Combined my wife Mimi and I have been in the ministry for a little over 20 years. We have given our lives to God’s Great Commission. We are both saved, my wife since she was 13 years old and myself since I was 16 years old. We have twin children Nikki and Logan (age 8). Nikki has recently accepted Christ as her Savior, and we are still praying for understanding for Logan. We served as missionaries to the country of Botswana for many years, and have maintained a ministry there since 1998. We are Independent Baptist Missionaries sent out of Henery Baptist Church in McDonough, GA. and serve under the banner of Baptist International Outreach.
Mimi and I have been called to become the directors of Joyce’s Kids, a ministry that provides a way for not only us but your B.I.O. Missionaries to minister to the needs of disabled children all over the world. God has called us into the ministry of reaching one of the largest unreached people groups in the world … the Deaf.
I know what you’re thinking, and yes it’s hard to believe that after 2000+ years since Christ’s ascension into Heaven, there can be unreached in the world? Let me introduce you to one set of people that are truly unreached. The Deaf of this world is the largest unreached people group. What! How can you make such a claim you may be thinking? Let’s look at some facts:
- According to the World Health Organization, over 5% of the world’s population has a disabling hearing loss.
- The World Deaf Federation reports that only about 1-2% of the Deaf receive an education in Sign Language.
- It is estimated according to many of the organizations such as Joyce’s Kids, Silent Word Ministries, and many others, that only about 2% of the Deaf in the world have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
All of this combined qualifies the Deaf as an Unreached people group.
We would ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with us and allow us to serve as your missionaries.
Once we are fully supported we will move to Ethiopia. I am making plans and preparations for maintaining the oversight here at home, but right now we have two countries who are without an American missionary to the Deaf; Ethiopia and Botswana. Many of you know one of my favorite things is watching God work! In December and January, we could do just that. We went to Ethiopia to survey the VICKtory School for the Deaf, and while there I made a trip to Botswana. What God showed us is that this is possible. For the price of a bus ticket from Atlanta to Washington D.C., I could fly to Botswana from Ethiopia and back. What is so amazing about this is that both are in desperate need for leadership to save and continue some great ministries.
About our Support:
Currently, we are at around 45% of the support needed to fully engage in the mission the Lord has laid out for us. We will not receive a salary for the position, and we will be supported by independent churches like yours. We look at deputation, not as a burden, but as an opportunity for ministry. Jim Eliot said, “Wherever you are be all there, live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the perfect will of God.” We have adopted this philosophy, and believe whether we are on deputation or on the field we are missionaries.
We are available for Mission Conferences, Church Meetings, social engagements with small groups, school projects, and ministerial education classes. If you would like to book us for meetings, please email me anytime!