Since 1995, Tom and Diana have served overseas with Mission Aviation Fellowship, most recently in Central Asia. For 10 years in Puerto Ayacucho, as a maintenance specialist, Tom was responsible for regular maintenance and repair of the aircraft in the Venezuela program.
Both Tom and Diana feel that the most enjoyable and fulfilling part of serving overseas is the interaction and friendships with the local people. In Asia, their service varied from program development in Siberia, maintenance support and program development in countries further south-west, and time as Program Manager in Mongolia.
Diana’s ministry has centered on providing a loving Christian home for her family. She enjoyed homeschooling their sons, Anthony and Joshua, now grown with lives of their own. She enjoys hospitality, hosting guests and travelers in their home. Often she has encouraged and mentored newly arriving MAF families, helping them adapt to their new surroundings, culture, and language.
Diana’s favorite verses are found in Proverbs 31, which describe a godly woman. “They are the goals I would like to strive for in my own life,” Diana says.
Tom grew up in Iowa in a God-fearing home, and was moved to accept Jesus as his personal Savior after attending a youth rally showing the film, “A Thief in the Night.” Following high school, he studied agriculture at McPherson College and later obtained his Airframe and Powerplant mechanic’s certificates in Colorado.
Diana grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, also in a Christian home. She asked the Lord into her heart at age 10, during junior church. Diana attended McPherson College in Kansas, studying biology toward a pre-vet major. She met Tom there and they were married in 1982.
Today Tom is engaged in bringing a computer-based maintenance documentation program online for MAF. The goals are better management of the resources God has trusted to MAF by centralizing and standardizing oversight and planning and reduced workload on the field through better-integrated support from MAF.
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 Masons’ 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.
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.