I am a “third culture kid” who grew up in the highlands of Papua to missionary parents. Aged 9 I returned to Melbourne, Australia and completed school and university. I worked in health care for a number of years, studiously avoiding becoming a teacher but God had other plans and I ended up doing a Diploma of Education and becoming a primary teacher. I remember thinking at the time, “This is something I could take anywhere in the world” but I had no real thought or desire to really do this. However I did take my degree with me all the way to …….Scotland.
Since 2002 I have been living and teaching in Glasgow. My interest in other countries and cultures also continued to grow over the years and in 2006 I found myself beginning Bible College. I knew I didn’t want to go ‘into the ministry’ but was keen to learn about Christianity in other countries and cultures and also pastoral care. I gained a double major in cross cultural studies and practical theology yet I was adamant that I would not go overseas in a mission context.
In early 2018 I saw the job of Education Support Co-Ordinator for Asia Pacific advertised with MAF and expressed an interest. When I received the information and realised that the M in MAF stood for Mission (I had conveniently forgotten that) I tried to back track but God had other plans and soon I found myself agreeing to pray about this opportunity. For a couple of weeks everything I read, heard and the council of trusted people pointed to God saying “Trust me, go for it” so I did. I can clearly see that all the plans I had in trying out various work avenues and the skills and experiences I gained have come together in God’s purpose in bringing me to serve Him in this new role.
I am so excited to be providing education and support for the children of MAF staff which in turn will enable more families to serve in MAF’s Asia Pacific programmes.