We were both brought up in Christ-centered families. Learning about God’s love for us and coming to a knowledge of His truth at a young age, we both accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and want to serve Him with our lives. We were both involved with camp ministries and felt called to ministry among students in Europe, but it wasn't until later that God made that calling a reality. While in university, David spent a summer serving in Austria at a ministry of Regent Theological Seminary where students would come from around the world to be discipled and live in community. We were married in 2007, worked professionally, volunteered at camp ministries for weeks in the summer and on weekends throughout the year and were involved with our church.
During a discipleship Bible study in Matthew in 2012, the Great Commission was firmly impressed on our hearts and we felt the need to "GO and make disciples of all nations." An opportunity came up to serve for the summer at Entrepierres/Pierres Vivantes, a missionary retreat center in the south of France which Rachel was familiar with. While we were there, God opened the doors for an opportunity to serve among international students in another part of France for 3-5 years. We then came back to Pennsylvania and enrolled at Lancaster Bible College where we completed a Certificate in Biblical Studies (to complement our existing bachelor's degrees from other universities) by taking 10 Bible courses.
We moved to Grenoble, France in 2014 and spent five years serving among university students at the FEU, a university student ministry in France. We lived in an apartment above the ministry center and were involved in discipleship, leading small groups, managing a food distribution to international students in need and reaching out to the international community through the ministry and local church. We saw many students give their lives to Christ and get baptized. Now many of these students are married and leaders in their local church! Our son Rusty was born there in 2016 and Max was born there in 2018. We spent another summer helping out Entrepierres with hospitality and grounds keeping in 2019 prior to returning to the states.
While we were working with the FEU in France, Christian camps and ministries frequently requested our help with programs or maintenance. David regularly helped a local camp and gap-year Bible school, Champfleuri, with building projects. We occasionally volunteered at other camps, but they often lacked accommodations for a family.
We love serving in this way, but also realize how important it is for our family to have our own familiar space. God provided a travel trailer that will be our home. We can transport our "home" to ministries in North America all throughout the year to help with various projects. This "tiny home" will be easy to leave behind too so that we can go back overseas for a few months each year.
We have been commended to this new work by Malvern Bible Chapel and have partnered with Christian Workers Fellowship and Assembly Care Ministries to handle tax-deductible donations. We are also involved with and supported in part by Reading City Church, a non-denominational church in our local community that we attended for several years.
We've had many requests for help and are prayerfully considering ways that we can serve various ministries, especially ones where we can live in community and disciple young adult staff and students. Below is a schedule of where we've been and hope to be soon!
- Summer/Fall 2020: After spending the winter/spring renovating our trailer, we helped Camp Berea in New Hampshire with various projects this summer and fall. They were very thankful for our help and would love to have our help again! We also helped Greenwood Hills near Chambersburg.
- Now: Building support team, finishing the trailer renovation, serving camps locally, planning vision trip to fill longer term schedule
- Spring: Vision trip to see & serve ministries
- Summer: Camp Berea (TBD)
- 2021 School Year: TBD (Hoping to serve at a year-long discipleship program)
- Once borders re-open, we would love to serve in France, Quebec or the UK
Find out more about our skills, qualifications and education on our Request Our Help page.