To know us, it’s important to know why we are in Paraguay. God has given us the dream of seeing a people group where there is currently not one single mature church completely transformed by the gospel.
For Jon, this journey started shortly after his salvation. Jon first understood that Jesus had completely paid for his sins on the cross and placed his faith in Christ when he was 19. Shortly thereafter the Spirit began to guide Jon by giving him the desire to reach the unreached. God was working through friends, the Word, and several books such as Shadow of the Almighty and Bruchko. When he was 100% certain that this is what God had for him, a friend told him about New Tribes Mission. The following year Jon went to the New Tribes Bible Institute in Michigan.
Jen wasn’t sure what God for her until she went to the New Tribes Bible Institute. Some mission trips to the Dominican Republic had impacted her life, but she still wasn’t sure if the Lord would have her in missions. She originally went to Bible School for the education, but later it was what the Lord used to confirm to her that she was also to be a missionary among the least reached in the world. It was there at the Bible Institute that we met, and the rest – as they say – is history.
After our missionary training in Missouri, together with our supporting churches decided that God would have us serve in the country of Paraguay. We arrived on the mission field in May 2011. Upon arrival we began learning the national language (Spanish) and the culture (Paraguayan) in the capital city. After 2 1/2 years we – in fellowship with our mission leaders – felt it was time to transition into a tribal church planting ministry. During our time in the city we’ve made a lot of friends, and are even being sent out from Paraguayan churches who have committed to supporting us.
Early 2014 the transition to the Nivaclé tribe begins. We’re joining 2 other NTM families who have been living out there the last couple years, and who should begin teaching and translating in 2014. When we arrive we’ll begin learning language and culture so that we can contribute to ongoing teaching, discipling, and translating needs.