Keith and Rosie Ketchum met in Ethiopia where Rosie was teaching at a mission school in Addis Ababa and Keith arrived to help with MAF’s famine relief effort in 1984. After getting married and completing studies at Trinity Western University, the Ketchums returned to Ethiopia with son Craig, and then moved to Sudan for a year to support the relief effort with AirServ.
Back in the UK for their daughter Jennifer’s birth, they attended a missionary training college and then headed to Angola, but after a year the civil war forced them to relocate to Namibia. During this time, a new opportunity opened up for MAF to serve Medair in Somalia, so they re positioned the aircraft and set up the flight program with basic maintenance in Djibouti.
In 1993, the Ketchums returned to Ethiopia, along with their newest arrival, Heather, where Keith took on the role of program manager and pilot for four years.
When the program closed in Ethiopia, the Ketchum family moved to Kenya where Keith worked as the Maintenance Support Manager for the Africa region, and Rosie taught in various local schools.
In 2006 they moved to the UK, where Keith now works as the Maintenance Training Coordinator for MAF International and Rosie teaches part time and tutors after school.