We are privileged to be a part of our Lord’s ministry as a family. Our desire is to serve Him with our individual gifts but also to serve as a family unit every opportunity He allows us to. We believe that the family is our first ministry and if we are not functioning well as a family, it is not possible to serve effectively in ministry. Phyllis and I were married on August 18, 2012. It has been the greatest gift we have been given only second to our Savior. We each spent many years waiting and being prepared for each other as God graciously worked out His plan for our lives.
Our son, Gunner Hovey, was born to us in April 2015 in Santiago, Chile where God allowed us the opportunity to serve for two years. He was a tremendous gift to us as well as a significant growth opportunity for us in our relationship with Christ. He is a very active little boy who loves people and is a joy to us. Our daughter, Moriah Hovey, was born to us in January 2017 in Owatonna, MN. She is a girly girl that loves everything pink and shiny! They both continue to challenge us daily and rely heavily on God’s grace.
We have answered God’s call on our lives to serve Him as full-time missionaries sent out from our local church First Baptist Church of Waterville, MN to Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is our privilege to be part of a church planting team of Association of Baptists for Worldwide Evangelism (ABWE) missionaries. We are based at Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC). This school is for the sole purpose of training and preparing PNG Nationals for ministry. This ranges from pastors, lay leaders, educators, and more. The focus is anyone who is passionate about learning about God’s Word and sharing the Gospel. Our roles in this ministry change daily but always revolve around coming alongside National brothers and sisters in Christ and propelling them forward with the tools to succeed. Brian has been in charge of the planning and development of the GBBC campus. Brian is also in charge of sourcing and purchasing supplies for the maintenance department. One of the goals as we develop the campus is to use students so we can practically teach skills through hands on projects to future pastors so they can use them to both survive in the ministry as well as how to use skills in outreach and discipleship. Phyllis will be a care giver to our children first until they are school age. She has also been able to able to utilize her gifts as an elementary teacher to help in the college’s education program. We are both involved in weekly Bible studies and assist a new church plant in a very challenging area.
If there are any questions or if you would like to hear more specifics about what we are doing please feel free to contact us directly at HoveyServinGod@gmail.com!!
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