God brought Jason and Charity together at a large missions conference called the Summit. It was their mutual love for Africa and calling to serve God there that brought them together. They were married in January 2014 and began to travel together to raise their support. In August of 2016, they left for the field of Burkina Faso. Levi was born on December 7th of that year in Burkina Faso. God has also blessed us with another child, who will be born in October of 2018.
Meet our family
I had the wonderful privilege of growing up in a strong Christian home, where I was taught the Bible from an early age. It was during a family devotion one April that I realized that I was a sinner and deserving of God’s eternal punishment. That night, the Bible reading was from Luke 16 - the story of Lazarus and the rich man. After the devotion time was over, I went over to my parents and started asking more about Christ and what he did for me on the Cross. They clearly showed me that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”(Rom 3:23) and that “the wages of sin is death.” (Rom.6:23) But even more clearly, I saw that Christ died to open a way of escape for me and through him I could have eternal life, because “the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ my Lord.” That night, the Spirit of God opened the heart of a young boy to his need of the Savior.
Though I had an interest in the lives of missionaries when I was younger, that desire faded when I got into middle school and high school. Going to a public school, I began to get the dream they pushed on us of becoming rich and influential. But in my junior year, a missionary friend, Keith Shumaker, sent me information about a mission trip he was hosting in Burkina Faso. I had met Keith a few years back when he came to my church on deputation but had kept in minimal contact with him. When I heard about the trip, I thought that it would provide an interesting experience, so I raised money to go. It was during that trip that God did a work on my heart about serving Him! All those childhood dreams of being a missionary resurfaced, and I saw myself as the absolutely selfish boy I had become, wanting to live a life based solely on my comfort, wealth, and pleasure. During that trip, I privately went before the Lord and told Him that if he would give me the strength and open the doors, I would return to Burkina Faso as a missionary. I am overjoyed that God has allowed me to be in Burkina now serving Him.
I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the home of missionary parents, David and Vicki Bennett. One day, at the age of six, I was playing Sunday School with some of my siblings when my older sister told us the story of the narrow road leading to Heaven and of the broad road leading to Hell. She gave us a coloring page depicting the two roads and she instructed us to draw ourselves on the road on which we were headed. Believing myself to be a good person I drew my little stick figure on the narrow road and then turned to help my younger sister. At that point I was unsure of which road she should be drawn on so I went to ask my father what he thought. Wisely, he turned the question around and asked me which road I had drawn myself on and why I had chosen the one that I did. That gave him the perfect opportunity to share the gospel with me. It was on that day that I realized my own sinful state and my desperate need of a Savior and I placed my trust solely in Christ.
As a teenager I came to the place where I felt I had done my duty serving God as a missionary kid and that now I deserved to live the American dream. While traveling around to churches in America, I heard my Dad preaching on missions three or more times a week. I still fought God’s tugging on my heart for the continent of Africa, until one day it became real to me that God’s plan was the best plan. At that point I began to prepare to go to Africa as a missionary. What joy I have experienced as God has led me to serve in many different ministries (one of those was a three month internship in Mozambique, Africa) where I’ve had the privilege of seeing Him transform lives, and where I’ve received practice and training for the mission field. I met Jason at a large missions Summit and I am overjoyed with the opportunity to serve God alongside Jason in Burkina Faso.
I was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. So even though mom and dad try hard, I am the only real Burkinabé in the family! I like to eat rice and tô. I like to play outside with all of my friends and balls and dirt!