Chase and Gwendolyn Paul, along with their four children, eagerly anticipate the opportunity to serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As followers of Christ, their goal is to declare God’s glory throughout the earth using technology and communication.
Chase was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin. Growing up on the farm presented him with endless opportunities to develop problem-solving skills and a solid work ethic. Chase’s formal education has focused on Infrastructure and Network Administration, and he graduated in 2003 with an associate’s degree from Northcentral Technical College. While working full time and parenting a houseful of kids, Chase returned to college in 2008 to complete his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, graduating in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Chase came to know Christ in his early twenties. While growing in his walk with Christ, he was also using his skills to volunteer as a consultant for churches and other small organizations. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”’ Acts 20:35
Also raised in Wisconsin, Gwendolyn was encouraged from a young age to follow Christ by observing her family living out their faith. She grew up with a great love for aviation, having often flown in small aircraft with her father as pilot. Gwendolyn’s walk with the Lord became stronger as she learned to lean on Him during her mother’s six-year battle with cancer. In 2010, she re-dedicated her life to Christ and chose to publicly profess her faith through baptism. Her mother’s strong faith in the Lord greatly influenced Gwendolyn, who saw her priorities changing as she grew in Christ. During the difficult times in her life, including losing her mother in November 2010, Gwendolyn has clung to Hebrews 12:1-3. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
In addition to discipling and teaching their children, Chance, Emerson, Devan, and Brynnley, they have loved opening their home to international students. Gwendolyn has enjoyed coordinating their church’s Connection Team, teaching Sunday school classes and co-leading Bible studies with Chase. Chase has enjoyed making great connections as a youth group leader the past few years. A mission trip to Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania was both impactful and eye-opening for them. God used this trip to call them to serve in missions with Mission Aviation Fellowship.