Robby and Carol Matthews are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving in Spokane, Washington. The Matthews served two terms with MAF in the 1980s in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, and one term ending 2009 in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Robby is on loan to Moody Aviation in Spokane as a Maintenance Specialist Instructor helping train the next generation of missionaries serving through aviation.
Robby was born and raised in Oxnard, CA. He grew up in a Christian family, which he shares, “always had a missions focus.” While serving in the Air Force and attending Explo 72 in Dallas, he surrendered his life to Christ. Robby attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, and Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, TN, receiving his B.S. in Missionary Aviation Technology. He also earned SEL, MEL, and Commercial Instrument ratings, and his A&P mechanics license with certification for the 500-560 Citation Jet. Besides serving with MAF, Robby has also worked as an Aircraft Mechanic at Channel Islands Aviation.
Carol grew up in Oxnard, CA, as well. She accepted Christ as her Savior in May of 1960 at home. She became aware of missions through her church. Carol received her A.A. in Business from Ventura College in Ventura, CA, and also attended U.C. Santa Barbara where she studied Visual Communications. She met Robby at a Youth for Christ Camp while they were in high school. They were married four years later in November of 1969.
Colossians 4:3 has special significance for Carol. “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.” The Matthews have three adult children: Christopher, Megan, and Ben. Christopher, his wife, Jamie, and their son, live in Renton, WA. Megan graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX, in Biomedical Engineering and has her Masters Degree in Systems Engineering, Project Management. She lives in Spokane, WA. Ben, his wife, Tara, and their three children, are living in Ventura, CA where he is a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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 Matthews’ 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.