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As of July 2018, we are now on the Field! God has been so faithful through the support-raising process and we are now getting settled-in in-country. Please continue your support and prayers for our family as we adjust to life and ministry in Chile.
Mark grew up in a home where both of his parents loved the Lord and each other. At the age of 6 in the "Big Church" service at Grace Bible Church in Dayton, TN, Pastor Dale Linebaugh preached and Mark heard the Gospel message and responded. Mark's parents would host visiting missionaries over the years, having them over for meals, lodging and hearing their stories, and that is where his interest in missions started. "I want to be a missionary when I grow up" would be something you'd hear him say often.
Mark first experienced the mission field first-hand in 1997 with a group trip to Brazil with Emmanuel Baptist Church (Toledo, OH) to help a missionary construct a church building. That trip and other trips over his college years would remind him of his passion for missions that God planted in his heart as a child.
At the Word of Life Bible Institute (Class of 2000), Mark would meet Joanna who grew up on the mission field in Chile. They have ministered together at Word of Life in Schroon Lake, NY for the past 13 years in camps (Island, Ranch & Wild), productions, evangelism and discipleship.
In April 2016, Mark and Joanna lead a Bible Institute missions team to Chile and it quickly became clear that the trip was not just for the students but for them as well. God impressed upon their hearts to pray about the opportunities and needs they saw in Chile and how God could use them in the work there at Word of Life Chile.
Their time at Word of Life USA has prepared them for this next chapter of their ministry in Chile, and they are looking forward to the transition in stepping out.
Joanna grew up on the mission field at Word of Life Chile. She trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was 6 after her mom explained to her that she was a sinner and needed a Savior.
When she was 13 at a campfire service at the Word of Life camp in Chile, she dedicated her life to the Lord, for Him to do what He wanted with her life. When she was 16 her family left Chile and as she said goodbye to everything she had ever known, she learned to completely trust God, knowing as Joshua 1:9 says that, "...the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." That was a huge turning point in her life as her faith really became her own.
After graduation from the Word of Life Bible Institute (Class of 2000), she served in the home office of Word of Life for many years until she became (and currently is) a full time wife and mother to their 4 beautiful girls, ages 4-10.
Joanna is very excited to get back to minister in Chile, the country where she grew up.
"But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24