Perry and LaNnae Pust are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving on home staff in the Mobilization Department. They have previously served 21 years in Indonesia, Perry, as a pilot/mechanic, and LaNnae as a teacher. Perry’s present position as North West Mobilizer puts him in touch with many who are in the process of responding to God’s call on their lives to become mission aviators, teachers, computer specialists, or fulfill other needs within MAF. Perry says, “It is a joy to sit with those God is speaking to about joining MAF and encourage them along that path, walking with them through the long journey of preparation, which most often takes about six years.” LaNnae’s varied experience on the mission field provides information that is also very helpful to those new wives whose husbands are looking at MAF as a career. Together they have many opportunities to share their experience and answer the many questions new couples have as they continue to pray and seek God’s clear direction for their lives.
LaNnae continues in her teaching career. She feels that God wants her to teach in the public schools so that she can have a greater impact and testimony to the ones that Christ is trying to touch with His love by being where those kids are. She is currently teaching special needs kids in grades 3, 4, and 5.
Perry was born and raised in a Christian home in Montana. He accepted Christ when he was eleven years old at Vacation Bible School after listening to the Nate Saint story on records. As a young teen, Perry felt God’s calling in his life and knew the direction he should take after hearing an MAF pilot speak. Now he has the opportunity to speak to many other young men and women, knowing that in doing so, God can use him to call many others to the harvest field. Perry received a degree in Mission Aviation Technology from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, and an Airframe and Powerplant license from Moody Aviation in Tennessee. He holds a private and commercial pilot’s license, and has over 10,000 hours of field time.
LaNnae grew up in Washington and accepted Christ when she was six years old through her mother’s leading. It was in high school that LaNnae began living for the Lord and building a relationship with Him. She was challenged to serve the Lord—doing whatever He asked of her. She earned a B.A. in special education at Central Washington University. After returning to the States she earned her Masters in teaching with a reading endorsement as well. She currently teaches in the Vancouver, WA, school district.
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.