Simon & Mary Lynne Mountjoy
Give Back Coordinators
Simon hails from Devon, England, and has a background in horticulture. He first felt drawn to the mission field over ten years ago then, two years ago, things really started to move. Having agreed with Mary Lynne that now was the time to start doing something, they were eventually connected with FFR, and made the commitment to move to Romania long-term.
“I’ve always had a passion for growing food, and have always felt that this was a skill God had given me in order to use abroad. Whilst this is something I will hopefully get to put into practise here in Romania, God is already surprising me with the unexpected ways in which he is using me!”
Mary Lynne grew up in the wilds of Northern Ontario, Canada, where a love for animals and children led her to train as a therapeutic riding instructor. Gradually, through working with children with additional needs, God gave her an increasing heart for mothers, especially for young moms. When her first child was born, she became involved with La Leche League, and found a way to care for both mothers and children by supporting mothers with young families.
“I have always had a deep compassion for anyone marginalized, pushed aside, or who has been unable to thrive due to their circumstance. I’ve had a varied career, as you might say, but always I have found a way to express this desire for others to know life in all its fullness. Life is good - God says so – and I think that as Christians we need to work so that all people can know its goodness, to know their own goodness, and to know the love that God has for them. I am called to follow Christ, and right now this is where He has led me, and I am very grateful to be here, among His people in this beautiful country.”
They come to Romania with their two small children, Rosie (4) and Susanna (1), and their dog, Sam.