Martin and Eva each came to faith through Alpha in 2003 – Eva in London and Martin in Cambridge. Alpha gave them the chance to ask lots of questions, make friends and experience belonging in their communities.
Life brought them together seven years later, while Eva was serving in Southeast Asia with SIL International and Martin was working in London. As a newly married couple, they spent the first few years in Redhill, where they were able to settle and join the welcoming community of RBC.
During that time, Martin joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and trained in using drama to help people engage with the Bible. Eva continued to work remotely with her team, creating language maps. They moved to northern England and their plans of going overseas again changed permanently because of health issues.
In the turbulence of life’s changes, they have discovered that God keeps revealing himself in all kinds of ways. One particular blessing was being able to transfer their skills, experiences and training to meet strategic needs through their roles with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Martin serves as a writer and the editor of Wycliffe’s prayer diary, enabling people to pray within sight for Bible translation and related work around the world.
After serving for 16 years in the mapping team – literally putting many minority people groups on the map for the first time – Eva responded to a new calling and is now training to be a counsellor. She is presently preparing for a new role with the SIL Counselling team.
Both Martin and Eva are thankful that they can play a part in enabling people to have God’s word in their own language for the first time. They visit their church family at Redhill once a year, and it always feels a bit like coming home. They enjoy seeing old friends and getting to know new members.