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About John Boyd

Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere. If you want to know what might be swirling around in my head with regards to missions, aviation and the role MAF is playing in all of it, this is the place to visit. I hope to shed some light the opportunities MAF has to serve God in the amazing things He is doing around the world.I have served as the president of MAF since 2007 and have worked with this wonderful organization in some capacity since 1991. I’ll try to provide context for what MAF is doing through its strategic initiatives and share interesting pieces of information regarding where the organization is headed. That is what I hope to accomplish through this blog. I invite you visit regularly.For His Kingdom,John BoydPresident & CEO
Recent Posts by John Boyd

Four Things I’ve Learned About Christian Leadership

Thankfully, these “barriers” weren’t really barriers at all, and 20 years later we are still serving God through this remarkable organization. As I reflect on these 20 years, here are a few things I have realized.

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01 Jul 2014
Categories: Leadership

Extroverts, Introverts, and Pizza

There has been a fundamental shift, in recent years, in the way society thinks about extroverts and introverts.

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03 Jun 2014
Categories: Leadership

Top 3 Things to Remember About Missionaries Coming Home

Coming home is one of the hardest things a missionary faces.

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08 Apr 2014
Categories: Leadership, Missionary

How Voodoo Taught Me to Cherish Silence

Eerie chanting and wailing surrounded our home. I flung off the sheets and ran to the window.

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11 Mar 2014
Categories: Culture, Leadership, Spiritual, Testimonial

Cultures and Time

We teach that there are cold cultures and warm cultures. Simply put, cold cultures put a high value proposition on productivity, while warm cultures give more importance to relationships.

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25 Feb 2014
Categories: Culture

Preparing for Slippery Cross-Cultural Experiences

How do you peel a banana? The answer is easy: Just start from the top. However, things get a little more complex when you start talking about which end really is the top. Here in the U.S., the top is the end with the stem. That is how bananas are displayed in grocery stores. That [...] Read the Rest »

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04 Feb 2014
Categories: Culture

Culture Shock at the Grocery Store

by Tanya Boyd, wife of MAF President John Boyd This post is part of a series about the role that culture plays in the missionary experience. I couldn’t find the courgettes. It was 1992. John and I had just moved from South Africa to the U.S. to participate in missionary candidate class at Mission Aviation [...] Read the Rest »

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21 Jan 2014
Categories: Culture, Missionary

Gasoline and Culture Shock

This is the first of several blog posts regarding the part that culture plays in the missionary experience. I thought I knew cultures. Born in Scotland, raised in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe), lived and worked in South Africa, travelled extensively … I had seen and experienced many ways of life. But I was unprepared for [...] Read the Rest »

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07 Jan 2014
Categories: Culture

Faithful To The Mission

What a year we have had! So many blessings, so many opportunities, so many changes in the world.

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31 Dec 2013
Categories: Spiritual

How To Say “Merry Christmas” At MAF

If you were to pop into one of MAF’s many bases this time of year, you would undoubtedly be welcomed with a hearty season’s greeting. However, depending on which base you were to arrive, that warm tiding might sound a little different … Visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo and you would hear “Joyeux [...] Read the Rest »

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17 Dec 2013
Categories: Leadership