I had the great privilege to be born into a faithful pastor’s home. I grew up in a godly, Christian environment being exposed to the Gospel at a young age. I was saved as a six-year-old boy when after a junior church service I realized that I wasn’t saved even though I was the Pastor’s son. I went to my father’s office between the morning and evening service and asked my father how I could go to Heaven. He showed me straight from the Bible how to be saved and I received Jesus Christ as my Saviour that day.
I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine, and I am a fourth-generation ‘Mainiac’. I was given the privilege of growing up in a good godly home, where my family attended church anytime the doors were open.
At the age of 5, I made a profession of faith, but I was not truly saved until the age of 14. I struggled with doubts about my salvation for many months until a Wednesday night in September of 2008 after teen soul-winning. I humbled myself by going to my youth pastor, and in his office, I settled my salvation.
I experienced a burden for missions from a very young age as we had missionaries regularly stay in our home. Getting to know missionaries on a personal level and being able to see their love for the Saviour and heart to reach the world impacted me greatly as I grew up. I was called to preach as a teenager and went to Hyles-Anderson College to train for the ministry not sure where in the world the Lord wanted me to serve. However, as I continued my training I became convinced that God wanted me to serve as a missionary and as time went on I became even more convinced that God was calling me to serve in Nigeria.
It was an amazing thing when I first started dating Emily, who would become my wife. I told her at the very beginning of our relationship that I would be going to Nigeria to serve as a missionary, and she revealed to me that she had the desire to be a missionary in Africa since she was a little girl. I was so awed that God would bring into my life a helpmeet with a vision so much like my own.
God has been so good in calling us to Nigeria. He has prepared both of us by allowing us to serve in soul winning and bus ministry from when we were young. God has given us both unique opportunities preparing us for Nigeria. God allowed me to work with our missions agency, Fundamental Baptist Missions International, for 7 years as a volunteer, intern, and staff member giving me invaluable insights and training on the work missions. Also, my wife had the opportunity to work in the medical field after graduating from Bible college giving her great skills and knowledge that will assist us once on the field.
Recently, the Lord reminded me of the importance of our ministry on deputation at a church in Texas. In the evening service, this church was having a time where the church members shared testimonies of God’s goodness and praised the Lord. As different church members praised the Lord, one teenager raised his hand and said, “I’m thankful for the missionary guy that came today.” I’m grateful that we get the chance to represent the work of missions to churches across the country, show the great need for the Gospel in Nigeria, and be that reminder of those lost souls beyond our borders. Please pray with us as we continue this work while traveling from the West Coast back towards the Midwest.
One of our biggest preparations for moving to Nigeria has taken place. We had been planning to ship a crate ahead of us with the bulk of our belongings and household items that we could not get in Nigeria. So in early July, we took a week, and all three of us flew back to Maine to ship “The Crate.” The first step was buying the materials and building the crate ourselves since we needed a custom size. I am not very experienced in building things like this, so I was very blessed to have my father-in-law and brother-in-law help out. Of course, by “help out,” I mean they basically built the whole thing.😊 When all was said and done, we had a crate that was 6 feet long and over 4 feet wide and tall. We praise the Lord that we could get the crate built, filled, and sent to our shipping company. Unfortunately, it ended up costing about three times more than we expected to ship our crate. Still, we are grateful that it is ready to be sent to Nigeria and, Lord willing, should be there when we arrive in December.
Would you please pray for us as we continue to make the many preparations for moving to Nigeria? There are many details involved in moving our family a few thousand miles to a different continent. There are medical preparations, visa paperwork, working with airlines, etc. Believe it or not, we are glad to do these things because it means we are that much closer to getting to our field. All these preparations require a lot of attention to detail, time, and money to get everything done and sorted properly. Please pray with us that God will give us wisdom and guidance as we navigate all these preparations.
That all the world may know,
Our shipping container is ready to be shipped to Nigeria!