I (Drew) knew my life had changed forever when I couldn’t put the Bible down. Although I had accepted Jesus as my Savior three years earlier at Scioto Hills Camp, it wasn’t until my freshmen year in high school that I began to crave God’s Word non-stop and teach it to whomever would listen.
This passion led me to Cedarville University, where I served in every ministry I could, especially on many short-term mission teams. During one of those trips, to the Amazon of Brazil, two key events happened: I met my wife, Michele, and saw the need for leadership development among under-resourced people.
Every step after this trip would serve to make that dream of overseas leadership development a reality. After completing seminary and five years of cross-cultural pastoral ministry, we discovered that WorldVenture was the best missions fit, and they helped guide our passions toward the needs of Mozambique.
I (Michele) received Jesus as my Savior at the age of 6 in a backyard Bible club. Later, during a missions conference, I decided I wanted to be an overseas missionary. Although my starting motivation for doing so was to live an adventurous life, the Lord shaped my heart on short-term mission trips. My heart broke for the lost; I realized the devastating fate of those who do not accept the redeeming love of Jesus and the incredible responsibility of those who have received it.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” (Romans 10:13-14)