God has made evident to us His nature, His desire for His name to be made known among the nations, and His desire for his people to know HIM. HE is building His church. He continues to prepare our family daily, for service in Paraguay. As John Piper has said, “Most of the peoples left to reach are hard to reach. What is needed is the commitment of a life, not just a year. A language to learn, a culture to know, a people to love, a gospel to speak, a church to plant, leaders to train — this is the pouring out of a life.” This is our desire, to serve our God as He leads us!
God continues to challenge us with His word and submit to His plan for our lives, 2Cor 5:14-20. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is essential to the transformation of our daily lives, the Holy Spirit working in us to bring glory to the Father. Our desire is to daily share the love of Jesus Christ with all we meet. Knowing that this same gospel which gives us life will also give life to others whom God brings to us; a gift which has been given by God and not by our works. Debby and I serve here in Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay, South America.
Our main priority is to gain high proficiency in Paraguayan culture and language (Spanish), and we are excited to be progressing in language. As we progress, relationships are forming, opportunities to disciple naturally occur and ministry is lived out daily. Once a higher proficiency in the language is achieved, Bill will join the mission’s administrative team in Asuncion. It is our desire to make disciples and to serve the individuals and families who are doing so in the interior places throughout Paraguay.
After 25 years of life ministry since our Bible training, our specific cross-cultural training at the Missionary Training Center in Canada has equipped us in some amazing ways for this next step in our journey, of following where God leads. We have had our minds opened to the ups and downs of serving cross-culturally, and how we can avoid being culturally arrogant. We have enjoyed learning the way languages are put together and how to use that knowledge in Bible translation. We have been encouraged with personal uplifting and encouraging spiritual refreshment. Very briefly, this is our story.
Ministry & Life
Through our high school years we took many opportunities to serve, by participating in short-term mission trips, and developing a heart for outreach. When we met at Bible College in Florida, and took opportunities to step out of our comfort zone to share the Gospel in many contexts together. (1992-1995) After Bible school we married with the intention to serve in ministry overseas.(1995) God plugged us into HIS local body, serving Him locally. We gained experience leading youth ministry, teaching Sunday school, and growing in our understanding of God’s grace. Our family grew as well, learning how to serve together, the body of Christ in our local church. As much as possible we served as a family, having many opportunities to teach, lead and counsel others in many circumstances.(1995-2013) These opportunities have given us valuable experience, and a better understanding of our gifts, strengths, and weaknesses. We now look forward to using the strengths and gifts we have discovered along the way, and look to future team mates to support us in the areas where we are weak.(2013 to present).
God has been gracious to me from the very beginning, placing me in surroundings where I could easily discover His salvation and grace. I grew up in a Christian family, who know and follow Him. I’ve been blessed to live in a society that has a Bible in our own language, as well as church life and teaching. All these factors prepared me to know Jesus as my personal Savior at a young age. I remember listening to a bible program on the radio, and while I don’t remember details of that day, I do remember hearing that it is God who has acted on our behalf, to reconcile a broken relationship. There was much I didn’t understand at that time, but as my mom led me in a simple prayer of faith, I knew that I belonged to Jesus from then on.
Like Bill, I was blessed to be born to Christian parents, where a love for God’s Word was modeled. My dad was a pastor, and showed us how to love and be compassionate. Later, after he died, my mother demonstrated her dependence on the Lord during her widowhood by leading her 4 young children in daily devotions and prayer time. I was always aware of missions, as my grandparents were tribal missionaries for over 30 years in Paraguay. I “knew” at a very early age that I was going to be a missionary when I got older, and God has now allowed that to happen. In the last few years, Bill and I have really learned about God’s heart for redeeming a people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages”. His method for reaching the lost involves His church. “We talk of the second coming, half the world has never heard of the first.” – Oswald J. Smith. Those of us who know Jesus, have an obligation to reach out to the lost, and make Him known to a dying world.