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FAQs

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On this page you will find our responses to some Frequently Asked Questions about our ministry and life..  We hope this information will give you better insight into our experiences and challenges.  Let us know if there are other questions you would like to have answered!

  • How long have you been a missionary?  We were appointed with ABWE in 1996 and left the US for Costa Rica in 1999.  We served there 3 years and have served 11 years in Nicaragua.
  • Where are your children? John is currently working at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and is applying to medical school.  Des teaches math and coaches soccer at a school in GA.  Katie works at a hospital in Chattanooga and is preparing for nursing school.  Kellan is studying International Studies at Covenant College.
  • Did you have a different profession prior to becoming a missionary and if so, what did you do?  Steve was a civil engineer and had 6 years of experience with a company in Raleigh, NC; Terri was a chemistry teacher and in graduate school to prepare to teach in a college or university.
  • What is your greatest current challenge in getting the gospel to the people in the area where you serve?  Our greatest challenge is the overwhelming need and lack of sufficient resources to meet those needs.
  • What has been your greatest blessing as it relates to seeing the lives of people around you changing once they hear the gospel?  It is rewarding to see hope spring up with there was no hope, and to witness peace in the lives of those who make a decision to follow Christ even in troubling circumstances.
  • What is your greatest goal for your current work?  In Costa Rica and Nicaragua we desired to see the church firmly established, growing, and reaching out to its neighbors in Central America.  The Institute of Church Planters, a two year program,  exists to train men to plant dynamic Biblical churches throughout Nicaragua. The ABWE Ministry Center has been established to assist local pastors in planting churches and enlarging their vision to reach others through theological training, evangelistic outreach, and discipleship ministries like camps and retreats.
  • How will you serve in the Project Office?  We hope to come alongside missionaries already serving in ABWE ministries throughout the world and help them fulfill their goals through the construction of churches, schools, hospitals and other ministry facilities.  We also desire to be an encouragement to them as we share experiences from our years of missionary service.
  • What is your life's verse and how does it give you encouragement in your present work?  Isaiah 40 :31 is Steve's life verse and encourages him to depend on the Lord and persevere in the work.  Terri's verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 and remind her that God will direct our steps if we trust in Him.
  • What type of  foods do you miss most from the US?  Steve likes Riesens (chocolate taffy), Whoppers, and beef jerky.  Terri likes Jelly Bellies, Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Sauce Almonds, and Peanut Butter Snickers.  Kellan likes Blue Diamond Wasabi and Soy Sauce Almonds and most salty snacks.
  • What types of cards, gifts or other encourgement do you receive from people in the US?  We like gift cards from iTunes, Amazon, and Target.  We like to receive e-mails to know that people are thinking of us and praying for us.  We also like visits from family and friends and the opportunity to introduce them to our field of service.