How Mission Aviation Fellowship Equips National Staff for Ministry Advancement

Photo of Waren Lelewa, courtesy of MAF.

It is deeply impactful to advance the Gospel by partnering with local Christians in different countries. But Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) takes it a step further — by intentionally investing in their national ministry staff.

Waren Lelewa is an aircraft mechanic with MAF in Papua, Indonesia. Through the Joyce Lin scholarship fund, the ministry sent Lelewa to the United States to earn his aircraft maintenance license.

Matt Harris, MAF Indonesia’s Director of Maintenance, has worked with Lelewa for eight years and says, “He didn’t have a lot of experience when he joined us, but he’s got a lot of mechanical ability and talent. Working with him early on, we were able to see his ability and also just his desire to see the Gospel go forward through MAF’s airplanes, serving the national Church, and the missionaries that work in these remote areas of Indonesia.

“[Lelewa’s] talents were there and we said we have to figure out a way to help him with the whole licensing process and to get him to be able to participate long-term in the MAF ministry in Indonesia.”

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Due to limited aircraft maintenance licensing opportunities in Indonesia, MAF found a school in Virginia where Lelewa could enroll. The advent of the pandemic forced him to complete the first year’s courses online. But in August, Lelewa was allowed to travel and complete his studies on campus.

Following his studies, Lelewa received the 2021 James Rardon Student of the Year Award by the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) and Northrop Rice Foundation. The honor is given to one aviation maintenance technician student in the US for outstanding academics and community involvement.

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SOURCEE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh


  • Pray for national staff with MAF to be spurred on in their ministry roles.
  • Ask God to use MAF Indonesia for His glory as they reach remote and isolated people.
  • Pray encouragement for Lelewa as he uses his new education for Gospel advancement.

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