Darryl and Debbie Cedergren joined MAF in January 1993 and served as a pilot/mechanic family in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, for eight years. Darryl shares, “The Lord used His written Word to speak into my life. At the age of 19, I felt God leading me toward missions, especially bringing the gospel to isolated people who did not have access to His Word. Working alongside Bible translators and church planters overseas was an awesome privilege.”
In mid-2003 they returned to the Chicagoland area for furlough. Early the following year they moved out west to be near MAF’s headquarters. “I enjoy using my talents to further His Kingdom in the hearts of people, no matter what task that might be.” For the next 13 years, Darryl worked as a Ministry Partnership Coach, training and assisting new MAF staff as they built their ministry team of prayer and financial partners. In 2017, Darryl moved over to serve in the Finance Department. He shares, “I am in contact with overseas staff each week, helping them to secure funds so they can serve well. I oversee MAF’s multiple insurance needs as well as the payroll process and other cash flow activity at headquarters. I find my talents align well with these tasks.”
Brad, Becca, Ryan, and Rachel were all born during Darryl and Debbie’s time of service in Venezuela and are now all grown and doing well. Brad is married and has three children and lives in Nampa, ID. Becca and her husband live in Spokane Valley, WA, and Ryan and his wife live in Longview, TX. Rachel is attending Corban University in Salem, OR.
Darryl was raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and came to know Jesus as his Savior in his senior year of high school. He spent six years in the Navy (submarine service), and in 1992 graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in mission aviation.
Debbie, also a native of Illinois (southern suburbs of Chicago), accepted Jesus as her Savior in elementary school. She met Darryl while attending Moody. They were married two years later. Debbie holds a degree in Christian Education and is a certified educational therapist with the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). She works as an educational coach for children who struggle with learning.
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 Cedergren’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.
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