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 to carry out its mission and care for its staff.
Chad and Jamie, after serving 5 years in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), now serve as missionaries in Lesotho along with their four wonderful children – Gabby, Eliana, Sophie, and Samuel. Chad is a pilot/mechanic serving though flying and airplane maintenance. Since Lesotho is a mountainous nation, it can take few days of rough ground travel for someone in critical condition reach help or a quick 30 minute flight on a MAF airplane. MAF airplanes also bring spiritual help to villages through the Flying Pastors, who minister through discipleship, church planting, and community engagement.
Chad was born in Bakersfield, CA, and started following Christ at an early age. Ever since he was 5 he wanted to be a pilot. In high school, he earned his private pilot license and also sensed a call toward mission aviation. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, he was first introduced to MAF, and the prospect of serving in mission aviation became a reality. Upon graduation, Chad was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. When his service was complete, he dedicated his time 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. The same year Chad felt God’s call, Jamie attended a mission conference and pledged to serve the Lord as a missionary. 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. While in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), she ran a formula program for orphaned babies. Jamie also enjoys using her experience as an RN to help others within the MAF team, on top of utilizing her gift of hospitality to serve, host, and encourage her community
Philippians 3:7-10 is an important verse for the Dimons as it describes believers’ call to make sacrifices and daily pick up their cross. While those who do not know Christ cannot understand this sacrifice, for believers there is nothing greater than knowing Christ and following Him. It is the desire of Dimons’ heart 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.