UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
Our missionary partners
This is the old version of the website which is not kept up to date.
For the current website please go to https://standrewscheam.org.uk
St Andrew’s supports three missionary partners in prayer and through regular financial support through the Mission Fund. Please remember then in your own prayers, and if you would like to contribute to supporting their work, the treasurer|Treasurer will be happy to hear from you.
Our current partners are:
- Bibi Nédellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators
- The Draper family with Mission Aviation Fellowship
- Sutton Schoolswork
Bibi Nédellec with Wycliffe Bible Translators
Welcome to the Draper Family – our new Missionary Partner
At the Church Meeting in September, all those voting approved the proposal to partner with Mark and Steph Draper and their three girls, Lexi, Evelyn and Raya, of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) as our replacement partner for Hans and Melissa Cools.
The Draper Family
The Church papers for the meeting contained the background to Mark and Steph Draper applying to MAF. Since being accepted by MAF in May 2021, Mark continued working to apply and gain his UK aircraft maintenance licence. This came through from the Civil Aviation Authority when he and Steph were away on their MAF orientation training course in July 2022 and was the final hurdle that needed to be overcome before the family could start real preparations to move out to Uganda. This key licence allows Mark to certify that the aircraft are fit to fly.
In early August the family had a look see visit to Uganda giving them an opportunity to look at accommodation, schools, where Mark will be working and a general feel of the what life might be like. The family have now moved from Luton to Ware in Hertfordshire, where Mark & Steph are attending for 3 months the All Nations College for Theology and Cross Cultural training.
They will be going out to Uganda early next year where Mark will be working in the main MAF East Africa Maintenance base. They cover and support Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya and Chad. Mark will likely have to travel at times to these other countries.
Mark is waiting for his Uganda Work Visa, has been packing up their house and filling a container to be sent out to hopefully arrive about the time they do. When in Uganda Mark will have to apply to convert his UK Aircraft Maintenance Licence to a Ugandan one before he can certify planes fit to fly.
Mark is a very good communicator and apart from regular news and prayer letters, he is also planning to continue to do some videos of what the family are doing. So far he has done four very informative videos of his journey to date, which can be viewed on his YouTube channel.
Just before the Church Meeting I had a very informative and pleasant telephone conversation with Mark which has made me very comfortable that Mark, Steph and his three girls will be an excellent replacement Missionary partner for the congregation.
For more information please contact the team using the contact details provided.
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