About Us

About Us

We want to share with you how God has been calling us to work in missions overseas.  We are excited and terrified all at the same time!  It was not a decision we came to lightly.  We feel God has walked us step by step into this new journey and are ready for the new adventure.

I’m Kevin and I want to share a little about how this story began.  I was raised in Southern California.  Whenever the doors of the church were open, we were there.  As a young boy I made a profession of salvation.  However, I told God I would follow Him, but I just don’t want to be a missionary.  Speaking of missionaries, just before I was born my grandmother spent some time as a nurse in Africa.  I also recently found out that it was always my mom’s wish to be a missionary.  She was never able to achieve that for herself but is very happy that I will be able to.  I guess it runs in my blood.  It’s interesting how God takes you from where you are to where He wants you to be one step at a time.  You’ll probably hear more of that throughout this story.

Around 25 years ago Janet and I started going on house building trips to Mexico.  They were great trips and it introduced us, “our family”, to hands on and face to face ministry of providing a completed house for a family as well as interacting with the community there.

I, Janet,  would say it was here that God captured our hearts for missions.  The resources we could bring in, funds for supplies, and skills to use them refreshed the workers and excited the children.  I enjoyed watching my kids connect with the children of the community.

After coming to Glendora Community Church we got to experience missions on the grand scale– Work and Witness.  We had never been involved with a denomination that had the international missions structure that the Nazarene church has.  Our church began planning a Work & Witness trip every other year to somewhere new around the world.  It was at this same time that a church member felt the call to Belize and our church followed him there.  So we have been blessed to be a part of continued relationship in Belize and fresh world views from going to new places around the world through this ministry.

We learned many things going on Work & Witness trips around the world.  God moved us forward in His plan for us.

This calling to Missions started around the middle of 2014.  God began to speak in my life about going to the mission field on a full time basis.  Janet and I both really enjoyed our trips together and we both found that it energized our relationship with God and with each other.  We had never had this discussion, but one day God was working on me hard.  So I told her I needed to talk to her… When I shared that I felt God was telling me to go do missions full time, she promptly replied that she was feeling this leading also.  The fact that we both felt this so strongly, made us sense that it was truly from God.  We had no idea what that might mean for us, but we shared it with a few people.  They confirmed it in our lives.  We began to think along the lines that this will be in our future plans.

About 6 months later we learned of a baby that would be born to a young woman we knew and that he would need a home for a while.  We had no concrete answers as to how long it would be or how the situation would turn out.  We did not know if it would be for 4 weeks or 4 months or for the rest of our lives.  It certainly did not fit in with being called to the mission field.  But, I kept hearing God say… “This is the first thing I’m asking you to do on a leap of Faith- Be obedient.”  So I went to the hospital with my sister and picked up our precious baby Mikal.  Mikal has lived with us for 2 ½ years, and his mom has been with us for about a year now.  We will always be Mimi and Papa to this precious one.  We have been blessed to be a part of this wonderful story of redemption and leaving this little one is one of our biggest sacrifices.  Through this experience we have learned to take baby steps on our way to deeper faith and truly believing God works for good in our lives and Mikal and his mom’s life.  This has been a big part of God’s call for us—walking this journey.

We attended the Nazarene Cross Cultural Orientation in November of 2015.  We learned some great lessons about being Missionaries, and also found that it once again confirmed our call to go to the mission field.  It was also confirmed by others at this seminar.  But, we still saw it as a “future” thing.  We still had Mikal and we were not really sure how that was going to turn out.

In the mean time we participated with our churches mission programs and thought about what our future might look like.  Last fall we began to be drawn by God to move forward.  We sensed him saying to trust Him for our provision and not to wait “until we had it all together”.  We both feel that this trust is part of our faith journey.   We believe that God will provide everything we need by equipping us for the work and financially providing for us.  So we let the Global Ministries Center know of our interest to move forward and that we could be ready to go in 2018.  It seemed like a long time away then.

Not much happened until a conversation with missionaries in the Philippines revealed that they had a real need for “worker bees” like us to coordinate the Work & Witness program for both the Philippine field and the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila.

Long story short, we have had several interviews and the Asia Pacific Region would like us to come serve in this capacity.  At this time we are gearing up to move to the Philippines as Work & Witness Coordinators in January of 2018.

 

We have a son, Jim and his wife Madison, a daughter, Kari and little Mikal.  We are trusting God and look forward to how He will work in this new chapter of our lives.