Having been raised in a conservative Christian family, missions was not new to me. As a matter of fact, missionary stories made up a large percentage of my childhood reading. My passion for languages, my interest in other cultures, and my love for travel combined with the amazing stories of those who answered the call of God to serve overseas, put a desire in my heart to become a missionary.
I gave my heart to the Lord at the age of eleven. My desire to serve the Lord in full-time ministry grew until I reached the age of eighteen when I felt God specifically called me to mission work. I didn’t know where, how, or when, but I knew that I was committed to following that call no matter where it led. I enrolled in Penn View Bible Institute in 2012 where my studies and ministry only confirmed to me that I was doing the Lord’s will.
On an internship to Europe I realized I had a passion for teaching, and in my Senior year of college I pastored a nearby small country church. Following graduation, I accepted an invitation to serve temporarily as Youth Pastor at the Gospel Center in downtown Lebanon, PA, until the door to full-time mission work opened. In the fall of 2016 I completed my final internship in Honduras with Eric and Hannah Kuhns. It was there God began speaking to me about the open door and the need. He confirmed how the passion He put in my heart for teaching and mentoring fit with the need. I answered the call for service to Honduras in the area of pastoral training and teaching.
My favorite hymn says, “Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word; tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard.” We all love a good story, and it travels far and wide. But the best story, the one that comforts our hearts, the one that dries our tears, and the one that gives us spiritual victory is the story of Jesus. It is one which should never grow old to our ears. If it is truly precious to us then we ought to tell it where ever we go. The heart of missions is simply the story of Jesus.
Philosophy of Ministry
In II Timothy 2 Paul told Timothy to entrust the things he had been taught by training faithful men who would be able to teach others. This would enable the Gospel to be faithfully passed down from generation to generation. In many ways, a true pastor is the heartbeat of a congregation. He is the shepherd, the teacher, the counselor. For the ministry of church planting to go forward successfully, it is essential that faithful national pastors are raised up from the congregations and that young people are trained to take places of leadership in the local church.
My ministry goal is to train and mentor those who are already pastoring as well as lay the foundations for Biblical education for young people across the Hispanic world. This equips them to pastor, preach, teach, and evangelize in their own communities and throughout the Latin world.
Note from Shane
“Thank you for your prayers and support as I go to tell the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard!”