My father and mother, Arthur and Florence, were among several single pioneer missionaries who followed their love for God and their passion to help the less fortunate, and traveled by freighter to the Belgian Congo, Africa in the mid 1930’s.
In 1938 she met my father; they fell in love and eventually returned to the United States to be married in May of 1941. I am the last of three children born to Arthur and Florence. We grew up in a world of nature……beauty……excitement……wonder……adventure……where we had to create our own fun as there wasn’t anything that resembled “modern” for hundreds of miles. Every four years we would pack our suitcases and travel to the United States for one year, to raise financial support for the missionary work, and to purchase clothing and food supplies for the following four years.
I watched my father and mother care for the physical and spiritual needs of the Congolese who became our “family”. My father became a coach to Congolese pastors. My mother became a coach to the wives of the pastors, teaching them how to read and care for their children.
After completing high school in Chicago, I spent a year in Brussels, Belgium where I studied French in order to attend the Free University of the Congo for my first year of university. As the only white, male student living in the dormitory I learned to appreciate the intellect of the African student in a way I had never been exposed to before.
- envisioning and developing a Vibrant Program for single adults in a local church
- establishing and expanding a Successful Private Practice in counseling during the past 19 years
- establishing a Specialized Non-profit Program for low income one-parent families in our Blue Water Area
- developing a mentoring program for boys being raised without a father
- pursuing my passion for baking bread by developing a licensed bakery to be a source of revenue for the non-profit Ministry
- assisting in the development of a mentoring program for single moms
Two passages from the Bible that address the importance of God as the builder and architect of our lives are: