The Williamses, after having served in Haiti as a pilot/mechanic family for 20½ years, now serve in MAF’s Mobilization Department, covering the south central United States. Mark represents MAF at colleges, churches, missions conferences and airshows seeking the men and women God is calling to serve with MAF as pilots, mechanics, teachers or technology professionals. Glee travels with Mark on occasion and uses her experience as a mom and mission teacher to help counsel mission aviation wives about schooling, raising children overseas and engaging in ministry opportunities. The Williams desire to use their field experience to inspire and raise up the next generation of missionary pilots.
As they reflect on their last term in Haiti, they share, “On January 12, 2010, we were at home when the devastating earthquake, 7.0 magnitude, hit Haiti’s most populated area, Port-au-Prince, killing an estimated 300,000 people.” Under Mark’s leadership as Program Manager, MAF was strategically located to provide immediate disaster help to Haiti.
The earthquake was followed by a cholera epidemic in October, and in November Hurricane Thomas pummeled Haiti’s south shore. Mark shares, “I was part of MAF’s response to these disasters by carrying the love of Christ in the form of transporting doctors, medical teams, relief workers, medical patients and many thousands of pounds of food and medical supplies to the hurt, hungry, and desperate victims of these multiple disasters. This allowed me and the MAF team to strengthen relationships and give opportunity to further God’s Kingdom into the lives we touched personally.”
Mark has discipled many Haitian young men over 10 years in Bible study, along with Christian character and leadership training. He also ran the church’s youth program for 10 years, desiring to inspire and challenge the youth to dig deeper and draw closer to God. Glee’s role in Haiti was to impact the students at the International Christian School where she taught and served as the Guidance Counselor. Through the years she has loved being an influence for the Lord, on future business and government leaders of Haiti (who also attended the school).
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 Williamses’ 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.