Using talents to serve in Indonesia

By September 22, 2015
(Photo courtesy Mission Aviation Fellowship)

(Photo courtesy Mission Aviation Fellowship)

Indonesia (MAF) — [Editor’s Note: This article, written by Mission Aviation Fellowship, shares the background of Doug and Karin Allrich: two missionaries who are utilizing their skills to serve in Indonesia.]

Doug and Karin Allrich are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship, serving in Papua, Indonesia. Doug and Karin share, “The highlight of our ministry is in feeling we are able to make a difference in the lives of those we serve, whether they are MAF co-workers, national employees, students at school, or tribal peoples living in the remotest reaches of Papua.”

As the Papua Program Manager, Doug carries the responsibility for maintaining a healthy, safe, and connected environment for the 35 staff families serving at 5 different locations, as they raise their families while serving in ministry according to their individual giftings from the Lord. He strives to offer purposeful development of management and leadership skills of the staff base managers, seeking to equip them for future strategic service. He keeps his own flying skills current by flying one day each week, often in an Instructor Pilot role.

Karin’s life is very full as a homemaker. She maintains a loving home for her family and provides hospitality for visitors traveling through Sentani. Additionally, she serves at the Hillcrest International School as a nurse, as well as providing support for young MAF mothers delivering babies in Sentani. She is the 24/7 on-call nurse for MAF staff in Papua and sometimes on other Indonesian programs.

Zephaniah 3:17 is a special verse to Karin, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” She shares, “As I delight in the things around me, such as the beauty of the jungle and the joys of being a parent, it’s very special to me to think about the Lord delighting in me.”

Doug and Karin are both from Minnesota. At age 12, Doug became a Christian through the influence of the film, “A Thief in the Night.” Doug attended Moody Bible Institute where he earned a B.S. in Missionary Aviation Technology from Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Doug graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a MBA in Aviation. He holds a multi-engine Airline Transport Pilot certificate with commercial pilot privileges for Single-engine Sea, is a certified flight instruc­tor, and an airframe and power plant mechanic.

Karin was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age. She attended Wheaton College, Crown College, and earned an Associate of Science degree as a Registered Nurse at East Tennessee State University. Karin and Doug were married on August 12, 1983.

God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. Find out more about the opportunities available around the world.

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