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.
Jacob and Rochelle Edmonds are excited to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship overseas! As a maintenance specialist, Jacob keeps the planes in good working order for the pilots and missionaries to reach isolated people and share Christ’s love. Rochelle continues to support Jacob and their family as a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling their boys, Wesley and Jack, as they grow. Practicing hospitality, she also connects with other moms and opens their home to serve their community.
Jacob was raised in Maupin, Oregon, by Christian parents and baptized at about 10 years old. He felt the call to missions at a challenging summer camp his junior year of high school. Another major influence was a family missions conference his family attended annually at Winema Christian Camp. Jacob served in the National Guard for 10 years as a helicopter mechanic and attended Boise Bible College and Lane Community College where he obtained a commercial pilot’s license and A&P certificates.
Rochelle grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and gave her life to Christ at a very young age. With missionaries in her family, she loved missions, and felt the call herself around age 9 at a kids’ camp at her church. Her desire to serve long term grew as she had opportunities to serve in Mexico on short term trips in high school, in Cambodia in 2004-2005 and Southeast Asia in 2010. Rochelle attended Portland Bible College, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon, graduating in 2010 with a degree in linguistics with a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.
Jacob and Rochelle were set up by mutual friends, and they both were thrilled to meet someone passionate about missions. They were married just over one year later in 2012.
The Edmonds family thank God for His continued faithfulness. 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 Jacob and Rochelle’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.