The Parker family first went to Ukarumpa, PNG in 2005. Steve has worked as an aircraft mechanic (fixed wing and helicopter) and has also worked in the CAM (Construction and Maintenance Department). Paula has taught at the primary school, most recently in the Learning Assistance Department.
In March 2020 they returned to Australia due to COVID-19. Later that year they took on the role as fill-in managers at Tree Tops Lodge Cairns and remained on staff there until December 2021.
In 2022 they are based in Cranebrook, NSW on Home Assignment. During this time they are involved with various churches and catching up with supporters. It's also been a good opportunity to do some much needed work on their home which has been rented out for many years. Their three adult children (Anna, Tim and Dan) appreciate having them local, with Anna and Dan being able to live with them this year. Steve and Paula are planning to return to PNG in 2023. Their son Tim is getting married in America in January 2023 to Melissa and they'll then settle in Australia while Tim continues with his university studies.
Steve and Paula feel privileged to be able to support Bible translation and they greatly appreciate the prayers and practical support of those at home.