I grew up in a Christian family and became a born-again believer at a young age. I first thought about missions as a career in fifth grade, when my Sunday school teacher told us that God had each of us in our families for a reason. Using me as an example, she said that because my dad was involved with missions (he was on the missions committee at my church) I may become a missionary.
That idea had never crossed my mind before that, but since that time God has continued to lead me towards missions. I can now see that God has gifted me in linguistics and language learning, calling me to serve Him with these gifts.
After high school I attended Houghton College, where I studied Intercultural Studies, Linguistics, and French. My time there included a semester in France and another semester in Tanzania, East Africa. I also enjoyed having linguistics classes with professors who had done Bible translation with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
After graduating from Houghton I attended New Tribes Mission’s (NTM’s) Bible School, where I studied God’s Word in depth for a year and a half. Next, I studied at NTM’s Missionary Training Center (MTC), where I learned more about how to live and work overseas.
During 2012 my main job was developing a team of prayer and financial partners who would stand with me as I went overseas.
In January 2013 I moved to Burkina Faso, West Africa to begin my ministry there. From then until May 2014, my role was a full-time learner – learning language and culture, building relationships, getting involved in my church in the city, and figuring out life in Burkina Faso. When that time of official, full-time learning was over, I transitioned into working mainly on research among unreached people groups and helping other missionaries with linguistics. My plan is to become a Bible translator on a church-planting team living and working with an unreached or least-reached people group in Burkina Faso, so if you continue to check the main page of this blog you may start to see steps in that direction as well.