Our Testimony

The Lord has been very good to us! We want to serve the Lord by telling people about his son Jesus not only because He tells us to, but because we want others to "taste and see that the Lord is good!" Ps. 34:8

"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." Luke 10:2

Grandma's Boy

Yes, I'm proud to admit I was a Grandma's boy. My Great-Grandmother Irene was a very sincere follower of Jesus Christ. She loved God and His Word, His people, and planted seeds of faith very early on in my life.

Spiritually Broken...

Unfortunately, as I got older I continually made poor choices in life. In school I didn't have a desire to learn, instead, I did drugs and caused trouble for the people that loved me. I later joined the U.S. Army out of high school in 1996 and quickly got involved with the drinking culture associated with military life. Along the way I got arrested for DWI, as well as face military punishment for being drunk while on duty. This bottle represents how spiritually broken I was, living in drunkenness for over ten years of my life. 

Duty First!

I served with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division (Duty First!) for most of my 11-year military career. In 2004 our unit deployed to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. I was part of a team that was tasked with providing personal security for our Brigade Commander. Our team encountered several enemy engagements, and on April 29, 2004 our HMMWV was hit by a roadside bomb, and our gunner, SPC Martin W. Kondor was KIA. Upon returning to Germany, many of us struggled with the grief of losing friends.

...At a Bar

During my time back in Germany, I met my future wife Jenny at a bar. When people from church ask us where we met, we say "...at a bar". After they laugh and say "no really, where did you meet?" We say "...at a bar". 

Jenny's Childhood

I (along with my two sisters) was raised by my mother who was a single parent. She has a very colorful personality and lived out her Christian beliefs in practical ways. Our home was always filled with people from all different paths of life and faith was a common topic being discussed at our kitchen table. However, we did not attend church regularly and missed out on Christian fellowship. I accepted Jesus at a young age as my Savior and was willing to sacrifice social comfort in exchange for being a witness to friends and teachers alike. 

Savior & Friend

Unfortunately, as I grew older, I failed to understand Jesus as my Lord and authority over my life. I overemphasized my liberty in Christ to the point where my life began mirroring those who did not know about Jesus. I met Sean, and later, the party life lost its charm as we began fighting over Sean’s drinking. I continually prayed for God to heal our unhealthy relationship. Eventually Sean deployed to Iraq. During that time, my mother and I found High Point Baptist Church, a missionary church to US soldiers. The Holy Spirit was continually working in my heart and I finally realized that I needed to follow God instead of my own plans. When Sean returned, I explained to him that I needed to make a change, following Christ as my Lord. 

One New Flesh

After Jenny and I were made whole in Christ, God healed our broken relationship and we started our new lives as one flesh together. We soon had our first son Nathan and I got out of the Army in 2007. Our new family then moved to the Chicagoland area where I am from. We grew a lot during our first few years in Christ, and developed a special place in our hearts for missions and missionaries. We were blessed with our second son Jayden in 2009. We went through an amazing transition going back to Germany in 2012 to begin preparation for missions. Shortly after getting back to Germany we were blessed with our first daughter, Joni.