EAA, AirVenture 2013 is wrapped up and in the history books
Our kick-off event at Appleton Alliance Church was a huge success with approximately 350 in attendance. We enjoyed special music and dynamic stories about serving overseas.
In 2009, when Mission Aviation was a feature at the EAA - called Fly-4-Life, 30 Mission Agencies and over 400 missionaries participated. The numbers reduced some over the next years. But this year we served 25 agencies. Our total for 2013 was 240 guests.
The mission agencies celebrate their time at the EAA reconnecting and networking with each other and the aviation industry. The value of the ministry to each other and to us in the greater Oshkosh community is in their words "priceless".
EAA AirVenture is the largest gathering of missionary pilots that ever happens - anywhere! What a privilege it is for MASA to host the event!
In their words, "without MASA, we wouldn't be able to be at the EAA"
What is MASA?
The Mission Aviation Support Association is a 501 (C)(3) organization that provides housing, transportation, meals, and speaking opportunities for IAMA mission agencies attending EAA AirVenture. This is possible because church-folk throughout the area work together to open their homes, loan their cars, and provide food. (John 17:20-26 Jesus prayer for unity among the believers.)
Churches and individuals provide the financial support that enables MASA to provide a welcoming hospitality tent in the EAA Camp Scholler Campground for meals and fellowship.
We are the “feet on the ground” for these mission agencies from around the world. We help prepare their way in any way we can.
Why do mission aviators come to Oshkosh each year?
Their purpose here is multi-faceted:
- Interacting with the general aviation community, and following new technology
- Interacting with each other in the missionary aviation community to increase cooperation and effectiveness;
- Interacting with the Greater Oshkosh community - to share their heart and ministry
We continually praise God for allowing us to come alongside the work of Mission Aviation.
Lee & Debbie Smoll
Here are some comments:
What a blessing MASA is in serving. Since I've only been around 3 years, I can't imagine what the AirVenture experience would be without MASA. We have made great relationships with out host families and even spent time this year having dinner with out host family from last year. We are able to brag, year around, about what MASA does for us as a mission aviation organization when we talk to all of our local pilots about our trips to Oshkosh, so we get additional opportunities to connect outside the Oshkosh area. Being able to stay locally in homes and to have the freedom of using a vehicle, gave us the opportunity to better control our schedule to maximize our time to interact with out host family and others we needed to connect with.
Thank you and the whole team for the excellent organization of accommodation, transportation and meals during the event. This was my first time at Oshkosh and I was amazed at how smoothly everything worked. Airport pickup worked well and required a minimum of effort on my part. Our hosts were very gracious and unfazed by our 5:30 wake up routine. The atmosphere around the MASA and IAMA facilities was excellent, as were the meals. It was great to see so many young people so friendly and willing to serve. Thank you to all the church members who volunteered their time and talents to make the days so enjoyable.
Apart from the smooth delivery of meals, the little extras, like free snacks were appreciated as was the ability to leave backpacks in a secure facility.
Without MASA we could do nothing. We had a great week and time WILL tell just how good it was! Kudos to MASA!
I really appreciated everything MASA did, so much attention to detail - THANK YOU SO MUCH! Love the baggage check-in. You guys thought of everything and the fellowship was AWESOME!!
By MASA taking care of all the logistical needs that we might have we were able to better focus and dedicate our attention to meeting the needs/sharing with the AirVenture audience.
MASA kept us functioning by providing food, housing, transportation, first aid, water, etc., and coordinating all that. Thanks! Also providing warm sweatshirts for the cold days!
Fantastic, Absolutely floored!
MASA - great tent for us and size, all transportation, food housing was all very good and done well. Without MASA we could NOT do this each year.
UPCOMING DATES FOR AIR VENTURE:
2014: July 28 - August 3, 2015: July 20 - 26, 2016: July 25 - 31
MASA Volunteer Coordinator