Newly appointed Program Manager (Country Director) for MAF-International’s program in Papua New Guinea, Todd and his wife Connie are excited about this new challenge and a return to the world of aviation. Missions has been their passion and the focus of their hearts since their childhood in Oregon. Life-long friends, they married in 1988, at Medford First Church of the Nazarene, and in 1989 they had the opportunity to participate in a Work and Witness short-term mission trip to Dwarsloop, South Africa, where their call to missions was solidified.
Their first mission assignment was to Micronesia in 1991, with Pacific Missionary Aviation, where they served as a pilot/wife mission team. In 1995, Todd and Connie returned to the U.S. where Todd assumed the position of chief pilot in charge of flight operations for a regional airline. During this time he completed his airframe and powerplant technician and Airline Transport Pilot certificates while they awaited final assignment with Nazarene Mission Aviation in western Africa. In 1999, Todd and Connie were appointed as Global Missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene and assigned to the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). Todd and Connie established the Nazarene Mission Aviation base of operations. As a pilot traveling throughout the 17 countries of West Africa, Todd filmed and captured the story for Nazarene Communications Network. Connie operated the aviation radio base and a mission guest house. Together they worked in further developing the Dr. Ron C. Farris Centre d’Evangélisation clinic in Abidjan.
After the closure of Nazarene Mission Aviation, the Aebischers returned to the States where Todd pursued graduate medical education from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Connie worked for the local county development services department.
In 2013, Todd and Connie joined the Asia-Pacific Team, once again as Global Missionaries, where they served as Regional Communications Coordinators, facilitating communications throughout the region. They were based at the World Mission Communications Asia-Pacific Headquarters, which is located on the Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary campus in Manila, Philippines. Connie served as the regional coordinator for Nazarene Missions International and the editor for the region’s weekly email magazine, Around the Region News.
At the end of June 2017, Todd and Connie finished up their assignment with Nazarene Missions, assisting with the Quadrennial General Assembly and Conventions in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Todd and Connie have four children, David and Dwayne, who live and work in the Nampa, Idaho area, Jessica (married to Cale Rule), who is a student in Boise, Idaho, and Courtney (married to Landen Kelly), who is finishing up an education degree at Northwest Nazarene University. They are also proud grandparents of their first granddaughter born in 2014 to Jessica and Cale.
Population: 7.1 million
Capital: Port Moresby
Official Languages: Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin, Papua New Guinean
Currency: Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. MAF exercises discretion over the use of missionary support in the exercise of its mission and care of its staff.