Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am from Mt. Hagen in the Western Highlands and I live in Mt. Hagen. My village’s name is Kimininga.
Do you mind telling me a little about your family?
I have five children and a husband named John. My eldest daughter’s name is Jessica, the second one is Jasmine, my only son is Jordan, my fourth daughter is Jesserah, and my last daughter is Jessemah.
When did you join MAF and why?
I joined MAF in 2006.
When I was young, I saw missionaries going into my village, showing the Jesus film. I knew of MAF through those missionaries. At that time I was interested in MAF but didn’t actually join MAF then. I wrote letters to MAF several times but didn’t get a job until 2006 when there was a position working with Accounts.
Can you tell me a little about your role?
I joined MAF as a PFP clerk doing ticketing and banking. From there, I started doing the office invoices, then I moved to accounts handling and dealing with foreign currency, then I did sales and non-flight invoicing. Now I’m the Senior Finance Officer.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
When I was doing the sales and invoicing in accounts, the thing I enjoyed most was collecting debts from customers – the prolonged ones when they didn’t pay within 30 or even 60 days. I would have to chase them down and when I finally got the payment I was so overjoyed!
What I like most about working for MAF is the time we take to pray before work and during the lunch hour prayer session.
What do you find most challenging about your role with MAF?
What’s challenging for me is when I sometimes handle frustrated customers.
What does MAF mean to you?
MAF means a lot to me in my Christian life and in my physical world – to my family, my children. I can say that while I have been working with MAF my Christian life has been moving more and more into prayer time.
How has Covid19 affected you and your family?
It has affected us a lot because in the first three months we didn’t have a full-time job. Most of our food is from our garden, but we live close to town so our lives are more like urban life than village life. So, when we didn’t come to work as much as normal, it really affected us. My children are used to having breakfast on the table and taking lunch with them; with Covid19, we had to cut down on things that we couldn’t afford. So, yes, it has really affected my family; I understand it has affected other families as well.
We are now on a work schedule of two days off in a fortnight. MAF is trying to help us in some ways and we really appreciate that.
What is something others might not know about you?
Others might not know that I am afraid of heights.
Do you have a favorite food?
My favorite food is curried chicken.
Is there any advice you would give yourself at the start of your career with MAF?
I told myself that I would never leave MAF. I will serve MAF until death! I’ve had experience with other companies before joining MAF, but I think MAF is the best place to be.