Will and Julie White have served with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 1996. Will used his pilot/mechanic skills to be the hands and feet of Jesus by providing transportation, supplies, housing, encouragement, and support for missionaries and national church workers in Suriname, South America, and in Haiti. Will’s responsibilities extended beyond the traditional pilot/mechanic role. He served as the Haiti program flight scheduler, disaster relief coordinator, and Chief Pilot.
Julie’s ministry has revolved around keeping the family grounded as she cared for Will and their two children. In Haiti, she enjoyed extending hospitality to guests and helping them find their way around Port-au-Prince. She was very involved in the kids’ school, serving on the parent committee, helping in the classrooms, and substitute teaching for several grades. Julie relies on Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She shares, “Often I find myself feeling as if I can’t do anything more and it is the strength, love, and joy of my Savior that spurs me on.”
Currently, Will and Julie are serving at MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho. After spending three years working in the MAF maintenance hangar readying aircraft for service around the world, Will moved into the Mobilization department. He is the recruiter for the Central Rocky Mountain, Southwest, and Northeast Region. Will has also been asked to take short trips to help other programs with flying, do flight checks with new pilots, and represent MAF at various airshows and events around the US.
Julie is currently serving as the afternoon front desk receptionist at MAF headquarters. She enjoys using her people skills as she welcomes visitors to MAF and directs calls to the correct departments when donors and interested people call in.
The Whites have two adult children. William lives and works in Boise, Idaho, as a welder, and Abby is a sophomore at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
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.