Bekah’s Testimony

Bekah Nate1I was blessed to be able to grow up in a Christian home. My parents began teaching my sister and me how to memorize verses and the books of the Bible from the time we could talk; so by the time I was four, I understood that I was a sinner in need of salvation. I woke up at three in the morning from a bad dream in which I had died and gone to hell. I ran to my mom’s room and woke her up. When she asked what was wrong, I told her that if I didn’t get saved right then I would die and go to hell. She realized I was very serious; she went downstairs and called my dad and asked him if he thought I was ready to be saved. My dad said it sounded like I was ready; that night, in front of the couch, my mom knelt with me, took me through the plan of salvation, and helped me pray and ask Jesus to save me. After praying, mom asked if I was saved. I said, “No.” Confused, my mom asked why I said that. I answered, “Because I didn’t ask Jesus to throw my sins in the trash can.” Mom went back through the plan of salvation with me just to make sure I understood. I did, but in my four year old mind, I needed to ask Jesus to throw my sins in the trash can. We prayed again and this time prayed that prayer. After praying, mom again asked if I were to die, did I know I would go to heaven. This time I said yes! I was baptized a year later at Timberline Baptist Church in Manitou Springs, Colorado,

When I was ten, our church had a missions conference. After helping with cleanup, I remember walking into the auditorium, and seeing a missionary presentation. It was during that presentation that I knew God wanted me to be a missionary. As I grew older, the calling became stronger and I knew without a doubt God wanted me to serve Him on the mission field someday. After much praying about which Bible College I was to go to, the Lord finally closed all doors except for Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City. It was there that God led me to meet my husband. God allowed us to court for two years. On June 7, 2014, just three weeks after I graduated from Heartland with my Mission major, Rob and I were married. We then became the Part-Time Missions Interns at the Lighthouse Baptist church in Indianapolis, Indiana, under Pastor Dan Tidd. We were able to serve there and help with the Junior High department, Junior Choir, Bus ministry, Music ministry, and many other areas.

In January of 2015, the Lord opened the doors for Rob to be able to make a trip down to Peru to see if that was where the Lord wanted us to be missionaries. We had been praying for several months about Peru, but we were not completely sure until Rob travelled down to visit the Markos Lindsey Family in Huancayo, Peru. I was unable to make the trip because of some health and pregnancy concerns. During this time, I prayed that God would burden my heart and give me a verse to show me for sure that I was called along with my husband. When Rob came back, he knew 100% for sure that was where we were to go. It was a few weeks after this that I came across a verse that God used to confirm in my heart that we were to go to Peru. I was reading through the book of Exodus during my devotions when I came across Exodus 9:16, which says, “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” God used this verse to show me that His will was for us to go to Peru so that God’s name may be declared to the people who have never heard of Him. I know for sure that God has called our family to Peru. In May we had our first son, Nathaniel, and we are excited to see how God will use us in Peru to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that HIS name can be proclaimed throughout the earth!

Rob’s Testimony

P1100917I was blessed of God to be born and raised in a Christian home. At the age of five, I understood that Jesus had died to pay for my sins and save me from hell. I knelt by my bed and asked the Lord to take me to heaven when I died. At the age of seven, I was baptized into the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana where my family still attends and is actively involved.

My last year of Junior High, I responded to God’s call on my life to preach. I participated in the preaching competition at camp and God confirmed that He wanted me to preach. At the time, I was very interested in aviation and had always wanted to be a pilot. So, I combined my will with what I knew God wanted me to do, and said I was called to be a missionary pilot. I continued to say this all through High School and into college.

As I drew near my senior year of High School, God had not opened the door for me to get a pilot’s license. I did know, however, through attending college days at Heartland Baptist Bible College, that God wanted me to study for the ministry at Heartland. I still applied to a couple of other colleges, but God continued to point toward Heartland—which doesn’t have an aviation program. So, I went for my first year as a missions major, saying I might not do all four years if a door opened up to get my pilot’s license. That door never opened—and believe my, I looked. My senior year at Heartland, God finally got a hold of my heart, and I committed my life to His will, whether I ever fly another plane or not. That same night, God revealed to me His next step for my life.

I had worked with Rebekah Williamson in the deaf ministry. We had been in a class or two together. I had picked her up from work while I was driving shuttle for the college. Yet, I barely knew her name. I had never noticed her the way I did that night. I knew, that night, she was the one God wanted me to marry—now, just to convince her of that! I began that night to get to know her better, and the more I learned about her, the more I loved her. We started courting in April of 2012, but Bekah’s parents did not want her to get married before she finished her four-year missions degree—she had two years left. I decided to use these two years to continue learning there at Heartland, and thus entered the Grad School program at Heartland to further my education. That was a growing time for both of us. We established standards and asked people to keep us accountable to our wedding day.

On June 7, 2014, Bekah and I were married. We moved back to Indianapolis, Indiana where I became the missions intern at Lighthouse Baptist Church. While we were there, we were able to put into practice what we had learned at Heartland and learn ministry from a more hands-on perspective. We were also able to start getting ready for our next step as missionaries.

In January of 2015, I was able to make a “Burden Catching” trip to Peru. The Lord had seemed to be opening doors for us to go to Peru, but I still hadn’t caught a burden for the field. While I was in Peru with the Lindsey family, Brother Markos and I took several drives through villages and towns in the area, most of which had no witness of the gospel. While there, I definitely caught a burden for the people of Peru. I saw the need. I saw some of the potential of what God could do through my family there. Only God truly knows what He has planned for us when we get there. But, I know that Peru is the next major step that God has for my family.