Kayla Harder is excited for the opportunity to pursue God’s calling to love the lost through Mission Aviation Fellowship. As a pilot, Kayla will use aviation to share the love of Jesus as she provides safe transportation to isolated communities, delivers community development supplies, and provides life-saving medical evacuation flights. She also hopes to connect with women in the community to provide encouragement and empowerment through the transformative love of God.
Born into a Christian family in Edina, Minnesota, Kayla is the oldest in her family of five girls. She chose to follow Jesus at a young age and has felt called to missions since she was seven. In middle school, her family moved to Fort Myers, Florida. The move was very hard on her, but God used those difficult years to draw her near to His heart, where His love for her became real for the first time in her life. In high school, God began to open opportunities for her to start flying. After her first flight, her grandma told her about MAF, and Kayla realized she could combine her newly discovered passion for flying with the call God had placed on her life.
After graduating from high school, God led Kayla to move across the country to continue her flight training at San Diego Christian College. Through scholarships and God’s miraculous provision, she was able to graduate with a degree in Aviation Technology. God then led her back to where she started, to work as a flight instructor at Paragon Flight Training in Florida.
For the past two years, Kayla has been able to gain invaluable flight experience as an instructor and has built meaningful relationships with her students. God has given her opportunities to love them and, more importantly, to show them how much He loves them. She has grown immensely over the past year, as God has taught her the beauty of surrender as His plans for her far surpass her own. He has captured her heart with His unwavering love and grace. Kayla is excited to apply what she has learned as she continues to pursue God’s calling to serve overseas with MAF.