Seth: I grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Foothills of New York. Having understood and believed the Gospel at a young age, my life’s plans had always contained an element of service to God, but had never reached too far beyond the place where I’d been raised. After graduating High School, I took a year away from academia and put some serious time into studying God’s Word and into prayer, seeking a meaningful direction for my life. My conclusion after that time was two-fold: I seriously wanted to pursue full-time ministry, and I was genuinely lacking in my understanding of the Bible. So, on the recommendation of a friend, and after checking out the school for myself, I applied to New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan.
Rochelle: I was raised in Guinea, West Africa, where my parents served as missionaries with NTM. Living among people with no access to God’s word, the very real needs of an unreached world impacted me from a young age. I remember sitting in a pew as a 7 year old and raising my hand in answer to a pastor asking if anyone was willing to go into full-time missions work. That desire to be a part of what God was doing in the world eventually grew to become my life goal. After I graduated from high school, I set out on the first step by heading to Bible School, where I met Seth.
Throughout our two years of study at NTBI, in which we were able to take a chronological look at the entire Bible, we were continually impressed with God’s heart for the lost and His amazing efforts towards the reconciliation of humanity to Himself. That, coupled with the realization that 2,500 distinct languages around the world are still without any copy of the New Testament, and therefore any knowledge of what Christ has done for them, put a deep resolve in our hearts to make ourselves available for God to use in reaching the unreached world with His message of love.
We were married on August 15, 2009, and were blessed with the arrival our first child, Emmanuel Jesse, on September 14, 2011. We graduated from New Tribes Missionary Training Center in May 2012, and are currently sharing our ministry vision with churches and individuals, seeking out both prayer and financial partners. Our goal is to leave for Papua New Guinea by July 2013, where we plan to take part in planting a church among a people group that has never yet been exposed to the wonderful and life-changing truths of the Gospel.