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.
Matt and Alyssa Harris are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Indonesia, assigned to the Papua province. They live and serve in Sentani, MAF’s administrative hub in Papua. Matt is an aircraft maintenance inspector and MAF Papua’s manager of maintenance training. His role as manager and mechanic is vital to MAF’s ability to provide safe and reliable air transport for the local church and missionaries serving in the remote areas of this vast rugged land.
Matt was raised in a Christian home in Kankakee, Illinois. At the age of six, through the nurturing of his parents, Sunday School teachers and AWANA leaders, he accepted Christ as his Savior. Growing up in a mission-minded church, Matt developed a love for missions. He earned a B.S. in Mission Aviation Technology with a maintenance emphasis from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and Moody Aviation in Tennessee. He holds an airframe and powerplant mechanic’s license and a private pilot’s license. Before joining MAF, Matt worked for two years as an assistant powerplant instructor at Moody Aviation. A favorite verse for Matt is Proverbs 16:9, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” He shares, “In the daily choices we make, it is a comfort knowing that God is working through these choices by His sovereign hand to bring lost and isolated people to Himself.”
Grand Island, New York, is Alyssa’s hometown. She was raised in a godly family and realized her need for Christ while attending Vacation Bible School at the age of eight. During college, she began to sense that God was leading her to teach cross-culturally. She earned a degree in Educational Ministries from Moody Bible Institute and an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification. Alyssa and Matt met while attending Moody and married in 1997.
Alyssa spends her days managing the household, cooking and baking many things from scratch. She also oversees the MAF Sentani Guesthouse. She enjoys providing hospitality for guests making their way interior and back out again.
Alyssa holds to Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” She says, “This verse reminds me that if I trust alone in my abilities or accomplishments I will surely fail. I must rely on Christ’s complete provision of His perfect strength in my life for His own glory.”
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 Matt and Alyssa’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.