Missionary Maintenance Service Aviation in Ohio
If you enter the hangar of Missionary Maintenance Service Aviation, you’ll stumble upon missionaries from different denominations working together on several projects. You’ll see planes registered from around the world and hear conversations from people representing a variety of organizations. You’ll also witness collaboration at its finest as the staff joins together in furthering God’s kingdom.
Located in Coshocton, Ohio, MMS Aviation has been preparing people and planes for worldwide missionary service since 1975. In addition to repairing, restoring, modifying, and upgrading airplanes at no labor cost to Christian missionary organizations, the facility trains aircraft mechanics for missionary service. Graduates of the 30-month apprentice program are prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration airframe and powerplant mechanic license exam that equips them for service on the mission field. Past apprentices have come from England, Ireland, Scotland, Korea, Peru, Brazil, the Netherlands, Mongolia, Kenya, the Philippines, Suriname, and Germany.
The need for missionary pilots has increased as more missionaries serve in remote parts of the world. Evangelism and outreach that once took weeks and months because of distance, danger, and geographic barriers can now be accomplished quickly, safely, and effectively through aviation ministry. Missionaries in remote areas rely on pilots to transport them, provide supplies, and respond in emergencies. By increasing the speed and frequency of sending missionaries to these needy areas, MMS Aviation is helping more people hear about the love of Jesus Christ and salvation through Him.
With more than 500 aircraft in use around the world, there is also a constant need for maintenance. Some aircraft come to MMS Aviation damaged from harsh conditions or accidents while others simply need general maintenance and upkeep. Since its beginning, MMS Aviation has served more than 100 different ministries in North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean; Africa; Asia; the South Pacific; and Australia. Members of the organization have also made approximately 145 rapid response trips to repair aircraft on site. These response teams reduce the downtime of an aircraft by providing extra manpower for major inspections and repairs on the field. Rapid response teams also give mechanics the blessing of experiencing foreign missions aviation firsthand.
The ultimate goal of MMS Aviation is to provide missionaries with an affordable, safe, and quality service and to train people to maintain and operate their aircraft so they can share Christ with a world in need.
PRAY: Pray for safety for the MMS Aviation staff as they work on missions aircraft and for the missionary pilots as they help spread the good news in remote areas. Pray also that lives will be eternally transformed for Christ through aviation outreach around the world.
WEB: Learn more about MMS Aviation or invite a representative to share about the ministry with your church or small group. The facility is also always interviewing for new apprentices.
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