We were both born in WA, and met in our home church's college Bible study. In the fall of 2003, we both (as singles) attended Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Oregon. After graduating, we both stayed in Cannon Beach to work and serve in a small local church's children's ministry. When the pastor and his wife moved on, Noe was asked to be the interim pastor for a year, which he accepted. Lisa stepped up as the children's director at that time. In the fall of 2005, Noe accepted the role of pastor at the church, and proposed to Lisa. We were married in 2006, and served at the church until fall 2008.
Following our time in Oregon, we moved back to Washington. Shortly after arriving, we were accepted for enrollment at New Tribes Bible Institute. Both of us have had the same desire over the years: to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. (Romans 15:20-21) And so we began this first step of training with Ethnos360 (formerly known as New Tribes Mission).
After the two years of intensive chronological Bible study, we both graduated from NTBI. We were accepted to Ethnos360's Missionary Training Center and received 1.5 years of training for Tribal Church Planting. After graduation, Lisa completed the Linguistics course, following which we moved back to the Pacific Northwest to prepare to move overseas.
We are now in Papua New Guinea, and we have joined an existing church planting work among the Tigak people. We spent two years learning the Tigak language and culture, and completed that task (to a fluency level high enough for ministry) in May 2017! With language and culture learning behind us (although there will always be more to learn!), our main role here will be to disciple the 25+ believers, and help bring this church to maturity in the faith, so that they will be equipped and eager to share the gospel with the thousands of Tigak speakers scattered throughout various islands who are still in bondage to works-based religion and/or animistic practices. We are also hopeful to see them someday ready and able to reach beyond Tigak to one of the neighboring unreached language groups. We're excited to be a part of what God is doing among the Tigak, and in this country with over 800 distinct language groups!
We have two beautiful daughters who are excited to be doing this with us! They are learning the culture and language as well, alongside their homeschool studies. We're very proud of them. :)