Chad and Andi Irwin with their children, Josiah and Olivia, have served with MAF since 1999. For the last 15 years, the Irwin family have lived and worked in Shell, Ecuador. Chad served as the chief pilot while Andi worked as the librarian and school board president at the Nate Saint Memorial School where the children attended.
Over the last 5-7 years, the Irwins have been involved in helping the Ecuador program transition to a nationally run entity. Chad’s role in that implementation was to help train Ecuadorian pilots to continue the work. Along with the nationalization of the program, Chad spent the last two and a half years helping to implement the operation of a new Quest Kodiak 100 in Ecuador. The addition of a turbine-powered, 10-passenger aircraft to the Ecuador fleet was an answer to many years of prayer.
As the transition to nationalize the Ecuador program progressed, the Irwin family faced difficult decisions in regard to their ministry in Ecuador. In 2015 the Irwins prayerfully decided that it was best to leave the program to allow the Ecuadorian staff to reach their full potential in leading the ministry. So, as they prepared for their normal furlough time in the summer of 2016, they began the process of saying “good bye” to their friends, co-workers, and church body. In July of 2016 the Irwins returned to the U.S. to begin a new season of ministry with MAF mobilization. Chad now serves to mobilize and train new candidates to serve with MAF around the world.
As the Irwins have lived through the exciting changes in Ecuador, they have been supported by God’s words to them in Jeremiah. Chad says, “I appreciate this verse because it speaks to God’s unfailing concern for me and my family. There can be no doubt that what God has for me is for good. It may not feel good as I go through it, but I can trust him to know the outcome of each and every trial/situation we face and to use if for His Glory.” Andi states, “Sometimes it is easy for me to succumb to worry. During those times, I like to think about this verse and how the God of the universe is busy planning out my life. He’s not worried because He knows how all those plans work out. It’s a gentle reminder to me that God has not forgotten us, and that He leaves nothing to chance.”
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 Irwins’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.