I first learned what it meant to accept Christ as savior when I was in High School (through a church Bible study.) I accepted this and saw some spiritual growth in my life. In college I was challenged not only accept God’s forgiveness but to also seek to follow Christ (lordship.) I was involved in Intervarsity Christian fellowship at the time. My older sister died while I was in college. This caused me to re-evaluate life and helped me re-dedicate my life to Christ.
I became interested in missions when I was attending Bible study in high school. I thought it was really great that there were missionaries and I felt that God does command us to “Go” but I didn’t think that I could actually be one of those people. I knew something inside of me was saying that I should do missions work but I felt overwhelmed thinking how I could actually do this. “Only missionaries can do missions work,” is what I thought.
Throughout high school this desire in me prompted me to go on a couple short-term (7-10 day) trips to the Dominican Republic. After my freshman year in college I realized that I could actually become a missionary. I think that this realization came because (as described earlier) I started to take my walk with the Lord more seriously than ever before. I decided to go on another short-term trip to Samara, Russia. This was a month long trip that was another great experience for me.
During this time I met Sara. We decided to get married knowing that we wanted to formally enter the mission field someday. Our goal was a few years after graduating.
We went for a year to the Czech Republic (with TEAM.) We saw a great need there and continued to feel God’s calling to the mission field. We left after a year wanting to return to the mission field.
It took a few years longer than we expected for us to get back to the mission field, but we saw God’s faithfulness through the process.
Married to Sara Titus. Our kids are Izabela, Samuel, Lucie and Evangeline
First, two years of language and culture learning. Then, our goal is to partner with Czech believers to form reproducing communities of people who follow Jesus as King.