Greg was born to missionary parents in Ivory Coast and enjoyed his childhood years growing up on the mission field. Jill was born in Australia and grew up in the Salvation Army.
We met in Jerusalem in 1992. Greg shared his dream of one day becoming a pilot and working in a mission setting. At that time, Jill wanted to continue working with poor immigrants in Israel and couldn’t see how the two objectives fitted together. We married in Australia in 1996, knowing that God could be trusted to blend our experience and use us together. We spent our first year in Brisbane, Australia, and then accepted a call to work with young people in a church in Bristol, UK, for four years. There we had our first child Esther.
We returned to Australia while Greg attained his Commercial Pilots Licence and Instructor Rating, and worked as a flying instructor. During this time, Ariela and Zoe were added to our little family. In 2004, we were based permanently in Bristol, waiting for the right opportunity to use our skills and experiences in service in mission.
Our MAF journey
The door opened when MAF asked us to consider working in Chad, central Africa. Since then and after many exciting – sometimes scary – times in Chad, we moved to Uganda where Greg’s experience as a pilot is much needed.
We have prayerfully sacrificed many of the things a pilot’s family in the UK may enjoy and have also had to relocate our family, and leave friends and family behind. Although these are painful decisions, we know that God has planned this and will continue to support and sustain us.