While attending their local church in 2007, Mike and Patricia met Paul Hutton, then Director of Ministry for Missions Door in Central America. He shared many of the needs of the people there with their church, and it got people excited about the possibility of being used by God to support that ministry to the poor.
In 2008 Patricia and Mike met Rigoberto Reyes and shared with him their desire to teach people how to grow food. Farming has always been one of their greatest pleasures and they felt that the Lord was calling them into ministry as advocates to raise awareness of the poverty in Nicaragua and as servants to the poor.
In 2011, Mike and Patricia went to Nicaragua and were able to see how God was going to use them to help His people. It was at that time they started working under Rigoberto Reyes and assisting with the development of the Bethlehem Farm.
Mike has worked as a systems engineer for the last 14 years. Patricia has studied and worked with horticulture for 15 years.
Their inspiration for this mission comes from Matthew 25:37-40.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.
The King will reply, I tell you the truth,
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Patricia came to know the Lord Jesus Christ in 2004 during a time of illness and healing, both physical and spiritual.
Mike spent 40 years in the wilderness before coming to the Lord in 2004. Since then he has been actively involved in music ministry in various churches and loves to use his voice and musical talents to give glory to the Lord.
Mike and Patricia were married in 1985 in New Jersey. They have three children: Phillip, Andrew and Rachel.