Andy and Clarissa O’Dwyer feel that God has equipped them with everything good to do His will. They desire to see God work in them to do what is pleasing in His sight as they serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship. As a maintenance specialist, Andy will use his skills to maintain safety for the airplanes that will fly to isolated people with the love of Christ. Clarissa will have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool Josiah. Both Andy and Clarissa look forward to learning French as they get to know the people around them.
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Andy came to know Christ at a young age because of the witness of his parents. Andy’s parents were home missionaries at a camp in Arkansas when he was a young child. His dad used his hands to serve the people of the camp. God opened Andy’s eyes to the need for support workers on the mission field. Also, as a teenager, he was able to go on a mission trip to Mexico where he was able to serve people through the use of his hands. These experiences encouraged him to apply to a local community college where he received his A&P license. After this, he attended Calvary (Bible College) University to receive his bachelor’s degree. Following graduation, Andy got his first job at Angel Aircraft Corporation where he gained experience as a mechanic.
Clarissa was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, but grew up in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Her parents taught her about Jesus and His faithfulness. At an early age, she chose to follow Christ. Throughout her childhood and teen years, God equipped her to serve in the local church. This led her to attend Calvary (Bible College) University. In the summer of 1996, God equipped her to serve as a summer missionary in Atlanta, GA, as the world came to compete in the Olympics. God opened her eyes to the great needs around the world. The next college semester she started pursuing missions. By the time Clarissa graduated with her biblical counseling degree in 1999, she knew that God would use her in a future cross-cultural experience.
Andy and Clarissa met at Calvary. After years of serving together, in many different ministries and discovering each other’s desire to serve in missions, they married in the fall of 1999. God equipped them with the opportunity to serve in Indonesia for 10 years.
During that time, God opened their eyes to how He was using MAF to work around the world. In February of 2020, they were asked to be part of this short-term need in the DR Congo and knew that God was asking them to go. God has equipped the O’Dwyers for this new opportunity. Through Jesus Christ, may He be glorified as they serve in DR Congo.
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.