MATT

originally from:  Ohio
previous job:  youth pastor and ICCM
favorite filipino food:  kinilaw (marinated raw fish)
least favorite filipino food:  boiled bananas with dried fish
favorite thing to do:  building relationships with people
favorite song:  oceans (where feet may fail)
favorite bible verse:  Zephaniah 3:17
 
    T"he Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
    He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.
birthday: july 22
In college I was called by God to be a missionary. I just didn't know when or where. I already knew the Lord was leading me into ministry. I attended Spring Arbor University for the youth ministry program. It was there that I met Christine. I was a youth pastor and lived in inner-city Indianapolis, which I loved. I also worked full-time for International Child Care Ministries for almost 7 years. 

I love building relationships with people. I love to meet new people. I love to learn people's stories. Really I just love people. I'm so excited that the Lord has called me to build relationships with people in Manila. I can't think of a better way to do ministry. More than anything I love having people over to our house. I love hosting them, caring for them, listening to them, laughing with them. If I could I would have people over every day. Maybe that dream will come true someday.
 
I enjoy reading, playing with my kids, watching funny videos on the Internet and playing games. I enjoy playing sports, but I'm not good at any of them. I feel so comfortable in the Philippines and miss it when I'm gone. Without trying I start to develop a Filipino accent when I'm there for a while. I really don't mean to, but it just starts happening. I do that wherever I go.

I'm so happy to be a part of the Church around the world, especially in the Philippines. I love the Filipino people and have kind of become Filipino myself. I couldn't be more thrilled with God's plans currently and I am thankful and grateful for you prayers as well.
 
If you ever get the chance to come visit us we'd be more than happy to welcome you into our home. You're always welcome. Please Contact Us. I'd love to talk more to you.