Issue 6 Stories

God was and is working in our lives

I (Mary-Ann) had wanted to be a missionary since the age of 7.

When I was studying at Calgary’s Rocky Mountain College in 1997, I met with SIM representatives with an idea to serve in Burkina Faso. After several meetings I realized that the timing was not right.

I married Guillermo in 2000 and we both felt God directing Guillermo to become a pilot and serve in mission aviation and moved to Three Hills to take the aviation program at Prairie Bible College.

The switch to aviation was a big change for us as we had been involved in several evangelistic and discipleship short-term ministries and mission trips in the previous years.

After completing the aviation program, we were seeking God’s direction and in the summer of 2004, attended the SIM Canada conference at Fair Havens in Ontario. We loved what the mission stood for, how the Gospel was being shared and the interdenominational nature of the mission.

We were accepted in 2004, and travelled to Botswana and Zambia to gain flight experience to serve in mission aviation with SIM. In 2008 we became full-time missionaries under SIM, seconded to Flying Mission Zambia.

As SIM missionaries we have been very blessed with great relationships and support as we followed God’s leading.

Working and living in Zambia had many blessings, challenges and was rich in friendships. We saw God working in and through us and our children in incredible ways. Guillermo loved to fly and would often find himself sharing his story of God’s grace to his passengers and the people he would meet at each destination.

In August 2016, we returned to Canada as we felt that God was leading us away from aviation and into a ministry focusing on discipleship and evangelism once again.

Later this year, our family will move to Mexico (Guillermo’s country of birth and early years) and the whole family is looking forward to serving the Spanish community in the city of La Paz.

We will continue with SIM and be on loan to TEAM in a growing discipleship ministry called Transformados (To Transform).

We are so grateful for SIM Canada as it has been like a supportive extended family as we have travelled, served, transitioned and grown in our faith.

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