Ryan and Karen
Ryan and Karen serve in the border town of Reynosa, Mexico in partnership with Isaiah 55 Ministries, an evangelical outreach to the Deaf and disenfranchised. Both have always felt strongly about missions, serving in their early years with Young Life ministries and helping with their church mission committee. It was during a short term trip to Reynosa in the summer of 2009 Ryan began to feel called to full-time missionary work.
Ryan's primary role with Isaiah 55 is community outreach and development. Currently he is teaching carpentry classes with several young people from an impoverished neighborhood near the city's red-light district. Plans are in the works to add art, art therapy, graphic design and screen printing, all with the ultimate goal of sharing the hope of Christ. He also assists with short term teams throughout the year and special projects.
Karen homeschools the couple's two children, Ellie and John Thomas. She also serves as special adviser to Instituto IsaÌas 55, the mission's school for the Deaf. Working directly with the teachers and staff, Karen is helping to develop a Christ centered curriculum for deaf education that will be shared throughout Mexico. Together the couple also lead a summer internship program for college students
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