It’s Baby Blob Monson

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Name: Baby Blob Monson

Born: TBD (July 22nd 2013, ish ish)

Favorite Activity: Baby Sleeping (As stated by Caleb)

Favorite Prank: Making Mommy Sick

Personality: Adventurer (I’m moving to Africa people!)

With great excitement we get to meet a new member of the Monson family this summer.  Baby blob can’t wait to join the team and start this new adventure overseas.  Baby blob is excited to be born in the United States and meet the extended family, but can’t wait to travel…quiet the adventurer for only being 8 weeks old.  Baby blob has a strong heart beat and lots of attitude.  Baby’s favorite prank from the womb is to make mommy sick…what a sense of humor already!  We all can’t wait to see you, especially Caleb, who continues to remark how much baby is a good sleeper…it’s obvious, if baby is not playing, baby must be sleeping.  Sleep well little one, can’t wait to meet you.

Selected to Africa

A lot of people keep asking me if I’m scared of going to the Congo. The answer is  “of course.” I think that it is natural to feel scared of the unknown. 

While we were in Nampa, ID, God was so good to give us two families fresh off the field from Bunia, the town we will be living in!!!   We were able to sit down with each family two separate nights and pick their brains. This was an incredible gift to ask all the questions that the Internet didn’t seem to have answers for. We discovered that they never personally felt threatened. We learned about service opportunities for the wives. We learned what clothes to bring, and what they flying conditions would be like. They gave us advice to deal with the overwhelming needs of the people that we will come face to face with and reassured us of the beauty of the people and the land.

photo by Lary Strietzel

photo by Dave Jacobsson

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While in Idaho Matthew and I learned about all the MAF programs.   At one time we felt called to Indonesia, but God opened our hearts to see the needs MAF fulfills around the world.  We looked at each other after each presentation and said, “We could go there.”  We trust MAF and we trust God and believed dictating our country of service was living in fear.  So yes, I don’t know what life will look there. But when we get to the end of our life, we are going to have to answer to question, “Who did you serve? Me or yourself?” “What did you do with what I gave you?”  I desire not to let fear be a hindrance to me saying, “Lord, I served you with everything that I had!” I believe by following God we grow closer to Him, making no other options than full reliance on Him.  We will not survive spiritually or emotionally entering this new environment without God being our all.  I am scared and not sure what the next page of our lives will bring, but I know that our faith, trust, and dependence on God must grow to survive.  And in the end…its worth the risks to be in the center of God’s will.

photo by James Greenelsh

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

(Mark 10:29-31 ESV)

It’s Matthew

Top Secret Bio

Name: Matthew Ian Monson

Born: December 16, 1983

Favorite Game: Laser Tag

Last Airplane Flown: Cirrus

Number of Nicknames: 25+

Matthew checking in,

By 2006 I had finished flight school and began flight instructing in Bellingham, WA.  I met Carolyn and through her encouragement I began a relationship with my savior Jesus.  God has opened many doors so I can serve with MAF including getting an airplane mechanics license while getting paid and receiving a heart moving donation that payed off most of my piloting school loans.  God has been so gracious in my life I am excited to share that grace with people that have not experienced it.

It’s Carolyn

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Name: Carolyn Helene Monson

Born: November 30, 1982

Favorite Food: Mexican

Favorite Game: Settlers of Catan

Goals: Parent Many Mini-Monsons

Carolyn Here,

I am so excited to get this opportunity to serve with MAF overseas.  Matt and I cannot believe God is blessing us to share the Gospel with an isolated people group and learn and love people different from us.  I graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor degree in Art Studio/Mixed Media.  After school I worked as an assistant teacher in a head start program until Caleb was born.  Now I am a stay at home mom and love my new role raising the sweetest boy I know.  I desire to us my skills in art and teaching overseas to reach out to the community and share Christ’s love to children and women.

It’s Caleb

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Name: Caleb Ian Monson

Born: November 6, 2010

Favorite Game: Wrestling Teddy Bear

Goals: Make Fishy Sound

A message from Caleb (as interpreted by Da Da),

I’m sure if Caleb had a robust vocabulary he would like to share some things about himself, but since he only knows a few words I will imagine a few things he’d share with you.  Caleb is currently 14 months old and transitioning into toddler craziness.  He loves to point and learn about everything from the second he arrises from his crib.  His favorite food is Na Na (banana) and he especially loves snuggle time with Ma Ma.  Unfortunately, snuggling with Da Da is not quite the same.  Caleb is excited to be an MK and cannot wait to meet little friends that look different than he does.

MAF here we are!!!

Hello all,

Carolyn, Caleb and I (Matthew) welcome you to our new blog about our journey and travels with Mission Aviation Fellowship, or MAF.   We wanted to first thank you for taking the time to learn about our calling to serve overseas and hope that you are encouraged and excited how God has led us to this mission field. We are no different than any of you and hope that seeing our pictures and reading our stories drives a desire in your heart to be missionaly focused wherever God places you.

In Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus says, “37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Is there a “neighbor” on your heart that can be shown God’s love through you?