“Would your church be interested in feeding some missionaries during the upcoming E.A.A.?” The voice on the other end of the phone was Connie Long. Connie was representing a ministry called Mission Aviation Support Association (MASA) which at that time I knew nothing about. I knew that a massive aviation event happened at Oshkosh each year but had no clue that missionaries from an array of mission aviation ministries converged for training, networking and fellowship.
I asked Connie to describe this ministry and she proceeded to tell me about the MASA ministry to these faithful servants of God by providing three meals a day, housing provided by local believers, transportation to and from airports, cars provided by the people of the area for them to drive and opportunities for these missionaries to speak to area churches and groups. I remember thinking to myself, “Ministry to those who minister, that is so cool.” We did commit to feeding missionaries that year (2008) and have done so on the Wednesday morning of the event every year since. Several of the people of our church have become involved in this ministry in other ways as well.
Mission aviation is a vital part of taking the gospel and providing ministry to the most hard-to-reach places in the world.