Missionary Aviation Fellowship
MAF one of our mission partners
Becki Dillingham MAF Aviator
Becki grew up in Devon and has had a passion for flying ever since her first flying lesson out of Exeter Airport at the age of nine. Pursuing this interest in aviation, she went to Johannesburg, South Africa, after finishing her A-levels to gain a Private Pilots Licence. Becki then went to Bath University to read Physics. While there, she attended the Christian Union, joined a local church and came to know the Lord Jesus.
After living in Qatar until he was 12, Matt moved to Dorset with his family, living in Wimborne and attending Canford School. He went on to read physics at Bath where he met Becki.
We married in 2008 and moved to Cheltenham to enable Becki to continue with her commercial pilot training. Meanwhile, Matt started teacher training at Gloucester University. A job flying out of Plymouth airport as the ‘eye in the sky’ pilot for a local radio station saw Becki and Matt move back to the south-west, where Matt taught science at Holsworthy Community College.
Her MAF journey
Becki first heard of the amazing work of MAF at Christian Union in 2005, and quickly decided to become an Area Rep, giving presentations to churches and groups around the south-west. She spent a week in Uganda in 2007 seeing an MAF operation in action and, once she had gained the required flying experience, began the application process to become a pilot with MAF. Bethan was born in March 2012.
We moved as a family to Madagascar in September 2014 to serve with the MAF programme there, and we continue to build a team of people committed to supporting us prayerfully, financially or both. Could you be one of them?
St Andrews is one of the Prayer Partners and also assists Becki as one of her sponsorship partners, so this began on one of her first missions which was to Madagascar. Becki’s tour ended there and she returned to England to extend her own family. She is now on another tour this time to Chad in Africa where the terrain and the flying are even more challenging.
MAF has assisted Mercy Ships from the beginning and pilot Becki was among the first to tour the ship’s wards and surgical theatres before the first patients arrived.
MAF flew the ships team to 16 different regions to screen prospective patients. Because they could fly, the Mercy Ships team were able to screen many more people living in remote corners of the country giving them the opportunity to receive life-changing surgery.
Having the right tools to do the job has been essential. MAF’s smallest aircraft the Cessna 182 is economical and perfect for carrying patients and small teams of specialists to and from the hospitals.