Jonathan's mother led him to the Lord at a young age. Shortly after his salvation, he confidently told his mother that he would be a missionary when he grew up. Yes, even from that young age God burdened his heart with missions. Missions trips and Bible clubs were a regular part of his life. In college, Jonathan studied pastoral ministries and went on to earn a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Educational Leadership. He spent two months in the jungles of Papua New Guinea assisting with a church-plant. God also opened the door for him to teach at a bilingual school in Honduras, Central America. Now God has given him a passion and burden for the country of Belize.
Elizabeth's mother also led her to the Lord at a young age. She was privileged to grow up in a pastor's home. It wasn't until the age of thirteen that she submitted to full-time missions when a missionary to Japan presented at their church. She studied elementary education in college. One semester, she dropped out of school to live in Africa for four months with a missionary family that was just moving to the field. She spent her summers in other countries ministering with missionaries. After college, she taught at West Florida Baptist Academy and Pensacola Christian Academy for four years. God also allowed her to begin traveling as an international educational consultant. She even earned her EMT medical training to be even more prepared for missions.
When Jonathan and Elizabeth were first married, they were blessed to be able to travel a lot together. Jonathan represented Pensacola Christian College while Elizabeth trained teachers in Christian schools. These travels began to reach far beyond the U.S. as they visited countries such as Japan, the Philippines, the Micronesian Islands, Honduras, El Salvador, and more. Over and over again, God burdened their hearts for the spiritual needs around the world. One questions kept ringing in their minds...which one? While in Honduras, Jonathan had made a quick trip to the small, English-speaking country of Belize. During that visit, God make is clear that this little country was ready for laborers and God wanted him there. Together, Jonathan and Elizabeth are prepared to reach the people of Belize with the glorious Gospel of Christ.
Vision for Belize:
Our vision for Belize is simple. We desire to win lost souls for Christ, disciple new believers, plant independent, Baptist churches, and start a seminary to train national pastors. We will do this by initially working with BIMI missionaries, Troy and Suzannah Lewis. After getting established, we will then start another independent, Baptist church in southern Belize. Will you pray for us as we endeavor to honor God with our lives by reaching the country of Belize? Will you pray for the country of Belize? Would you even consider coming to help us reach these people?