David and Natalie share that the relationships they have built with both the people they serve as well as their fellow MAF teammates the past 14 years, continue to be a great blessing in their ministry in Indonesia. Their first 10 years were in the province of Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo, and for the last 4 years they have lived in the province of Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya. Throughout this time David has served in a variety of roles within the organization. In addition to his flying responsibilities, he is currently the Regional Director for Indonesia.
David shares, "Throughout our time with MAF we have faced numerous challenges, but we have also been blessed to see the hand of God clearly displayed. It has been so rewarding to be part of a work that provides a service to others that is critically needed. It is our desire to not only be a part of addressing the significant physical needs of others, but to also be a part of impacting them spiritually, helping them grow in their walk with the Lord. We want the message of the Gospel to be clearly displayed in what we do." Hebrews 6:10 is a verse David turns to when faced with demanding challenges. "In the midst of difficulties it is encouraging for me to remember that the Lord will not forget our efforts to minister to others."
Natalie is grateful to live in a larger mission community and has enjoyed being involved in a variety of ministries, for the last two school years she has taught high school English classes at the international school where their children attend. Deuteronomy 33:12 reminds Natalie of the Lord's very great love for her and that in the midst of the craziness of overseas life, she can rest in His love.
David was raised in a Christian family on a farm in northeast Colorado, and lived as a teen in Savannah, Georgia. He became a Christian at an early age and was nurtured in his faith through his family, his church, and youth group involvement. David received a B.S. in Missionary Aviation Technology from Moody Aviation, and holds a commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine ratings, and airframe and powerplant mechanics license. Prior to joining MAF he worked as a flight instructor with Moody Aviation for two years.
Natalie was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. She credits a strong Christian heritage and her grandfather as the instruments that led her to Christ at the age of 11. Natalie says, "My interest in missions grew through volunteer work at my grandfather’s inner-city church and through a mission trip when I was 15." Natalie received a B.A. in English from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. After finishing college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in Tennessee. David and Natalie met in high school, dated long distance during college and married in June 1996.
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 Holstens' ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.