Due to the faithful intercession of my mom, and the consistent teaching of my Sunday school teacher, and the friendship of a pastor, I became a Christian at the age of 12.
Missionaries were constantly at my church when I was a young boy, and I was always interested in them, their ministry, and foreign countries. At summer camp, at the age of 14, I dedicated my life to Christ, saying whatever and wherever He wanted me to do and go I would. Medical missions was a live option at first. However, in seminary, I went to Java, Indonesia with Cris Marantika, really ‘sealing’ my commitment to missions.”
My wife Kathy and I began our missionary careers with TEAM in Trinidad, in July 1981. There we had various ministries; but primarily, I pastored a small church and was the director of the Leadership, Instruction and Training School of the Bible, an evening school, where I also taught. I also directed week long Bible camps and served on the field council.
In July, 1987, Kathy and I joined TEAM’s Brazil field, where they spent their first 18 months studying Portuguese in São Paulo. Since 1989 we have lived in Anápolis, a city of 400,000 people located in north central Brazil, 120 miles southwest of Brasília. I have invested my life in a number of people and contexts including that of an Old Testament professor, curriculum consultant, rector, director of post graduate studies, and chairman of the missions department at the seminary of the Evangelical Christian Church of Brazil. From 1995 to 2010, I served as chairman of the Brazil ministry area. Beginning in 1998, I have served 7 different Brazilian mission agencies by counseling, evaluating, and teaching new missionary candidates. In 2001, the Brazilian church asked me to establish a program to train pastors of pastors.
I finished my doctorate in Intercultural Studies at Trinity International University in Deerborn, in 2004. The learning experience opened up other doors of opportunity in Brazil, and I co-founded a Brazilian Mission Agency called MAEB, and a Counseling Center called Oasis, of which I am its current director.
I invest my life in my Oasis team (staff), then in "wounded soldiers" of ministry-mostly Brazilian missionaries and pastors and their families, with a few North American, European, and South American missionaries thrown in. With the time left, I teach a little Hebrew, missiology, and Old Testament exegesis to budding pastors and missionaries.
The Brazilians I interact with come from 26 different mission agencies, and 12 different denominations here in Brazil. They come from all social classes, ages, and educational backgrounds, which vary from 8th grade graduates to Ph.d's. The counselees come from the far corners of Brazil- from Florianopolis in the far south to Manaus in the far north, from Rio de Janeiro to the eastern boundary of Columbia. Ethnically, they form the colors of the rainbow.
Primary Prayer Request:
Ask the Lord to raise up US $50,000 to finish the staff house at Oasis Counseling Center by February, 2013.