Michael & Karen Penn
Serving in Mareeba
* This donation is tax deductible
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.
After many years of caring for missionary kids as boarding parents in Papua New Guinea, Michael and Karen have, since 2013, been living in Mareeba, North Queensland, where Michael is the Logistics and Stores Manager at MAF’s aircraft maintenance facility. He spends his time sourcing, ordering, and tracking parts and equipment for the maintenance that is being done on aircraft from the Asia Pacific region (Papua New Guinea, Arnhem Land, Timor Leste and Bangladesh). It also falls to his part to coordinate the movement of supplies to and from the fields.
While Karen has no formal role, she finds that ministry opportunities seem to find her, involving members of the MAF family, the local community, the local church, and their Aboriginal neighbours. She has finished her course in inner healing and Prayer Ministry and is waiting to be trained as a teacher, to teach the same course she completed last year.
Michael and Karen have four adult children living interstate. Catherine is working as a travel agent, Nathan is working as a wood machinist for a stair building company, Matthew is studying Aerospace Engineering and Joanna is doing a diploma in Christian Ministry and Theology while being trained in prayer ministry. Daniel remains at home still and is in grade 7.
After these things I looked and beheld a great multitude which no one could number of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the lamb, clothed with white robes and with palm branches in their hands.Revelation 7:9