study and has volunteered as a ski patroller for 6 years. In addition to his love of downhill skiing, he also enjoys spending time with friends and family and taking road trips!
We thank God for leading each of you to MAF!
We’ve been encouraged by the unique ways Advocates have been sharing the ministry of MAF. We want to share some of those clever ideas in hopes to encourage you in your ministry. Please remember to complete a Ministry Opportunity Report (MOR) for any MAF interactions you have. We are praying for God to water the seeds you are planting!
DOCTOR & DENTIST OFFICES–Advocate Coordinator Todd Wolfe in KS:
“Scheduled various doctor and dental visits over the week for my family and I, and placed Flightwatch‘s at each doctor and dental office we visited. Felt like sowing seeds in unusual places!”
AIRPORT FBO’s–Advocate Jamey Cook in NC:
“I am beginning my project to place MAF brochures in the lobbies of NC and SC Airport FBO\’s where they can be seen by customers, pilots, crew, and passengers coming into and out of the FBO. This was my first one so I am already looking for improved display methods. I purchased a small organizer and stocked it with brochures and made a list of what I left. I will check on it periodically. I also left my MAF business card for anyone to contact me directly.”
FOLLOWING UP ON A BUSINESS EMAIL—Advocate Boli Alfaro in FL:
Boli was emailing a business who does shredding for a move coming up when he noticed at the bottom of the reply email he received there was a Bible verse, so he responded about it and invited to share with them about MAF. Says Boli about this opportunity: “The LORD created this opportunity! Thought you would appreciate how the Holy Spirit is at work even when we have no idea that is going on and when we least expect it. We have to hone our sensitivity and alertness for opportunities. The Bible verse caught my eye on 2nd reading of Margaret’s email and the thought immediately came to mind that an opportunity to share MAF was there. Thank you Father!”
GYMNASTICS LESSON—Dina’s Daughter Adryana in FL:
My 8 year old daughter was having a gymnastics lesson and asked her instructor if she had heard of MAF and did she know what MAF does? This gave us a great opportunity to share about MAF and more info with her instructor. (and I didn’t even put her up to it—she did it all on her own!)
New Advocate Jamey Cook found himself in a peculiar situation…
“I No invitation was needed. Jamey stepped out in faith and here’s what he reported from his first presentation as an MAF Advocate: “When I arrived, I found out that they were expecting me and they gave me table near the entrance. I was beside a table that had water and candy and a lot of my visitors came to talk to me after they had come to get water. (It was 90+ degrees.) God put me there for that reason I’m sure. A few people I talked with were familiar with MAF but most were not. I gave away lots of literature and told them to check out the website where they would find lots of information. I ran out of coloring books and paper airplanes and almost ran out of calendars. I got a $20 donation for a copy of Jungle Pilot. This was my first presentation as an MAF Advocate. I thought it went very well. I’m looking forward to the next one and thinking about how I can improve my display/presentation.” We thank God for each Advocate and are encouraged by your faithful service!
No invitation was needed. Jamey stepped out in faith and here’s what he reported from his first presentation as an MAF Advocate:
“When I arrived, I found out that they were expecting me and they gave me table near the entrance. I was beside a table that had water and candy and a lot of my visitors came to talk to me after they had come to get water. (It was 90+ degrees.) God put me there for that reason I’m sure. A few people I talked with were familiar with MAF but most were not. I gave away lots of literature and told them to check out the website where they would find lots of information. I ran out of coloring books and paper airplanes and almost ran out of calendars. I got a $20 donation for a copy of Jungle Pilot. This was my first presentation as an MAF Advocate. I thought it went very well. I’m looking forward to the next one and thinking about how I can improve my display/presentation.”
We thank God for each Advocate and are encouraged by your faithful service!
What a neat look at some of the ways God has used MAF and
had us in a position to respond when needed.
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.
Have you ever faced discouragement in your ministry? Texas Advocate Keith Van Order, gives us a behind the scenes look at a recent event and the hurdles he faced.
We often receive reports with the highlights of MAF events, which means the struggles Advocates encounter may go unnoticed, leaving other Advocates feeling they are alone in their times of discouragement. Scripture tells us to “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. You are not alone! May you be encouraged by Keith’s story… A day in the life of an MAF Advocate.
“Brent [Shaw] and I had such a great time serving at [the Take to the Skies] event last year. This year, I was excited but for some reason I wasn’t motivated for the event. I’m not sure why. I just kept praying and asked for forgiveness for my unwillingness. I knew if I kept praying and remained faithful, Jesus would lift me up and help me complete this important task.
We’ve had our share of rain and thunderstorms so when I arrived it was cloudy, very windy and more rain was in the forecast. This year we had to set up in the grass vs. on the ramp. It was damp and muddy in some places but still beat the Amazon Jungle. I had to be set up by 9:30am and the airshow didn’t start until 2pm. By GOD’s grace, the clouds lifted in the early afternoon, the sun came out and the air show was in full swing.
My first visitor was a young man who claimed he and his family love the LORD and would pass our info to his Pastor. My 2nd and 3rd visitor were Aviation students at a local college. One of the students flew on a Kodiak in Papa New Guinea with another Missionary organization called SIL. He’s considering being a Missionary Pilot so I shared Mark Williams contact info with him. These students were my neighbors so it was like watching a young Nate Saint serve in the booth next to me. By this point, I was very encouraged and feeling much better about serving there.
My wife, Melissa, purchased some Gliders for me to hand out at the show. During the first half of the show, I was just handing them out. Kids would tell other kids and they would come to the booth seeking a Glider. About midway through the show, when the kids would come, I would ask them to do me a favor and take this brochure to your Pastor and/or your parents. Most of them were so happy and willing to help.
While I was at the airshow, I received the email message showing how many events each Advocate Wing Volunteer has participated in. I’ve also received two additional messages from Mike reporting how we’re doing financially. I thought, this is starting to remind me of my day job. I completely understand and appreciate the need to keep us informed and motivated. I understand that we must have a goal and a budget. I also realize that keeping MAF commitments top of mind is important. I’m not sure how to frame that up so that it feels like a ministry more than a business. It brought about mixed feelings for me.
By the end of the show I was beat. Being a one man band at an air show is no cakewalk. I didn’t want to wait for the planes to depart and the gates to open so I could drive my car in to load up. Therefore, I got my wagon out of the car and loaded it up. As I was walking to the car through the bumpy muddy field, my stuff fell off of the wagon 3 times! One of those times, a girl that I met at the booth named, Faith, was right there to help me pick up.
I was so close to the car and couldn’t get there fast enough when it fell off the wagon once again. This time I hurt myself bending over and lost my shoe in the process. I was praying, asking the LORD to please help me just make it to the car and Noah shows up. Noah is a teen finishing up high school and his family works many of these events in their food trailer. This felt like one of those divine appointments that I’ve prayed about. Noah helped me to the car and I shared the wisdom that GOD seemed to be sending at that moment, which Noah seemed to really appreciate.
As I drove home, I was feeling like the day I built a fence in my backyard. I was mentally and physically drained but so very satisfied and thankful to have served.
Key Lesson Learned: Pray and remain faithful no matter what. Remind the team to pray for your event. Ask family and others to pray as well. These prayers are just as important as they are for our brothers and sisters serving in other parts of the mission field.
As always, it’s an honor and a blessing to serve alongside you all. I’m thankful to be an MAF Advocate.
Southern MAF Advocates have been on the go this spring. We recently received a wonderful report from Sun N Fun and Murfreesboro, TN where many Advocates and MAF Staff came together to be the voice of the isolated. That was just two of the many events keeping the Advocates busy this year. Here are some highlights from the other events!
“We had a fantastic MAF event in Wichita when we gathered to dedicate our Grand Caravan EX. This aircraft is on its way to serve in Mozambique! We sure felt the power of your prayers. Advocate Stu Rogerson from Wichita, KS did an amazing job coordinating most of the event. We had a great meeting with 10 Advocates from 4 different states! We used our brand new vertical display – “Hope for the Isolated”. Close to 90 people attended, including the family of one of our missionaries who will be using this Caravan EX in Mozambique!” – Dina Parris
“The College of Missionary Aviation in Keystone Heights, FL hosted a Hangar dedication and invited Advocate Scott Hillard to speak about MAF and MAF Music Ambassador Melissa Hillard to sing. It was a wonderful event! We even had our Kodiak there to give rides to 14 passengers. MAF Recruiter Brian Behal also shared about MAF AND we recruited Zachary Wilkinson for the Advocate Wing!” – Dina Parris
“The Missions Day at the Elberton, GA airport went really well. The weather missed us to the north for most of the day, and we had a pretty steady turnout all day. We did around 35 to 40 flights, and flew more than 90 people. Jamie and I had the MAF tent setup and were able to talk with several people about the work of MAF. We also handed out some MAF brochures and other materials.” – Donavan Carey, GA Advocate
by Laura Swager, CA Advocate
This year marked 6 years of MAF Advocates making their presence known at the Chino Air Show in Chino, CA. This event brought together most of the Southern California MAF Advocates. We were able to connect with over a hundred of the 10,000+ air show attendees and we’re thrilled to meet those who already know and support MAF. We also had the opportunity to speak with many who learned about MAF for the first time. Pictured here are MAF Development Officer Mike Birdsong along side Advocates Lynda Birdsong, Laura Swager and Dennis Dahl. Advocates Andrea Johnson, Kathy Johnson and Dan Swager also contributed to this ministry opportunity.
by Greg Pyles
Why Jesus? 2016, was an apologetic conference held in Bangor, ME on May 7. Prior to the event, the organizer had no idea how many would be attending since it was being held in the spiritually dry New England area. Ravi Zacharias, the keynote speaker, even made mention to the sold out crowd(!) of 6,700, how difficult of an area Bangor is from a spiritual standpoint. This event was like a cup of cold water to a very large and thirsty group of Believers!
Bill Simpson, who made the 5+ hour drive from his home in Connecticut, joined me in representing MAF as an exhibitor. We had the privilege of talking to people about MAF almost non-stop from 8 am until 7 pm! Many seeds were planted to young people about considering missionary aviation as a career and we talked with many more people about becoming Advocates, prayer and financial partners. Please pray these seeds will grow and bear fruit!
Several Christian radio stations were exhibiting as well, and are interested in doing interviews and featuring MAF on their stations! After I returned home, I received a call from one of those stations requesting MAF be represented at their conference in Cape Cod in September.
It’s exciting to see doors being opened in New England!