Did You Know?

What does DRAM stand for?

Technically speaking, a dram is a type or size of measurement whether you are measuring liquid or dry elements. I (Allison) became familiar with the dram when I worked in a veterinarian's office and dispensed granular medications. David isn't sure when he first learned about the dram, but he is a nerd so he likes it.  He has never used a dram in a practical setting.

Another definition of a dram is "a small quantity of anything." dictionary.com

Our use of the title "dram" comes from the combination of our first and middle initials:
David Ron and Allison Michelle (now you know our middle names in case we ever get in trouble with your mom....)

In connection with the actual definition of the word, we recognize that even as a team our contribution to God's great and glorious work in this world amounts to quite little. I feel like Paul puts it best in 2 Corinthians 3:4-6a.
"Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant"

Praise God for taking our inadequate part in his work and making us adequate to be his servants!

Why pursue service in missions?

In short, why not? We strongly believe that Jesus Christ's mission and purpose on earth was to declare the message of the gospel, salvation by faith in him. Those who believed and followed Jesus (then and now) were also sent out to share this message. Merriam-Webster gives one definition of mission as "the act or an instance of sending" Unfortunately, this definition is recorded as obsolete; or perhaps it really is our generations' understanding of this definition that is obsolete? We have a Savior who has done a wondrous work in rescuing us from sin.
" So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.'" John 20:21 and "Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I set myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart." John 17:18-19

The question really should be where or to whom are you being sent?

We recognize there are many places and many people that need to hear the message of hope found in the gospel. God has sent us to many places internationally and within the United States: Korea, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Mongolia; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Alamos, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado... to name a few. We have sought to share the gospel with foreign nationals, people groups here in Denver, neighbors, friends, coworkers, family members, nieces and nephews, and the list goes on. You may know already that God has called you to know him so that he can reach others through you as you share the gospel with your words and actions. To whom has God sent you?

For more on the topic of mission, check out a free sermon by Timothy Keller (a pastor and author) titled "Missions". http://www.gospelinlife.com/sermons/missions.html

Or watch this music video by Selah "Be (My heart, My hands, My voice)"

So why is God sending us to Coshocton, Ohio?

We may still be asking God that question ourselves. Ultimately, we know he is calling David to pursue a role in missions that fits who God designed him to be and that does NOT involve a desk job or some pulpit. We are grateful that God does not limit the scope of how he uses people. Aviation mechanics are men (and women) who play a vital role in providing the ground support needed to use planes to transport people and supplies around the world. Some locations are still too remote or too undeveloped to be safely reached without the aid of an airplane. We all know that a good machine only lasts as long as a good mechanic can keep it running.

I (David) researched many options for receiving the necessary training to become a certified/licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. Here are some of the reasons we chose MMS Aviation.

  • MMS Aviation was developed to train apprentice mechanics in the skills required to pass the FAA examination to become a certified/licensed A&P mechanic. An apprenticeship allows David to work on mission aircraft (like he would see on a mission field) while under the guidance of a skilled maintenance specialist. Not only is there a lot to gain from the experience these men have, but MMS Aviation is the only training opportunity that allows David to gain work experience while studying for his exams. This will cut the lengthy process of reaching the mission field down significantly. Other options required 2 years of training in a tech school followed by 2 years of work experience (once you find a job in the field). At MMS Aviation, an apprentice is scheduled to complete his training in 30 months (2 1/2 years) and it already counts for the required work experience! 
  • The staff and other apprentice missionaries at MMS Aviation are deeply concerned about God's work around the world and in their own community of Coshocton, Ohio. They also care about raising up and preparing people that will continue to contribute to the spread of the Gospel wherever they are. 
  • MMS Aviation is a "faith-supported" ministry. The organization offers labor free services to mission organizations around the world who need the specialty repair and maintenance services or extra hands that MMS can provide.  In reality, The labor time expended to train an apprentice is greater than a experienced mechanic performing the work. However, the benefit of training an apprentice out weighs the additional cost for labor.  MMS Aviation staff missionaries and apprentices are dependent on gifts and donations from Christ's other servants (both the sending and the going kind) to provide the financial support needed to run this organization and meet other personal financial obligations like taxes, housing, tithe, etc. 
  • We can't do it alone! Ultimately, our decision was made when we evaluated the difference between tech school and this mission organization. Any alternative route had the possibility of reaching our goals based on our own efforts, finances, and investment of time. Our choice to pursue a faith-supported ministry for training and preparation seemed the best decision to make. We are putting everything in God's hands so that he will receive all the glory for what he provides. Our hands are open so that this "small quantity of anything" we contribute can be used as God purposed before the creation of the world. Another benefit to this route is that our support base will already be established when we finish training at MMS Aviation. MMS Aviation provides exposure to mission organizations that need maintenance specialists on the field and will assist our transition to serving with another mission organization long-term.

What is MMS Aviation?


Quoting from the organization's website:

"Since 1975 MMS has provided an aircraft maintenance apprenticeship for those who wish to serve God through mission aviation. MMS also provides aircraft repair, overhaul and modification free of any labor charge to Christian missionary organizations." www.mmsaviation.org

What does an apprentice maintenance specialist do?

They state it best:
"After successful completion of a thirty month training program, the apprentice is prepared to take the examinations for the Federal Aviation Administration airframe and powerplant mechanic license. From the initial day of training an MMS apprentice aircraft mechanic is a productive member of the mission community. Mission aircraft are repaired, overhauled or modified by apprentices under supervision of licensed and qualified staff." http://www.mmsaviation.org/mmswho.htm

What are the expenses involved in our ministry?

Our current goals are to raise $4,700 per month for our cost of living. We also have a one-time goal to raise $17,500 for moving expenses, David's tools and equipment, and travel expenses*. God will provide for these expenses through individuals and churches who
 commit to give monthly or give a one-time donation.

*Each apprentice participates in a minimum of one Rapid Response trip to provide maintenance or repair services to a mission aircraft on the field. For more information about Rapid Response teams, please check out this link, http://www.mmsaviation.org/mmsrapid.htm.

How can you partner with us and support what God is doing?
  1. You can pray for MMS Aviation and our involvement with them.
  2. You can pray for our marriage, our relationships, and our lives to bring glory to God.
  3. You can become a financial partner in this ministry God is using to take the gospel to all the nations. (Matt 28:19-20)
  4. You can invite your church and your friends who know God to hear about this ministry opportunity God has given us.  Post a comment and we will contact you

  • Financial donations are tax deductible provided they are made to MMS Aviation.
  • MMS is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (EFCA).

  • Please state to whom the donation is preferenced : David and Allison DeJong.

Other contributions to building fund projects, office and shop equipment, Rapid Response trips and general operations also serve to support the work of MMS Aviation.

You can send a personal check and ministry partnership pledge form to:

MMS Aviation
PO Box 1118
Coshocton, OH  43812-6118

or you can download a form to set up an Electronic Funds Transfer for recurring donations by clicking here.

You may also follow this link to donate online with credit card:


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