God called Heidi “to go” while she was in Mexico on a short-term mission trip with her youth group when she was 13. She went to ORU to earn a degree in Missions. Joel felt called to Missions when he first surrendered to God on a mountaintop in Alaska. Joel felt that God would take him to every continent of the world. Joel met Heidi at ORU while earning a degree in International Business.They joined Go To Nations in January of 2003 and served in Burkina Faso, West Africa as the National Directors for twelve years. They have raised up a strong national team of missionaries that are conducting Children's Ministry outreaches among the most un-reached people groups. They have formed a partnership with Operation Christmas Child that is helping meet the physical needs of children and families in the nation. Joel and Heidi have returned to the United States but continue to support and oversee the continued mission work in Burkina Faso. Today they are taking their expertise in Children's Ministry and training missionaries and missional leaders how to reach their nations with the Gospel through reaching the next generation. Children are the leaders of tomorrow, and by capturing their hearts for Christ, you transform villages, communities, and nations.
God called Heidi “to go” while she was in Mexico on a short-term mission trip with her youth group when she was 13. She attended college at Oral Roberts University to earn a degree in Missions. Joel felt called to Missions when he first surrendered to God on a mountaintop in Alaska when he was 20 years old. Joel felt that God would take him to every continent of the world. Joel met Heidi at ORU while earning a degree in International Business.
After graduation and getting married, we worked jobs in Tulsa with the goal of eventually becoming career missionaries. We did not want to wait, but because of $60,000 of school loans, we needed to be faithful to work, pay tithe, and keep believing God would send us. God miraculously provided an extremely lucrative, but temporary, sales position for Joel one year, and we were able to pay off our last loan payment right before the job ended. It was a miracle. $60,000 (+ an additional $10,000 gift to our church) was paid off in only 4 years. Only God can do that!
It was January of 2003 when we became deft-free, joined Go To Nations and sold our house by yet another miracle without a realtor or even a sign in the yard. God had made it abundantly clear that it was time to go, and that He would provide everything we would ever need. Which He certainly has!
We joined Go To Nations in January of 2003 and were sent to Burkina Faso, West Africa where we served for12 years, eventually becoming National Directors. We have raised up a strong national team of children’s evangelists that are conducting Children's Ministry outreaches among the most un-reached people groups. We have formed a partnership with Operation Christmas Child that has exponentially expanded our outreach and discipleship opportunities throughout the nation and into neighboring countries as well.
We returned to the United States for a few years to meet the educational needs of our 2 boys. During this season we continued to support and oversee the continued mission work in Burkina Faso, taught at a Bible school, served as temporary Children’s pastors, and wrote a book. We also spent every summer bringing training and children’s outreach to several churches in the Tulsa area, training their laypeople and conducting outreaches in the neighborhoods these churches have dreamed of reaching.
Now that our older son has graduated and is established at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, we feel the release to return to the mission field with our younger son, Silas. We plan to “finish strong” in Burkina Faso by holding the largest training conference we have ever done, bringing people in from all over the country to Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. They will be trained up, prayed up, ministered to and commissioned to immediately go out in teams of 3 and 4 doing 2 weeks of children’s outreaches in their home regions, focusing primarily on unreached people groups. This will be the completion of Vision 2020, the goal that we have had for the last 9 years, which is this- To reach a million children with the Gospel message in their language by the end of the year 2020. To date, our team has reached 700,000 people with the Gospel message, and this July, through the training conference and outreaches, we believe the teams we train and equip will be able to reach another 300,000 people.
Once these outreaches are complete, and our national team in Burkina Faso has this greater network of children’s ministers and churches to continue working with, we will then focus on starting our children’s evangelism journey in the country of Niger, next door to Burkina Faso. We plan to move there in June, 2020 (a month before the Vision 2020 conference and outreaches).
There is an amazing team with Run International that we will be partnering with and is excited for us to come alongside them, especially at the beginning as we are finding our footing and learning what the needs and opportunities are in Niger for children’s evangelism and outreach. Since it is a different country, people and culture, we will need to learn and seek God for what will work there, and what our ministry will look like.
But the goal will always be to share the powerful life-transforming message of the Gospel of Jesus to children who have not heard it, and train and equip national pastors and believers to do the same. Children are the leaders of tomorrow, and by capturing their hearts for Christ, you transform villages, communities, and nations.
I go to the store. A car is parked. Many cars are parked or moving. Some are blue. Some are tan. They have windows. In the store, there are items for sale. These include such things as soap, detergent, magazines, and lettuce. You can enhance your life with these products. Soap can be used for bathing, be it in a bathtub or in a shower. Apply the soap to your body and rinse. Detergent is used to wash clothes. Place your dirty clothes into a washing machine and add some detergent as directed on the box. Select the appropriate settings on your washing machine and you should be ready to begin. Magazines are stapled reading material made with glossy paper, and they cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from news and politics to business and stock market information. Some magazines are concerned with more recreational topics, like sports card collecting or different kinds of hairstyles. Lettuce is a vegetable. It is usually green and leafy, and is the main ingredient of salads. You may have an appliance at home that can quickly shred lettuce for use in salads. Lettuce is also used as an optional item for hamburgers and deli sandwiches. Some people even eat lettuce by itself. I have not done this. So you can purchase many types of things at stores. Are you still reading this?! This is (obviously) not from the book. It was a tactic to divert you from reading what you are actually looking for! Well, the ostrich is found on... Ha! Just kidding, I'm not going to tell you. BUT, I will give you a little hint. Look for a small blue Africa at the bottom of a page. OK, I've already said too much!!
If I drive around, I sometimes notice the houses and buildings all around. There are also pieces of farm land that are very large. Houses can be built from different kinds of materials. The most common types are brick, wood, and vinyl or synthetic siding. Houses have lawns that need to be tended. Lawns need to be mowed regularly.