What is our ministry?
Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ...
commanded that His church preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). Since the issuance of this great commission, the good news of salvation by faith alone through Christ alone has been proclaimed across the globe by His followers. In particular, pastors, missionaries, and career Christian workers have dedicated their lives to this mission. While some went to far away places and still others stayed in the United States, these soldiers of the faith have lived sacrificially by faith believing that God would meet their needs. Many of God's full-time laborers are retiring to find that living expenses are high, what they had saved is stretched thin, and today life expectancy is longer.
One of the most significant challenges facing retirees is the cost of housing. "Make sure your house is paid for" is often the advice given from financial advisers in preparation for the golden years. Christian workers, however, sometimes face special circumstances in meeting this challenge. Some pastors lived in parsonages during their ministry and were not able to glean equity from a generous housing market. Some missionaries had support to live in less expensive places of the world but upon returning to the United States have discovered that the cost of living has greatly increased in their absence.
With these unique challenges facing career Christian workers, God has provided Missionary Acres as an option. For over five decades, Missionary Acres in Silva, Missouri has provided affordable housing for them in a secure, beautiful setting. We are raising support as Baptist Mid-Mission missionaries to serve at Missionary Acres. The need for additional staff is great! Would you pray that God would raise our support quickly? We are prayerfully seeking individuals and churches whom God is directing to support this needed ministry.
Jacob & Stephanie
Our two youngest children are Jacob and Stephanie. Jacob is in his second year of an automotive program at Southwest Community College (SWCC) in Creston, Iowa. Stephanie is a high school senior this year taking general education classes at SWCC and also taking some on-line classes from Faith Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary in Ankeny, IA (FBBC&TS). They are both planning to go to FBBC&TS next fall. They both have part-time jobs and Stephanie plays high school sports. They travel with us only part of the time so that they can be involved in First Baptist Church's youth ministry.