We've been serving with Crossworld in Ecuador for over 10 years. Here's a little about us.
We would love to tell you about the ministry God has called us to. Our journey to Ecuador began in our teens and has been a part of our lives ever since! Now, we have served over 10 years in Cayambe, Ecuador, helping people become disciples of Christ and bringing them together in a local church fellowship. Thank you for your interest in bringing Christ to Cayambe.
From the time that I recognized the call God had placed on my life, I began making preparations to return to Ecuador. Something I didn’t realize at the time was how much God had already done to begin preparing me.
As a child, my parents served as missionaries to the Navajo Indians in New Mexico. I think this early experience in missions set a foundation of sensitivity to other cultures that would stay with me for life. I had learned to build friendships with people who came from a very different cultural perspective.
God also gave me a desire to work with my hands. I have always had a knack for working on cars, and construction sites. I see now that God was giving me experiences that will come in handy in the rugged environment of Ecuador.
God had also been preparing me spiritually. When I was a freshman in High School, I attended a camp led by Daniel Anderson, the president of Appalachian Bible College. During that camp, he challenged us to commit ourselves to a year in Bible College to give us a foundation in which God could direct us. It was during my first year of Bible College that I went to Ecuador the first time. It was because of that trip that I committed to the work of church planting in Ecuador. I finished a B.S at Calvary in 1998 with a double major in Missions and Christian Education in the Local Church. I went on to complete a Master of Science in Biblical Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and became an ordained minister in 2002. I served as a youth pastor for four years as we raised our support for the ministry in Ecuador. We then attended language school in Costa Rica for a year before beginning our full-time ministry in Ecuador.
When my parents decided to go to the mission field they asked all of us kids how we felt and included us in their decision. I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of moving, but I knew it was something my parents were convinced was God’s will for us. Four moves and three years later, we were in Ecuador. I immediately fell in love with the country and the people. While I was in Ecuador I got to help my parents and really got a taste for ministry. I loved it, and I knew that God wanted me in some type of full-time service. When I returned to the states for college I went through some hard times where I began to look to myself rather than the Lord. I even considered settling in a “normal” 9-5 job here in the states. But the Lord had other plans. Ken Epp, of Berean Mission, came to our mission conference at Calvary as the speaker. It was then that I said to the Lord “Anything, anytime, anywhere. I am ready.” After that I began to look at mission organizations and different countries. I wanted to be sure that anything that I did was the Lord’s leading and not mine. Through a ladies Bible study at my church, the Lord started directing me. I accepted the Lord’s leading me to Ecuador, South America as a full-time missionary. That night I called Dave and told him that I was going to Ecuador, South America as a missionary. No more excuses. We started dating soon after that, and were married two years later. Since then it’s been an incredible journey!