Mike & Jen Paton
Although they never met there, Mike and Jen Paton learned about a personal relationship with Christ as pre-teens through a church camp in Port Sydney, ON. By their late teens, each of them understood their need for grace and forgiveness, and they became fully-committed followers of Jesus.
One winter almost four years ago, Mike was encouraged by Mike Butler (FIA Field Leader in Papua New Guinea) to use his handyman skills and heart for God on an FIA trip to the region. The visit stole a big part of his heart!
After Mike’s return from his volunteer trip, he met Jen while attending events with mutual camp friends. On their first date, Mike and Jen shared stories about their passion for missions (Mike in Papua New Guinea and Jen’s work in Uganda two years earlier). Jen prayed during her time in Uganda that God would send her a husband to do missions with. Long story short – Mike and Jen have been married just over a year and recently returned from their first FIA trip together to Papua New Guinea!
Mike has now served with FIA twice in Papua New Guinea and once in West Africa on a well-drilling team. The Patons continue to seek the Lord for His direction about future missions.