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 are currently assigned to work within the SIL Pacific Area. From 2020-2022 Mark served as co-founder and Interim General Manager while setting up The Red Sea Counselling and Member Care Centre in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Mark, assisted by Lorene, currently serves as CEO of The Red Sea, and is steering the newly formed charity through it's early stages of development.
For more information please go to: https://redsea.org.au/
Footnote: Mark had the privilege of assisting the Lae Police Dog Squad, proving God can indeed use a dog trainer in cross-cultural service!