Dave and Joy Forney, along with their children, Britton, Hannah, Hudson, Tanner, Tyler, and Sanyu are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. From 2005-2013 they served in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. In 2014 they moved to Uganda, East Africa, where Dave continues to serve as a pilot with MAF. Dave has a blast using the airplanes to help breach vast geographical barriers for Christ. Joy loves supporting Dave in his flying ministry, and providing a “place called home” for the family.
Dave grew up as a missionary kid (“MK”) in Brazil. His MK years were full of excitement and wild adventures, but the best memory was Thanksgiving Day, 1983, when he gave his heart and life to Christ! Ten years later, while on a mission trip to Papua New Guinea, God clarified His leading in Dave’s life—missionary aviation!
In pursuit of that leading, Dave attended Moody Aviation, where he earned a B.S. in Aviation Technologies. He also holds an A&P Mechanic Certificate, a Commercial Airplane Land & Sea Pilot’s Certificate with Instrument rating, and a Flight Instructor Airplane Certificate with an Instrument Instructor rating. Joshua 1:9 is a keystone verse for Dave. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joy grew up as a pastor’s kid (“PK”) in Oregon. At the age of eight she made a personal, life-changing decision to give her life to Christ. Several years later, at a Christian Youth in Action Camp, God grabbed the full attention of Joy’s heart! He gave her an overwhelming burden for lost and hurting people, along with a burning passion to share with them the love of Christ!
After High School, Joy completed a one-year course at Capernwray Bible School in Carnforth, England. She then attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, as an International Ministries Major. Joy shares that II Corinthians 4:7 is a very special verse to her, as she’s realized time and again that despite our personal insufficiency, God is always totally sufficient! “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Dave and Joy met at Moody Bible Institute in the fall of ’96, and were married in July, 1999. Before joining MAF, they spent two years working in a remote, isolated Native Athabascan village just above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.
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 Forneys’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
Population: 35.8 million
Official Language: English and Swahili
Currency: Ugandan Shilling
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