Geoff was brought up by wonderful Christian parents and was ‘forced’ through Sunday School and church. However, it didn’t entirely put him off and, as a young teenager, he made a personal commitment to Christ through the witness of a group of Christian friends. Geoff studied mechanical engineering at university and joined a local engineering company where he worked on turbo-machinery for power generation. He has had the opportunity to travel to many developing countries and, as a result of the needs he has seen, has had a long-term commitment to mission.

Celia became a Christian through sitting next to the daughter of a missionary in primary school. After studying photography and linguistics, her interest in mission led her to spend three years in China. When Celia returned to the UK, she began working with Friends International in international student ministry in Newcastle. One of her roles involved helping to run the Globe Cafe, a meeting place for international students. We met in 2003 when Geoff joined the volunteer team.

Our MAF journey

Following our marriage, we were encouraged to look again at how we were serving God and, in particular, how we could fill the missionary role that is dear to both of us. Geoff had been a long-term MAF supporter thanks to a family friend who was a regular passenger in the 1990s. At this point, we became aware of MAF’s need for engineers to look after their fleet of light aircraft. After much prayer and encouragement, we have been accepted to join this work to demonstrate the love of God by keeping MAF’s planes flying in support of relief, development and evangelism. Our daughter Miriam was born in 2007.

Following three-year training in aircraft maintenance with Missionary Maintenance Services in Coshocton, Ohio, we joined the MAF team in Uganda.

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