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AJ

I was born in McAllen, Texas on October 12, 1973. My parents have been missionaries in South Texas and northern Mexico for nearly 40 years. As a young child I accepted Christ as my personal Savior, but for many years I experienced doubts about my salvation. It was not until I reached High School and began to grow in grace that I finally experienced true assurance of my salvation. As a pre-teenager I surrendered my life to missions in a missions conference, but as a teenager I became interested in computer science and decided to pursue a career in that field. In 1991 I enrolled in a Christian college with the goal of studying computer science, but my first semester of study the Lord led me to change my major to Bible. In the next few years God gave me a burden for Mexico (where I had spent much of my childhood) and specifically for training national pastors. With this goal in mind I attended seminary, pursuing a master’s degree in theology and then a Ph.D. in New Testament, in order to prepare me for a teaching ministry. In 2004 we moved to Monterrey, Mexico to teach Bible and theology in a Christian college. While in Monterrey we were privileged to pastor a church planting ministry. In 2009 the Lord led us to work with To Every Tribe as Mexico Field Director, and in January, 2013 we moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. In early 2015 we transitioned to Reaching and Teaching International Ministries.

Ruth

ruth-faceI grew up in a pastor’s home here in the United States. My parents introduced me to the things of the Lord from the very start, and some of my earliest memories are of my mother teaching me God’s Word. I was saved as a young child, and the Lord put in my heart a desire to serve and please Him. My parents were very careful to include me in their ministry, and I thank the Lord for the opportunities that I had to grow up heavily involved in the ministry of the local church. When I was in Jr. High, my church began an outreach to a nearby migrant community. This was my first sustained contact with Spanish-speaking people. I continued working with that ministry for about five years. In high school, the Lord impressed upon my heart the need to study Spanish which I did for four years. Looking back, I can see the Lord’s hand preparing me for the ministry to which He has called us. In 1993, the Lord directed me to Bob Jones University. There I studied education and music with the desire to better prepare myself for the Lord’s work. It was also there that I met A.J. I am very thankful for the many doors the Lord has opened and how He has directed our path to the mission field.

Jonathan, Christian, Katelyn, Hudson, and Sofia

We were married in August of 1996, and in 2001 the Lord gave us our first son, Jonathan. Christian was born in 2003, shortly before we moved to Monterrey Mexico.  Katelyn Grace was born on August 13, 2009 and Hudson Livingstone was born on April 25, 2011. Sofia Celeste was born in Oaxaca, Mexico on April 6, 2013.

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