Rachel and Stephen were married in June of 2007, near the camp where they met as staff. In late 2010, they were blessed to welcome their first-born son, Asa, into the world. In early 2012, his younger sister, Naomi, came along. Sullivan joined us in the summer of 2014. Finally, little Mercy joined the crew in 2017. Check out our Family Pictures.
After the wedding, Stephen and Rachel moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. They lived there for four years while creating a savings fund for school, and settling down in a home church. Once they felt rooted in a church, the family moved back to Michigan to attend New Tribes Bible Institute where Stephen finished his Bible degree. Upon completion of the courses at NTBI they moved straight to NTM’s Missionary Training Center, where they spent a year getting some of the best cross-cultural missions training in the country.
After training, they returned to Colorado Springs to build a ministry support team to make it possible for them to give their lives to the goal of helping reach the last of the world’s 2,000 remaining unreached people groups with the Gospel.
On February 17th 2016, Stephen and Rachel moved the family to NTM’s home office in Sanford, Florida. In May of 2017, NTM took on the new name of Ethnos360 (Read about the significance of this name).
The Narwolds live near downtown Sanford, Florida, close enough to ride a bike to the Ethnos360 home office. Stephen is a part of the Ministry Advancement team, supporting the missionaries on the field by keeping some of their lines of communication to their supporters and the outside world open. His job title is “Web Developer”, and his work revolves around the organization’s and individual missionaries’ presence on the web.
Rachel is working one day of the week as a Graphic Designer while Stephen stays home with the kids. Her work includes designing social media posts, signs, magazine ads, prayer cards, and other printed materials. She also consults on many other projects that require a designer’s input.
Rachel and Stephen are prepared to spend the rest of their working lives in Sanford, acting as the Web Developer and Graphic Designer. However, they are open to the possibility of God moving them to another ministry with Ethnos360, whether in the USA or overseas, and only seek to follow His will.