Living in Brazil and the Dominican Republic and participating in short-term mission trips gave Mark the desire to pursue ministry in short-term missions. After working in various fields over a 17-year period, Mark began to wonder if God would use his cultural, Spanish, and short-term mission experiences to lead him in a different direction. Mark then met with the leadership team at Missions Door, sharing his heart’s desire to lead short-term trips to primarily Spanish-speaking countries, as this was where he found great satisfaction and where he had experience. Mark was told that his desire to do this was an answer to a two-year prayer for someone to meet this tremendous need. Mark was appointed by Missions Door in February 2009 to lead teams to international missionaries and pastors. Mark’s vision includes encouraging and helping Missions Door missionaries reach their communities for Jesus Christ through children’s activities, construction, drama, leadership development, medical operatives, music, and pastoral training. Mark is currently the Leader of Missions Door’s Short-Term Ministry Coordinators, as well as the Regional Team Leader for a group of Missions Door’s missionaries in Colorado, Nebraska and elsewhere.
Born into a family with a strong Christian heritage on both paternal and maternal sides, Mark accepted Christ into his heart at an early age. He grew up on the mission field in Brasilia, Brazil, returning to the United States for most of his high school years, and then attending Biola University. Kim also began following Jesus from an early age. Her faith has grown through camp, short-term mission trips and attending a Christian university. She now enjoys leading and participating in Bible study with women and seeing Jesus bring hope to individuals. Mark and Kim are Group leaders and Coaches to other Group leaders at their local church.
Mark and Kim met at Biola University with common perspectives on God and people, and common interests in missions and family. They were married in 1990 and have two children. They lived in the Dominican Republic as a family and have participated in and led short-term trips to various international destinations.
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