Marie Lea-Wilson was raised in a godly home in Frederick, MD, was saved and baptized at an early age, and felt God calling her into missions during that same time. In 2008 she completed a 3-year Bible degree through Faith Bible Institute. While in nursing school, she was introduced to Spanish through a secular study-abroad trip to Mexico, and, unable to witness to her host family, returned to the States looking for Spanish immersion opportunities. Through a Spanish ministry at her church, as well as an interpreting class integrated into her nursing degree, Marie learned enough Spanish to lead her first Hispanic to Christ in 2011, and that same year God confirmed her calling to reach Latinos for Christ. She was later certified as a Spanish interpreter in her Hospital in 2014. Moving to Baltimore to complete her degree, she began attending Rosedale Baptist Church, and was introduced to their Deaf ministry. Marie steadily learned ASL, and over the next 4 years helped co-direct two dramas with Deaf actors, as well as started a Bible study for Deaf women.
During a vacation to Panama in 2013, Marie met a missionary family to the Deaf, and God began calling her to reach Deaf Latinos in Central America, thus combining her background in Spanish and Sign Language.
Marie met Team Honduras during a medical missions trip in 2014, but didn't seriously consider going to Honduras until God closed the doors to other countries, and confirmed His will during a second (survey) trip to Honduras in 2015.
Honduran Sign Language (LESHO) is distinct from ASL, as well as from the Sign Languages of the surrounding Central American countries. Marie plans to learn LESHO and share the gospel with Deaf Hondurans, while training hearing believers to do the same. She plans to establish a Deaf ministry in El Progreso, under the leadership of Team Honduras, and then transfer it to national leadership, enabling her to repeat the process elsewhere.
Though the vast majority of her time will be spent focused on the needs of the Deaf, Marie plans to use her other skills (nursing, for example) to assist with Team Honduras' medical and other ministries to reach Hondurans, hearing and Deaf, for Christ.