I came to know Christ as a nine-year-old boy. Through the bus ministry, I began attending Central Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was saved soon thereafter. For the next nine years, I was blessed to grow spiritually from the preaching, teaching, and counsel I received from my pastor, teachers, and members of the church. I also had the privilege of becoming more active on my bus route.
After completing high school, I attended a secular college for two years where I pursued my interest in computer programming. While at secular college, I attended a local, independent Baptist church–Grace Bible Baptist Church–where I got involved with the choir and led the song service of the church. During my second and third years of secular training, the Lord impressed upon my heart that computer programming was not His will for my life. Having decided to follow God’s leading, I arrived at Oklahoma Baptist College in 2002.
Shortly after my arrival there during a missions conference, God called me to be a missionary to the people of Kenya. This would later be further focused to include the Deaf of Kenya.
While I was preparing to be a missionary, God brought Chris Harris, a Deaf student, to our college and moved him into my dorm room. My other college roommate was Matt McKendree, a missionary who today is working among the Deaf in Peru. Because the language of my room was mainly sign language, it was necessary for me to begin learning ASL.
Shortly thereafter, God brought my beautiful wife into my life, a young lady who was also learning sign language with a desire to work with the Deaf. After graduating from college, we were married and have been serving the Lord together ever since. God has allowed me the opportunity to serve Him in ways I never could have imagined. God is good!
”And if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” – Luke 16:31
I was saved at the age of six. One year later God called my dad to be a missionary to Papua New Guinea. Two years after that, when I was nine, my family arrived in the country that would be our place of service for the next twelve years of my life. It was amazing watching God provide for our needs, protect our family, and give us victory in spiritual battles. Through the example of my parents’ lives and the various opportunities I had to be involved in the ministry, God placed a desire in my heart to become a missionary myself one day.
When I was twenty-one years old, my family returned to the States for our third furlough. It was at this time that my Dad suggested we pray about me going to Bible college. As we prayed for guidance, the Lord led me to Oklahoma Baptist College. It was there that I met B.J. who was already called to be a missionary to Kenya.
After graduation from college, B.J. and I were married on July 1, 2006. Now in Kenya my days are filled with being a homemaker, homeschool teacher, missionary wife, Sunday School teacher, and interpreter for the Deaf in our services. God has graciously given me all of my heart’s desires. God’s promise in II Samuel 22:31 has definitely come true in my life:
”As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
II Samuel 22:31
Seth Joseph – April 2nd, 2007
Seth was born in Oklahoma City on April 2nd, 2007. Two weeks later, our little family of three began full-time deputation. As we traveled from church to church, it quickly became apparent that our son never met a stranger. He would gladly go anywhere with anyone!
When we arrived in Kenya, Seth was three years old. He experienced culture shock just like we all did. His outgoing personality, however, soon surmounted the “strangeness” of life in a new country, and he quickly began making friends among the Kenyan people.
Sabrina Joy – January 20th, 2012
Sabrina, or ”Brina” as we like to call her, was born in Nairobi on January 20th, 2012. Unlike her outgoing, older brother, Brina is very reserved around strangers. She does, however, enjoy spending time with those she knows best. Brina shares her mother’s quiet personality and wants to do everything “just like Mom”. While she enjoys pretty clothes, hair bows, and dolls just like other girls her age, she also savors the amusement that only dirt and bugs can provide. Well, most bugs anyway. She can’t stand spiders!
Rising with the sun each morning, Brina loves life. In first grade, she is rapidly learning to read and devouring books like there is no tomorrow! After lunch, she cheerfully helps Mom cook, bake, clean, do laundry, and keep her baby sister entertained. With her bright smile, Brina is truly a joy to our family.
Shanna Janelle – January 31st, 2017
Shanna was born on January 31st, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. At this point, much of her personality still remains to be seen. She does, however, seem to fall somewhere in between her siblings as far as her personality goes. Shanna is achieving milestones at a rapid pace and seems bound and determined to walk before her first birthday.
Although having a new baby in the house means adapting schedules and striving to attain even more balance in our already busy lives, Shanna has truly been a blessed addition to our family.