Mark and Sarah both feel it is a privilege to come from families with a strong Christian heritage. Sarah is the daughter of missionaries and spent some of her childhood in Nigeria, while Mark was brought up in a Christian family in Gillingham, Kent. It is largely due to the influence of their parents that they both became Christians at a young age and developed an interest in mission.
We met at our home church in Gillingham and were married in 1999. The early years of our marriage were spent there, Sarah working as a speech and language therapist and Mark as a quality technician for BAE Systems. In 2000, during a mission service at our home church, we both felt called to full-time mission service abroad. We desired to use the practical skills God has given us, and this led us to apply to MAF.
Our MAF journey
From 2002 to 2005, we lived in Ohio, USA. There, Mark trained to become an aircraft maintenance engineer with MMS Aviation, which is a Christian organisation that repairs mission aircraft and trains engineers for missionary service.
From 2005 -2016 we served in Uganda with MAF. Mark joined the engineering team, maintaining the fleet of seven planes which help enable the spread of God's Word to places that can often only be reached by air. Sarah's roles included co-managing the MAF guest house in Kampala and helping with hospitality in the MAF programme.
In March 2016 we moved as a family to Liberia, a new MAF programme that started in 2015. Mark is working as the chief engineer and responsible for all the maintenance of the aeroplane operated in Liberia. Sarah is helping with administration tasks and hospitality within the programme and looking into possibilities of using her Speech Therapy skills in the community.
Soon after arriving in Uganda, we felt the Lord leading us to pursue adopting one of the many babies who are abandoned or orphaned here. In April 2006, we began fostering our daughter Amy, and we brought home our son Joshua in May 2007. The formal adoptions were completed in September 2010. Then in November 2012, our own little miracle – Abigail – was born.