John and Stacy Dalton are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Merauke, Papua, Indonesia, where the truth of II Corinthians 5:17 is a reality. John says, “It is a dream come true to be able to help save lives, both physically and spiritually, and to bring the Gospel to those in darkness.” He loves serving as a pilot/mechanic, flying missionaries, national pastors, and medical personnel into hard-to-reach regions of the country. This past term John has helped run the small remote base in Merauke, flying the Amphibian Caravan/seaplane and seeing firsthand its effectiveness for the south coast people. His favorite verse is Ephesians 4:1, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” John feels this verse is a good reminder to continue on the straight and narrow path.”
Raised in a Christian home in Illinois, John accepted Christ as his Savior at age 12 while attending Camp AWANA. He learned about missions early in life, since his mother was on the mission board of their church and missionaries frequently stayed in their home. He was fascinated with the missionary pilots’ stories. John received a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College. At Miramar College he received a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology, and holds an A&P mechanic’s license and a commercial pilot’s license with an instrument rating.
Stacy was born and raised in California. She says, “My sister was the first to bring the love of Christ into our home. I wanted what she had, and it wasn’t long before I accepted Jesus as my Savior.” Stacy attended Azusa Pacific University, majoring in Psychology. John and Stacy met as counselors at a Christian youth camp and were married in 1986. Stacy worked with John in their restaurant business for a time after their marriage, and has also worked as a teacher’s aide. The Daltons have two college-aged children, Korey and T.J.
A favorite verse for Stacy is Philippians 4:6-7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Stacy says, “This verse reminds me that God is in control. All I need to do is trust Him, and He will take care of the rest. It is wonderful to see how God is working through this ministry here in Indonesia. He continues to keep us safe so we can do His work here.” Stacy loves partnering with John in ministry as they serve the MAF Merauke staff as well as the people of Merauke.
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 the Daltons’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.