They city of Medellin Colombia is where I call home, and I must say, I am privileged to be able to call it home. A lot of people might think to say that sounds weird, as for the most part Colombia is known for drugs, violence, kidnappings and coffee. While a lot of that is still a part of Colombia, especially here in Medellin where Pablo Escobar ran his drug empire, Colombia has made a big shift over the years. This shift has opened up doors to new, more remote areas in Colombia for the Gospel as well has in many of the marginal neighborhoods in the major metropolitan areas. I am a missionary with ABWE (Association of Baptist for World Evangelism) and work with a Colombian pastor, Javier Ruiz. Javier moved his family from Bogota to Medellin in 2013 and I moved to Colombia in 2014. Our goal is to depend on God, find ways to get involved in the community, build relationships, start Bible studies, see new churches get started, disciple believers to become mature Christians to serve in the local church and to see the church send out Colombians to other parts of Colombia and the world. I mainly am focused in on being an assistant to Javier and making contacts and building relationships with the youth of Medellin to be able to share Jesus with them and their families. There are a lot of challenges in working with the youth here as there are so many influences, for better or for worse, speaking into their lives, but also a lot of fun and excitement. God is definitely at work in Medellin and I am thrilled that I can have a small part of it.
We are stationed at Fort Meade MD. Patrick is the Deputy Brigade Chaplain for the 1st Recruiting Brigade out of Fort Knox KY. His primary responsibility is to minister to the recruiters in a 13 state footprint, from western PA, to Richmond VA, to Maine. He will visit recruiters on a regular basis, as well as conduct marriage seminars and single soldier retreats for them. Tonya will be overseeing the home schooling of the girls this school year. Please pray for all of us in this endeavor. She will also be involved in Bible study through the chapel. If all goes as planned, she will also work for HR Block during tax season. The girls are wonderful young ladies. Natalie is 14 and in 9th grade. Lizzie is 12 and in 8th grade. We are privileged to minister to soldiers on your behalf. Some of you have traveled far and wide to visit us. We love it. We'd love for more of you to visit us. Anytime any of you are in our area, no matter where in the world we are, you are always welcome.
I currently serve with ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) in Mango, Togo, West Africa. I am a missionary teacher for the children on our field, and am currently serving my second year of a two year commitment. Last year, I taught grades kindergarten through fifth grade. This year, I am teaching six students in kindergarten and first grades. On March 2, 2015, the Hospital of Hope opened its doors to people of Mango, surrounding towns, and neighboring countries. The goal of this hospital is to serve the community with compassionate healthcare while sharing the love of Jesus with its patients. Many families have come to serve as doctors, administrators, radio broadcasters, and chaplains. It is my joy to help ensure that their children receive quality education while living here. When I am not teaching, I help show videos to patients in different tribal languages, play volleyball with the local team, and help a missionary family with child care. The past 18 months have been filled with growth in my walk with Jesus Christ. As I prepare to come home at the end of May, I am excited to see my Whitney Baptist family again and serve where God would have me go.