Growing up in a Christian home, Kristen desired to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in whatever she did. Post-secondary studies at Vanguard College introduced her to the world of missions. After enrolling at Prairie College, she felt a prompting towards mission aviation, as she considered what God might have for her. Kristen is presently completing her second year in the mission aviation program there. Upon completion, she desires to use the aviation skills and abilities she has learned to bring the gospel and humanitarian aid to the developing world.
Matthew knows about mission aviation first hand, because he is part of a family who has been serving with MAF for many years in Papua New Guinea. Growing up, he has had opportunities to fly with his father and see the impact that could be made in local communities by MAF. He felt very strongly in his senior high school year that God wanted him to be an “agent of hope,” a pilot who could help make a difference in the life of missionaries and rural community people. Matthew is presently completing his training at Prairie College, and will continue to prepare for service where God will lead him.
In his youth, Zachary thought that his purpose in life was to grow up to be a cowboy, until a farm neighbor asked him if he had ever thought of being a pilot. Although it was some years after that before he actively pursued aviation training, he felt that from that point, God was preparing him to serve. A short term stint with YWAM in India cemented his desire to bring “hope to the hopeless”. Completion of his aviation training, and gaining some flight experience are Zachary’s planned next steps, as he seeks to prepare himself for service with MAF.
Andrew grew up on a farm outside of Guelph, Ontario. From a young age, he has been interested in anything that flew. After high school, he completed aircraft maintenance training at Canadore college, and then spent a few years in the industry performing maintenance and achieving his M1 engineering licence. Andrew had a desire to serve in mission aviation, and the logical next step was pilot training at Prairie College. After completion of aviation studies, Andrew wants to use his skills as a pilot and engineer with a mission organization that will allow him to fulfil the call of Christ on his life.