A WorldVenture Missionary
Teaching and discipling Missionary Kids (MKs) & international kids at Dakar Academy and sharing the gospel in our culturally diverse neighborhood. We pray to be used of God to help youth 1) know Jesus Christ personally; 2) love Him intimately; and 3) serve Him faithfully.
I,Bill, grew up in Park City, Utah, spent a year in southern California, and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona. It was in Phoenix that I accepted Christ at age 16, initially exposed to the gospel and a loving church family because of a burp. You can write to me to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org. My interest in missions started while attending Southwestern Bible College. I had an opportunity to go to Japan for a summer, and it was there that I saw the need for cross-cultural ministry. I dedicated my life to missions while on that trip.
I, Nancy, grew up as a missionary kid in Honduras and Hawaii. I committed my life to Christ unconditionally during a Spiritual Emphasis Week at Hawaii Baptist Academy in 9th grade. By my senior year, I knew that my ten-year goal was to have a "Big House" with lots of kids. I felt the Lord leading me to youth ministry either through foster care or teaching/dorm parenting overseas.
The Lord brought us together at Bible College and we were married in May of 1992. We have four wonderful sons: Josiah James, William Ian, and Brady and Bryan who are twins. Our life verse is Psalm 48:14: "For such is God our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end."
God has kept His promises through the years as we have spent 23 years serving the Lord in youth ministry, first at our home church in Phoenix, Arizona, and then overseas in Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal at schools for TCK's (Third Culture Kids). After six and a half years of dorm parenting many fantastic girls and boys in MS and HS (interrupted twice due to civil war and evacuations), the Lord called us into teaching so that we could be more intentional with our four sons at home.
I, Bill, currently teach full-time at Dakar Academy, leading many Physical Education classes for various ages and also running a wood shop program that has grown to four semester classes per year. I, Nancy, teach part-time as the 9th grade health teacher. Together we serve youth in many varied activities such as mentoring, leading Bible studies, coaching, helping with worship, participating in bi-annual outreach weekends to the villages and soccer outreaches, serving as class sponsors, serving as dorm student advocates, and serving as youth group sponsors. It is a joy to work with youth in a context that also allows us to minister wholly to our sons.
In addition, having now lived in our neighborhood just off campus for the last 8 years, God has opened the door to many relationships with international neighbors: those who are well off, those who are living in shanty town, and national workers serving as vendors, maids and guards. We have become friends with many of them and have had the privilege of sharing the gospel often, while ministering to practical needs. We pray fervently for the day that many of these individuals claim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and community transformation is a reality physically and spiritually.
We are living and ministering in a country in which at least 96% of the population worship another world religion. While there is openness and freedom to share, there is also a tremendous spiritual battle going on here. So we face overt spiritual warfare on a regular basis. Thankfully, this has caused us to lean heavily on the Lord and grow in our convictions about our authority in Christ and His desire to minister through us by His Word and His power.
Join us in praying ambitiously according to Ephesians 3:19-20 and John 15:16 that 100% of Dakar Academy students would walk with Jesus Christ and serve Him in whatever they choose to do with their lives. We also ask God to bring all of our neighbors to Himself as Savior and Lord!