Jason and Pamela,
Tyler, Zachary, and Sam
From: Anderson, Indiana
Arrived in the Dominican: June 7, 2010
Current Financial Support Level: 100%
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I was raised in a Christian home where I received Christ as my Savior at the age of eight. One of the local churches was showing the film series that includes "A Thief in the Night." As a family, we had been attending, and it was after one of those movies that I came to the realization that I was a sinner and that I would be left behind if the rapture were to occur. My mom then led me through the concepts that I was a sinner, just as all men are, but that God had provided a way that I could have my sins forgiven. She explained that Christ, who is God the Son, died on my behalf, so that by believing in that work for myself, I could be forgiven and Christ would be my Savior. I put my confidence in Christ that same evening.
From there, I didn't really grow a whole lot through elementary and middle school, but in my early years of high school, I really became interested in spiritual things. I began taking notes in church and got involved with the youth group. I remember making a commitment sometime during my 10th grade year to serve the Lord with my life. However, at the end of that year, my pastor was given the boot, and I was really bitter about that for a couple of years. I started Bible School just out of high school, mostly because I had made the commitment to do so. But as I sat under the teaching of the Word again, it didn't take long for God to awaken a passion once again to be involved in things that are really meaningful for His glory. Pam and I were married after graduation and really desired to be involved with missions.
I was born in San Diego, California. My parents moved to Flagstaff, Arizona when I was going in first grade in order to be missionaries to the Navajo Indians. I grew up as a missionary kid hearing the gospel, going to the reservation meetings and thought I was on my way to heaven because of my background.
One day when I was eight years old my sister Michele and I were talking on the front porch. I'm not exactly sure how the conversation started but I remember specifically these words... "Pam are you sure you're saved, because you're so bad all the time." At that moment God opened my eyes to my destiny. I was headed straight to hell because I was God's enemy. I knew many verses from AWANA and everything about God in His Word became clear to me. I personally knew I was a sinner separated from God and there was absolutely nothing I could do to restore my relationship with Him.
My sister called my mom and told her I wanted to get saved. She took me back to her bedroom and asked me several questions. She asked me why I wanted to get saved. I told her I'm a sinner and need Christ to save me so I could go to heaven. John 3:16 became real to me in a personal way. We prayed and I asked Jesus to save me. At that point I put my confidence in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and I knew I was God's child.
From that point on God began a work in my life that is yet to be completed. God used programs such as AWANA to hide His Word in my heart in order to renew my mind with His truth. In High School God used CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) to allow me to teach children about God and to present the gospel. There is something about actually articulating the gospel that allows spiritual growth to occur. It helped in my mind to really know what I believed and why I believed it.
In the summer between my junior and senior year of High School, I took a short-term mission trip to Papua, New Guinea. We were there 8 weeks. For the first time in my life I was able to see first hand the needs around the world. I was so humbled by the mission experience. It was truly satisfying.