Marcel and Kelly Boers are about to depart on the adventure of a lifetime. Their goal? To move overseas and help some of the poorest and most isolated people in the world through an organization called Mission Aviation Fellowship, or MAF, for short.
Marcel was born and raised in Ancaster and attended Hamilton District Christian High School, where he developed a love of aircraft by living so close to Hamilton airport. Marcel is now hoping to use his skills as an aircraft maintenance engineer through MAF to fly hope and help to communities in need.
Marcel and Kelly have dreamed about becoming missionaries and working overseas since 2009, when they learned more about MAF while attending a conference in St. Louis, Miss. When the couple married two years ago, they started putting plans into action, applying to MAF just as Marcel found out his employer was closing its aircraft maintenance base in London. This was just the push the Boers needed. They started working for MAF last November as full-time, career missionaries.
MAF works in 30 countries around the world, using airplanes and other technology to reach out to isolated people in need. MAF is a Christian, faith-based organization, but partners with almost 1,500 other organizations to make their work possible. Some of the organizations that use MAF's flight services include World Vision, Compassion, UNICEF, Red Cross, Tearfund, Rotary and more. With over 130 airplanes in service with MAF, there is a lot of maintenance work that needs to be done to keep the planes flying — and that's exactly what Marcel will be doing.
The Boers are currently raising the necessary financial support they need for their ministry work. They hope to raise all the funds by August, including a one-time set amount to travel overseas, as well as regular monthly financial support to allow their ministry work through MAF to happen while they are not in Canada.
Marcel and Kelly will host a free dessert/information night on April 10 at Heritage Fellowship Baptist Church in Ancaster to talk about their work with Mission Aviation Fellowship. The event is open to everyone and will run from 7:30-9 p.m. It will include a presentation, fellowship and an opportunity to donate to the Boers’ ministry.
Interested individuals can email the Boers at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 519-777-3488 or RSVP through MAF Canada’s website at www.mafc.org, under News & Events>Special Events>Dessert Nights.