Doug and Karin Allrich are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship, serving in Papua, Indonesia. Doug and Karin share, “The highlight of our ministry is in feeling we are able to make a difference in the lives of those we serve, especially the tribal peoples living in the remotest reaches of Papua.”
As an MAF pilot, Doug flies daily to a variety of jungle and mountain airstrips in the central highlands of Papua, connecting each village's community with MAF's base in Wamena. Using Cessna Caravan and Quest Kodiak aircraft, Doug delivers much-needed food, medicine, fuel, building supplies, and school materials while providing medevac and other passenger services on a routine basis. Doug is also often called upon to serve in an Instructor Pilot role, training and equipping other MAF pilots for strategic service in Papua, and he uses his IT skills to create software-based solutions for MAF's operational needs.
Karin's life is very full as a homemaker. She maintains a loving home, provides hospitality for visitors travelling through Wamena, and serves as MAF's guesthouse coordinator. Additionally, she is a 24/7 on-call nurse for MAF and other missionary staff living in Papua and the surrounding region. Zephaniah 3:17 is a special verse to Karin, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” She shares, “As I delight in the things around me, such as the beauty of the jungle and the joys of being a parent, it's very special to me to think about the Lord delighting in me.”
Doug and Karin are both from Minnesota. At age 12, Doug became a Christian through the influence of the film “A Thief in the Night.” Doug attended Moody Bible Institute where he earned a B.S. in Missionary Aviation Technology from Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Doug graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a MBA in Aviation. He holds a multi-engine Airline Transport Pilot certificate with commercial pilot privileges for Single-engine Sea, is a certified flight instructor and an airframe and powerplant mechanic.
Karin was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age. She attended Wheaton College, Crown College, and earned an Associate of Science degree as a Registered Nurse at East Tennessee State University. Karin and Doug were married on August 12, 1983.
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 Doug and Karin's ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.