In Acts 4, people looked at the lives of Peter and John and saw that they were ordinary people. They were “astonished and took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:12, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” Like these men in the New Testament, Luke and Joy’s life-goal is to show others to Jesus. They consider themselves to be ordinary workers, appointed to His service, knowing it is Christ’s strength accomplishing every task.
Luke was born in Jesup, GA, where he lived most of his youth. He was 13 years old when he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. Graduating from Georgia Tech, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996, he worked in engineering for 3 ½ years, before going to the Philippines on a one-year mission assignment. Luke was always interested in aviation and flying, but never pursued that passion.
Then in 2007, feeling unsettled in his job, he began to search other options, which led him here to missionary aviation and MAF. The Lord laid on his heart a desire to use aviation as a ministry, and he left the security of his job and home to start training as a missionary aviator. He earned his Private, Instrument and Commercial ratings as well as his Instructor ratings at Bob Jones University Flight School in Greenville, SC. Going to night school, he finished his Aircraft Maintenance Certifications from Greenville Tech.
Looking back he acknowledges that he had to rely completely on Proverbs 3:5-6. The Lord provided for his family and his training in ways that were not possible by the world’s standards.
Joy was raised as a missionary kid in South Korea. As a 7-year old she felt the Lord tugging on her heart for missions. One of her favorite verses growing up reminded her that no matter where she was, God was there. “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” Psalm 139:9-10. She loved participating in her family’s mission assignments and started on her own soon after finishing her education degree at Ouachita Baptist University in 1999. She spent 2 years in the Philippines teaching at a mission school. Luke and Joy met in the Philippines, and were married soon after returning to the U.S., when their assignments were complete. Although Joy felt called into full-time missions shortly after their marriage, it wasn’t until after their children, Caleb and Reagan, were born that God called them as a family.
Luke and Joy are excited to see where God will lead them. It has been a treasured adventure to leave the details to the Lord and “trust with all your heart.”
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in the Bryants’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.