Thomas & Clare Baertschi
Serving in Arnhem Land
* 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.
Growing up in Switzerland, Thomas always had a passion for aircraft and for serving God. These two came together when in 2002 he commenced the Mission Aviation Course (Engineering) at the Bible College of Victoria.
Clare grew up in Australia and having an enthusiasm for working with young children, spent time as an AuPair in the USA, and later completed a Diploma of Children’s Services. In 2002 she came to the Bible College of Victoria to study, and subsequently met Thomas.
They married in 2004 and were blessed with four children, Joshua (2007), Eleanor (2009), Caitlyn (2011) and Matayah (2013).
Mission Aviation was always close to their hearts, and through a variety of interesting circumstances, the Lord placed it on their hearts in early 2016 that NOW was the time to join MAF.
Their desire is to seek first the kingdom of God, trusting that He will lead them as they become part of a new community, form new relationships, and are used by God for His purposes.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.John 15:5