Bart grew up as a missionary kid in Bangladesh. Emily grew up as a farm girl in Pennsylvania. Luke was born in Ohio, Titus in Michigan, Caleb in Pennsylvania and Micah in Australia. Together as a family we are excited about serving the Lord here in Papua New Guinea!
We both graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio. After getting married in 1999, Bart served as a youth pastor for several years. We knew we wanted to be involved in missions but didn’t know what steps to take.
The Lord led us to New Tribes Bible Institute in August of 2003. We just wanted to get some good Bible training, but the Lord had some additional plans! While at Bible school, we were made aware of the huge need for tribal missions. About 2,500 language groups around the world have no Scriptures in their language! Not even one verse! They have no way of hearing the Truth of God’s Word unless someone goes and tells them. Throughout our two years of in-depth Bible study, we became more and more convinced that the Lord could use us to reach some of these people. We then completed an additional 2 ½ years of missions training with New Tribes and arrived in PNG in December 2009. In May 2013 we moved into the Amdu tribe.
We have been blessed with four wonderful boys. Luke was born in August 2002 and Titus in March 2005. Caleb joined our family in January 2011 and Micah was born in November 2012. It is so neat for us to watch all of them learn and grow. They love life in PNG! Please pray that they will clearly see Christ as we follow Him.
Special days for our family throughout the year:
Caleb’s birthday – January 11
Titus’ birthday – March 14
Bart and Emily’s anniversary – June 19
Emily’s birthday – July 25
Luke’s birthday – August 8
Bart’s birthday – October 4
Micah’s birthday – November 22