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Our people make the difference

The planes we use to accomplish the work of MAF would sit idle and unused without the skilled men and women who fly and maintain them, or provide support to those who do.


We need to keep skilled missionaries serving on the field, while equipping additional men and women to fill critical roles as pilots, aircraft mechanics, teachers, IT specialists, and business administrators among others.

Support for the work that MAF missionaries are involved in is essential to keeping lifelines of access open in the countries served by Mission Aviation Fellowship.

You can help send and keep them serving.

How Pooling of Ministry Partnership funds works


Depending on the country or region they serve in, it can often cost more to support a single person or childless couple than it can to support a family of six!


By pooling resources, support for our entire missionary group is maintained – regardless of whether they are a family of 7, or single individual or couple serving in a part of the world that can cost three times as much as it does elsewhere, all are taken care of financially.


Out of these pooled resources, the needs of all MAF Canada missionary staff are covered regardless of the size of family or country of service.

How Ministry Partnership dollars are used

48%

Payroll Costs

A missionary’s before-tax salary from which taxes, RRSP contributions, payroll costs, CPP, EI and family allowance deductions are made.

12%

Medical Premiums

The cost of life insurance, long-term disability, medical, dental, and vision premiums while serving abroad.

11%

Housing

Provision, maintenance, and security of missionary housing while on the field. Note: Utilities are normally a personal expense.

6%

Children’s Education

Western-level education of school-age children from kindergarten to the end of high school.

4%

COL Adjustments

Used for career staff assigned to high cost areas, and reviewed at the beginning of each year. Cost of Living (COL) is adjusted annually unless a significant difference develops mid-year and staff in the affected countries indicate that their situation has been affected.

7%

Home Assignment

Used for travel to and from their field of service, and housing expenses within Canada while on home assignment.

1%

Personal Development

Available to staff wishing to take courses to keep themselves current within their profession.

11%

Administration

This is the administration fee on all processing of newsletters, donor receipting, payroll, training, and other necessary support functions.

Ministry Partnership FAQs

Our People Make the Difference

Currently, the average cost of placing an MAF Missionary on the field is roughly $5,500 a month for singles and $8,100 a month for families.

This is an average cost and takes into account the cost of living for various regions and countries – some of which skew much higher or lower.

The biggest misconception held by those who support the work our missionaries are involved in is that they earn large salaries.

This simply isn’t true. In fact, in many of the countries where MAF operates, basic essentials like electricity, housing, food, and clothing can cost significantly more than they do in Canada.

Ministry Partnership funds help to offset these higher cost of living expenses.
Unfortunately, no. Taxable benefits don’t extend to countries where MAF missionaries serve.

To make matters worse, Canadian MAF missionaries still have to pay Canadian taxes even though they don’t receive the benefits while living overseas!

This means that the cost of family health care and education for school aged children must also be provided separately. What’s more, many of our families are also taxed in the
countries in which they live.

That requires MAF to pay additional taxes on behalf of our
families who receive little if any benefit in return.
Depending on the country or region they serve in, it can sometimes cost more to support a single person or couple than it can to support a family of six!

By pooling resources, support for our entire missionary group is maintained – regardless of whether they are a family of six, or an individual or couple serving in a part of the world that can cost three times as much as it does elsewhere, all are taken care of financially.

Out of these pooled resources, the needs of all MAF Canada missionary staff are covered regardless of the size of family or country of service.
All MAF missionaries receive the same benefits although the cost of living might be different, which is offset by the pooling of Ministry Partnership resources.

For example, some Canadian MAF missionaries live in urban centers with relatively easy access to services and consumables, while others live in remote and isolated places – where even the most basic necessities must be flown in.

Rather than penalizing those families for serving in areas where we have placed them, the pooling of Ministry Partnership resources helps to offset those associated higher costs.

MAF Missionary Partnership pooled funds also provide for MAF missionary families in other ways. From travel to and from Canada to attend funerals or receive medical care when local help isn’t sufficient, each year hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent providing care and relative security for Canadians who serve with MAF.
We welcome your inquires. Please feel free to contact our Ministry Partnership department with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Karen Vandermerwe
Manager of Ministry Partnership
519.821.3914 (Ext. 162)
kvandermerwex@ma%fc.o%rg

Recruiting, training, sending, and keeping our staff serving overseas accounts for over 79% of our 2018 expenses – more than any other single expense.

Thanks for your continued support that helps make the ongoing work of MAF possible.