Bryan began serving with MAF in 2008, beginning his first term in Lesotho a year later. In 2012 he married his sweetheart, Mari, and they returned to Lesotho. Their first-born son, Matthias, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October 2013. They adopted their daughter, Isabella, in September 2018. Bryan and Mari pray that the Gospel will transform the lives of the Basotho, whom they have loved and served for over ten years.
As a pilot and mechanic, Bryan is part of a growing MAF team that serves a critical function as medical relief flying and reaching the Basotho with the Gospel of Jesus. Bryan has assisted in delivering four babies on board his airplane (thankfully, all while on the ground)! He also transports local pastors to remote areas so they can share the Gospel with the Basotho! He shares, “It is a unique and wonderful privilege to be a part of God’s redemptive plan for the Basotho people!”
Born in Anchorage, AK, Bryan moved with his family to Federal Way, WA, where he was raised. His interest in aviation began in his second year of high school when he took an aviation fundamentals class. After high school, Bryan met James, who invited him to his church, where, in September of 1999, Bryan committed his life to Jesus! Introduced to missions through TeenMania, he traveled with a street ministry group to Venezuela and then to Peru. Motivated by Romans 10:14-15, serving with MAF has been Bryan’s call since 2000. Shortly after graduating, Bryan worked for FedEx while enrolled in a professional pilot program at Green River Community College. He obtained his aircraft mechanic’s license from Everett Community College in 2006, began working as an aircraft mechanic in 2007, and then a charter pilot in Port Angeles while taking several Bible courses through Global University.
Mari was born in Renton, WA, and raised in Arizona. After high school, she joined the Navy and served as a Chinese linguist for almost ten years. Mari began a relationship with Jesus in 2007 and felt a call to missions early in her journey with God. She graduated from Lake Washington Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science degree for Physical Therapist Assistant in 2010. Mari planned to serve in missions using her skills in therapy to treat physically delayed children. But, when she and Bryan started courting, it was easy to see God was changing her plans. However, she did get to volunteer at a local orphanage for their first two years in Lesotho. Now, Mari enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling their children, Matthias and Isabella. In addition, Mari is excited to serve as a Waypoints mentor, mentoring new missionaries planning to join MAF.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Bryan and Mari’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
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