After graduating from MNU, Mid-America Nazarene College, we found ourselves settling into normal suburban life - Jon working as an accountant at a dry wall company and Shirley teaching school. Then Jon went on a Work and Witness trip and God started talking to him about missions. Through this trip God showed Jon that He not only wanted his money for missions but He also wanted his time and family to be involved. So they "Stepped out on faith".
We volunteered as Missionaries in Volunteer Service for what we thought would be one year, but God had other plans. God had a much bigger plan and we volunteered in Venezuela for 8 years.
In 2001 we were appointed as Global Missionaries to Venezuela. In December 2007 we moved from Venezuela where they were Work and Witness Coordinators and administrators of the Nazarene Campground, to Ecuador. Now we serve as the Work and Witness Coordinators for the North Andean Field (Venezuela, Ecuador and Columbia).
Some of the happiest times of our lives were during those eight years of volunteering. There were tough times, but they were times full of learning and growing in faith. We didn't know where the money to live on was going to come from or when it was going to come, but it always came. We could truly see the hand of God at work, and we still see his protecting hand over us. God's church family is so wonderful and we know that if we didn’t have you partnering with us in prayer the work would not go forth.
Our two daughters were an active part of our ministry helping in evangelism and construction all through our ministry. Both the girls still have hearts for missions and have either participated or led missions trips every year while in college. Josiah and Michelle came with our home church on a trip and Krista did an internship with us last summer.
Krista- graduated MNU in May '15. She works at Target in the evenings and for GMC in the business center. She is living in Olathe. Pray for her as she finds the balance of life and for the friendships that she develops. She has a passion to serve God and do His will.
Josiah and Michelle both-Graduated from MNU university four years ago and are both working full time. Michelle is working at Nazarene Publishing House in the marketing department and enjoys her job. Josiah is working for the Johnson County Parks He graduated from the Police Academy last July. They live in Olathe close to Krista and family. they teach the collage-age Sunday School class at church. Michelle has her own photography business. Michelle Gould Photography. Pray for both of them as they grow closer together. They want to be in the center of God's will and want discernment from God in their decisions.