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Jeff

Though I was born in the United States, I went to live in Lima, Peru with my parents when I was 15-months old. At the age of five, under the ministry of my missionary parents, I recognized that I was a sinner and needed to ask God to forgive me for my sins and was baptized shortly thereafter. At that age, I did not fully understand all that it means to put my trust in God, but as time passed, I grew in my knowledge and faith in God. As I grew up in Lima, I helped my parents with the church ministry teaching Sunday School and helping with camp ministries.

I went back to the United States to go to college studying to become a Christian school teacher. I did not feel that God was calling me back to Peru at that time but I knew that it could be a possibility in the future. When I started dating my wife, we agreed we would be open to going to Peru as missionaries if the Lord were to call us.

After graduating from college, we moved to Miami, Florida for two years where we taught high school. The cultural change was a good experience for my wife as the Hispanic culture is prevalent. As a teacher in a Christian school in Pennsylvania for ten years, I started taking  groups of mostly high school students to Lima for two-week mission trips. God used those trips to call us to Peru as full-time missionaries.

  • 1971 – Born in Hollywood, Florida, where my parents were serving as mission interns
  • 1973-1990 – Grew up in Lima, Peru serving with my parents
  • 1986-1990 – Attended Fetzer Memorial Christian Academy in Lima, Peru, for high school
  • 1990-1995 – B.S. in Computer Science and Secondary Education
  • 1995-1997 – High school mathematics teacher in Miami, Florida
  • 1997-1998 – High school teacher and part of administrative team in Cumberland, Maryland
  • 2000 – Completed M.S. in Educational Administration
  • 1998-2009 – High school mathematics teacher, coach, student leadership advisor, and technology coordinator in Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania
  • 2003-2009 – Short-term, summer mission’s trip leader to Lima, Peru
  • 2007 – Approved as missionaries with Open Door Baptist Mission
  • 2008 – Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by our home church, Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • 2011 – Arrived in Peru for our first term
  • 2011-2013 – Served as the General Director of La Molina Christian School in Lima, Peru
  • 2013-2016 – Continued serving as a missionary working with churches and Christian schools
  • 2016 – Resigned from the mission board due to my wife’s health issues
  • 2016 – Work full-time in Raleigh, NC, while still in connection with ministries in Peru and assist as time permits.
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Debbie

I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home. After my older brother was saved, I also prayed to accept Jesus as my Savior. However, I was very young at the time and only remember being told that this is what I had done. A few years later, I heard a message on having evidence of salvation. I realized there was no evidence, or memory, of my salvation, and I then accepted Christ as my personal Savior.

After graduating from college, I stayed and worked on staff assisting the dean of women. After leaving the college, I taught in Miami, Florida, where I had my first experience with the Hispanic culture. More recently, I assisted with and lead some of the children’s ministries in our home church and have been a homeschool mom for 13 years.

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JD

I was saved at five years old. After a sunday school lesson the previous sunday, I asked my mom what I had to do to be saved. She walked me through what it meant and what to do, and I remember praying with her on the couch in our living room on February 19, 2002. Although I have struggled with assurance in the past, I now know for sure where I will spend eternity.

I have been homeschooled my entire life, though I have played soccer and basketball for our church’s school, Emmanuel Baptist Christian Academy, and over this last year have taken classes at Fetzer Memorial Christian Academy here in Lima. I will graduate from highschool this June at 17 years old, and am planning on taking a year off school to travel with my family on furlough. My plan is to enroll in Bob Jones University for the 2015-16 school year, and major in Cinema Production.

Since arriving in Peru in August of 2011, I have had many opportunities to assist my parents in our ministry. I have helped run audio and lights for many different programs at La Molina Christian Schools, as well as a few programs at Fetzer. I also had the opportunity to go on a missions trip to the jungle of Peru with a few other missionary kids June 2013. We visited a few different churches as well as public schools, singing and doing a few skits, after which my dad would preach. Most recently I have been taping the services at our church, Faith Baptist Church, so that sunday school teachers and others who miss any services can hear the sermons.

I am a professional photographer and have had many opportunities to take pictures for prayer cards of many missionary families in our area. I love live theatre and have worked behind the scenes for many plays, and am performing in “About Face” for Fetzer’s high school play this year. I enjoy many sports, and have recently gotten hooked on Ultimate frisbee. I’ve also played a lot of airsoft and paintball with other missionary kids here in Lima.

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Amy

Hi, my name (like you haven’t seen it already) is Amy Surrett. I am 15 years old and my birthday is September 19, 1998. Some of my hobbies are: playing sports, reading, writing, drawing and baking.  I also enjoy working with my hands to make things with paper, duct tape, clay and other materials. After college, I would like to become a teacher. 

Ministering in Peru is a wonderful opportunity. I have been able to help out at church with the nursery and youth group, at school with AWANA and have even accompanied my dad with a missions trip to the jungle side of Peru.

Although I first claimed to be saved when I was five years old, I do not remember the event. A few years later I accepted Christ for real at a day camp in Pennsylvania. For the next few years, I struggled with lack of assurance of salvation because I felt like I was not growing in my spiritual life. One verse that has helped me greatly is Romans 10:9. It says: If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. Though I still have trouble with my spiritual life sometimes, I know that I am saved and going to heaven when I die. 

The life of an MK is different than one might think. We are not perfect and have real struggles at times. One of these struggles is saying goodbye. As an MK I have had the opportunity to make many friends but I can not take them all with me when my family travels. 

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Julia

Hi, my name is Julia. I will be 13 on August 24, 2014.

One of my favorite things to do is play the piano; I also like listening to Adventures in Odyssey. I enjoy playing with our two dogs, Lucky and Oreo; and I enjoy snuggling with my cat, Camo. I am interested in gymnastics, even though I don’t take classes or anything like that.

I was saved when I was five. At the time we used videos to homeschool and at the end of every video my teacher said something along the lines of, “If you aren’t saved, ask someone to help you.” I never really thought about it but that day at lunch my mom said something (I don’t remember what), but it reminded me of the videos. So right there at the table I asked Jesus to save me from my sins and forgive me for all I had done.