Author Archives: Natalie Holsten

Natalie HolstenNatalie and her husband David joined MAF in 2000 and spent 17 years in Indonesia in the provinces of Kalimantan and Papua. In 2018 they relocated to MAF’s headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, where David now serves as President/CEO and Natalie writes for MAF and the local newspaper. They have four children and a miniature dachshund.

Persevering in hard places

MAF continues to serve in Haiti amidst prolonged upheaval


By Natalie Holsten

Just over a week after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Haiti, MAF pilot Eric Fagerland landed in the town of Jérémie with a load of relief supplies.

As Eric prepared to unload the plane, Mark Stockeland of Haiti Bible Mission grabbed him by the […]

Ministry Spotlight: Katherine Mosher


By Natalie Holsten


“My mission field is the students and their parents,” said teacher Katherine Mosher. Katherine has taught missionary kids for seven years with MAF, serving at Hillcrest International School (HIS) in Sentani, Indonesia, and its satellite school in Wamena.

Raised by Christian parents in Snoqualmie, Washington, Katherine had an early interest in missions after her […]

Ministry Spotlight: Juan Carlos and Johanna Portillo

The Portillo family.

For over 20 years, Juan Carlos and Johanna Portillo have served with MAF as a pilot mechanic family in three MAF affiliates—organizations that were founded by MAF but now are operated by local people. They began their ministry in 1998, working as national staff with MAF affiliate AGAPE in Guatemala. They […]

A Day of Celebration

After decades of work, four New Testament translations are dedicated on the same day


By Natalie Holsten

The day was a mix of joyous celebration and solemn ceremony. The sounds of exuberant singing and traditional harp and drums filled the air. Some participants danced, wearing outfits made from the same blue patterned cloth, a Congolese tradition to […]

Walking a New Path

An introduction to an isolated tribe featured in the new documentary Ends of the Earth


The hamlet of Mokndoma sits high in the mountains of Papua, the western half of the island of New Guinea in Asia Pacific. With no roads and limited government exposure, there has been little influence from the outside world.

You won’t find […]

Ministry Spotlight: Dan and Jodi Appleby

“You just pour your heart and soul out to every student,” says Dan Appleby, a long-time MAF maintenance specialist who teaches at Moody Aviation. “It’s very fulfilling when you hear they’re on the field somewhere or they’re joining MAF or another organization doing mission work.”

Jodi and Dan Appleby.

Dan and his wife, Jodi, began […]