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.
God blesses us so that we may be a blessing to others. He equips us so that we may accomplish His will as members of His body. Ian has been using aviation to reach remote people groups with the Gospel by supporting missionaries, humanitarian organizations, and the national church to bring help, hope, and healing. Greta is eager to join Ian as they employ their giftings to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Indonesia.
Ian joined MAF in 2016 and served his first term while single in Kalimantan, Indonesia. During the last year of his term, Ian and Greta met online. Despite being 8,000 miles and 15 hours apart, their relationship grew and they married in the summer of 2022 while Ian was on furlough.
Ian was born in Illinois and raised alongside his brother and two sisters in cities throughout California. Having grown up in a Christian home, Ian came to faith in Christ at an early age. His faith has continued to grow and develop throughout his life. In high school he began learning to fly under the instruction of a family friend.
Inspired by Paul’s words in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him,” Ian decided that if he were to pursue a future in aviation, it should ultimately be for the glory of God. Upon discovering MAF, Ian became enamored by the Kingdom work accomplished through the application of aviation in isolated regions. He knew this was where God was leading him.
After spending the first three years of life in Viroqua, WI, Greta, moved to Alma, WI with her twin sister, brother, and parents. The next 15 years were spent in the small river town of 700, and brought with it many more blessings including two more siblings! Her pastor father and nurse mother raised Greta and her siblings in the Christian faith and at age of 24, Greta became a believer in Christ. She attended Wartburg College in Iowa and following that, spent five years working as a Special Education paraprofessional in a local Minnesotan Montessori school. As her faith grows and she embarks on this new adventure for the Kingdom, Greta is excited to see all that unfolds.
After Greta completes language school, she and Ian will return to Kalimantan and serve together to reach isolated people with the love of Jesus.
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 Ian and Greta’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.