Monday, January 31, 2011

New presentation on "How to Join MAF!"

Check out this link for a "Steps into MAF" presentation.

Post Schooling - in the "Debt Gap"

When recently asked what should be some of the priorities in life as one continues to prepare for service as a mission aviator after formal schooling is done, here was my answer.
One of the main things you can do is just to continue to work out your routines, (especially in any move after school) for your special get-a-way time with God each day. As you well know that on the mission field and life in general there are always so many things to do that our time gets eaten up if we don’t prioritize our time with God. As you re-establish your routines in a new job, new living place, new church, you’ll be challenged to prioritize your time wisely. Start right away with a God moment routine that is meaningful to you. Not as part of a to-do list, but as a necessity to life, just like you prioritize eating food to stay alive. This is an esencial part of staying healthy spiritually on the mission field as well as at home. Can you feed yourself spiritually and stay strong? Going to a foreign language church will not do it for you! Very few churches in your own mother tough can do that for you. We all need more regular nutrition than once a week. I would also seek out other peers, or even mentors spiritually to meet with once a week. That may be at work, or connected to a local church, but make it intentional and a priority. You’ve worked very hard on the technical at school, now is the time to learn how to live that out in a more normal living situation of work and life. That’s your next “homework” assignment!

How’s that for a sermon? Stay connected to God and you won’t lose the vision/passion He has placed in your heart!!! You're needed on the field so don't let life roots settle too deep! See you at the MAF front door soon! :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Praises in the New Year!

It's been great to see God's hand at work these past couple of weeks. Where do I start?

On Jan 20th we had the joy of ushering 10 couples and 1 single gal into MAF service. This is one of the largest ever January candidate classes in MAF history, so we are so grateful to the Lord for sending us these co-laborers in Kingdom building through MAF. Welcome on board you all!! Recruitment must be paying off!

Secondly, as my wife and I were tending our booth at Mission ConneXion NW in Portland this past weekend, we met up with a gal who is dating a young man who is wanting to go with Heli Mission as a helicopter mission pilot and had many questions about calling, God's leading, etc. My wife had such a similar story that it really resonated with her and was a connection only God could have made for this young lady. God's timing is perfect, and he does bring others into our lives at just the right time. As a friend once said, God is never late, but also rarely early! It's perfect and brings us joy!

Also, at the Mission ConneXion event LaNnae and I won the two day get-a-way drawing for mission representatives attending. LaNnae had just said during the week leading up to this event that we should plan a get-a-way, so I had looked for some places and had not yet found one, and then we won one! Again, God's timing is perfect and brings us much joy!

Many students we talk with get frustrated at the slow progress towards the goal of serving as a mission aviator or MAFer, often frustrated with debt, or the money to pay for flights, etc. In the bigger picture, we often see that these delays for what ever reason are often, but not always, times that God needs to build into us the character, the patience, the endurance, that we will eventually need to serve Him well. Rushing ahead w0uld shortcut our growth and leave us wanting or lacking on the field. Maturity is also a virtue for missionary service. Let God have His way with you, even in the timing of all that's ahead for you.

We love sharing our story with anyone, and are thrilled at how He uses us to encourage and give perspective, and in the process is still at work in our own lives. What a great God we serve!