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) 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, Titus and Julia) and life was busy with raising our children, local church ministry, work and home renovations.
The Lord used preparing to host a missionary family to rekindle an interested in missions. When we looked 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).
We now serve in PNG. James is teaching and working in the ICT department at Numonohi Christian Academy. Chantal is using her skills in Occupational Therapy.
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!