After graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene College, Jon and Shirley found themselves 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 from him but he also wanted his time and family to be involved. So they "stepped out on faith".
They volunteered as Missionaries in Volunteer Service for what they thought would be one year, but God had other plans. God had a much bigger plan. They volunteered in Venezuela for 8 years.
In 2001 they were appointed Global Missionaries to Venezuela. In December 2007 they moved from Venezuela where they were Work and Witness Coordinators and administrators of the Nazarene Campground, to Ecuador. Now they serve as the Work and Witness Coordinators for the Andean Field (Venezuela, Ecuador and Columbia).
We have two daughters who were both raised in South America until they went to Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. Michelle met Josiah Gould her freshman year and they were married in Sept. 2001. They are both 27 years of age and have made their home in Olathe, KS. Michelle works for the Nazarene Publishing House in the marketing department. Josiah works for the JO CO Parks department as a policeman.
Krista is 25 years of age and graduated from MNU. She works in the business center at the Nazarene GMC, The Global Ministry Center and she lives in Olathe, KS. They like living close so that Josiah and Michelle can keep an eye on their little sister.
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.
Born in United States
Born in United States
Home District: Kansas City
Home Church: Kansas City Nall Avenue