Mark was saved as a senior in high school during a chapel service led by his soccer coach. Growing up, their church always had missionaries who would come and speak, telling of the work they were in and challenging them to go into missions. His family was also involved in supporting missionaries in Alaska by doing work projects. After he was saved, he had the opportunity to work at several youth camps, which included the use of aviation to transport supplies and kids. This helped spark his interest in mission aviation. He felt God calling him into full-time Christian ministry in the area of mission aviation over the next year (1990-91). He got side tracked and got away from the Lord for several years. When God brought him back to Himself, he still felt that He was calling him into missions. God led him to Moody Bible Institute to pursue Missionary Aviation.
Rose was saved at the age of 5. Her dad lead her to the Lord after Sunday school. She grew up doing missions projects at church, and listening to missionary speakers on a regular basis. During junior high and high school, a couple of her friends’ families went to Brazil for a year to teach at an MK school. God used their testimonies, His Word, along with the awareness of the needs in other countries to give her a desire to serve Him full-time in mission work. She pursued a degree at Moody Bible Institute.
. . .and this is where God brought them together. After they were married in 1997, they continued to pursue God’s call into missions. Mark completed Moody’s flight and maintenance program, graduating in 2001 and 2002. They headed to Alaska to see if this was where God would have them to serve. After spending about a year and a half there, God seemed to be closing that door for them. But, the same time He closed that door, He opened another. . . God led them to New Tribes Mission while Mark was on a short-term mission trip to PNG in 2004. God has gifted their family with the gift of Service and Encouragement, which are the areas they desire to use to serve Him wherever He places them.
They served with NTM in both Senegal, W. Africa, and in Papua New Guinea. However, they knew there was a reason that God had laid missions in Alaska on their hearts. He’s given them a passion for this type of ministry, and they are looking forward to being in Alaska, serving Him by serving others. They are excited to see how God will use all of the things He’s taught them while overseas, to help encourage those in the villages of Alaska.
God has blessed them with three very active boys! Nathanael (2003), and Brendon was (2004), and Alex (2011). God has chosen to bless us with one more, due to arrive in May 2013. It is exciting to see God working in the lives of each of them, and how He is molding them to become more like HIM.