The story of my salvation is not as black and white as Ashley's, my heart changed slowly over the course of many years. The Lord revealed to me in 2008 His plan of fulfilling the great commission through His people. My introduction to the Unreached Peoples of the world showed a larger purpose to the gospel. At the same time, God was teaching me about the role of the local church in missions. When I met Ashley I was extremely thankful that she had the same passion for the church and the unreached. In 2010 we were married.
In February 2008 the Lord pulled me out of the sins I had been living in and opened my eyes to His gospel. I wanted other people to know the Jesus I had encountered who covered my sins and conquered death on my behalf. Soon after I met some amazing women through a college ministry, one of whom was applying to a missions agency. My heart beat faster as she told me about places where people had never heard the name of Jesus. As time went on, my desire to go out with the gospel grew. Along the way the Lord blessed me with a friendship to a young man, whose love for missions I found quite compelling, named Matthew Klockenga.