At age six, I started my relationship with God. I went from a self-righteous kid doing the right things for the wrong motives to recognizing my need for a Savior and desiring to please Him with all of my heart. My relationship with God grew and I wanted to serve Him with all of my heart. I thought the coolest thing I could do would be to become a missionary since they got to do all kinds of cool things. As the years passed and my love for God grew, my motives changed from wanting to do something cool to wanting to serve and please my God. God began to burden my heart in a deep way for missions. When I met Jennifer, I was drawn to her because of her love for God and our hearts began to unite with a common passion to serve God in Latin America.
At the age of four, I first understood, in a simple way, my own sinfulness. I understood that Christ's death and the shedding of his blood had paid the penalty for my sins. When I was seven, I was deeply moved by Hudson Taylor's story during a missions conference at our church. My parents prayed with me that night to dedicate my life to serve the Lord wherever He might lead me. Upon graduation from Bob Jones University with a degree in English Education, I followed the Lord's leading to Monterrey, Mexico to teach in a Christian bilingual school. There the Lord did many things in my life to prepare me to serve him in Colombia.
We were begging God to show us where we fit into His plan. After years of waiting for an answer it seemed to come all at once accompanied by an overwhelming burden. It started at a missions conference at my seminary, Bob Jones University, when I realized that out of 77 mission boards the school hosted, only one of them had one missionary in Colombia. From there our burden built as it seemed like Colombia came up all over the place and the Lord answered each of our fears or hesitations through His word and godly counsel. God continued to confirm this call during a survey trip that Jennifer, her dad, my pastor and I took to Colombia during the summer of 2007.
God has put within our hearts an inescapable passion to be a part of the awesome work that He is doing in Colombia.