Our Call and History

Sunset, Lake Tebo, Mali

Rod was raised in a Christian home and made the decision to follow Christ at age 15.  After two short-term missions trips, Rod followed the Lord’s call to serve Him full time in missions with Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1990. Rod accepted a position at Wycliffe’s technical support center, JAARS, in Waxhaw, NC. 

Julie was also raised in a Christian home and made the decision to follow Christ at age 8. Shortly thereafter the Lord planted a desire in her heart to tell people about Jesus. In 1985 she stepped out in faith to serve the Lord in missions with Wycliffe Bible Translators, first as a Computer Programmer, and later in various other capacities. 

Rod met Julie at JAARS shortly after his arrival, and they married in May 1991. Rod and Julie served together at JAARS for four years, Rod as a Computer Programmer and Project Manager, and Julie as a Computer Applications Consultant /Trainer. 

In 1995 they accepted an assignment in Mali, West Africa, where they served until June 2010. Rod served as the Information Technology Manager, and Julie served as the Personnel Director. See ‘Our Work’ on our home page to read about our current assignments.