Our Story

Bolivia Charlie & Tami in Bolivia 1994

 

"I'll never be a missionary!" These words came out of Charlie's mouth and two years later we were teaching at Carachipampa Christian School in Bolivia, South America for one year. 

100_0368 Youth In Action TLC trip 2003

 

After that year, God directed us to serve in student ministry, at Center Street Baptist Church, making Marshalltown, Iowa home for 10 wonderful years. Through a missions trip to Bolivia with the church God called us to full time missions serving in Bolivia, team-teaching high school Bible at CCS (again!)

DSC08961 Our First Prayer Card 2004

 

In 2004 we began ministry in Bolivia, team-teaching the high school Bible classes at Carachipampa Christian School, and serving as high school campus pastor.

DSC01506 Our church in Bolivia - Bella Vista

 

Soon after starting at CCS, God lead us to begin a neighborhood outreach out of our home where the CCS students could minister to the kids in our neighborhood. This "Kids Club" ministry grew and expanded as did the number of CCS students helping. This was an amazing ministry both to our neighborhood kids and in training CCS students for ministry! 

We transitioned the "Kids Club" to our neighborhood church, Bella Vista, where the kids could learn and grow more in their relationship with Jesus.

401586_10150499286512773_1059849649_n Saying "See you later" at the Cochabamba airport

 

Due to health reasons, we ended our ministry in Bolivia in January 2012. We are currently serving at the SIM USA office in Charlotte, NC.

Spring-SIMGo Helping to train new missionaries at SIM USA

 

Charlie serves as the Director of Prayer & Celebration, leading the prayer ministries at SIM USA. Charlie leads the daily and monthly prayer sessions in the home office. He also leads the prayer team who gathers and distributes prayer requests from the 800 SIM USA missionaries around the world. Their goal is to:

  • ENLIST prayer support for SIM's 800 missionaries.
  • ENGAGE the Church to pray for missions.
  • ENCOURAGE a culture of celebration and prayer in the SIM USA office and beyond.
December 2015 Our family 2015

 

In addition, we seek to launch and support new missionaries through SIM USA, particularly those who have teenagers. Charlie is involved in the SIMStart and SIMGo sessions throughout the year, teaching sessions, with both adults and teens, and leading the daily worship and prayer times.

Our whole family has been involved in the training sessions, coming alongside new missionary families and their teenagers as they begin their missionary journey.