John is a second generation missionary, and Bev grew up in a strong Christian home on a farm in Northeast Kansas. God's calling to the mission field of Brazil was confirmed to both of us through a missionary conference at Faith Baptist Bible College, along with a missionary apprenticeship survey trip to Northeast Brazil. How our hearts yearned to be able to make a difference in the lives of those dear people! Our arrival on the field in August of 1990 began our church planting ministry in difficult places. After an assassination attempt on John's life in July of 2005, God has graciously allowed us to continue on our ministry which has expanded to the planting of churches in South Brazil and even among the native Guarani villages. Reaching Brazilians with the gospel and producing missionaries is a great way to reach our world, as the Brazilian passport is accepted worldwide. One of John's favorite Scripture verses that describes his life well is Genesis 41:52 "...God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."