Mark & Becky Stewart
The History and Future of M2SA
The Stewart's have worked in Africa since 1986, serving first on a short-term mission assignment to Swaziland and South Africa, visiting Zimbabwe and Namibia as well. While in Namibia, they felt the Lord leading them to help with the work there in a full-time capacity. In 1988 they moved to Namibia, working at an orphanage for a year then helping plant a multi-cultural church in the capital city, Windhoek. Here they lead an indigenous church. This church became a ministry center for the work in Namibia, with Namibia School of Theology and a preschool which served the community. After living in Namibia for 9 years, the Stewart's returned to the U.S. for further training and schooling for their children.
In 2001, Mark met with a group of pastors and Christian business men and expressed the desire to continue to serve Africa. He knew, from first-hand experience, the key to help meet the needs of Africa would be through education. With the help and guidance of these men, Mission to Serve Africa was established as a non-profit religious organization.
In 2003, Mark and Becky returned to the mission field, working in Durban, South Africa. Here they partnered with AEE (Africa Educational Enterprises). Mark had oversight of curriculum development and academic quality, working with the government to make sure standards were met. This allowed Mark to work with many schools throughout Africa, traveling to remote places such as Madagascar. Becky was very involved with planting preschools. She helped locate new preschool sites, facilitate training for teachers, and supply the schools with the necessary curriculum and equipment.
In 2007, the Stewart's returned to the U.S. as their eldest son was entering college and their younger son wanted to complete high school in America. During this time, they have continued working in Africa. The have partnered with schools, churches, and faith-based organizations providing training for teachers, curriculum for schools, and giving financially toward feeding and building programs through the generous donations and support to Mission to Serve Africa.
Mark has had the privilege of returning to Africa, back to where they first worked in full-time missions, the country of Namibia. It has been very rewarding to see how the Lord has blessed the work, seeing young Bible School students working for the Lord in full-time ministry by pastoring churches, starting schools, and reaching their communities.