I grew up in Washington State and graduated from Western Washington University in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Science. In 2012, I served for a year in Zambia with a mission organization called Seeds of Hope International Partnerships whose goal is to introduce Christ to poor communities while implementing clean water technologies and agricultural development. While I was there I saw the great need for a sustainable food supply in Africa, and although natural resources were abundant, they were not being stewarded well and people were going hungry.
When I returning to the U.S., I continued working in agriculture with the hope of returning to Africa. I was able to work at a small-scale farm, growing various vegetables and herbs and loved it! In September 2013, I got married to my beautiful wife Katie who has the same passion for Africa and the same degree in environmental science.
We are currently going to language school to in Portugal in preparation for serving in Mozambique (the official language there is Portuguese). After we’re finished with our studies, we’ll move to Mozambique in July 2017 to serve the poor by teaching agriculture and reforestation methods that incorporate the gospel.
We are excited to use our skills and passions to serve and empower the poor both physically and spiritually! Thank for your prayers and partnership in fighting hunger and introducing people to Christ in Mozambique!
My husband Peter and I currently live in Bellingham, WA, about an hour and a half north of Seattle and are preparing to serve in Mozambique, starting February 2016. I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Bellingham to study environmental science at Western Washington University. After graduating in 2010, I was able to serve as a campus missionary for a year with Campus Christian Fellowship, the college ministry that profoundly shaped me while I was a student.
Although I enjoyed reaching college students for Christ, my heart was really breaking for the poor. I had gone on a mission trip to Guatemala in college where we worked with a hospital ministry that housed kids who were dying of cancer from drinking polluted water. There I saw that I could use my degree in the mission field to fight problems like contaminated water and food shortages due to poor stewardship. Shortly after I returned home, I was praying and I felt like God told me that he wanted me to do long-term mission work, specifically in Africa.
When Peter and I originally applied to work with TEAM, we were going to begin with just one year of service. However, TEAM responded by asking us to consider serving long-term, as they had been praying for people with our skill sets and passions to come to Mozambique to start a demonstration center for biblically-based sustainable agriculture and reforestation methods. After much prayer, we accepted their challenge, knowing that the Holy Spirit was prompting us to buy a one-way ticket! We are excited to serve God in Mozambique by empowering Africans to fight hunger while also introducing them to Jesus, addressing both physical and spiritual needs.
Peter (husband), Katie (wife)