Since the time that Sara and I started dating March 1997, we have felt a tug toward full-time missions. One thing led to another, and we found ourselves down a career path of teaching and accounting. Before we knew it, we had three kids, and I was a partner in a CPA firm.
When we traveled to Zambia in July 2015, Sara and I both felt something pulling on our hearts that began to make us feel unsettled with our direction in life. Subsequent to our first trip to Zambia, Sara attended the Perspectives Course, and she would come home every Monday night to tell me I needed to check out this class. So, in the first half of 2016, I attended the course as well and confirmed just how good it was.
Additionally, we had a missionary from our church return to the States and give a sermon about serving God in your vocation through ministry using teaching and accounting as your profession. We looked at each other and thought it was no coincidence that God orchestrated that sermon for our hearts.
We then traveled back to Zambia in July 2016 as a complete family, and we were convinced after that trip that God was moving us to something different. But, we didn’t know when or where. On July 27, 2016, I submitted a Google search with “CPA Missions” and came across a job posting for the CFO position with SIM USA. I submitted a cover letter and resume and brought the posting home to Sara. After reviewing it, she was convinced that I wasn’t qualified for the position. 🙂
God had other plans. After a series of interviews on the phone, via Skype, and in person, SIM USA invited me to be the new CFO contingent on our acceptance as missionaries with SIM. We went through a rigorous application process, psychological assessment, and doctrinal assessment to determine our fit with SIM. Thankfully, we were accepted and approved as full-time missionaries with SIM, and as of March 1, 2017, I’m now the official CFO of SIM USA.