Chad and Jamie serve as missionaries in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along with their four wonderful children – Gabby, Eliana, Sophie and Samuel.
Chad is a pilot/mechanic, which means his primary ministry is flying and maintaining airplanes “as unto the Lord.” Nyankunde, where the Dimons are based, is strategically positioned to enable MAF to partner with various church, missionary, and medical groups to help their ministries thrive in Congo. When Chad isn’t flying, he’s passionate about reaching out to the community through JESUS film showings and other outreach activities.
Chad was born in Bakersfield, CA and started following Christ at an early age. He also grew up knowing he wanted to be a pilot. One day while flying solo for his private pilot license as a high school senior, Chad first felt the call toward mission aviation without even knowing it existed. That same year he served on a mission trip to Mexico and decided to commit his life to reaching others for Christ. The next year, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, he was first introduced to MAF, and the prospect of serving in mission aviation suddenly became a reality that he committed to working towards. Upon graduation, Chad was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. When his service was complete, Chad immediately dedicated his time and resources towards obtaining his FAA pilot and mechanic certificates. Additionally, thanks to the Lord’s provision, he gained real world experience working over two years as a full-time mechanic and part-time instructor at a flight school in Everett, WA. Chad holds Airframe & Powerplant mechanic certificates, as well as Commercial-Instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings.
Jamie was raised by Christian parents in Tacoma, WA and accepted Jesus at a young age. During high school she became very passionate regarding her walk with the Lord. The same year Chad felt God’s call, Jamie attended a mission conference and pledged to serve the Lord as a missionary (isn’t God so cool?). Jamie met Chad during his service in the Air Force while she was in nursing school. Jamie is a registered nurse, specializing in pediatrics, with years of general and intensive care experience, and a deep passion for serving children and their families. In Nyankunde she runs a formula program for orphaned babies with the help of two Congolese nurses. Jamie also enjoys using her experience as an RN to help others within the MAF community and at the nearby CME hospital. One of her spiritual gifts is hospitality and she joyfully likes to host, bake, serve, and encourage.
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Phil 3:7-10. In this world, as believers, we are called to make sacrifices and take up our cross daily. Those who do not know Christ will never understand this, but to us who believe, there is nothing greater than knowing Christ and being found in Him. It is our heart’s desire to share this truth that others may truly live!
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 Dimons’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
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.