I grew up the son of a pastor, in a church with a rich and dynamic history in Christian Missions. From the time I was a young boy, I wanted to be a missionary in Africa. Due to my church’s unique and long-standing connection with the amaZioni of southern Africa, over the years I grew to have a particularly strong interest and passion for these people and this region.
While preparing for missionary work in my studies at Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, WA, I married my childhood sweetheart and best friend, Jessica. Our shared passion for missions and for proclaiming the gospel has been one of the strongest uniting factors in our relationship over the years, and I am privileged to work and serve and live alongside such an incredible woman.
In 2015, Jessica and I were appointed as TEAM missionaries to southern Africa. We are honored and excited to be working with such a great organization with such a rich and long history in the mission field!
As we continue to work, love, serve, and minister, be it in the United States or southern Africa, wherever we are, we relate to the prophet Jeremiah when he wrote: “If I say, ‘I will not mention Him, or speak anymore in His name, there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.’” (Jeremiah 20:9)
Jessica and I are captivated by grace—transformed beyond belief by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we can’t NOT proclaim all that He has done for us and all that He has done—and will do!—for the world.
We are going to Southern Africa to minister among youth. Our vision is to raise up the next generation of the church by using our gifts and passion for youth ministry to target this overlooked, yet large, percentage of the population.
TEAM?s description of this ministry is as follows:
?Care for and guide teens and young adults in their spiritual formation. There is a huge need and opportunity in South Africa to enhance ministries geared toward youth. The format may include one-on-one mentoring, informal Bible studies, and large groups. Plan and lead outreach events and social activities that appeal to teens and young adults. Use your ability to understand and communicate Biblical truth in a clear and relevant manner so teens and young adults understand and apply lessons. Develop and nurture relationships both inside and outside the church as you share the love of Christ.?
We couldn?t have stated it better, and are thankful for the privilege to be part of such a dynamic ministry!
Primary Prayer Request:
We are in the early stages of support-raising. Please pray for us as we tell others about what God is doing in Southern Africa and encourage them to get involved.
We do not yet know exactly where in South Africa we will be for our first term. Please pray for wisdom as we work with our Ministry Area Leaders to determine the best location.