Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Pray for the recruiting gang and others that have gone to represent MAF at the Urbana conference. Pray that God would work in the hearts of the students attending this year, that they would hear the voice of God, seek His direction for their lives, and come away knowing more of what God has created for them to do for HIM.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Today in recruiting I am watching a few snowflakes add to the dusting we got overnight, and remembering celebrating Christmas, as most of our MAF families do, in another country and a tropical climate
I love the Christmas emails from other parts of the world. Reports of ministries – discipling new believers, a New Testament ready to print in another language, plans for a TB facility to help tribal people get the nutrition and consistent medication they need to heal. MAF is part of all these ministries – carrying people and stuff, but also sharing the Good News for all People – that Jesus came to be a Light to those (all of us) who were walking in darkness.
MAF's first Kodiak aircraft made its first operational (real work!) flight in Central Asia - the pilots who made the flight were pretty excited to have that privilege, but they were quick to point out that many, many people poured their efforts into getting it on the field. Another Kodiak is nearly at its destination of Kalimantan, Indonesia, and one more sits in the hangar across the street waiting for better weather to start the cross-Pacific flight.
Right after Christmas, a team from recruiting will fly to
There are about 16,000 students registered for this missions conference, held once every three years. Brian and Pam Behal, Ron Hilbrands, Crissie Rask and Brad Rhoads will represent MAF with a display in the exhibition hall - talking with students about opportunities to use their skills and talents through ministry with MAF. PRAY for the conference – for many to clearly hear God’s call to serve Him in some of the needy places of the world. If you aren’t going, the
It will be an exciting and appropriate way to follow Christmas and to welcome the New Year.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Email and phones are always available but if you have ever felt you would like to sit down and talk with someone from MAF get in touch with us. You never know when we might be in your area. We want to get to know you and you to know MAF. You can find contact information at www.MAFrecruiting.org under Contact Us. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also just pick up the phone and call 1800-FlysMAF. Ask for the recruiting department and they can track down whoever you need.
Blessings to all and stay safe this Christmas season.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The recruiting department is also gearing up for the huge mission conference called URBANA which is being held in St. Louis, MO this year. The event happens every 3 years and is hosted by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Last time we were there, there were 20,000 students and 450 mission organizations there. If you have a chance to go, it is a life changing event. Check out the website at www.urbana.org. Maybe I'll see you there. It is from Dec. 27 to January 1.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I am off to Kankakee, Illiniois and Olivet Nazarene Univeersity. I will be back to Holland, Michigan on Saturday. JL
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I hope to see some of you in the next few days. I will be at SMAT on Thursday in Ionia, Michigan. Then down to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois on Friday for a missions day, and then back up to Holland, Michigan on Saturday for the Kodiak open house from about 2 to 5pm. If I am not out of gas :-) I will try to make it to Indianapolis also. We might even get a few pictures posted. JL
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
LAMP stands for Liberty (University) Aviation Missions Potentials - as in folks who are potential missionaries or who want to serve in Missions. They have a monthly meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month and Oct. 13 I will be their main speaker. I plan on showing them a new MAF DVD from Paul College and speak to the 3 main things MAF looks for in a recruit.
Those would be Technically Qualified (meets our minimum standards in the area of expertise (Flight, Maintenance, Avionics, Teachers, Learning Technologies, Business & Finance, Administration each have their own set of standards).
This is the easiest to measure but probably the least important of the 3.
The second is Spiritual Maturity. MAF (as does most missions) requires a certain number of Bible Credits to join). Bible credits are one way of measuring Spiritual Maturity but we also ask for a Pastor's reference and we try to gauge this level through conversations both with the candidate as well as people who know the candidate. This area is harder to measure and is also more important.
The third area is Moral Integrity. Is the person who they say they are. Do they walk the walk rather than just talk the talk. Do they live up to their Biblical beliefs even when no one is watching. Is their public and private (thought) life pure. Probably the hardest to measure but the most important of the three.
So as you remember me between now and Oct. 13 would you pray that I can communicate these 3 ideas with clarity so those attending will understand? Thanks!
And as you think of the 3 areas, would you examine your life and see how you measure up. God wants each one of us to be quipped to do the best job we can both in our careers, in our ministry, but more importantly in our relationship with Him.
Grace and Peace
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
The ramp is full in front of the MAF hanger in Nampa, Idaho. Last Friday MAF took delivery on its 3rd Kodaik (#20 from the factory). Here you see 3 Kodiaks, 3 Cessna 206 and 1 Cessan 182.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This year sixteen are graduating and next years class I am told could be as many as 20. Plans are being made to break ground on the new classroom building sometime in September.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I spent Tuesday unpacking, going over materials and business cards I'd received as well as cleaning out my inbox (it's under 500 now!).
I took Wednesday off to help move our daughter into her new apartment and today is my first day back to the daily grind. Hard to prioritize after 8 days of Airplanes! Now to fill out the forms and reports (the job's not over until the paperwork is done....)
If you get a chance, check out the International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) website at www.iamanet.org. There you can find a lot of info about this year's airshow as well as a podcast featuring our flight simulator (Podcast #7).
This morning got an email from my boss asking if I want to help ferry a 182 down to Ecuador at the end of the month. I have a lot of trips planned between now and the middle of Sept. when I have to be at HQ for our semi-annual recruiting meetings so am struggling whether to go on this trip or not. I sure would hate to miss the opportunity....
If you're reading this after the Aug 10th deadline, write me and ask what I decided to do!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Nice sunny day today. We had a lot of visitors to the MAF tent. The big attraction yesterday was the White Knight, launch platform for space ship 2. (pictured above) Today on the flight line was the new Airbus 380, the worlds largest airliner, I will post pics later.
Monday, July 27, 2009
We are here at Oshkosh and it is really exciting. I don't mean the airplanes (yes they are exciting to see) but I am referring to the people here. There are 30 mission organizations and over 400 missionaries, mostly pilots, here to talk to the public about what we do in mission aviation. Pray for us as we have conversations and divine appointments. Here are a few pictures of the opening day.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wow! Did we have fun! And learn a lot about God's work around the world. Mission Aviation Adventure Camp was held in Cascade, Idaho. This is the first one in Idaho and it was a great experience for everyone involved. We had 11 students attend the camp, one from Washington State and 2 from Montana. The remainder of the students were from the Bosie area. The students had flights everyday (weather was nice) and ground school. Activities in the afternoons included building balsa wood models, canoeing on the North Payette River, swimming and playing games. One night we had a wonderful time around a huge campfire. Christian Zimmerman made a special appearance and spoke about his aviation experience along with being hijacked. He is currently teaching English in a University in China.
Monday, June 1, 2009
At the conference we heard from all the groups as to what was happening in their organiziation and how the economy was affecting them. There was discussion and a presentation on safety and security training for missionaries. We also discussed the major changes involved in moving toward turbine aircraft. IAMA is always a great place for networking. There was also a lot of talk about how IAMA and missionary aviation will be highlighted at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh.
While visiting Moody Aviation in Spokane I took the short drive to Sandpoint, Idaho to tour the Quest manufacturing facilities. It is very impressive to see how far they have come in a short time. Here is a picture of the next MAF Kodiak. It is in stage 5 of a 6 stage process. Each stage takes 10 days to complete. This Kodiak, #17, should be out the door in less than 20 days.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
At the meeting Tim and Rebecca Ingles with New Tribes Mission presented their work with the Wano tribe in Papua, Indonesia and the Ingles' heavy reliance on Missionary Aviation (both fixed wing and helicopter) to accomplish their task.
I then showed the newest MAF video which was produced by CTN's All Over the World (see http://www.aotw.tv/) about MAF's work in Kalimantan. Afterwards Tim and I answered questions.
LAMP meets regularly throughout the LU Academic year. See the Facebook Group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47283539099 for more information.
My next trip to LU will be for the annual IAMA conference (International Association of Missionary Aviation - see http://www.iamanet.org/). Each year IAMA rotates where their meetings are held and this year LU is the host.
I'm also in the final stages of planning my annual Vision Trip to Ecuador for prospective Missionary Aviators. That trip will be from 29 May - Jun 7.
After that the next big trip on the calendar (see http://email@example.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles) is our annual Oshkosh AirVenture trip. This year the theme at AirVenture is Fly 4 Life and will feature Mission and Humanitarian Aviation. If you have even the slightest opportunity to attend I encourage you to do so.
Hoping to see you then!