Chris…a Michigander born and raised, husband, father, missionary.
Christie…a Floridian born and raised, wife, mother, missionary.
Judah…an adventurous boy who has spent more of his life in Nigeria than anywhere else.
Jovelle…a toddler born in Orlando but with lots of “homes.”
In 2009, we moved to Nigeria from our home in Orlando, Florida to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. There are more than 300 languages in this country that still do not have a single verse of God’s Word, so we were compelled by God to pack up our family and move to Jos, Nigeria.
Why in the world would we do such a thing? Why live in a city that has been making international news of late due to outbreaks of violence…with intermittent (at best) power, water and fuel shortages, sketchy Internet…thousands of miles away from our friends and family? Because the impact of God’s Word on an individual’s life has a transforming power, and for millions of people in Africa’s most populous nation, it is simply not accessible. Plus, God told us to go, so it would have been wrong NOT to move here!
How do we cope with the challenges of life here? How do we celebrate the joys? Well…read on, because that’s exactly what we hope to share with you through this blog.