‘A Bush Pilot’s Logbook’ is the biography of Gordon Marshall, missionary bush pilot and later, director for MAF SA. Gordon started his flying career in 1945 and became a top gun pilot in the days when a Mustang could still shoot down a MiG. He led his fellow pilots into heavy battles that earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross; but he was not blind to the plight of the refugees he saw walking south, barefoot in the snow. It was through a crisis of faith over the killing fields of North Korea that his life changed drastically.
“No organisation is complete without its heroes and visionaries. MAF has had its share and Gordon was certainly one of them! His love for people is well documented and MAF has been privileged to have had such a committed servant of Christ, so ably supported by his wife, Jean. Lives deply committed to God, their story is a challenge to us all.”
Max Gove – MAF Pilot, ex MAF CEO, currently serving on MAF UK Board
“I echo Max Gove’s insightful words above. Gordon Marshall was not only an amazing pilot but also an outstanding person. I hadn’t realised the tensions Gordon and Jean faced in Rhodesia during the ferocious 1970’s conflict. They feared daily for their children as well as themselves. But with bravery and dedication they remained faithful to their service to God through MAF. This was typical of their lives. Max told me that, when reading Stephen and Joyce’s book, he was sometimes moved to tears. I often found myself deeply and similarly affected.”
Stuart King – President Emeritus MAFI and one of the original MAF Founders.
“The Marshall family have rendered us a great service by compiling this book on their father, Gordon. I have fond memories of this man as a dedicated Christian, skilful pilot and one for whom I have great respect. The accounts in this book only serve to confirm my admiration of a man of complete integrity who has blessed the many people from all walks of life and backgrounds that he came in contact with. My wife and I have been enormously enriched through meeting Gordon.”
David Staveley, MAF Pilot (UK – retired)