Gill, Daniel

Gill, Daniel

I love aviation and I love God and today I serve with MAF as a pilot in South Sudan. Will you join my support team?

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I was born in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal to Northern Irish missionary parents. It was there that a heart for mission and a life of adventure was born in me. Witnessing first-hand the impact of holistic Gospel ministry, I saw the great privilege of sharing with people, especially those in rural areas. I also saw the need for access to these areas to make this ministry possible.

For the first seven years of my life, I lived in rural villages that were hard to get to or didn't even have road access. My father was working as the project manager on Hydro power site and my mother a nurse/midwife helping in maternal child healthcare. The construction site often needed large mechanical components; these were often flown in by helicopter. This is where my interest in aviation started and I was bitten by the aviation bug.

My MAF journey

My family and I left Nepal when my mother became ill. However through this time, God revealed Himself to me and I accepted Jesus as my Saviour. After spending 5 years in Northern Ireland, my family returned to Nepal when I was 12 and I was already considering a career in aviation through the RAF. A few years later, several MAF pilots and managers came to Kathmandu to look into setting up an MAF programme in Nepal. They invited my father to dinner to learn more about Nepal, and Mark brought me along. Once the MAF pilot's showed me pictures and videos of MAF's work, I knew that this was what God wanted me to do. MAF combined perfectly my interest in aviation, heart to serve people and work in remote areas worldwide.

From here, I completed my A-levels at boarding school in southern India before moving to Melbourne, Australia, to study a diploma of Mission Aviation. I studied for 5 years at Bible College, also doing aircraft maintenance and finally flight training. During this time, I also worked at World Vision learning which increased my desire to see change and help where I could. I really feel God has designed and grown me for serving. Every step of my training has encouraged me more than I could have dreamed of to be able to serve God in MAF.

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