At the age of eleven, I accepted The Lord as my Savior. I had been going to church for years but because my Sunday School teacher, Doreen Fulmer, took the time to explain the scriptures so that all would understand, I accepted The Lord that day in a small Baptist church in Hilliard, Florida. From that point on, life was different and I had a desire to talk about the Bible.
In 1975, my parents arrived in Honduras, Central America to be missionaries and my life changed forever. It was then that I surrendered my life to The Lord for whatever He had for my future. After High School, I went to Bible College to prepare for my future for where ever God would send me for His service. Bryan and I met while in college and I knew that he was the man God wanted for me. In 1983, we married and the journey from there has been wonderful. We have worked in churches in Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia, and had the wonderful opportunity to serve as missionaries in Honduras for over five years where we planted a village church and trained nationals to do the same. Today that small village church has multiplied itself many times over. To God be the glory!
It was while heading up a mission’s trip to Nicaragua that past September, that once again, God burdened our hearts for the Spanish-speaking people of Central America. When most people our age are starting to think about retirement and the simpler live, it is my desire to use the time, talents, gifts, skills, and interest to serve that I have been given so that God, in His miraculous way, can do big things with these small gifts. The people of Nicaragua also need to know the Lord.
I was saved at the early age of 6 years at First Baptist Church in Fredonia, Kansas. Two weeks later, my father was called to preach and therefore, you can say that I grew up in a pastor's home.
In the summer of 1988, God confirmed in our hearts to go to Honduras as missionaries. We followed the Lord's leading and for over five (5) years, with The Lord's guidance and leading, we were able to establish a village church, train leaders, and develop other struggling churches. Through a series of events that were only directed by The Lord, we returned to the United States to serve in the ministry of Battlefield Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor K. G. Skinner and under the current pastor, Greg Corcoran.
During this time of service at Battlefield Baptist Church, our love for missions and for the Spanish people did not diminish. And in September of 2014, God allowed us the privilege of leading a mission's team to Nicaragua in which The Lord used this time to affirm with us that He wanted us back on the mission field.
Throughout all my life's experiences, there has been one verse that has come to have a greater meaning with each passing year. Paul wrote, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begin a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6)
As former missionaries to Honduras and working for nearly 20 years at Battlefield Baptist Church, Sandy and I have seen the meaning of the verse become more and more evident. When we dedicated our lives to The Lord 30 years ago, we have committed ourselves to following God's leading no matter where it may lead. And it is because of this we can go to Nicaragua with confidence knowing that The Lord will continue the "good work" that He has started.