Garth and Jody Pederson are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving in West Congo. During the past term Garth has served as Program Manager and Operations Manager. He also continues as a line pilot/mechanic and instructor pilot on three types of aircraft operating there. He shares, “The highlight of our ministry is bringing Kingdom blessings to isolated people here."
For Garth, Micah 6:8 is a favorite verse. He shares, "This verse is so appropriate to what we do in Congo - demonstrating mercy to many suffering people while modeling justice in a sometimes difficult and corrupt atmosphere. We enable missionaries and national pastors to bring the Gospel message to remote areas of Congo. We transport critically needed medical personnel and supplies to places with no other medical care. We fly Bible translators in to review translation projects and train national translators. We provide flights for disaster relief, which have included volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, and outbreaks of disease. We also fly medical evacuation flights and vaccines for Congo’s children.”
Jody maintained a loving, Christian home for their family and helped with providing hospitality for visitors traveling through Kinshasa. She also taught Band part-time at The American School of Kinshasa.
2 Timothy 1:7 is a favorite verse for Jody. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” She shares, “God empowers us with His Spirit to do all He asks – stand for Him, love Him and others, and conduct ourselves in a God honoring way."
Garth grew up in a Christian home in Rochester, Minnesota. His mother had the joy of leading him to the Lord at age five, after a Sunday evening service. After high school, Garth earned a B.A. degree in Business from Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds an A&P mechanic’s license, Inspection Authorization, and a commercial pilot’s license with instrument rating.
Jody was born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. At age nine, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior after reading and memorizing verses in AWANA Club. Attending Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota, Jody majored in Music Education and Bible.