There is a passion in our heart for Africa that cannot be ignored. It was ignited first in Cameroon in 1975-80 when we worked in a mobile clinic. Over the years Africa has continued to tug at our hearts. Our long term goal has always been to return to Africa.
Mark chose an OB/GYN residency in 1982 with the knowledge that maternal deaths are the leading cause of mortality in women in Africa. Along the way our five children were born (two in Cameroon) and we stayed in the states to raise our kids and practice in a private practice in Muskegon, Michigan for 24 years.
Today all five children, Joshua, Anna-Maria, Miriam, David, and Sara have graduated from college. Three are married and two of our children, Josh and Miriam are living in Africa with their spouses, Simone and Chris and our four granddaughters. David and his wife Betsy, Sara and Anna-Maria reside in Texas. All of our children and their spouses are faithful followers of Jesus. In 2003 Allison went back to college and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a secondary teaching degree in History and English. Today the calling to return to Africa is strong and the time is now.