“God is closing in on some of you. He is like the ‘Hound of Heaven’ who means to make you far happier in some dangerous and dirty work. Missionaries and ministers of mercy don’t come from nowhere. They come from people like you, stunned by the glory of God and stopped in your tracks. Sometimes it happens when you are going in exactly the opposite direction.” -John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
I was working as a therapeutic aid in an elementary school classroom when I first read the above quote by John Piper. I felt as if John Piper was speaking directly to me. I had an idea of what a missionary was – WHO a missionary was- and I knew I was not that person. Yet while reading Piper’s words, I felt God nudging my heart to the possibility that it could be me. I felt God reassuring me that He would qualify me, He would help prepare me. I knew that I just needed to be willing.
To be completely honest, setting out to be a long term missionary overseas was very scary at first. It’s still daunting! I know that God will give me grace and strengthen me for what He has called our family to do.
Along with my husband Stephen, we are preparing to be church planting missionaries in Japan. Our goal is to build relationships with the Japanese people and help show them the love of Christ.
I am passionate about social justice and hope to use that passion to reach out to Japanese women. I believe that evangelism and discipleship are done through relationships.
I attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY and received a Bachelor’s in Bible and Counseling from Summit University in Clarks Summit, PA.
My husband Stephen and daughters Scarlett (2011) and Ivy (2015)
We are currently living and ministering in Central Pennsylvania while we are raising support to move to Japan.
We’ve been asked several times why Japan would need missionaries (because they are an industrialized nation). Though it is every bit a first world country with a strong economy and obvious technical achievement, the Gospel has not gripped its people or their culture. The Christians there total less than one percent of its 128 million person population. Hopelessness, immorality and pantheism have trapped a kind, beautiful and hardworking people in abject spiritual poverty. Suicide and a growing epidemic of acute social withdrawal pervade a society that desperately and unconsciously longs for the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Primary Prayer Request:
Please pray that we would be wise and compassionate as we raise support to go to Japan. We are excited to meet other believers and develop stronger relationships with those we already know. We wish to be as much a blessing to them as they will be to us!