Q When did you first know God was calling you to the mission’s field?
Vern: After we left Camp Caroline we started feeling like we were supposed to be doing something, but didn’t quite know what it was.
Gloria: After our trip to Romania in April 2015.
Q Who is someone that influenced you in your decision to serve as a missionary in a cross cultural setting?
Vern: Prayer Counselor at Camp Caroline and our kids.
Gloria: Our daughter encouraged us to go on our first mission trip. Our Christian friends.
Q What life experiences did you have that helped you prepare to go overseas?
Vern: We’ve both been serving in the Church that we’ve been members of. We’ve worked at Camp Caroline in a close community. We’ve been on a short term mission trip to Romania. We have a rural family background. I think all that helped prepare us for what God is doing on our lives.
Gloria: Working at Camp Caroline.
Q What initial fears/concerns did you have about serving as a missionary overseas?
Vern: Being away from family & friends; communication.
Gloria: Leaving family and grandchildren behind; learning a new language.
Q What is something that would surprise others about mission work or the people you are called to serve?
Vern: How much the people in Romania love me as a foreigner.
Gloria: How blessed am I daily as I watch God work.
Q What advice would you give to those considering overseas missions?
Vern: Be patient.
Gloria: Have faith – Trust God.
Q How can people pray for you?
Vern: For patience.
Gloria: For adjusting to life in Romania away from family and grandchildren.