20 Years Later…
Renee was first drawn to work with the poor and vulnerable in middle school when a group of doctors spoke at her church and shared their experiences of serving around the world. Her desire to to use medicine to serve overseas continued to be confirmed through various short-term trips, volunteering at Hispanic medical clinics, and being involved with foreign exchange programs. Renee pursued a pre-med track in under-grad and then went on to graduate from Emory with Masters in Medical Science to pursue work as a Physician Assistant for 6 years.
Meanwhile, Seth’s heart for missions was stirred by Renee when they met in college. Unsure at the time of what that might look like for him, God eventually lead him to seminary where his passion and gifting for teaching began to line up with the overwhelming need for pastoral and theological education in the developing world. Knowing he needed experience to train other church leaders, Seth began interning at his home church and served as an assistant pastor at All Souls Fellowship in Atlanta, GA for 3 ½ years prior to leaving the States.
In early 2011 we began exploring possible locations to serve throughout Latin America. With the helpful prodding of a friend, a site visit, many many conversations, and much prayer and thought, we felt led to work in La Ceiba, Honduras. And thus began the lengthy 3+ year process of training, building a support team, and planning to relocate our lives. During that time we grew immensely both professionally and spiritually, experienced many ups and downs, and also added a dog and a kiddo. Yet through it all, we continued to know that this was exactly where we needed to be and what we needed to do.
Finally, in August of 2014, after a year of language school in Costa Rica and many years of preparation and planning and change, we landed in La Ceiba. A journey 20 years in the making.