We both received Jesus Christ as our Saviour at a young age through camp ministry. Chantal’s family were first generation Christians and James was raised in a Christian home. Our friendship was formed in Ottawa and led to our marriage in 2001. From the beginning, the Lord placed an interest for missions in our hearts.
In 2006 we had the opportunity to serve in Belize, Central America, for three months. We assisted in a Christian school, served local churches and learned many valuable lessons about faith in God. We considered going as full time missionaries, but this wasn’t God’s plan.
The following year, the Lord blessed us with our first child (Jacob 11) and led us to New Liskeard, Ontario. After supply teaching for a year, James became a college math instructor, replacing a teacher who left to be a missionary in Nicaragua. It’s amazing how the Lord works! Over the next 10 years, God blessed us with three more children (Isaiah 9, Titus 7 and Julia 4) and life was busy with raising our children, local church ministry, work and home renovations.
This past summer, the Lord rekindled our desire to serve as missionaries. We were preparing to host a missionary family and decided to take a look at the Ethnos website. We were surprised to see a need for math teachers. We began praying and the Lord opened the door for us to serve in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Lord willing, this July we will be heading to PNG. James will teach math and computers at Numonohi Christian Academy. Chantal will help the children adjust and plans to assist in the medical centre. In many ways we feel like children in kindergarten in God’s school of faith. We have so much to learn, but know He is completely faithful and look forward to seeing what He’ll do in and through our lives!