David and Christine Harms joined the MAF family in January 2009 and moved to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in March 2010, just after the devastating earthquake which struck the country in January. Psalm 28 has proven true during their time there, that God is the strength of His people worldwide, the Good Shepherd who carries them forever. They welcomed their son Peter into their family in 2012 and their daughter Ellie in 2014. They are currently serving in the maintenance department at MAF headquarters in Idaho.
God used David’s lifelong interest in aviation when He called him to missions. Born in Tualatin, Oregon, David accepted Christ when he was four years old, following in the footsteps of his family. Growing up at Rolling Hills Community Church, David was fascinated by the visiting MAF pilots, but for most of his childhood, he thought of aviation as merely a potential hobby. It wasn’t until a high school retreat that he felt God was calling him to missions. His mission trips to Mexico and Albania confirmed his calling. During that time, David found out about Moody Bible Institute’s aviation degree and felt that God intended to use his interest in aviation to advance His Kingdom. He was privileged to be part of Moody’s first graduating class in Spokane, Washington, earning a bachelor of science in mission aviation technology in June 2007.
Although she had grown up in church in Tigard, Oregon, Christine never really understood that Christ had died for her until age 9 when she overheard a camp counselor sharing the Gospel with another child. The Holy Spirit began to change her heart at that time, preparing her to be called into missions in early high school. Mission trips to Mexico and inner-city Portland confirmed the calling, but not its direction – until she began dating a handsome young man who wanted to be a missionary pilot.
While at Wheaton College, she participated in an inner-city tutoring ministry in Chicago’s Dearborn projects. Challenging though it was, Christine developed a great love for the children she worked with and knew God was calling her to teach. David and Christine married in August 2004 and finished their degrees in Spokane, Washington. Christine graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor of arts in education and a reading endorsement in June 2007.
While in Haiti, God has used them both in a myriad of ways. David flew and maintained the three Cessnas on the program. He also worked with the front office staff to schedule the planes and keep everything running smoothly. Christine was able to contribute to operations at MAF’s hangar when she worked as the program’s scheduler for a year. Her teaching skills have also been put to good use in English classes for adults and knitting classes for people of all ages. In their last term in Haiti, she was involved in discipleship with the MAF kids and one Haitian intern, and she’s hoping to do more to empower MAF’s national staff worldwide next year. In 2020, David and Christine moved back to the United States to work at MAF headquarters in Idaho.
David is currently working in the maintenance department at MAF headquarters in Idaho, helping support MAF’s worldwide ministry. They help prepare airplanes for overseas service, maintain airplanes used for MAF training, and provide technical support to mechanics overseas.
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 Harms’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them 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.
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