Jacob and Tara O’Brien are thrilled to begin the next chapter of their lives as missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. They are excited to use aviation as a tool to share the love of Christ with isolated people. As a pilot and mechanic, Jacob will have the opportunity to fly missionaries, pastors, community development workers, and perform medical evacuation flights as well as help maintain the airplanes MAF uses overseas. Tara will continue to be a stay-at-home mom and is excited to find ways to use her skills as an English teacher to help others.
Jacob was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, in a Christian family. He came to know Jesus at a very young age and has grown in his faith since then. He learned about MAF on a field trip to headquarters in seventh grade. From that point on, he wanted to be a missionary pilot with MAF. At MAF’s recommendation and the Lord’s confirmation, Jacob attended Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from their aviation program in 2019.
Tara grew up in Seal Beach, California. She came to know the Lord through Christian friends who had significant influence in her life. In the summer before 6th grade, she attended a week-long Bible camp. During this camp, she heard the testimony of John Newton, the author of “Amazing Grace.” For the first time she decided that she wanted a relationship with God like John Newton and surrendered her life to Jesus. Three months later Tara’s father passed away of pancreatic cancer. In her deep grief, Tara felt the incredible power of the love of God and has never been the same. Tara has a passion for missions and has been on short term trips to Ecuador, Ethiopia, Thailand, Nepal, and Mexico. Tara attended Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington, and graduated with a BA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Jacob and Tara met at Moody Bible institute. Both had already planned on serving overseas as missionaries and after much prayer, they were married in 2016. The O’Briens are eager to continue following the Lord’s call on their life.
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