Dan and Stephanie Kramer are eager to follow the Lord and go to the nations with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Dan and Stephanie will operate the MAF guesthouse in Haiti, offering a welcome home to teams, visitors, and visiting pilots. Dan will also be involved in maintenance at the MAF base. Dan and Stephanie look forward to investing in the lives of MAF personnel who serve all over the world, as well as in local church discipleship.
Born in Chestertown, Maryland, Dan came to Christ through attending Summer Bible School during his younger years. He gave his life to Christ at age 12. The pastor of his church became a spiritual mentor and father to him during his early teen years and continued to encourage him to walk closely with the Lord and to pursue missions. Dan went on his first mission trip to Trinidad as a senior in college, and this trip changed his life forever. The Lord clearly spoke to Dan that he was to be a missionary. He served in Haiti from 1992 to 1999 and became familiar with MAF at that time. He operated a mission base in Haiti and led mission teams to several countries in that region. He then worked in small-space agriculture and local church ministry. Dan has traveled to several countries around the world on mission/prayer trips. He attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a two-year degree in agri-business Technology and a four-year degree in history. Dan has had a broad diversity of experience in customer service, management, and agriculture.
Stephanie was born and raised in West Simsbury, Connecticut. Growing up in Connecticut, she had strong education, church, and summer camp experiences which impacted her decision to follow Christ and strengthened her commitment to Him. During high school and college, Stephanie went on two short-term mission trips and spent many summers serving at camp. In 1997, Stephanie graduated from Houghton College with a studio art degree and went on to teach art at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for two years.
In 1999, Stephanie returned to pursue a graduate degree. She graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2001 with a master’s in art education. She then taught art at a local Christian school. Since their children have been school age, she has homeschooled them and taught in homeschool co-ops. Missions has been woven into her story from a young age through her local church and the many cultures represented there, through short-term trips, through going and spending focused time abroad, and through teaching her children, using the influence of missionary biographies.
Dan and Stephanie met on the first day that Stephanie arrived in Haiti. They became good friends and eventually married in 2000. The Kramers are grateful and humbled for this opportunity to serve the MAF family in Haiti.
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