"My name is Joel King and I was born March 6, 1957 as my parents were are on their way to the border of Texas and Mexico as missionaries to the Spanish speaking people of both countries.
One Sunday morning when I was 5 years old I heard my father preach on hell and knew I didn't want to go there. I prayed the sinner's prayer during the invitation and God miraculously reached down and saved a child.
At the age of 12 God called me to be a missionary and preach the Gospel. I used to practice preaching while working in the cotton fields. Although I rebelled in my teen years I still believed God wanted me to go to school and prepare to be a missionary. I attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN from 1975-1979 and again from 1996-1997. While at Tennessee Temple I worked in the bus and chapel ministries as I majored in music.
I also met my wife, Pam, at school.
From 1979-1995 we were active in church and were involved in various ministries but depended on our 'good works' for acceptance. In February of 1995 Pam broke her leg (compound fracture) and in August of the same year I fell and crushed both arms. God used this to draw us to himself and for the first time I really knew what it was to have a relationship with Him.
Back in school at Tennessee Temple I prepared to become a minister of music. But, instead of sending out resumes to existing churches we helped plant a new church. Pam played the piano and I led music, taught teen Sunday school, was a deacon, preached occasionally, and assisted the pastor. We participated in various outreach ministries including a food co-op, working with the homeless, regular visitation, church and individual home workdays, etc.
In 1999 I went to Romania with two of my children and begged God to let us go back as missionaries. In 2000 all of our family except one went to Mexico. There it became clear to me that this was where God was calling us. Through several years of God patiently taking me one step at a time, He reminded me of his will for my life; to be a missionary to one of the last places I ever wanted to go in the past: Mexico. God has burdened us for this country; a country that seemingly has the Gospel and yet we have found that there are so many unreached people groups there.
We are members of and sent out of Reimer Road Baptist Church in Wadsworth, OH where Jim Newton is the pastor. My parents, Harold and Mildred King were RRBC's first missionaries 45 years ago when John Powell was the pastor. We currently have 67% of the financial support that is needed for us to do what God has called us to do in Mexico.
We would like the opportunity to share with you and your church the burden God has placed upon our hearts. Will you please pray and ask our Lord and Saviour what He would have you do?"
"My name is Pam and I was born July 27, 1960. I was born in San Antonio, Texas while my father was in the Air Force. We remained there until I was three years old when we moved back to Covington, Ky. For the first 7 years of my life I was raised in a home with a father who drank a lot, and on one drunken tirade he shot at my mother and me. My mother divorced him and later married a man who on the surface appeared to be a Godly man. He took us to church every time the doors were opened, he was in the choir, and labored much at church.
At the age of 8 I received Christ as my Saviour under the preaching of Warren Wiersbe and was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, KY. The next 10 years were filled with questions of God's love and hurt as my step-father constantly abused me over and over. Upon graduating from high school I attended Tennessee Temple University from 1978 and again from 1996-1997. Joel and I met and we married in 1979. After having seven children and getting caught up with living and still struggling with my relationship with the Lord, our call to Mexico was put on the back burner.In the summer of 1998 Ralph Sexton came to Chattanooga for a revival meetings and I was finally able to settle my relationship with the Lord!"
Pam has given up the security of her home and has traveled over 250,000 miles in 5 years and 5 months. She has left 6 of her 7 children, their spouses (6 are married), and 9 grandchildren to submissively follow the Lord's calling on our lives, as we endeavored to leave this familiar country behind so that we can go to the unfamiliar and increasingly dangerous place God has called us to serve Him. She has seen 2 daughters get married and was not able to be there to enjoy the normal preparations for the weddings, as she was faithfully serving the Lord on the road. I admire my wife. At the age of 43 she left her 'normal' life behind to willingly follow me, her husband, wherever God has lead, no matter the cost, no matter the sacrifice. Of all the sacrifices that have been made by our family, Pam, my wife of 32 years, has made the most sacrifices, hands down.— Joel
Please pray for us as we endeavor to do what the Lord has planned for us.