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 to carry out its mission and care for its staff.
Steve and Debbie Robinson are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship as a pilot/mechanic family. Currently Steve is working at the MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, in the training department as an Aviation Maintenance Instructor. Steve helps evaluate and train pilot/mechanic candidates prior to their leaving for the field.
The Robinsons joined MAF in 1984. During their first term they served in the very remote village of Ahuas in the Central American country of Honduras. There Steve was base manager and flew for La Clinica Evangélica Morava (an outreach of the Moravian church), various churches and the UN in support of their refugee care programs. Their second, third and part of their fourth term, the family lived in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela. During this time, Steve flew for New Tribes Mission, Free Church of Venezuela, independent missionaries, national indigenous churches, government health programs, and community services. While they were stationed in Venezuela, Steve became an instructor pilot overseeing flight training for new pilots. During their fourth term, the Robinsons were asked to transfer to Oaxaca, Mexico, where Steve was an instructor pilot. Debbie did radio flight-following for Steve and the other pilots and she also poured herself into creating a loving Christian home for her family.
Steve was born in Redlands, California and grew up in the San Diego area. He accepted the Lord while at a youth camp before his senior year in high school. During college, he felt the Lord leading him into missions. Steve is a pilot, a flight instructor, and an airplane mechanic. While these skills were honed overseas, they uniquely qualify him to serve in Nampa. Steve quotes Psalms 37:4 as a favorite verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” “As I read this verse it occurred to me that what really was the desire of my heart was God. That is what I truly want more of… I want Him.” Steve’s role as a trainer is truly important in helping MAF impact the world for our Lord.
Debbie was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and spent most of her growing up years in San Diego, California. She accepted the Lord at age 12 through the influence and testimony of her best friend. Debbie attended Berean Bible College in San Diego as she wanted a better foundation in God’s Word. Debbie met Steve, who was also attending Berean, and they were married in 1983.
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 Robinsons’ 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.