Adel and Molly Gaviola, along with their sons, Isaac and Elijah, are excited to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Wamena, Papua, Indonesia. Molly will use her gift as a teacher to educate the children of missionaries at Hillcrest School. She is excited to play this part to help keep the missionaries on the field. Adel plans to serve in any way he can, filling in gaps and meeting needs in the Wamena mission community. Both Adel and Molly look forward to interacting with the local people and building lasting relationships as they share the love of Christ.
Adel was born in Cabadbaran City, Agusan Del Norte, Philippines. He came to know the Lord as his Savior through the influence of missionaries in the Philippines. Adel noticed the lives of these missionaries and was drawn to seeking the truth and what it was that gave these people peace, love, and joy. These missionaries further impacted Adel’s life as he became aware of missions and desired to reach people in their day-to-day lives. Adel has a B.S. in Criminology from St. Joseph’s Institute of Technology in the Philippines.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Adel shares, “Acts 20:35 is important to me because as I was growing up in the Philippines, others showed me compassion. Now, I desire to show others the love of Christ through compassion just as it was demonstrated to me.”
Molly was born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska. She came to know the Lord in college with the help of a college campus ministry. The Lord placed just the right people at the right time in her life to influence and teach her how important a relationship with Christ is. Molly earned her teaching degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is certified in K-6 elementary education with a K-12 ESL endorsement. During a 5-week mission trip to the Philippines in 1999, God called her to stay, and her trip unexpectedly turned into a 5-year mission in the Philippines.
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Molly shares, “Philippians 4:8 is especially meaningful to me because it’s easy to get discouraged in the world we live in today. Thinking about what is praiseworthy encourages me day to day.”
Adel and Molly met in the Philippines through some missionary friends. They were married four years later in 2004 and moved to the United States. 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 Gaviolas’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.