Richard and Jennifer

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
– Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

Ever since he can remember, Richard has wanted to be a pilot. Born in England, Richard accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour at a summer camp during a year his family spent living in Ottawa. The family moved to Canada in 1978 and it was in the summer of 1982 that Richard felt called to become a missionary. In 1990 he completed his flight training at Trinity Western University.

Jennifer was raised in Saint John, New Brunswick and gave her life to Christ at the age of seven. She studied music and Christian education. In 1987 Jennifer had the opportunity to experience a short term missions trip. From that time her interest in serving the Lord overseas steadily increased.

Richard and Jennifer met while they were both attending Bethany Bible College (Kingswood University) in Sussex, NB. They were married in 1989 and have three grown children, Samantha (1994), Matthew (1996) and Nathaniel (1998). They also have a daughter in law Echo, married to Matt.

Since then, the Marples have faithfully served as MAF missionaries on the field in Papua New Guinea (1999-2016). Moving forward in their ministry with MAF they will be training up future generations of missionary pilots and their families at Prairie Aviation training Centre (PATC) in Three Hills, AB.

Please prayerfully consider partnering with Richard & Jennifer Marples as they continue to serve with MAF at PATC.

Please consider partnering with Richard and Jennifer Marples as they serve with MAF.

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We've written a book!

Busilmin. If you can imagine the end of the world, Busilmin is it. Busilmin brings the definition of isolated to life. It is this isolation, this remoteness, that defines existence in the depths of the rainforest. Death is life. Life is death. Survival is the bridge.

It is into the heart of this seclusion that Mission Aviation Fellowship chooses to fly; into depths of this need that we conveyed our very young family. Out of this beautiful land that we departed with our much older family, and a lifetime of near-unbelievable memories. This is not about planes.

The aircraft are only the scenery for the tale. These are the stories of our years in Papua New Guinea. All families have stories. The backdrop for our narrative is the end of the world, and that brings a unique flavour to these accounts. The Sibilanga pig. The bullet at Aiyura. Crocodiles. Rainbows. Strange food. Places with stranger names.

All with one thing in common: unpredictable, unforeseen, unanticipated, unexpected.

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