Tim (from Ohio) and Betsy (from Kansas) met at Vineyard Columbus in 1990, married in 1991, and have four children:
Luke (’93) graduated with a degree in Global Studies from Ohio University in Athens and is living in Columbus, OH and working and pursuing further study. Ellie (’95) is married to David Steltz and they are living in Lowville NY. Ben (’96) is in his third year at Wheaton College in Chicago pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and Meredith (’98) is in her first year at Wheaton, pursuing an English degree.
Tim practiced Emergency Medicine in the States for about 15 years, before we moved to the Brazil Amazon in 2005. We lived in two locations over nearly 6 yrs, taking health care and the Good News to remote villages (in the jungles for 3 yr by motor bike and on the rivers for 3 yrs by boat/canoe).
We’ve been in Angola since April, 2012 and relocated our family four times during our first two years in the country. Though this was challenging and made it difficult to establish local relationships, we learned much about the country and its people. We first lived in Lubango, a city of a million people, where there is a beautiful surgical mission hospital (CEML) which literally serves people from the entire country with excellent medical care and the unique love of Jesus in every interaction. We then lived in Luena, in the eastern part of the country, where Tim describes his time as a “residency in malaria”. We then resided in the desert south of the country in a Lutheran mission called Shangalala. This was a difficult stretch and we learned much about living quite simply, living in extreme desert heat, and beginning a rural clinic while serving rural people groups living in extreme conditions.
We currently live in Cavango (since August, 2013), a former Leprosarium from the 1950’s to 1976, when it was destroyed during Angola’s long civil war. Cavango is located about 10 hr NE of Lubango in the beautiful Cubango River valley, quite near the center of the country. The closest major cities are Huambo (4-6 hr) and Lubango (10-12hr), mostly off-road by 4WD. Tim and Betsy returns to Lubango about every 4-8 weeks to purchase groceries and fuel/supplies and reconnect with our beautiful mission family, many of whom live in or near Lubango.
Our house was shipped into Angola from the States and constructed by Advancing the Gospel in Angola (AGA) and a team from a Colorado church in 2010 for a beautiful missionary couple, who sought to re-establish a mission in the area to share the love of Jesus and serve the people in practical ways. This missionary couple had to unexpectedly return to the US in early 2013 and we were then asked to begin a medical work in the Cavango region, with this Cavango Mission as our base. Our house is powered by batteries which are charged by a combination of solar panels and a generator. We have spring water which fills a large, above-ground cistern, and pretty normal indoor plumbing.
We have been affiliated with a beautiful sending and supporting mission organization, SIM, since 2011. We love their perspective and passion for serving Jesus and those He loves. For more information about SIM and all of their beautiful Kingdom work around the world, please visit www.sim.org.