Matthew and Lisa, with their children Levi, Amelia, Axel, and Piper, are excited to be serving the Lord with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 2011! After serving a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as short-term staff, they transitioned to career staff in 2013 and returned to serve full time in DRC. The DRC is located in west central Africa.
In the western region of the DRC, MAF sustains and multiplies the ministry efforts of expatriate missionaries, national Christian workers, medical and aid workers, and the many hospitals in the interior villages, including a 450-bed hospital in Vanga. MAF pilots and planes conduct emergency medical evacuations, transport doctors and medical supplies from hospitals to outlying areas, deliver pastors and evangelistic materials to remote villages as well as enable training events, learning institutions, social action projects, and crisis relief. MAF’s communication services facilitate short-term projects and events, and link church leaders, remote centers, and outposts with satellite-based internet services.
Both Matthew and Lisa were born and raised in the Seattle area, married in 2006, and lived five years in Fairbanks, Alaska, prior to heading overseas.
Matthew early professed faith in Christ, being brought up in a Christian home and taught in the church. He continued to grow in faith, culminating in his seminary studies at Faith Seminary in Tacoma, Washington, where he received a Bachelor of Theological Studies. During their tenure in Alaska, Matthew also completed a degree in Organizational Leadership and studied Rural Development at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He has always had a heart for missions and aviation, even while working a wide range of trade and professional jobs, all of which have been great preparation for the wide range of skills needed in Congo. Lisa was also raised in a Christian family, giving her life to Christ from her earliest memory. She grew up in a Messianic church and showed her commitment to Kingdom work in two, two-week mission trips to Costa Rica. Before children, she worked as a medical laboratory scientist, but has since enjoyed staying at home. In Alaska, God prepared her to be a missionary by spending time learning to live sustainably.
Matthew and Lisa have been called to ministry with MAF. Matthew assists in managing the daily and strategic operations at the MAF base in Kinshasa, the capital city. He also continues to assist with the management and maintenance of MAF’s hangars, housing, and vehicle fleet. While Lisa’s primary responsibility is caring for her family, she takes advantage of opportunities to minister to other missionaries and local families as needs arise. For more information on their ministry, please visit their website at www.lindfamily.org.
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 Linds’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.