GJ & Vicka Mangione
GJ grew up in a Christian home with a heart for service, a love for flying and an interest in Russia. After receiving training in Emergency Services, Crisis Response and Aviation with the International A.L.E.R.T. Academy, he began a career as a commercial pilot in Lansing, Michigan. Soon after beginning his career as a pilot, he felt the Lord's leading to pursue mission aviation. His interest in Russia and profession as a pilot lead him to SOAR International Ministries. He was accepted as a missionary/missionary pilot with SOAR and move up to Alaska to join their full time staff in the spring of 2002.
GJ and his family have been involved in nearly every facet of SOAR's ministry, often spending 3-5 months a year living in Far East Russia serving with the local church to encourage the believers and organize children's ministry. While in Russia, GJ's background in technology and mechanics have opened doors to speak with the men of Provideniya, who don't usually go to church. When at home in Alaska, GJ's responsibilities include Staff Pilot, aircraft & facilities maintenance, computer tech/network administrator, translating, helping with Russian paperwork filling and other duties as needed.
GJ met Vicka, who was from Blogoveschensk, Russia, during his first trip to Russia in 2002. In December of 2003, GJ and Vicka were married in Blogoveschensk, Russia. They now have 3 children; Emma (10), Stacia (7) and Sasha (5). Vicka graduated university in Russia as a school teacher and serves as a staff translator and assists with SOAR's children's ministries along with being a mother and teaching her children at home in English and in Russian, growing the next generation of missionaries. :)