By God’s grace, I had the amazing opportunity to grow up in a godly Christian home. Very early on, I was taught the value of hard work, how to be respectful, and much more. I was raised in a pastor’s home and was shown, by example, that living for Jesus Christ is truly the most amazing way to live life. I believe that the two people who have had the greatest impact on my life are my parents. On February 3, 2007, at a revival meeting, as the preacher preached on the terrors of Hell, I realized that this pastor’s kid was on his way to Hell. I met my Junior Church teacher at the altar and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and take me to Heaven when I died. The next year at a Youth Conference, I was called to preach. A little while after that at a Missions Conference, I felt God calling me to go to the mission field.
After I graduated from high school, I went to Hyles-Anderson College, where I met my wife Erin. We both graduated in May of 2017. We were married on August 26, 2017. Since our graduation, I have been serving at Temple Baptist Church in Muncie, Indiana. My wife joined me here after we were married. I teach a teen Sunday school class, lead our Junior Church, drive our church bus, and am involved in our church’s music ministry. My wife helps in each of these and also plays the piano for the congregational singing.
I have always felt that God wanted us to serve somewhere on the continent of Africa. I have visited missionaries in Ghana and Rwanda. We believe that God has opened the door for us to serve in Nigeria, West Africa, with Missionary Mark Holmes. We are very excited to start deputation and get to the field.
I had the privilege to grow up in an amazing Christian home. Our family served faithfully in the church and its ministries. Even though I was raised in a godly environment, I was not saved until I was a teenager; the Lord graciously allowed me to hear message after message. Then in 2011 at a Youth Conference, I finally received the assurance of my salvation. While attending Bible college, the Lord allowed me to meet and marry my husband Daniel.
Daniel shared his burden for missions with me, which has become our focus. The Lord has allowed both my husband and me to visit missionaries in Africa, and we feel that He is leading us to this needy field. I am truly excited to see what the Lord has in store for us as we endeavor to reach the lost souls of Nigeria.
We plan to work with Missionary Mark Holmes and his family in Nigeria. During our first few years, we will be learning the culture and possibly a language. We will be actively involved in many facets of Bro. Holmes’ ministry. Along with working in the local church, we will be helping at the Bible college, preaching the Gospel in the public schools, and working with nationals from the Bible college in church plants.
We believe that God wants us to plant churches. Working with Bro. Holmes, we will be learning from someone who is an established church planter. We look forward to being used of God on deputation and eventually in Nigeria.
“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2)
I am thankful for the calling that God has placed on our lives. I know many wonderful people, but none of them have the ability to protect us in every situation, no matter their intentions. It’s very comforting to know that the God Who has called us is also the God Who has promised to keep us!
In the months of February and March, we had the opportunity to be with churches in Iowa, Indiana, Virginia, and Connecticut. During our travels, we were able to see some of our friends from college. It was awesome to see God using them in their different ministries!
We had the opportunity to give out the Gospel on multiple occasions over the last couple of months. We were able to distribute door hangers with our home church a couple of weeks ago and were notified that a man we talked to came to church the following Sunday! While here in Florida, we were able to speak with an elderly Haitian lady about her salvation. We will be going back again in the next couple of days to continue to share the Gospel with her. Please pray that she would receive it.
As our departure is drawing closer, I would like to share a few of our upcoming expenses. God has allowed us to be able to save a good sum of money over the last couple of years, but a few people have asked what they can do financially to help us with our move. Please let me know if you have any questions.
• Airfare $2,500.00
• Extra luggage $500.00 – $1,000.00
• One year’s rent up front $6,000.00
• Visas $2,000.00
Thank you so much for your continued prayer and financial support! We know that it takes folks like you to send folks like us.