NAMPA, Idaho — Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a nonprofit global Christian organization, broke ground on a new 8,000-square-foot facility at their U.S. headquarters located at the Nampa Airport.
The facility will serve as a gathering place for MAF employees who are in Nampa for training, families serving overseas that are on break, and local staff. The building will include meeting rooms, an activity room, library and study, computer stations, a large kitchen and dining area for 45 people, and a teen and children’s center. It will also include an outdoor patio with grills.
“When we moved to this site 13 years ago we envisioned a campus that not only included our administrative building and aircraft hangar used for maintenance and training, but would also function as a full service location for missionary families who are here for training or on a break from overseas service,” said David Holsten, president and CEO of MAF.
“Each year we host several hundred people for training and meetings. Most of them are families and they can often be here for extended periods of time as they prepare for overseas service. This family center, as we call it, will allow a separate location for study, a place for kids to have activities other than in an apartment, and for people to gather in their down time,” said Holsten. “We are very grateful that through the generous donations of many people, organizations, and churches, this building will become a reality in 2020.”
The two-story, 8,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in late spring of 2020 at a cost of $1.7 million. The project contractor is Mussell Construction and the architect is Network Architects.
Besides the administrative and hangar building, the 19-acre compound now contains six one-to-three-bedroom duplexes and triplexes with an adjoining playground, a maintenance building, and a shower/laundry building that serves the RV park used by volunteers.
The fundraising campaign that will fund the construction of the family center facility was also used for the purchase of five aircraft for overseas work, the construction of three duplexes already built and two more that will be built in the near future. It also funded the construction of the maintenance building and expansion of the RV park.