Category: Pre-Field Stories

Six Years Ago…

… we were standing together at the altar at Fairview Loop Baptist Church, committing our lives to each other before our friends, our family, and the Lord. What a wild ride it’s been since that snowy Friday night in 2014!

2019: Year in Review

2019 is coming to a close, so it’s time for our annual year in review post! Granted, this is only the second time we’ve done one of these posts. But hopefully it will continue long into the future!

Merry Christmas!

Earlier this month, our Pastor preached about the Joy of Christmas from Luke 2:1-20. In a world that is fast-paced with non-stop action, pausing to remember the joy surrounding the birth of this precious baby – the Incarnate Son of God – is critical.

Our Second Mission Trip Together

Before we met, Allen and I both engaged in ministry and mission trips separately. From camp ministry and AWANAs to in-state and out-of-state mission trips, we loved to serve. Our first summer dating, we co-led a mission trip to Kodiak, Alaska (you can read…


Allen and I have talked a bit recently about how to keep the Gospel at the center of what we do – not just on the mission field in the future, but HERE and NOW. Do you ever think about that, too?

Happy Birthday, Ruth!

Today, our oldest girl is 4 years old and we are excited to celebrate her all day long.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce… these foods are delicious and awesome, but totally not the point of today. We are told in 1 Chronicles 16:34, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Get to Know… Melissa!

We recently posted a fun little interview with Allen so you could get to know him a little more. Because here’s the thing – some of you may only really know us through this little corner of the Internet or our other regular communications….

Get to Know… Allen!

You talk to us at work, school, or church. You see our social media posts. You read our newsletters and blog and watch our videos. But we want to help you know us, too. So yesterday, I asked Allen ten random questions so that…

Kids Lesson & Coloring Page

Before we shared during the worship service at Hillside Baptist on Sunday, we taught the children’s Sunday School class! We want to tell you about it today, then we have a fun printable at the end.