Brian and Pam Behal have been serving as missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 1993.
They have had a variety of positions in MAF, beginning as a line pilot/mechanic in Mexico. In 1997 they moved to Ecuador where Brian not only was a pilot/mechanic but also oversaw the Information Technology needs for the Latin America Region. He also was the regional researcher for the MAF project “Operation Access!” which conducted a survey to determine the top ten areas of the world that have the greatest need for MAF services.
After 15 years serving as the East Coast Mobilizer, Brian is transitioning into the new MAF Waypoints department. Still based in Virginia, he will serve as a Waypoints Mentor, walking alongside MAF candidates to help mentor and spiritually form them before they head overseas. His goal is to intentionally guide, model, and shepherd folks, providing formative and robust experiences of personal growth to better prepare them to live and serve in global missions as healthy, reproducing disciples of Jesus.
Pam continues working as a nurse but has switched from working at a nearby hospital to working with the local Pregnancy Resource Center. She is also serving as the Women’s Ministry Deacon at their local church, Valley Bible. As part of that role she has taken the many years of training she received from Bible Study Fellowship and developed a Women’s Leadership course called Kalos. Psalm 119:54 is a stabilizing force for Pam. She shares, “No matter where God takes us, His Word is our unchanging truth, strength, and song.”
Brian was born in Anchorage, Alaska and lived in Turkey and Panama, before his family settled in Arlington, Virginia. He was introduced to Jesus Christ through the ministry of Young Life and accepted Christ as his Savior in 1974. After high school, Brian attended Virginia Tech where he earned a B.S. degree with concentrations in math, biology, and chemistry. He went into business for himself and after selling the two small businesses he owned attended Moody Aviation earning his Commercial Pilot’s License with Instrument Rating. He is also an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic.
Pam was born in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Arlington, Virginia. Like Brian, Pam came to know the Lord through Young Life. She studied biochemistry at Virginia Tech and earned her B.S. degree in nursing after transferring to Radford University.
Reading books about missionaries stimulated the Behals’ interest in missions. Brian says, “I wasn’t sure how God would use my technical skills until I learned about the need for missionary pilots. After reading Jungle Pilot, God kindled my interest in MAF.” The Lord gave Pam a heart for the lost as she read Isobel Kuhn’s books about missions in China.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Brian and Pam’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.
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.