Pilot, South Sudan
Jono and Michele met in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and were married in 2010. They have four children, Abby (9), Daniel (8), and twins—Joseph and Benjamin (6), who are all home schooled by Michele.
Prior to having children Michele worked as an outdoor activity instructor in the UK, trained and worked as a chef, and flew in the RNZAF as a Navigator. Jono joined the Air Force as an Avionics Technician and after six years remustered to pilot. After completing his wings course he spent most of his career at 5 Squadron flying the Orion. It was while serving on 5 Squadron that Jono developed a passion for helping people in need through aviation, particularly search and rescue and disaster response missions.
It was also during this time that Jono and Michele developed a hunger for God’s Word and were baptised in 2011. From then on, combining their passion for Christ with their passion for aviation was on the horizon. Now, Jono and Michele believe that God is saying there is no better time than the present - to Arise and Go - to participate with God in His mission—to share His love.
Jono and Michele are excited to have the opportunity to join with MAF and share God’s love through aviation!
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. NKJV