Karlene is a missionary with Mission Aviation Fellowship. In 1973 she joined MAF with her pilot/mechanic husband, Joe Stehling. They served in Ecuador, South America, for 11 years with their son, Tim. They moved to Redlands, CA, when MAF asked Joe to serve as a flight instructor in the Flight Training Department. Joe had the privilege of training new MAF pilots and instructing MAF pilots who served all over the world. He did this until his untimely death in November 1991.
Karlene has faithfully continued in service to the Lord through her work with MAF. She has had the privilege of working in the People Division of MAF since returning from Ecuador. Recently, she has been managing the Mobilization and Non-technical Training Programs for any staff going to serve overseas. “It has been exciting to see the Lord calling new staff to join MAF in a worldwide ministry either in Short-term or Career assignments. God is opening doors around the world where MAF is being asked to pursue ministry opportunities. As a result of having more staff, new bases can be opened, more lives saved, more needs met, and ultimately more people will have the opportunity to hear of God’s love for them.”
Karlene grew up in Jackson, MI, and accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age. After high school, she attended a Christian college from which she transferred to Moody Bible Institute, and then to Trinity College where she received her B.A. in Bible. In 1985, Karlene completed an M.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in Human Resource Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. God uniquely prepared Karlene through her education and time in Ecuador for her current role in MAF.
Proverbs 3:5-6 are special verses for Karlene. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Karlene’s son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Carolyn, live in Seattle, WA, where he works for World Vision. They have two daughters, Alyssa and Sarah.
To fund the worldwide ministry of MAF, God is faithful in providing loyal, generous ministry support from His most caring people. He has called the men and women of MAF to serve Him in a unique way. He is also calling people like you around the world to play a special role in the ministry of MAF.
You are invited to become a ministry partner with Karlene in this strategic ministry. Please prayerfully consider involvement with her through prayer 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.
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.