Well, hello! I suppose you’re reading this to know a little about me. For the shortened and condensed version: I’m a wife, a mom, and a missionary currently living in PA (soon to be eastern Europe!). I drink coffee consistently and I love treats (like when you’re proud of yourself for working for an hour straight so you treat yourself to an ice-cream or something). I’m a follower of Jesus Christ and I not only believe, but have experienced the power of his death and resurrection and live specifically to tell of the hope found in Him.
Now, for those of you who need a little more.
I grew up in southern Alabama so don’t be alarmed if you read “y’all” a couple of times. Growing up in church, I knew the love of Christ at a very young age. When I was in the 8th grade, God asked me if I was willing to give my life as a missionary and go wherever He asked to share the good news and hope that is found in Jesus. I had always wanted to be a missionary, so I couldn’t believe He would ask me to go! Without hesitating, I said YES!
A few years after graduating high school, I went to college at Central Bible College in Missouri. It was the best 3 years of my life. The friendships I made were incredible. Some of the best people I’ve ever known were my professors and my classmates. The absolute BEST person I met while in school is Ben, my husband, who also attended CBC. Though he grew up in Spain as a missionary kid, God was asking him to continue in that and be a missionary for life. Ben grew up under the ministry of his parents, Ontheredbox. You should check it out online. It’s incredible.
We met Ben’s first day on campus and he asked me out on a date 3 years later. Our first date was in February 2013, we were engaged in April, and married in September. Yes, it was all in the same year. Yes, it sounds crazy, but that’s part of the joy of following Christ. No, I wouldn’t trade our timeline for anything!
Just a few weeks after getting married, we were asked to be student pastors at a church in Delaware. After praying about it, we packed up our home in Missouri and moved to the east coast by the first of January 2014 (Ben and I with our students is pictured above). During our next two years in Delaware, we encountered a number of situations that required intense trust in God. We had situations come our way during those two years that many times caused us to want to run from where God had us. Although we knew that missions was our longterm goal, we knew it wasn’t time to pursue it at that time. God had us in ministry in Delaware and that was where we stayed.
During those 2 years, our darling Oliver was born and shortly after that, God let us know that it was time to pursue missions. We stepped out of student pastoring in December of 2015 and began as full time missionaries in January 2016. For the next year, we will be traveling to different churches throughout PA and the states to raise our support in order to move to the Balkans (southeastern Europe—countries such as Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, etc) and share the Gospel across that area. You can always check out our Facebook page for more info and sign up for our newsletter: facebook.com/benandjessi
All of this is to say stay faithful to what God is asking of you. He hasn’t forgotten about the desires He’s placed in your heart. Stay faithful, stay joyful, do your part while trusting in God and He will do His part. He always does. He’s always faithful.