Tom and Laura serve with WorldVenture in West Africa* where Tom is involved in translating the Bible into a local or indigenous language and Laura is reaching the hearts and lives of children through the Bible club that meets at their home six days a week.
(*Due to security reasons the name of the place and country where they live and minister is no longer publicly displayed.)
They both have the bedrock conviction that it is through the Word of God, the Bible that people come to know God and the truth or reality of Jesus Christ and in doing so are reborn into a new life based on faith in Christ. They also believe that true spiritual growth toward maturity in Christ can only happen in conjunction with the Word of God as a person internalizes its truths and principles and seeks to live by it its teachings.
While in a foster home during his senior year of high school due to the faithful witness of a classmate Tom accepted Christ as his Savior a month before he turned eighteen and then desiring to know God’s Word better attended Northern California Bible Institute (now Shasta Bible College) and then transferred to Southwestern Bible College (now Arizona Christian University) where he met Laura.
Laura grew up in a stable and godly family in Tucson and at a very young age put her faith in Christ and then later at the age of eleven through the prompting of the God and his Word decided she would serve Christ as a missionary and with this goal in mind after graduating high school she enrolled at Southwestern College.
A few weeks after Laura’s graduation Tom and Laura were married in May 1979. And a year after Tom’s graduation they moved to Portland, Oregon where Tom attended and graduated from Western Seminary. Shortly after this they were accepted by CBFMS (now WorldVenture) to work in Bible translation and church planting in West Africa where they have been faithfully serving since March 1991.