Stewart and Michelle Ayling
Stewart and Michelle, with their children Jack (16), Harry (14) and Robyn (10), have lived in Tanzania since 2011. They first moved abroad to work with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) but now serve both MAF and Wycliffe Bible Translators.
MAF is a mission dedicated to reaching isolated people to bring medical aid and to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Tanzania Stewart manages MAF operations in Dar es Salaam ensuring the smooth running of MAF aircraft to reach those who have no other means to receive medical help or hear the gospel.
Wycliffe Bible Translators works to fulfil the vision to see everyone have access to the God’s word in a language they truly understand. Of the 6,918 languages in the world today, only 513 have a complete Bible! Stewart looks after the running of their Dar es Salaam office which serves as a base for Bible translation and literacy projects in dozens of local communities.
Michelle looks after the kids and takes great joy in being involved in a local church outreach programme to love and share the gospel with the people who live in the Sala Sala quarry slum. They run a weekly kids' club and, once a month, go to the disused quarry to build relationships. Many of the families there are so poor that children as young as 6 often have to work to help support the family. The kids' club they attend is a chance for them to be children again and to play. They also hear a Bible story, sing worship songs and receive a snack.