Matthew Carter seeks to use what God has gifted him with for His purposes and glory through Mission Aviation Fellowship. As an avionics specialist, his work at MAF headquarters entails preparing airplanes with reliable radio and navigation equipment for service around the world. This important work helps to support all of MAF’s programs worldwide, keeping local churches and missionaries supported and sustained as they shine God’s light to the people around them.
Matthew was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, on the Island of Orcas. He was blessed to have God-fearing parents who showed him the way of God. As a family, they supported MAF missionaries directly through prayer and funding, though Matthew never imagined he would eventually be part of God’s work through aviation. After assisting with disaster relief while serving in the Navy, he discovered a desire to use his gifts for God’s glory more directly, as a pilot. He received his aviation training at San Diego Christian College and continued building his pilot experience by flying skydivers.
As every life saved is a miracle, Matthew thanks God for the miracle of avionics technology and the ability to serve Him through it. 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 Matthew’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with him 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.