I grew up in a small town in northeastern New York and studied math and secondary education at The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, New York, where I met Craig. During college I went on a short-term missions trip to Peru during which I felt God’s call to return later as a full-time missionary. Craig and I got married in 1989, while Craig was studying at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. We have three children, David (Feb. 1991), Philip (Aug. 1993), and Becky (Sept. 1995). We left the US for language school in August of 1994 and arrived in Lima in May of 1995. We worked there for 3 years, took one year of home assignment, and arrived in Arequipa in August of 1999.
My main ministry through all of this time has been with children. I love to teach, both children and adults, and enjoy training teachers. I also do a lot of the coordinating for short-termers, both teams and individuals, who come to work with us.
Craig, David, Philip, Becky
The ministry focus of LINC in Central and South America is to make disciples and unite them in congregations capable of multiplying themselves in other parts of their city and country and with the view of sending Latin missionaries to other parts of the world.
In Arequipa our focus has been church planting. We have been working on establishing a church, El Camino, in the middle class district of Yanahuara while at the same time helping this church reach out to a poor neighborhood called “Ciudad de Dios.” In the future we would also like to establish a church in the southern part of the city.
Arequipa is an old and very traditional city, and its people are very proud of that tradition. Catholicism is the dominant religion and is deeply rooted in the heart of the Arequipeño tradition. The city itself is changing, however. Malls are replacing traditional markets; more and more cars fill the streets; the internet has paved the way for new information and ideas to come to this traditional city. The typical Arequipeño is proud of his roots, but more and more they are open to new and modern ideas.
Primary Prayer Request:
Pray for the transition of a Peruvian pastor into El Camino’s leadership team and ministry.
Pray for the development of other leaders to take significant ministry roles in El Camino, the church in Ciudad de Dios, and future church plants.