Ben & Anne Sibthorpe
Serving in Mareeba
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Why are some donations tax deductible and others not?
Gifts or sponsorship to support the relief work of MAF International (ABN 32 004 260 860) in Australia, made through the MAF Aid Fund (ABN 49 498 842 455), are tax deductible.
Not tax deductible
Tax deductibility on donations is only allowable by the Australian Tax Office in respect of approved relief and development activities. For this reason, tax deductibility is not available for sponsorship of staff working for ACMA (Australian Centre for Mission Aviation), CRMF, MAF Canada, MAF USA and MAF Australia (Sydney), nor for support of evangelistic outreach and other non-qualifying activities. Donations to CRMF are treated as 'non-development' and do not qualify for tax deductibility.
Ben has a passion for planes. It has grown over the years and, having qualified in aeronautical engineering at Brunel University, he has had a unique opportunity to use his skills on a wide variety of aircraft.
He was born into a large Christian family and it was as a result of childish pranks, when his brothers were about to throw him into a lake, that Ben recognised his need of God and committed his life to Him.
Ben also has a heart for mission, and he met Anne while on a mission trip to Macedonia. Anne had given her life to God during a work experience trip to Australia. Being away from home life, friends and church made her realise that she had nothing without God.
As their relationship grew, culminating in their marriage, so did their desire to use their skills to serve God overseas. By this time, Anne had qualified as a teacher and had already spent time working in an orphanage in Indonesia. Independently, they had both heard about MAF – Ben by reading its quarterly magazine, and Anne when a member of her church left to serve with MAF as an aircraft maintenance engineer.
They were accepted by MAF and were first based in Tanzania where Ben’s engineering skills were vital in keeping planes in the air for a wide variety of ministry, and Anne’s skills and experience were also very much utilitised.
They moved to Chad in 2005 and then to Mareeba, Australia in 2010. They have five children: Alice, Jack, Olivia, Estella and Edith.
Ben & Anne Sibthorpe are members of MAF UK.
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:8