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.
This prayer letter has been delayed longer than I would like. Since our last prayer letter came out in July, we have had some major sicknesses in our family. Each week since we sent our last prayer, at least one member of our family has been sick. This includes one hospital stay for Lydia and a couple of hospital stays for Emily. Between malaria, typhoid, and intestinal parasites, it has certainly been an interesting couple of months. Please continue to pray for the health of our family. We do seem to be on the mend, but all this sickness has definitely taken its toll.
Fortunately, we were healthy long enough to be involved with SMITE week in our church. For those who don’t know, SMITE is Student Mission Institute for Training in Evangelism. We have teens from churches across Nigeria come to learn how to run Bible Clubs for children back in their areas. This year, God used SMITE to see 26 Bible Clubs take place in our area, with 1,300 children attending, 780 children getting saved, and over 100 teens being trained to run Bible Clubs. I personally prayed with a few teen young men who surrendered to full-time ministry throughout the week. I know there were more, although I don’t have the exact numbers on those. It was exciting to see another generation of Nigerian youth excited to serve God in reaching the lost for Christ and preparing to preach the Gospel.
Providence Baptist Bible College and Seminary has begun its new semester with a record number of students enrolled. Please pray as I work with these young men in training for the ministry. Many of these men are hoping to plant new independent Baptist churches in areas where there currently are none. We believe God can and will do great things and will use us and them to plant them.