Tom and Julie Bolser
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
Serving with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua, Indonesia as a pilot/mechanic family, Tom’s main responsibilities have included flying the amphibious float plane, serving as base manager at Merauke, and supervising routine maintenance of the airplane. For Tom the highlight of this term was landing the float plane in several new areas to support the national church and missionaries beginning outreach to some of the last unreached tribes in Papua.
Julie’s role as mother of three precious children has been her primary focus, as well as maintaining a comfortable and loving home for the family and homeschooling their oldest child, Christopher. In addition, she has enjoyed participating more in the local Indonesian church they attend, helping to teach Sunday school, and providing resources for the leaders in the church where possible. Julie also sees her role in Merauke as being important in developing and maintaining good relationships with their MAF employees and their Indonesian neighbors.
Julie shares that Psalm 86:11 is important to her. In the midst of the fullness of life around her, she longs to have an undivided heart towards the Lord. This can be difficult with three energetic children to take care of, but she knows she can rely on the Lord to always teach and guide her in His truth.
Tom grew up in West Kalimantan, Indonesia where his parents were missionaries. From his childhood, living on a remote mission station, he saw the need for MAF. This was where God put the desire to be an MAF pilot in his heart. Tom shares that this term God has been teaching him through “themes” in the Bible. One strong theme is seen in taking time with people during the busyness of each day – as Jesus always seemed to do.
Julie grew up as a child of MAF missionaries in Zaire, Africa for 8½ years where her parents, Jon and Anita Lewis, served. After completing high school in California, she attended Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, where she earned a B.A. in Sociocultural Studies. During that time, Julie participated in a semester abroad in Indonesia, where her heart was opened to the possibility of living and serving there in the future.
Tom and Julie met in Indonesia when Julie served as a short-term teacher’s aide for three years with MAF at the mission school in Wamena, Papua, and then four months homeschooling two boys in Aceh. Tom and Julie were married in January 2006, in Wamena.
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 Bolsers’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.