My wife and I both grew up in Lebanon (I grew up at New Hope), playing sports in high school and eventually moving off to IU after we graduated. After college and getting married, we moved down to Lexington, KY, where we started our lives together. We were intentional in our faith while in Lexington, but we quickly found ourselves following the American dream. Bought a house, got a dog, got another dog – we didn’t see it at the time but we were floating down the America waterway to bigger and better.
About that time, we decided to participate in a mission trip to Sonlight Academy in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Having always been mission-minded, we were naturally drawn to the kids, the school, and most of all the missionaries who chose to pick up their lives and move to Haiti. We didn’t have grand plans for this trip, but God had something else in mind. Even while on the trip, I felt God’s leading to move down to Haiti to teach at Sonlight, and one year later we found ourselves out of American waters swimming upstream in the fast-moving rapids of Haiti.
My wife and I had never seen ourselves as missionaries, but God’s design was in full-effect. We learned to teach, tried to learn the language, and served the local students and community for three years before we received a call from New Hope asking to consider returning. We had always felt strongly that God had led us to Haiti, and that we would stay until God led us to something else. The call from New Hope was His leading us to that something else, and Catherine and I could not be more excited to join the community at New Hope as we work with middle and high school students.