Nate and Terra Birkemo

Nate and Terra are in their second term as Mission Aviation Fellowship missionaries. As a pilot/mechanic family, they serve the people of Congo, from the MAF base in Lubumbashi, located in the southeastern tip. Nate shares that Proverbs 3:5-6 has proven vital to living and ministering effectively in the challenging environment of the DRC. "It has been good to see all the ways God chooses to use MAF to minister to the 'least of these' in the DRC."

Wherever they have been, Terra has enjoyed getting plugged in with a group of women to study the Word, pray, and worship together. "I've enjoyed helping MAF wherever needed," she shares. Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me," has been Terra’s favorite verse for the past year. "It's been my cry to Him that He would work in my life and give me strength to press on each day."

Before moving to Lubumbashi, the Birkemos were in Vanga and Kinshasa, in the western part of the country.

Nate was born in Auburn, CA. His parents are career missionaries with New Tribes Mission, and Nate has lived in West Africa, and Missouri. His parents were faithful in sharing God's Word with him from an early age and Nate accepted Christ at the age of five. While living in West Africa, Nate became aware of the importance of global missions and the vital role of aviation in that endeavor. Growing up in the mission community, he heard about MAF and its role in global missions.

Nate attended New Tribes Bible Institute for one year and then transferred to College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO, where he obtained his aviation maintenance technician and pilot's licenses. For seven years, Nate worked as an A&P mechanic at the Cessna Employee's Flying Club in Wichita, KS, gaining experience in maintenance and flight of Cessna single engine aircraft.

Terra was born in El Cajon, CA. Her parents are missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators and Terra grew up in West Africa. She was blessed to grow up in a home where her parents taught the importance of a relationship with Christ. She accepted Christ as her Savior when she was four. Terra became familiar with MAF since Wycliffe and many other missionaries use MAF flight services into and out of remote areas. She clearly saw the great need for aviation and the ministry it provides. Terra attended the College of the Ozarks, earning her B.A. in Psychology.

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 Nate and Terra’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.

Country of Service

MAF serves in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

4 Bases: Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Bunia, Nyankundé
9 Aircraft
Population: 77.4 million
Capital: Kinshasa
Official Language: French
Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF)



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