The Marx family has served with Mission Aviation Fellowship for almost 48 years in Honduras, Ecuador, and the US, working in aviation, finances, and administration. Currently, Steve works in the Purchasing Department at headquarters, keeping the MAF worldwide fleet supplied with parts. After years of teaching, Ann now ministers providing lesson plans, advice and encouragement for homeschooled grandchildren and takes care of her family and home. Steve and Ann are excited to be involved in the overall ministry of MAF.
Steve was born in Reading, PA, to missionary parents and grew up in Central America. He accepted the Lord at age 12 during a chapel service at his missionary kids’ school. Steve trained at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, and earned a degree in missionary aviation at Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, TN. He also attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He holds a commercial single-engine pilot’s license with instrument ratings and served as an MAF pilot/mechanic in Honduras in 1974. Due to medical needs, Steve returned to the States in 1976, married Carmen (from Honduras) in 1977. Steve received training at the MAF headquarters as a bookkeeper and administrator before returning to Honduras in 1982. Steve was widowed in 1990 and moved to Ecuador with his three children in 1991. He shares that no matter what comes his way in life, he is reminded that God makes no mistakes, is in complete control, and will not desert him.
Ann was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and was led to the Lord at age 5 by her mother. Her favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Ann’s mother gave her this verse when she was a child. Ann attended London Baptist Bible College in London, Ontario, and earned a degree in Religious Education. She met Steve in 1994 when she was teaching at the Nate Saint School in Shell, Ecuador. They were married in 1995. Their fourth child was born in Ecuador in 1998.
The Marxes’ three older children, Brian, Eileen, and Cristi, along with their spouses, have their own distinct ministries serving the Lord. Their youngest, Ryan, earned a degree in graphic design and is job-searching.
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 the Marxes’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.
The U.S. offices of MAF serve as a hub for MAF services worldwide. A day in the life here includes specialized flight training, staff mobilization and counseling, purchasing and shipping of aircraft parts, finance and accounting, administration of an Internet gateway for worldwide email, fund raising, printing and mailing of various materials, and many, many more activities. Some staff serve around the country; training future pilots and mobilizing potential candidates to serve with MAF.
MAF missionaries raise support for a pooled fund out of which MAF covers salary, housing, benefits, and staff-related ministry expenses. MAF exercises discretion over the use of missionary support in the exercise of its mission and care of its staff.