We are Steven and Michelle Thompson, we have 4 children, Samuel (10), Isaac (8), Benjamin (7) and Avalon (3). We are from Northern Ireland and have been involved in missions for over 10 years, serving most of that time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with New Tribes Mission (NTM).
Leaving school, Steven started engineering in aviation with Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast. He grew up in a Christian home and was saved at 18, but never had a strong commitment to the Lord. In 2002, God took hold of Steven’s life and soon after challenged him into missions, serving in Papua New Guinea for a short time in 2003/2004. Steven quickly knew that the Lord was calling him into full-time missions and attended NTM Bible School and Missionary training, where he met his wife Michelle.
Michelle is Australian by birth and spent the first 10 years of her life there. In 1988, through family circumstances, Michelle’s mother brought Michelle and her siblings back to Northern Ireland. Michelle came to the Lord in 2001 and very early in her walk with the Lord was challenged into serving full-time in missions. Michelle spent some time in Peru with Baptist Missions before applying as a candidate to Child Evangelism Fellowship. In 2004, she attended NTM Bible School in England where she was to meet Steven.
In 2008, the Thompsons set off for PNG to support missionaries in Technical Support Services across the Islands region. In 2013, they moved to the Highlands of PNG to work with NTM Aviation, thus Steven returning to his roots.
Within missionary aviation, there is a huge need for licensed engineers and pilots. The Thompsons' desire is to further train with MAF for Steven to achieve his Engineering Licence to help strengthen and support the work of missionary aviation. He is now doing this in Mareeba, Australia where the family currently live and work.
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