Jon and Cher Cadd are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. After ministering for 22 wonderful years in Zimbabwe, the Cadds drove north and have been serving in East Democratic Republic of Congo (EDRC) for 13 years. Because of violent conditions, they worked from Uganda for 3 years before moving first to Bunia, DRC, and then moved to the village of Nyankunde, where the base destroyed in the last war was being rebuilt.
After 10 years of living in EDRC, severing as the Program Manager, Jon and Cher will be in Oregon for the near future to take care of Jon’s mother. Jon is looking forward to working with the Nampa team, possibly traveling to help with Disaster Response or any other needs he may be able to fill during this time.
Acts 4:13 is a favorite verse of Jon’s. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Jon shares, “I am so glad that God chooses to use ordinary people like me. It is my only hope. Spending time with Him, actually letting time pass while I am with Him, is the secret to being like Him, which is my goal.”
After the joy of living in a village environment, enjoying being part of village life after years in cities, Cher is finding the prospect of living in the USA challenging. But Jesus said in John 10:10 that he came that we might have life, and have it abundantly, so Cher is looking forward to seeing the blessings He will surprise her within this new phase of her life.
Jon, the son of missionary parents, was born in Idaho and moved to the Philippines at age 10. He loved life there and became interested in mission aviation when he saw MAF pilots at work. Jon accepted Christ as his Savior in high school. He comments, “I had a few years of ‘craziness’ during my years at college, but like the prodigal son, I came back to God, my Father. This relationship is the joy of my life. I am so thankful for His amazing grace to me and hope I never forget what Jesus did for me on the cross.”
Jon studied at George Fox College and then at Portland Community College where he obtained his A&P licenses. He holds Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor licenses, with Multi-Engine and Seaplane ratings as well as a Commercial Helicopter rating. He has 35 years and over 14,000 hours of safe flying with MAF.
Cher was born and raised in a Christian home in Oregon and accepted Christ as her Savior at age 6. She received a B.S. degree at George Fox College, where she also met Jon. They were married in August 1972. They have two sons, Joshua and Caleb, who grew up in Zimbabwe. Joshua and Audra, daughter Raeleigh, and son, Gabriel, live in central Europe, where Josh is a translation consultant helping translate the Bible into sign languages for the deaf. Caleb and Jessica and their two children, Jullian and Scarlett, are living in Oregon.
The Cadds are amazed by and grateful for the faithful prayers and support of friends during the past 35 years. “It is such a continual blessing to us and such an encouragement. We can’t thank you enough.”
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 the Cadds’ 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.