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Erica Smith

Pre-field Staff, Currently in Need of Your Support

 

Erica was born in a Christian home in Waukesha, WI, and she felt the Lord’s call and accepted Him into her heart as a young child. Near the age of 5, Erica knew that the Lord was calling her towards lifelong ministry within aviation. Her parents raised her with two younger sisters in the southeastern region of Wisconsin. A passion for helping others was nurtured in her while growing up through her parents being foster parents to many children. Her parents also taught her the importance of learning through family life by homeschooling and involvement in the community. Outside of school, Erica spent 10+ years in the 4-H youth program – learning her strengths and weaknesses, practicing leadership skills to help plan activities like: summer youth camp and organizing a shoe collection of over 2,500 pairs of shoes for a non-profit organization. She was also a part of Civil Air Patrol for a couple years which included assisting in flood relief near Lake Delton, WI.

As she grew up physically and spiritually, the spark for missions grew within her. Through her travels for ministry and family vacation she went to Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Israel, Jordan, and Ecuador; learning about the numerous cultures and the many things that they have to offer us. While working at the local Plymouth Culver’s which is operated under Christian values over the past 11 years, she has developed many life skills and grown in her walk with the Lord.

Erica graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX, with a degree in Aeronautical Science in August 2013. Her degree includes a private pilot’s license with instrument rating, and an aircraft maintenance (A&P) license. It was through her participation at LeTourneau’s Missions Emphasis Week that she was introduced to some of the mission organizations working around the globe including Missionary Aviation Repair Center, MARC. With the Lord’s help, upon graduation she accepted employment with a small local regional airline fixing/maintaining their CRJ-200 airplanes in Milwaukee, WI using the skills she had learned, while continuing to expand her knowledge.

While volunteering over the last several years with MASA (Mission Aviation Support Association) at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Erica learned more about the many aviation mission organizations. While she was supporting the missionaries, at EAA AirVenture in August 2016 she was challenged to apply for ministry with MARC. Through much prayer and research she felt peace and God’s hand leading her towards serving in Alaska. After visiting Soldotna, Alaska, in September ’16 she fell in love with their mission and successfully completed her candidacy in January 2017. Erica accepted the full-time staff position as Parts Room Clerk / Flight Ops Assistant and is in the process of raising support for MARC, anticipating to move up to Alaska in the near future.