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.
Mary Epp faithfully serves at Mission Aviation Fellowship’s headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, as the coordinator for the Family Center. She enjoys overseeing activities in the building and engaging with the range people who use the facility, from those preparing for overseas mission work, to families on furlough, and many others. She appreciates the ongoing opportunity to be a part of how God is working worldwide to reach isolated people with the love of Jesus Christ.
Mary grew up in the Chicago area. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of four. Her parents were a godly influence in her life, and she dedicated herself to Christian service at the age of 13. After high school she joined a Christian musical drama group, The Agape Players, where she met Reg. They were married in 1978 and afterwards attended Moody Bible Institute together. Mary and her husband served together with Mission Aviation Fellowship for over three decades, in numerous locations. Starting 1986, the Epps served in Botswana, Nampa, and Tarakan, Kalimantan, Indonesia, where Reg served as a maintenance specialist, and Mary served as a teacher for MAF missionary kids. In 2015 Reg was diagnosed with cancer, and they returned to serve at Nampa until his death in 2020.
Isaiah 40:31 is a very meaningful verse to Mary, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” She knows that, as she daily puts her hope in the Lord, He does give strength to serve Him. As she walks this journey of faith, she enjoys meeting and greeting both the new people and the fellow workers of many years who pass through. Her prayer is that she will reflect God’s glory wherever she is.
Mary has three adult children: Erin (husband Boyd and grandsons Jelani and Tarik), Emily (husband Rich), and Jason (the youngest).
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 Mary’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with her 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.