John was a member of the first Guinea-Bissau missions team in 1992 shortly after the Cuban soldiers abandoned the country. During this trip, the first Christian school was constructed on the Youth With A Mission base in Gabu. In subsequent years, he returned on numerous short mission trips to assist in the work of the first churches. Now there are eleven churches preaching the gospel. Indeed, the seed planted in 1992 has sprouted and the “Harvest is ready!
” For this reason, John and Rachel left their home in Washington state in 2002 to move full time to Guinea-Bissau. John had been a cross-country trucker in the states and is a qualified airplane pilot and mechanic. Through his ranching-farming background and his life-work, he knows how to fix things and keep them working, a must on the African frontier. He is the founder and president of the Servants to Missions organization, with a heart to hear God’s voice and to bring Guinea-Bissau under the gospel. His passion is to serve the local pastors and missionaries.
Rachel served as a social worker and counselor several places before the Lord placed her on an American Indian reservation. Her cross-cultural training and experiences helped her to establish home skills classes with local women in Africa, giving her great opportunity to share the gospel.
Life is hard in Guinea-Bissau. The Gabu base is fifteen hours cross-country to the nearest trustworthy medical facility. John and Rachel must trust the Lord for their daily health and existence. Although, rice, pinto beans and other basic staples are available locally, John drives to Dakar, Senegal once a month to do banking, get mail and to obtain items necessary for their missions operation. The local churches the Lord has established under their care are within a fifty mile radius, but some take six hours travel to reach. Telephones are few and far between and often don’t function. Internet is two hundred miles away.
He is praying that the Lord provide a private airplane to the work of their ministry.