John and JoAnn Munsell are a missionary pilot/mechanic family serving with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Their children, Marshall and Kelly, grew up in Haiti and are now in college. They share that they are thankful to be a key part in so many ministries in Haiti, for over 20 years. “We are now the ‘old timers’ in the program and it is an amazing privilege to be used of God in so many ways for so many years.”
John fulfills many roles with MAF’s ministry in Haiti including Director of Maintenance, pilot, instructor pilot, mechanic, and mechanic instructor. He is also responsible for ordering parts and supplies for the Haiti program. John shares, “I have the privilege of being involved with encouraging and mentoring several Haitian men both through church and at the airport in their pursuit of aviation. I also served on the board of our local church.” James 1:5 is a special verse for John. He knows that when times are difficult and confusing, God has promised wisdom to deal with these challenges. John says, “If we ask and look for His direction and wisdom, we will find it.”
JoAnn shares that her “job” of being a full-time mom has changed drastically over the last few years. “With both children in college, I have had much more time to devote to other ministries and interests. I’ve continued to serve on the school board, moving into the role of chairman this last year. I’ve also stepped into the role of chairman of the Haiti Teen Challenge foundation board. Both ministries, in their own unique ways, are preparing young people for lives that we hope will glorify God and bring the Gospel message to others. These leadership roles have brought many times of uncomfortable stretching and growth. The simple truth of Proverbs 3:5-6 has recently become new and fresh. If I acknowledge God in all my ways, he will make my path straight. I picture a long road ahead of me, with no curves, no blind corners where I can’t see what’s coming; my path is sure as I take the next step in faith.”
John was raised in a strong Christian family in Naperville, IL. His parents and his church presented the Gospel to him, and at the age of four he accepted Christ as his Savior. He earned a B.S. in mission aviation technology from Moody Bible Institute, and holds commercial single and multi-engine pilot’s licenses with instrument ratings. He is also a flight instructor and an aviation maintenance technician with inspection authorization.
JoAnn grew up in Michigan and comments, “I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ at the age of five. In high school being a Christian became more real to me, and I rededicated my life to the Lord. It was then that I decided to pursue full-time Christian work.” JoAnn received a diploma in Bible theology from Moody Bible Institute.
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 Munsells’ 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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