Brent and Melanie Palmer, along with their three children, served in Papua, Indonesia from 1998 until 2014. They have been blessed to be part of the expansion of the Kingdom of God in a visible, tangible way. Brent flew thousands of Bibles, national believers and their families, translators, community development teams, medical workers, and students. The Palmers witnessed steady growth in the indigenous church over the course of those 16 years.
Brent divided his time about half and half between flying and managing the I.T. department. Flying the Cessna 206 and Caravan, Brent provided transportation to and from remote villages in the mountainous interior of Papua. His I.T. responsibilities included managing all the computers, networks, and software for each of the five active MAF bases in Papua. This included about 70 computers, several wireless and wired networks, four satellite internet dishes, and many software packages, including in-house and commercial software.
The combination of Brent’s experience as a jungle pilot and a skilled computer programmer and technician has prepared him in an amazing way for his current ministry as Global Disaster Response IT Coordinator, Operations Specialist, and Pilot based in Nampa at MAF headquarters but traveling all over the world. Brent shares that Matthew 6:33 has always been a favorite Bible verse. “It is always comforting to know that God will always provide for His children. It is also an admonishment and reminder to me to always stay close to God.”
Prior to the family’s move to the States, Melanie taught English to national students attending TITIP (Training Indonesians for Transition to Institutional Programs). Throughout the years, she also planned MAF and school events, provided hospitality, and taught at the international school.
Melanie often participates in candidacy and orientation activities at MAF’s headquarters but has a full and challenging ministry role at the Palmer’s church in Boise. She is responsible for producing images and content for the Sunday bulletin and weekly ENEWS and updating the church website.
Melanie’s favorite verse continues to be Luke 12:35: “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.”
As a couple, the Palmers continue to provide hospitality, often providing meals or lodging for fellow MAFers. As for Brent and Melanie’s children, Jen lives in Dallas, TX, Jordan lives in Gilbert, AZ, with his wife, Kaitlyn. Their son, Eric and his wife, Lydia, currently live in Nampa. They are the parents of Brent and Melanie’s first grandchild, Roman, who was born on April 2, 2020.
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 Palmers’ 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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