David and Ashley Petersen

Serving in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, missionaries David and Ashley Petersen share that the following verses reflect the call they feel on their lives. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15) The Petersens are excited to play a part in bringing the Gospel to those who have not heard.

David enjoys flying a wide variety of people across eastern Congo including doctors, Bible translators, pastors, reconciliation teams, and many medical evacuees to the hospital in the village of Nyankunde where he and Ashley live. He also loves using his abilities in maintenance, welding, and construction to help rebuild the Nyankunde base which was destroyed in recent wars and to help other missionaries in the village. Philippians 1:20-21 is a passage that has always been an encouragement and reminder to him that this life is temporary, and Christ is the focus. “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Ashley enjoys caring for her family and using her experience in raising animals and in sustainable farming both at home and in the village. It is Ashley’s desire to introduce new plants and animal breeds which will help with the widespread malnutrition and cycle of poverty many Congolese face. “For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Ashley shares, “I love this verse as it brings to light my value and purpose as God’s creation reminding me of the special role I have in God’s story.”

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 David and Ashley’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.


  • Born in Illinois and raised as a missionary kid in Burkina Faso, West Africa
  • Led to Christ by the godly example of family and friends
  • Grew to love aviation and missions, desiring to serve with MAF from a young age
  • Graduated Moody Bible Institute Aviation in Spokane, WA
  • Holds Airframe, Powerplant, and Inspection Authorization certificates as a mechanic and Commercial, Instrument, and Flight Instructor Instrument certificates as a pilot


  • Born in Washington and raised in Spirit Lake, Idaho, as a pastor’s kid
  • Led to Christ by the godly example of family and friends
  • Worked as a summer missionary at a camp for many years, gaining exposure to missions
  • Attended Moody Bible Institute for Biblical Studies; married Dave in 2008, having met while serving together on the chapel worship team
  • Worked many years at the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane, WA, in the women’s recovery program

Country of Service

MAF serves in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

4 Bases: Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Bunia, Nyankundé
9 Aircraft
Population: 77.4 million
Capital: Kinshasa
Official Language: French
Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF)



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