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.
I hope that you all had a fantastic Easter! It’s always such a wonderful reminder that, despite all that might be going on in our world, Jesus Christ is still victorious. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
We’ve heard a lot of good reports from our friends and supporting churches of baptisms, returning church members, and other great things that happened on Easter. It’s always great to hear such encouragement from our churches. As you can tell, Emma certainly enjoyed dressing up for Easter Sunday.
When last we wrote to you, we were still on the West Coast. We have made our way from the West, with some meetings in Colorado and Nebraska along the way. We are now writing to you from the Midwest, where we will be for the next couple of months. Thank you to everyone who prayed for our safety as we traveled across the country.
We have some exciting news! With all the churches that voted to support us in the past couple of months, we have officially reached 51% of our support! This is such an exciting benchmark for us. Throughout the past month or so, God has continually reminded us that He is the One in control, and He is the One raising our support. In the past couple of months, several churches have contacted us, letting us know they will be partnering with us in spreading the Gospel across Nigeria. Most of these churches were in situations where, quite honestly, I wasn’t sure they would be able to support us at all, yet God divinely worked it out for us to partner with these churches. Add to this that when we started deputation about a year ago, we almost immediately had to take a three-month break due to COVID. Despite all that, we are still over the 50% hump. What can we say except, To God be the glory! We thank God for His goodness, and we thank Him for so many of you who regularly pray for us and support us.
That all the world may know,
Emma certainly enjoyed dressing up for Easter Sunday!