Questions & Answers

General

What are the general qualifications to join MAF?

  • Growing, personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Personal commitment to serve cross-culturally based on a clear understanding of God's command to make disciples of all nations and serve the needy.
  • Team player with a servant heart.
  • Affirmation by other mature Christians of spiritual maturity and suitability for missionary service.
  • Two years of active involvement in a local church and/or Christian service.
  • Minimum of 12 hours of college- level Bible courses or equivalent Bible training. The Biblical training should provide in-depth study of both the New and Old Testament books. Discipleship training, seminars, Bible teaching, formal Bible studies are also considered in evaluating Bible knowledge.
  • Good physical and emotional health and stamina
  • Willingness and ability to raise personal financial support. After acceptance, MAF will train you on how to raise your support.

What does MAF require of the spouse?

The spouse must meet the same personal qualifications. Husband and wife join MAF as a ministry team. However, spouses are not assigned specific jobs or duties. They have the freedom to minister and serve as in any ways that suits their family priorities and personal gifts and talents.

Does MAF require the spouse to have 12 units of Bible?

Yes.

Do I have to raise my own support?

Yes, all MAF members Members have the privilege of developing a team of prayer and financial supporters. MAF provides a two-week seminar on ministry partnership development immediately after candidacy., Each MAF staff person/family is assigned a Ministry Partnership Coach who will guide and assist them in the process.

Does MAF-US accept non-US citizens?

United States tax laws make it difficult for non-US citizens to join MAF-US directly. Check the MAF International page to see if there is an MAF in your country.

What are the educational options for MAF children?

MAF understands the importance of children’s education, and will work with you to determine the best solution for your family. Typical options may include international schools, mission schools, home schooling, and local schools.

Can I choose where I will serve?

MAF management gives serious consideration to your preference, but many factors go into a regional assignment. These include MAF's current and projected needs, technical specifications of the region, as well as, your family needs and strengths.

Pilot/Mechanics

Are there age requirements for pilots?

Age is a consideration. Generally we recruit pilots between the ages of 21 and 40. Evaluation and preparation, as well as ministry partnership development can take up to two years, then up to a year of language school is usually added before beginning to fly on the field. It is a very physically demanding job and pilots must receive a yearly waiver to continue flying after age 60.

Does MAF accept female pilots?

Yes. Here is a look at ministry in MAF written by a female MAF pilot/mechanic called, "For A Woman (Pilot) Considering Missionary Aviation."

What is the length of a term of service overseas?

A normal term of service is 3 and 1/2 years overseas and 6 months of home assignment. For most long-term MAF members, multiple terms are the norm.

Does MAF require language school?

Yes, but not until you go to your field assignment. Language training will be part of your first term.

Can I choose where I will serve?

MAF management gives serious consideration to your preference, but many factors go into a regional assignment-current and projected needs, family needs and strengths, technical specifications, etc.

Where does MAF-US work?

Aircraft Mechanics

Do I need an Inspector’s Authorization?

It is helpful, and many of our experienced mechanics eventually get the IA but you are not required to have it to join MAF. In order to join MAF you must pass the maintenance evaluation, but within MAF there are several levels of technicians.

Is turbine experience required?

Most of our aircraft are piston engine. MAF is adding more turbines to the fleet each year but turbine experience is not required to join.

What if I've only worked in the airlines on large aircraft?

MAF’s fleet of aircraft includes the Cessna 206 (slowly being retired), Cessna 208/Caravan, Quest Kodiak, as well as several King Airs. An applicant must pass a week -long practical test on systems and inspection procedures. If you have limited or no experience with general aviation then most likely you will need more experience before coming to MAF.

Do you have short-term opportunities for A&P mechanics?

Yes. It depends on your experience and availability as well as current field needs. Short- term trips can be 2 two weeks up to 2 two years. You must first pass MAF’s technical evaluation for mechanics.

Do I need to know a foreign language?

You do not need to speak a foreign language when you join. If you join as long-term member Member staff you will be sent to language school. Those serving in short- term assignments generally do not need language training.

Pilots (only)

As a pilot, do I have to have the Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics "A&P" license?

In limited cases we have opportunities for pilots without a mechanics license. To apply as a pilot-only you must meet different requirements than to apply as a pilot mechanic. Learn more »

Can I fly short- term for MAF?

  • MAF seldom accepts pilots who are only available for short term service. There are several things that make it prohibitive for short- term pilots.
  • Our aircraft are normally registered in the countries where we fly, and the pilots must all get licenses be licensed in that the country where they’ll be serving.
  • Orientation is very extensive and takes several months.
  • Pilots generally need to go to language school before beginning to fly.

Teachers

Why do you require teachers to have State or ACSI teacher certification?

  • Teacher certification is one way of evaluating an applicant’s ability to provide a good education for our students.
  • Some of the international schools where MAF places teachers are accredited and have this standard.
  • Certification also helps with the acquisition of a visa for the teacher.

Do you accept teachers who have just graduated from college?

No, MAF requires a minimum of one year of teaching experience. We find that living and working in a new culture requires takes a lot of adjustment. The first year of teaching is also extremely demanding. And, in many of our teaching locations there is not enough support to ensure a first-year teacher has a good and growing year.

Do Short-Term Associate (STA) teachers need to raise support (ministry partnership)?

Yes, all MAF staff must seek to develop ministry partners-those who will pray for them and share in the financial support of the work of MAF. However, for strategic teacher slots, MAF will subsidize teacher support so that the teacher can be on the field when school begins. Teachers must participate in ministry partnership development.

Where do you place teachers?

Our teacher requests vary from year to year, but currently we place teachers in Ecuador, Central Asia, and three locations in Indonesia.

Do you give teachers any training before they leave for their overseas assignment?

Yes. Teachers have a two and one-half week orientation at MAF Headquarters in Nampa, ID before leaving for their teaching assignment. This includes learning about MAF, topics on cross-cultural adjustment, missions, spiritual growth, security and teaching third- culture kids.

Who decides where a teacher is assigned?

The recruiter and prospective teacher look at the teaching specialty of the teacher and the needs for the current year and work toward the best match. Short Term Associate (STA) teachers are usually recruited with a specific assignment in mind, but flexibility and trust are always good foundational attitudes.

Information Technology

Does MAF need programmers?

Yes, but on a limited basis for IT. Our Learning Technologies group has more need for programmers. 

What type of IT experience do I need to join IT in MAF?

Hands-on experience with Network Administration, Server Administration, as well as, setting up and troubleshooting desktop computers.

Do you have short- term opportunities for IT specialists?

Yes, we have opportunities for several months up to 2 two years depending on experience level.

Can I work from my home and do IT over the internet?

No. MAF work is in remote regions of the world and each location has unique connectivity challenges that require onsite IT staff.

What type of IT work is done in the MAF home office?

Administration of wired and wireless networks, network security, Windows and Linux servers, databases and applications for business needs, custom programming, e-mail systems, and PC support.

What type of IT work in is done at MAF field programs?

Installation and maintenance of wired and wireless networks, network security, VSAT installations, computer training centers, server administration, business application support, PC support, custom applications and technologies developed to meet specific needs.

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