For 25 years, I have been involved in planting churches, preaching, teaching, working with and discipling at-risk youth. My wife worked at Samaritan’s Purse during the Hurricane Mitch crisis that involved Nicaragua. God gave both of us a burden for the abused, lost and abandoned youth of the world. In our early childhood, we both experienced either abandonment by a parent or physical and emotional abuse.
In January 2008, we made our first mission trip to help a missionary couple with a project on their church in Candelaria, Nicaragua. During that visit our lives were being transformed in a way that we never imagined. We were drawn to the people who, in spite of the conditions inflicted upon them by the poverty in the nation, were happy, uncomplaining and hearts open to new friendships.
On the fourth day, during a time of rest, God joined me on the beach and conversed with me. He asked me if I would like to join Him on an Adventure to go deeper in Him. The encounter was so real, that it was visibly apparent to my wife by my demeanor and appearance.
In the days before leaving Nicaragua, God planted a Seed of the opportunity to “change the destiny of a nation, one person, one family, one village at a time”.
God was bringing my wife full circle as she found herself familiar with the surroundings of the areas we visited. During her time with Samaritan’s Purse she saw many photos and knew first hand of the destruction caused by the collapsing of the crater wall of an inactive volcano shortly after Mitch; causing a mud slide that buried a village.
Prior to leaving Nicaragua, God joined our hearts with 5 abandoned youth. We made a decision and a promise to return full time by 2010. We have made several visits each year since our first, establishing ourselves more into the community and preparing for our eventual move.
People ask us often, “Why we do not do in the United States the work we plan on doing in Nicaragua. There is such a need in the States for working with the youth”. We reply to them “God has not called us to the States; we must go where He sends us”.
In His Service,
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jer. 33:3