OUR STORY

From Calling to Country

Sarah was 11 years old when she felt the Lord calling her to be a missionary. She was studying a country in South America and told her parents that she knew that God wanted her to be a missionary to children. Her parents had done missions work for several years and they planted a church in Illinois. They encouraged her as she grew up and there were confirmations along the way reminding her of that calling. She graduated high school and went to Central Bible College to study missions. There she met Scott. He had grown up in a home centered around Jesus as well. In his late teenage years he felt God call him to children’s ministry. God put a burden in his heart for children to grow up loving Jesus and serving him their whole lives. They graduated from CBC in 2000 and Scott accepted a job as the children’s pastor at a church in Summerville SC. He and Sarah were married the following February. Madeline was born in 2004 and at the beginning of 2007 they moved to Frisco, Texas where Scott served as the children’s pastor and Sarah oversaw the childcare program at the church. Myah was born in 2007 and Mason in 2009. Shortly after Mason was born, in spring of 2010, Scott took a life-changing trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

While Scott was in Kenya, he heard the Lord calling them to move there and serve along side of the Kenya Assemblies of God. He actually called Sarah from a house on the compound where they currently live and told her, “Pack up the house! We are moving to Kenya! This is where God wants us to be.” Sarah, who was holding a four month old Mason, responded with “OK! Let’s do this.” After Scott returned from the first trip to Kenya, they prayed for two months and God impressed on their hearts to wait. “Yes! But not yet.” Was what they heard God saying to them as they prayed. God opened up a door for Scott to transition to the Assemblies of God national office as the National Director of Children’s Ministry. There they were giving the opportunity to meet pastors and children’s pastors all across the US. He also worked closely with BGMC, a missions program for boys and girls of the Assemblies of God.

In 2013, Sarah went with Scott to Kenya with a team of children’s pastors from all over the US. They worked closely with children’s pastors and leaders and again heard the Lord calling them to Kenya, but not yet. They returned from that trip and transitioned back into the local church. Scott and Sarah served in Arizona for 6 years. A couple of those years they focused on children’s ministry and then Scott served as the executive pastor and Sarah served as the prayer pastor. Scott took another trip back to Kenya in 2015 and again heard God say, “not yet”. Scott and Sarah put that dream aside. They new the kids were getting older and decided that maybe God wanted them to wait until they graduated from High School.

Part of Scott’s roll was to oversee missions for the church. God began moving in his heart. Scott started talking with good missionary friends and reading missions’ books and praying about the stirring that he was feeling. He went to a prayer conference in the fall 2018. They rolled out a giant map of Africa and encouraged everyone to stand on a country and pray for the people there. Scott chose Kenya. As they were praying, the pastor leading the session said, “Some of you have been sending your best people but for someone in the room, God wants you to know ‘NOW IS THE TIME’.” That hit Scott’s heart and stuck. He asked the Lord to speak to Sarah as well and he continued to have conversations with missionaries, trying to determine the next steps.

A few months later, Sarah had a vision of a door. The door was in the sky next to a cliff. There were waves beating on the cliff. She began to pray and ask the Lord what he wanted her to know. Some time later, God added pieces to the vision, one a time. The final piece of the vision came a month or so after the visions started. The door opened and there was the word “GO”. While Scott and Sarah were in their weekly staff prayer time, God spoke to them both and said again, “NOW IS THE TIME”. They spent another two months praying and seeking the Lord for wisdom and courage. Madeline began her freshman year of high school and Myah her 6th grade year. Mason started his 4th grade year and Scott and Sarah new that it would be challenging for their older kids to transition to Kenya.

The Lord reminded Scott and Sarah that not only had He called them but He had also called their kids. It is part of Madeline’s, Myah’s and Mason’s destinies to be missionaries to Kenya with their parents. They filled out the application with AGWM on August 9th of 2019 and they landed in country August 8th of 2020. They landed in the middle of covid but God is faithful! They have served for 3 years along side of the Kenya Assemblies of God with the newly formed NextGen team: Thuo and Becky, Tabitha and Kihu and Peris. They work with children’s, teen’s and youth leaders across the country. Together Scott and Sarah and the team focus on five objectives:

1. Leadership training, 2. Discipleship, 3. Outreach, 4. Resources , 5. Partners

OUR STORY

From Calling to Country

Sarah was 11 years old when she felt the Lord calling her to be a missionary. She was studying a country in South America and told her parents that she knew that God wanted her to be a missionary to children. Her parents had done missions work for several years and they planted a church in Illinois. They encouraged her as she grew up and there were confirmations along the way reminding her of that calling. She graduated high school and went to Central Bible College to study missions. There she met Scott. He had grown up in a home centered around Jesus as well. In his late teenage years he felt God call him to children’s ministry. God put a burden in his heart for children to grow up loving Jesus and serving him their whole lives. They graduated from CBC in 2000 and Scott accepted a job as the children’s pastor at a church in Summerville SC. He and Sarah were married the following February. Madeline was born in 2004 and at the beginning of 2007 they moved to Frisco, Texas where Scott served as the children’s pastor and Sarah oversaw the childcare program at the church. Myah was born in 2007 and Mason in 2009. Shortly after Mason was born, in spring of 2010, Scott took a life-changing trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

While Scott was in Kenya, he heard the Lord calling them to move there and serve along side of the Kenya Assemblies of God. He actually called Sarah from a house on the compound where they currently live and told her, “Pack up the house! We are moving to Kenya! This is where God wants us to be.” Sarah, who was holding a four month old Mason, responded with “OK! Let’s do this.” After Scott returned from the first trip to Kenya, they prayed for two months and God impressed on their hearts to wait. “Yes! But not yet.” Was what they heard God saying to them as they prayed. God opened up a door for Scott to transition to the Assemblies of God national office as the National Director of Children’s Ministry. There they were giving the opportunity to meet pastors and children’s pastors all across the US. He also worked closely with BGMC, a missions program for boys and girls of the Assemblies of God.

In 2013, Sarah went with Scott to Kenya with a team of children’s pastors from all over the US. They worked closely with children’s pastors and leaders and again heard the Lord calling them to Kenya, but not yet. They returned from that trip and transitioned back into the local church. Scott and Sarah served in Arizona for 6 years. A couple of those years they focused on children’s ministry and then Scott served as the executive pastor and Sarah served as the prayer pastor. Scott took another trip back to Kenya in 2015 and again heard God say, “not yet”. Scott and Sarah put that dream aside. They new the kids were getting older and decided that maybe God wanted them to wait until they graduated from High School.

Part of Scott’s roll was to oversee missions for the church. God began moving in his heart. Scott started talking with good missionary friends and reading missions’ books and praying about the stirring that he was feeling. He went to a prayer conference in the fall 2018. They rolled out a giant map of Africa and encouraged everyone to stand on a country and pray for the people there. Scott chose Kenya. As they were praying, the pastor leading the session said, “Some of you have been sending your best people but for someone in the room, God wants you to know ‘NOW IS THE TIME’.” That hit Scott’s heart and stuck. He asked the Lord to speak to Sarah as well and he continued to have conversations with missionaries, trying to determine the next steps.

A few months later, Sarah had a vision of a door. The door was in the sky next to a cliff. There were waves beating on the cliff. She began to pray and ask the Lord what he wanted her to know. Some time later, God added pieces to the vision, one a time. The final piece of the vision came a month or so after the visions started. The door opened and there was the word “GO”. While Scott and Sarah were in their weekly staff prayer time, God spoke to them both and said again, “NOW IS THE TIME”. They spent another two months praying and seeking the Lord for wisdom and courage. Madeline began her freshman year of high school and Myah her 6th grade year. Mason started his 4th grade year and Scott and Sarah new that it would be challenging for their older kids to transition to Kenya.

The Lord reminded Scott and Sarah that not only had He called them but He had also called their kids. It is part of Madeline’s, Myah’s and Mason’s destinies to be missionaries to Kenya with their parents. They filled out the application with AGWM on August 9th of 2019 and they landed in country August 8th of 2020. They landed in the middle of covid but God is faithful! They have served for 3 years along side of the Kenya Assemblies of God with the newly formed NextGen team: Thuo and Becky, Tabitha and Kihu and Peris. They work with children’s, teen’s and youth leaders across the country. Together Scott and Sarah and the team focus on five objectives:

1. Leadership training, 2. Discipleship, 3. Outreach, 4. Resources , 5. Partners

OUR FAMILY

Berkey Kids

Madeline

Madeline

Madeline was a sophomore when she moved to Kenya where she went to an international school. She has graduated from high school with high honors and will be attending Trinity Bible College in the fall where she will play basketball and study children’s ministry. Madeline loves coffee and dogs! 

Myah

Myah

Myah was in 7th grade when she moved to Kenya. She has successfully completed her Freshman year of high school and will be attending online school in the fall. She will be playing volleyball and basketball throughout the year. Myah loves free refills and Hersheys kisses.

Mason

Mason

Mason was in 5th grade when he moved to Kenya. He will be attending online school in the fall for his 8th grade year. He hopes to play American football while they are in the States. He also plays basketball and water polo. He loves sports and Nintendo Switch games.

OUR FAMILY

Berkey Kids

Madeline

Madeline

Madeline was a sophomore when she moved to Kenya where she went to an international school. She has graduated from high school with high honors and will be attending Trinity Bible College in the fall where she will play basketball and study children’s ministry. Madeline loves coffee and dogs! 

Myah

Myah

Myah was in 7th grade when she moved to Kenya. She has successfully completed her Freshman year of high school and will be attending online school in the fall. She will be playing volleyball and basketball throughout the year. Myah loves free refills and Hersheys kisses.

Mason

Mason

Mason was in 5th grade when he moved to Kenya. He will be attending online school in the fall for his 8th grade year. He hopes to play American football while they are in the States. He also plays basketball and water polo. He loves sports and Nintendo Switch games.