We’re Mike and Renee. Missionaries in Africa from 1997 to 2014, we now live in the Atlanta area and continue to serve with Africa Inland Mission. These pages offer some of our stories, family updates, and perspectives on the missionary life. (Karibu!)


For more than a decade, our lives have been packed and repacked, re-arranged and uprooted, with the help of a humble plastic box known as the "Action Packer." On a recent home-assignment, I felt some kind of tribute to the container was due. The essay also helped me...

Bless ’em real good

We're back "home"--rolled into NY a few days later than planned. Most of the family caught the flu toward the end of the trip, and it seemed wise to extend our stay in Virginia to recover and make up for some lost days. They were sunny and warm ones, so we were...

Life on the road

Life on the road

Hard to believe we've been doing this for twelve years... the missionary road trip. Back in 1997 we drove Renee's little red Cavalier over ten thousand miles on our first "deputation" trip—raising up our support before the big move to Africa. I can hardly remember...


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Between Heaven and Earth

Essays from 12 years as a missionary pilot in Africa