By Phoebe Muthart
NAPPANEE — Dan Kramer and his family are on a mission. And not just any mission. The family has been chosen to work with a ministry in Haiti.
The ministry is with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The couple said they are looking to get the word out and build a prayer and financial partnership team.
The couple formerly lived in Winona Lake for 13 years before moving to Nappanee, where wife, Stephanie, and their five children currently live. They will be moving their family to Haiti next year. To do so, they need prayer and funds, said Dan.
The couple actually met in Haiti in 1992. They lived in Haiti for six years. They left in 1999. “We’ve been praying ever since,” he said. They later married and had five children.
In July, the couple were accepted by Mission Aviation Fellowship to serve in Port-au-Prince. Dan and the family are going back to Haiti, where the couple originally met, after leaving that country more than 20 years ago.
“We had a high respect for MAF,” he said. “Our role will be supporting MAF pilots and families.”
In 2019, MAF flights around the world saved 210 work years of travel.
In 1986, MAF began its program in Haiti. Now, in 2020, MAF serves 14 airstrips throughout many isolated parts of Haiti. Also, the Haiti program has 23 nationals on staff working in different capacities throughout Haiti.
“I will be responsible for the maintenance of the aviation fellowship facilities in Port-au-Prince. Together, we will also manage the MAF guesthouse there,” he said.
Dan will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the MAF facilities and equipment in Port-au-Prince. Together, the couple will also manage the MAF Guesthouse there.
“I will also continue to be a homemaker for our family. Mission Aviation Fellowship is doing an amazing and vital work in Haiti,” added Stephanie.
In Haiti, MAF continues a 30-year legacy of supporting mission organizations, national churches, schools, health care workers, and humanitarian organizations.
“In so doing, we share the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed,” Dan added.
“We hope to be fully funded by April, so we can head out to assist and encourage our MAF team by early summer of next year,” Kramer said. “Twice a year, MAF has training and it’s very organized.”
An important keystone to any story about MAF is the mission statement, Dan said, which is “sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed.”
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. The couple’s monthly commitment is $9,000 a month.
The public may help Dan and Stephanie’s ministry partnership team by donating online at www.maf.org/dkramer, call MAF donor services at (800) 359-7623 or send a check to: MAF Ministry Partnership, P.O. Box 47, Nampa, ID 83653. Make checks payable to MAF and write “Kramer 9058” on the memo line.