We are the Mayle family. We are both registered nurses who worked our entire careers in ICUs. We met at Indiana Wesleyan University while in the nursing program. We began dating in 2002 and were married June 4, 2005. We relocated to Summerville, SC in 2007 where we found our church home at Journey Church. From 2009 to 2012 we added our three kids, Liam, Kailin, and Gwen, to our family.
I was very blessed in the fact that I grew up in a Christian family that always went to church. In 1998 as a 14 year old, I went to the altar at a missions service and gave Christ control of my life. Wherever He wanted me to go, I would go.
During high school my mom was very involved in short term missions work. My first missions experience was a trip to the Dominican Republic with my mom and a team from our church. I absolutely loved it! I went back again my senior year of high school. I believe this is where the first seed of missions work was planted in my life.
Throughout high school and college my spiritual life was a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. During those years I became lax and let sin creep into my life. I would push it back, but it would soon creep back in. Soon, it became so strong in my life that I was really living two lives. I met Angie in college, and we were married the last semester of my senior year. The sin that I had brought in to my life was brought into my marriage and remained there for several years.
After moving to Summerville, SC, we really struggled finding a church we could call home. After about a year, we found our home at Journey Church. I quickly felt this was the place for my family and me. It was at Journey that I felt convicted that I needed to get serious about my walk with the Lord. God blessed me with some awesome guys in my life to guide me through this. I can truly say that Christ has massively transformed my life. I recommitted my life to Christ and was baptized at Journey Church.
I was born into a loving Christian family in Indianapolis, IN. I specifically remember accepting Jesus into my heart when I was in kindergarten. At that age, I mostly understood that I needed Jesus to get into Heaven. At the age of eight my parents became missionaries in Belgium, and after a year and a half we returned to Indianapolis, IN. This was my fifth grade year, and if there ever was a year in my life where I had a hard time and “rebelled” this was probably it. That summer after fifth grade I was at church camp and really came to the realization that I needed to live my life more fully for Christ. From that point on, I have lived completely for Christ.
I went on a lot of mission trips throughout middle school and high school. One trip in particular right before my senior year of high school was a medical mission trip to the Amazon in Brazil. I really do believe this is the time where God placed a missions calling on my life. Even at that young age, I experienced a sense of “this is what I am supposed to do. This fulfills my passion.”
I then went to college at Indiana Wesleyan University, and that was another transition time in my faith. It was a time where my faith transitioned from being how I was raised to what I really believed, and it became completely my own. It wasn’t necessarily an easy transition, but it was an important one. After moving to South Carolina, we found Journey Church, and it has been life changing for both of us. It has truly become a family to us and one that has produced so much incredible growth in our lives.
Our Road to Africa
So we each had a separate calling we felt to missions. However, it wasn’t until after almost a year of dating that we became aware that both of us felt called to do missions. We really think that was a big confirmation to us that God was placing us together to be husband and wife. We committed in our minds that someday we would do some form of missions. We had no idea if it would be through short term trips or full time ministry, but we were comfortable leaving the specifics up to God.
Fastforward about five or six years into our marriage. The calling had never left us, but the timing was never right. Then we started leading a small group, and one of our first groups we did was on the book Radical by David Platt. The book was a big “kick in the tush” from God. We both felt clearly that this was the time to seriously seek out how we were going to serve God through missions. Angie specifically felt called to Africa, and we were introduced to African Inland Mission. In June 2012 we were appointed full time members of AIM. We spent our first term (2014-2016) on the small, remote island of Nosy Mitsio, Madagascar working amongst the unreached Antakarana people.