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.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! On top of the normal festivities this time of year, it was special for us to celebrate one year since we moved to Nigeria. We have enjoyed meditating on all that God has done and brought us through in the past year as we look forward to all that God is going to do this next year. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported and prayed for us. God definitely used you to help us reach this one-year mark.
At the very end of November, Emily and I were able to teach at a Deaf Teen Camp at our church. The deaf in Nigeria are often an overlooked group. Most people don’t know sign language and have little interest in learning. The attitude is often that it is easier to ignore a deaf person than to learn to communicate with them. So the fact that our church has a Deaf Ministry is a rarity and a great outreach opportunity. The camp ran for 2½ days and saw over a dozen people saved and many more decisions made to serve Christ more faithfully.
We then immediately kicked off December with a one-day Ladies’ Conference, which Emily organized and ran. There is not much in Nigeria that caters to a woman’s needs specifically, so the ladies of our church appreciated a conference that was dedicated just to them. It was a smashing success, with over 40 ladies in attendance and an awesome spirit of excitement. Please pray as we work towards hosting a larger Ladies’ Conference in 2023, bringing ladies and pastors’ wives from around the country.
We have an exciting opportunity this year to take part in several new Youth Conferences geared toward challenging young people to surrender to the ministry. There is a great need in this country for laborers that will only be satisfied by Nigerians themselves carrying forth the Gospel. There will be three regional conferences, the first being in February this year. We are excited to see how the Lord will use this to call young people to the Gospel ministry. We are praying that God would use these conferences to see at least 300 people surrender to full-time ministry. Please pray that God will use these conferences. If you would like to give towards putting on these conferences, it would be a big help, with returns for years to come.
This year, I have taken a larger role in our Bible college and in training our students. Please pray as we begin a new semester in our Bible college, with an increase of 13 new students. This is the largest single-semester increase we’ve ever had! It is so exciting seeing this increase and having the opportunity to teach our students. Please pray as we work to train these servants of Christ.
That all the world may know,
Our Bible college has 13 new students, the largest single-semester increase ever!