At the end of World War II, several veteran pilots in the US and UK dreamed of a way they could use their ﬂying skills to reach isolated people with the Gospel. MAF was founded a few years later, and for nearly 80 years now, men and women have been using aviation to share Christ’s love in the most remote places on earth.
People living in isolation are cut off from the outside world by either geographic barriers—like jungles, mountains and deserts—or by social, political or religious barriers, with little to no access to health care, education, supplies, and the hope of the gospel.
MAF team members and airplanes serve in the rugged, difficult places of the world that others can’t reach, or choose not to. From the jungles of Africa to the interior of Borneo, MAF transports Bible translators, doctors, aid workers, the sick and injured, and local evangelists called to take God’s love to their own people.
Each year, MAF’s airplanes provide aviation services to more than 400 mission agencies, churches and humanitarian organizations around the world. Without MAF, many of these organizations would be unable to reach the people they serve. Through these partnerships, MAF connects isolated people with vital services and goods while sharing the love of Christ in a tangible way. Organizations served include Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Blessing, Cru, Reach Beyond, Partners in Health, Compassion International, World Relief, Moody, Ethnos 360 and MAF International (based in Ashford, UK).
MAF is headquartered at its 20-acre campus in Nampa, Idaho—just outside of Boise—with 38,000+ sq ft of office space and three large airplane hangers adjacent to Nampa Municipal Airport, where both pilot and maintenance training is done. Under the oversight of a 14-member Board of Directors, David Holsten has been the ministry’s President & CEO for the past 5+ years. David is a 23-year veteran of MAF, having served in the field in Indonesia prior to moving to Nampa. He is joined by a seven-member Executive Leadership Team that includes Aviation Operations, Finance, People, Advancement, Global Impact, Safety & Quality, and Information Technology.
Their 2023 budget is $56 million and is continuing to increase year-over-year. Currently, about 41% comes from organizational donors (major and middle donors, direct mail, digital, sustainer program, foundations, and planned giving); 34% from missionary staﬀ support, 19% from fees for services from ﬂight operations, and 6% from other sources. The People Group budget is approximately $4.5 million of that total.
The organization has about 600 employees (including HQ staff, ex-pats in the field and Nationals), with about 145 located in Nampa. They have field offices are in DRC, Haiti, Kalimantan, Jakarta, Lesotho, Papua, Mozambique, Ecuador, and four restricted access nations. Click here for more information.