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Mark & Jodie Simmonds

Sent from: MAF Australia

Serving in: Cairns

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The Story

Growing up in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Mark always planned to become a missionary. After 9 years in the Australian Army, Mark re-trained as a Baptist Minister, serving in two churches in country Victoria and as a Reserve Army Chaplain before re-joining the Army as a fulltime Chaplain. For Jodie, it was a different journey, she met Mark while they were studying at the Australian Defence Force Academy and had never considered being a missionary, so it has been an amazing journey over the last twenty years.

Mark has served as the Deputy Programme Manager in South Sudan, Lokichoggio base Project Manager and the Quality/ Safety Manager for Kenya.  Jodie has home schooled the children – Jessica, Hannah-Rose and Joel, as well as served at the Education Support Officer (Africa Region) and Child Protection Officer in Kenya.

In 2019 the family moved back to Australia to utilise the experiences they gained in Africa in the Arnhem Land program, where Mark currently is the Quality, Safety and Security Manager.  Jodie is concentrating on finishing her Masters of Education (Leadership) and settling the children back in to Australia.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

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