David and Rachel work with the Church Missionary Society of Australia (CMS-A).
David leads CMS-A’s development and training ministry and Rachel is involved in mentoring and equipping new mission partners. Crosslinks and CMS-A have had a long informal partnership, working in close fellowship in many situations around the world. David and Rachel are responsible for training around 25 new mission partners each year, mainly from Australia and New Zealand. They also help the society's 200 mission partners in 40 countries keep growing and learning in their service of the Lord Jesus.
They have three children: Tom (married to Mia), Sam (married to Melanie) and Jonathan (married to Lizzie).
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Jonathan and Lizzie finally got married on 18 July – three weeks later than their planned date. However, just as things were opening up in England to make weddings possible, Melbourne went back into lockdown. A surge in cases, which continues at the time of writing, meant we were in the same lockdown as March and April. Jono and Lizzie were married at their home church in Tooting, London with 30 people at the service, all appropriately face masked and hand sanitised. Rachel and I made a series of plans for Australia celebrations which seemed to fall by the wayside one by one. We initially expected to gather with 20 friends and family to watch the livestream. Then we hoped to meet with just Tom and Mia. But they live outside the lockdown area and we couldn’t travel outside of metropolitan Melbourne. So, on the day of the wedding, Rachel and I were alone at home.
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