Serving overseas has been a life-long vision for Jeff and Terri. While working on their BTh with a major in Missions, through Masters College and Seminary (then EPBC), they had the privilege of doing their third year at Pan Africa Christian University in Nairobi, Kenya. From then on, their hearts were forever linked to Africa.
Although they both believed they would serve as missionaries in Kenya, God had other plans. After graduating from Masters they both worked in social services for the City of Ottawa. In 2000 Terri accepted the role of Executive Director with First Place OPTIONS. A year later, Jeff accepted the role of Pastor of Administration with Bethel Pentecostal Church. They raised their family, three beautiful girls, Mariah, Jessica, and Samara while serving in their respective ministries.
In 2013, while attending a small group Bible study, "Experiencing God", Jeff felt a strong tug in his heart to revisit serving overseas. Thus began a journey to do so. They pursued an opportunity to serve in South Africa and had the privilege of being involved with two ministries in 2016/2017. They came back to Canada mid 2017 during which time they were gifted the opportunity to care for Jeff's mom, Marlene, in her season of dying.
While they were committed to being with Marlene until God called her home, they also knew their ministry in South Africa had only just begun. Although they couldn't see too far into the future, they felt directed by God to take proactive steps to foster ministry in South Africa, which evolved through the development of Sawubona Project, a Nonprofit Corporation, now a Canadian Registered Charity (70731 1528 RR 0001).
While living in South Africa in 2016/2017 they identified a significant need to be among youth and young adults, the leaders of the future.