We were both raised in Christian homes and saved at a young age. We veered away from God during high school as a lot of teenagers do. Fortunately, we met at the end of our senior year and realized that we both came from similar faith backgrounds. This allowed us to open up and talk about our spiritual journey. Eventually we worked together to begin following Him again.
Life was going well. We had our three children and successful careers. In 2013 God began asking us to live without fear. This led us to go on our first mission trip to Honduras, and we took our 3 month old with us. Shane began to feel a sense of peace and purpose during this trip, but he brushed it aside and we returned to our normal lives.
Shortly after that trip, Shane was asked to return with a small group of men to work on one of the missionaries’ house. As soon as he arrived he felt that he was “home.” God continued to pull on his heart during that trip, and Shane learned that there was a position open for a Team Assistant.
Shane tried to sell his vision to Jessica, but she was not so sure. She thought that he was purely acting on his emotions. We decided to take a trip to El Ayudante as a family in August 2014 to explore what God might have for us. It became clear during those 2 weeks that it was not the right time for us to move. There were too many people living on campus, growing pains happening, and adding another missionary family would not have been wise.
We returned home and focused on our ministries and serving here. Since 2013, our friendship and chemistry with the directors of El Ayudante (the Mohagens) continued to grow. We supported EA and the Mohagens in prayer and financial support. We agreed that we would continue to support them and bring teams back to serve.
In August 2015 we were asked to help lead another team from our church. We were very happy to have another opportunity to go. Little did we know that in October of last year the Mohagens would ask us to come work with them full-time because another missionary couple was leaving. We knew immediately that if they were asking us, we needed to seriously consider it and pray about it. We prayed hard and sought guidance from close friends and mentors. After about two weeks we decided to step forward and see what God would do. Since then, God has continued to reveal his plan to us. As we have walked in this direction, he has opened each door.
Never in our lives did we think that we would become missionaries in Honduras, but we fully believe that this is where we are called at this time. Unless God tells us otherwise, we continue to step out in faith.