In July 2008 I formally accepted an assignment with Mission Aviation Fellowship to Indonesia. I was so excited. It had been a long fifteen years working hard to prepare myself for this job.
I’d been twelve when I first felt a “calling” to serve God specifically in mission aviation. That felt calling defined the following years, almost to the point of annoying friends and family around me.
In January of 2008 I finally attended the MAF technical evaluation and passed. Then in July 2008 at my Candidacy class I began what I hoped to be my dream job.
The summer ended sourly with my car getting several windows smashed in. But in the middle of that, God provided for the repairs before I departed on the long roadtrip back to Tennessee where I was living at the time. It was time to begin raising ministry support.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but God was directing my steps to meet one of my greatest ministry partners, my wife Joy.
Funding for my ministry with MAF came slowly that fall, but the difficulty of that process was eclipsed by the blessing of my growing relationship with Joy.
By the end of 2008 it was clear things were not going according to plan. I wouldn’t be leaving for Indonesia in 2009, but I’d probably be getting married.