|Picnic time up on Lone Tree in PNG, 2011|
I grew up in Merced, CA. I spent two years in Lomalinda, Colombia, South America with Wycliffe Bible Translators from 1983-1985. I went to Merced High School, graduating in 1995. I then went to LeTourneau University and graduated as an airplane pilot and mechanic in 1999.
Carrie was born in Lomalinda, Colombia and grew up there. Her parents, Neal and Jane, Peterson, were missionaries there with Wycliffe. (We were next-door neighbors for 6 months when we were 6 years old!) She returned to the US when she was 16. She moved to Dallas in 1995, where her family still lives. She went to Dallas Baptist University and graduated in 1999 with a Biology degree. She has since gotten her Master's in Epidemiology/Public Health and has done all but her thesis toward her Doctorate in that field. She is serving in several roles here in PNG with her -- HIV/AIDS awareness, Community Health Board with local villages, and, most importantly, loving mother to our son Isaac.
We got married in 1999 and we have one son, Isaac, born in 2004. In 2005, we came over to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific to serve as a pilot/mechanic and Public Health worker.
We serve in PNG to support Bible translators who are putting the scriptures into the as yet unwritten languages of PNG (still more than 200 languages here do not have a single word of Scripture in their language!) In 2007, God provided for me to fulfill my lifelong dream to be a helicopter pilot and I have had the amazing privilege to serve in PNG flying helicopters.
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Thank you so much for your prayers, love, and support!
Gavin, Carrie, and Isaac Jones