In 1998, Mark participated in a Wycliffe mission simulation event at which he was told, ‘It doesn’t matter what you do, we can use you.’ ‘I am a dog trainer, can you use me?’ Mark asked. Despite no known need for dog trainers, Mark and Lorene became members of Wycliffe Bible Translators in 2003. Over the next 16 years they filled roles in Papua New Guinea as Lae Regional Centre Managers, Directors for Regional Centres, Port Moresby Regional Centre Manager (Lorene), Government Relations Officer (Mark) and as Staff Care Managers. They also served in Australia as Member Care Coordinators and State Representatives. Mark and Lorene will be continuing to serve in the area of Staff Care, supporting and equipping missionary personnel in the Pacific area with all they need to prosper in their lives, families and work.
Mark and Lorene have now returned to Australia and have been assigned to work within the SIL Pacific Area, as the Pacific Area Staff Care Coordinators. Their primary assignment is to establish "The Red Sea", a missionary Counselling and Member Care Centre in Cairns, Far North Queensland.
Footnote: Mark had the privilege of assisting the Lae Police Dog Squad, proving God can indeed use a dog trainer in cross-cultural service!