Salvation: The Gospel of Jesus Christ was first made clear to me at the age of 8 or 9 over 46 years ago at Awana Pals Club. After responding to the council time message and invitation given by one of my leaders, I knelt alone with a high school leader in training, while I confessed to Jesus that I was a sinner, and told Jesus that I believed He died on the cross for my sins and thanked Him. John 1:12 was one of the verses I had already memorized, and it now became very meaningful to me.
Life in Awana: I attended Awana for six years as a clubber, memorized many scripture verses, and made many good friends in Awana. I also looked up to my leaders, and I became a leader in training myself when I was a freshman in high school. Before I graduated from high school, I also answered the call to become a Sunday school teacher. Through God’s Word, His Holy Spirit, and the example and encouragement of my leaders, I wanted to serve Christ the rest of my life. I have served as an Awana leader for 36 years. I have now served on Arlyn and Marcy Nies’s ministry team for a number of years.
USPS to Awana Missionary: I received one of Arlyn’s letters that he sent to Commanders last year asking us to pray and consider becoming an Awana Missionary. I have wanted to serve the Lord full time for most, if not all of my adult life. Prior to now, I felt my call was to serve as a layman while employed by the United States Postal Service for almost 34 years. I now strongly believe God has called me to become an Awana Missionary and to soon retire from the USPS.
Family: Cindy, my wife of over 36 years, is fully supportive of this new calling. We have 7 children, who are also behind us. All six of my sons are Awana Citation achievers. Our only daughter finished her third T&T book and is on track to earn her Timothy Award next year.