My wife Stacey and I were sent out from ALCC in the summer of 1985. We had only been married a couple of years, but we are very thankful that we were given the opportunity by Dick Benjamin and the leadership team of Abbott Loop, to embark on the journey that the Lord had called us to.
Stacey is a graduate of the Christian School of ALCC, and both of us are graduates of what was once the Abbott Loop Bible College.
We have four boys; Ryan 24, Daniel 21, William 19, and Matthew 13. Ryan was born in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as was my wife Stacey. Ryan was only a year old when we set out for Mexico. The other three boys were born in Mexico, and have dual citizenship.
We have lived in Mexico for 22 years, and have had the privilege of living in five different cities; Puebla, Leon, Orizaba, Aguascalientes, and Guadalajara.
Our vision and desire has always been to see New Testament Churches planted, and local leadership established to lead these churches all across Mexico, whether it be in the big cities, or in the rural communities.
Currently, we have 17 churches in the country, and there are 3 new church plants underway that we are responsible for.
A big part of what we do is to train and equip local leadership, through leadership seminars, bible training, and conferences; therefore we travel extensively throughout the country.
Over the years we have hosted many cross-cultural short-term “mission teams”, not only from Alaska but from many places around the U.S. Our heart is to help “sow the vision” for Mission into the hearts of His people.
Our vision is not limited to Mexico. We feel very strongly that God has spoken to us and has given us a vision to see teams sent, and churches planted, in many places of the “Americas.”
We are looking for God to do some big things in North, Central, and South America.
We have great relationships with several churches in the U.S. We have a church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and the formation of a team looking to start a new church in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the near future.
We can do “more together that we can apart”, and we truly are on a “mission together”.
I believe that is a time to press into everything that God has for us. As it says in Isaiah 54:2-3:
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, DO NOT HOLD BACK; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”