Jeremy and Jodie Toews are excited to fulfill God's unique purpose for their lives as they serve as missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship. As a pilot/mechanic, Jeremy will use aviation to share Christ's love with isolated people as he transports national church pastors, delivers community development supplies, and provides life-saving medical evacuation flights. Jodie will continue in her role as a stay-at-home mom, raising their boys Connor, Joel, and Ryan. While overseas, she hopes to connect with and minister to other moms in the community.
Born in Greeley, Colorado, Jeremy was raised in a Christian home by parents who were passionate about missions, and he came to Christ at a young age through their witness and example. At the age of 10, he and his family moved to the Hopi Reservation in Arizona where his parents began serving as missionaries.
Jeremy shares, "Growing up in a very remote, cross-cultural environment gave me a passion for missions. That passion, combined with inspiration from the life of Nate Saint (MAF pilot and martyr), led me to Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington." In 2009, he graduated with a degree in Missionary Aviation Technology along with his aircraft mechanic certifications and a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating. He went on to earn his flight instructor certificate and began instructing at Spokane Turbine Center.
Jodie was born and raised in Tualatin, Oregon, in a Christian home. Seeing her parents live out their faith in their home, at church, and in the community greatly impacted Jodie's decision to follow Christ. While growing up, she was drawn to missions through the influence of numerous missionary biographies, and in high school she took the opportunity to go on two short-term mission trips. In 2006, Jodie graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in ASL/English Interpreting and earned her national certification through the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She interpreted for local school districts, a video relay interpreting company, and her home church. After college, she went on a short-term mission trip to Burkina Faso, West Africa and began praying about pursuing full-time mission work.
Jodie shares, "I didn't receive a clear answer until a few years later when I was introduced to a nice pilot/mechanic named Jeremy who was preparing to serve in missions with MAF." Their shared passion for missions sparked a mutual attraction, and they quickly realized that their meeting was no accident. They were married one year later, in 2011, and give God glory for the opportunity to serve in Indonesia.