The Ringenbergs’ first assignment with MAF was to East Kalimantan, Indonesia. They served there from 1998-2002, when they had to medevac their daughter Hannah to Singapore where she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. After radiation treatment in Singapore, they returned home to San Diego to care for Hannah until the Lord took her home in 2003. Dave and Linda share, "We were so thankful for MAF’s care for us during this rocky time in our lives."
Afterwards, they accepted a stateside position at headquarters so they could be close to family. Dave worked as a flight instructor in the flight training department. Their stay at headquarters stretched to seven years, including the move from Redlands, CA, to Nampa, ID. In 2010 God opened the door for them to return to Tarakan, Indonesia, where they previously served. Dave flew the Caravan and filled in as Chief Pilot. They found it great to be able to meet up with old friends and help out overseas again. “We felt that the Lord was taking our family ‘full-circle,’ as He took us back to Hannah’s home,” Linda shares. During this year in Indonesia, she found Psalm 126:5 to be a solace to her. "It was so hard to face the memories of Hannah in that place, but it was so fulfilling and healing as well."
While in Tarakan, God again opened the door for them to accept a full-time assignment back to Indonesia, this time to the province of Papua. The Ringenbergs began serving in Wamena in December 2011 and served there for two years with Dave fulfilling the roles of Instructor Pilot and line pilot/mechanic. But, in January of 2014 they moved to Sentani after Dave accepted a new role to serve as the assistant program manager for the Papua program.
Linda cares for the family, manages the household, and stays involved in the community. She particularly enjoys being involved in Bible study with MAF ladies and helping out at the mission school in Sentani that C.J. and Ryan attend.
Dave was born in Columbus, Georgia, but lived in Chenoa, Illinois, until age 10 when his family relocated to El Cajon, CA. Dave became a Christian as a senior in high school. After becoming a Christian, he wanted to get busy serving the Lord in a technical field so he attended San Diego Christian College in El Cajon where he earned a B.S. in Aviation Flight and Maintenance Technology. Dave holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating (ATP), a commercial and instrument pilot’s license, a gold seal flight instructor rating, ground instructor rating, and an airframe & powerplant (A&P) mechanic's license.
Linda was born and raised in a Christian family in El Cajon, CA, and accepted Christ into her life when she was six years old. Linda attended Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego, CA, earning B.A. degrees in both Literature and Spanish and a secondary teaching credential.
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