Rodney and Tammi Dyrud, and their children, Justice and Jaycee, are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship, sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed.
Serving people energizes Rodney! As an Aviation Maintenance Specialist, Rodney is currently supporting the worldwide ministry of MAF as he maintains MAF's training aircraft so that new pilots may be standardized or evaluated. The end result is missionaries are supplied, medical emergencies have air support, and national churches are nurtured! Rodney leans on Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Rodney grew up in Santa Ana, California, where his mother led him to Christ. At Calvary Church of Santa Ana, he enjoyed mission conferences and discovered MAF. He earned a B.S. in Aviation Flight Technology at Christian Heritage College and an A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology at Miramar College in San Diego, CA. But it was not until after college that God called him to serve overseas.
Tammi was born in San Diego, California, where at the age of three, after hearing her Sunday school teacher talk about how Jesus died on the cross for her sins, she became a Christian. Tammi became aware of missions as she attended Shadow Mountain Community Church and San Diego Christian College. She heard about MAF at a mission conference and felt the Lord leading her into missions in 2004, while on a trip to Africa with her church. Tammi graduated from college in 2007, with a B.S. in Education; she and Rodney were married shortly thereafter. In 2008, they welcomed their son, Justice into the world, and in 2011, their daughter Jaycee was born in Uganda, Africa. They returned to the States in 2012 after it became apparent that Jaycee would need a number of surgeries on her right cheek. She was born with extra fat in her cheek that is causing the bones on that side of her face to grow too quickly. To prevent blindness and reduce reconstructive bone surgeries, the doctors will remove the infiltrating lipomatosis over the next 3 to 8 years. When Jaycee’s surgeries are finished, Rodney and Tammi anticipate returning to Africa.
Tammi is homeschooling their children and supporting her husband as they serve with MAF. Tammi’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" She and Rodney are continually leaning upon the Lord as He guides them through life’s challenges.
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 Rodney and Tammi's ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.