Cory and Annaleis Woodsum love adventure—their relationship began at a rock climbing ministry at Joshua Tree National Park where they were both instructors. Now, as MAF prefielders, the couple faces another challenge: moving to another country and embracing a new culture.
This adventure began in 1996, when Cory toured the MAF headquarters. He was just learning to fly and in his mind, flying and ministry were in conflict with each other.
“I thought I would have to choose between God and flying. But after that tour at MAF I knew what I wanted to do with my life,” said Cory.
Cory’s goal to get into MAF five years after high school wasn’t in God’s plans—it’s taken a little over 20 years of training and preparation to get to this point. But God hasn’t wasted any of that time. The Woodsums have been involved in various ministries, discipling youth and families, and going on short-term mission trips—all of which means they are well-equipped to serve as a pilot family in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Cory is looking forward to field flying, and to getting settled.
“We have lived out of a suitcase for over a year as we’ve been learning how to do life in our new context,” said Cory.
Annaleis is ready to build rich relationships with her Congolese coworkers and neighbors in Nyankunde, DRC.
“When I saw pictures of the village and heard how God was working in DRC, I just knew I could call it home!
“I feel free to pursue ministry opportunities in the area,” added Annaleis, “but my first ministry is as ‘First Officer at Home.’ ”
Now with all the packing and goodbyes done, Cory and Annaleis are beginning a year of language school in France, before landing in the DRC. They’re hoping to add more ministry partners to their team so they will have sufficient support of their ministry during their first term.
“It’s not just about people giving money to our ministry,” said Cory, “it’s about being a vital team member in what God is doing to bring the gospel to the isolated people of DRC.”
“It is a grand adventure serving our King,” says Annaleis. “There is no one more trustworthy than Christ, our Solid Rock. We are excited to see God’s hand at work and would love for you to share in this adventure with us.”
Is God calling you to join the Woodsums as they share Christ’s love in the DRC? To become a partner in their ministry, visit maf.org/woodsum.