Beginnings of MFI
I was a young student pilot in 1946 when I heard a stirring challenge from a returned foreign missionary urging the immediate use of the airplane in missionary outreach. I was profoundly impacted by this challenge! But God had some refining to do in my life first.
Following six years of youth ministry under Youth for Christ International (YFCI), our family responded to the challenge of a unique overseas appointment by YFCI to the Caribbean in 1960. The requirements were for a pilot with sufficient flight experience to utilize an airplane to span the ocean miles separating the islands of the Bahamas. The goal was to develop an interdenominational youth evangelism ministry that would complement the evangelistic outreach of resident missionaries.
As the monthly youth rallies began, missionaries asked if I could bring in some needed items, unavailable in those remote "out islands". First it was supplies ... then, flying one or two ambulance flights …. and a whole new area of ministry opened among the islands -Missionary Flights International was born.
In 1964, Missionary Flights was incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida as a ministry of "helps" to missions.
From the humble beginnings of one man and a small single engine airplane, the Lord has led MFI to "stand in the gap" in meeting the air support needs of affiliated Biblical missions in the island fields of the West Indies.