Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV)
My name is Zeke and this is my wife Meagan. We have three beautiful children, Liam, Matthew and Abigail. Our testimony starts very early on when we accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. As the years went by, we had similar stories of having various missionary biographies read to us. I personally was a shy child who loved being at home or outside by myself. It was through the challenge of my parents that I realized I needed to look to others needs so that the Lord could use me for His glory. As I asked what could God do with me, I realized that if I can't speak, He could use my hands and so I pursued a missions aviation course through Piedmont Baptist College.
Meanwhile, Meagan also was drawn to missions from the time she was very little. She pursued a Bible Education through New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, WI. As she neared graduation she saw God redirecting her from creative access countries to possibly helping in international boarding schools with the multi-level needs there. She then pursued a Elementary Education at Emmaus Bible College. As God brought our stories together, we both felt drawn to areas of the world with unreached people groups.
In 2011 God moved our hearts towards Papua New Guinea. We are now church planting missionaries in this part of the world with the Association of Baptist for World Evangelism (ABWE). Our goal is to partner with National believers to encourage, strengthen and build with them healthy and vibrant churches that are able to independently function through their knowledge of the Word and in their personal relationship with God; in the long term, working ourselves out of job.
ABWE's largest work in the country of Papua New Guinea has been the establishment of Goroka Baptist Bible College to train National Pastors and Educators in the knowledge of God's word. The Bible degree has so far produced over 400 graduates, and this year the educational degree will produce some of it's first graduates as top teachers in the country.
Although Goroka Baptist Bible College may become a part of our personal ministry in the future, we are desiring to work in the remote location of Simbai where some of our graduates have established churches but have had a difficult time in taking a stand against the false teachings and pitfalls of traditions of the area. We hope to help establish creative Doctrinal instruction to help these churches stand firm. One of the difficulties to over come in teaching will be the area of lack of literacy. We have been able to buy solar powered Audio Bibles with the particular language group of Simbai. We also are endeavoring to teach and instruct through visual aid and memorization.
Pray with us as we develop who we are and what we are going to do in Papua New Guinea. There are many complications that cause barriers to knowing how to teach in an understandable way. This goes beyound just language but also the intricacies of culture itself. Our God is a God of culture, creating diversities and differences. So we must trust that He will give us the creativity to reach these beloved people for His name sake.