Ayling, Stewart and Michelle

Ayling, Stewart and Michelle

Eighteen years working for motor racing teams might seem like odd preparation to become an MAF Logistics Manager in Tanzania, but apparently not to God!

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Background

Eighteen years working for motor racing teams might seem like odd preparation for mission work in Africa, but apparently not to God! With our children Jack (1999), Harry (2001) and Robyn (2004), we moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 2011 to take up new roles there with MAF.

Stewart was brought up in a Christian family and first made a commitment at the age of 15 during a youth group house party. He had always had a keen interest in motor racing and studied mechanical engineering at Hatfield Polytechnic, with the aim of pursuing a career in motorsport. In 1992, Stewart began working in touring car racing, followed by the Le Mans 24-hour race and later with Jaguar in Formula 1.

For Michelle, our life here is the result of a calling to mission in Africa which she first felt at the age of eight during a school assembly. After coming to know Jesus aged 19, she studied world religions and history at Crewe and Alsager College, then followed this up with a PGCE at Newcastle University to become a secondary schoolteacher.

After meeting in Michelle’s home town of Norwich, we married and moved to Kettering a year later. We joined Christ the King Church soon afterwards, and were involved in a variety of activities but particularly in the children’s and youth work.

Our calling to MAF

Feeling God calling us clearly into full-time mission service overseas led us on a brief trip to Tanzania in 2010 to explore potential opportunities to serve there with MAF. Stewart serves as Programme Manager in Arusha, overseeing the office and liaising with other mission organisations and NGOs in the region.

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