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Karlene Stehling

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 Human Resource Division of MAF since returning from Ecuador. She is currently the Onboarding Manager for staff going overseas to serve.  Karlene shares, “It is 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.

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 Karlene’s ministry.  Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with her through prayer and/or financial support.

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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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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.

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