In February 2018, God called Josh and Katie out of corporate careers and into full-time ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators. It was a calling the couple had first felt in their teens and, looking back, they now see God was uniquely preparing them to serve with Wycliffe. Josh, Katie and their five kids are currently raising a team to partner with them as they prepare to move to the Solomon Islands.
One step in their transition involved selling the family’s fixer-upper. According to their real estate agent, autumn was the absolute wrong time of year to sell their Michigan home. So Josh and Katie marveled when the house sold in just two months! The couple wanted to tithe from the small profit made on the property to use however God saw fit. Josh says, “At the time, it felt like a big deal. We had something God could use to bless someone [else]. We normally can't give big gifts like that.”
In the weeks that followed, Josh received an email about Wycliffe’s Giving Tuesday campaign. The goal was to raise enough to print 5,000 Bibles for the Fuliiru people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Josh says, “We thought, ‘God gave us this awesome gift. How cool would it be to use it to give people the Bible?’ This is what we're about.”
After making a special gift as part of the Giving Tuesday campaign, Josh and Katie used the remainder of their tithe to help a family in their community that was in need. Josh says, “God provided what we needed to sell the house and, in turn, we could help others. It was such a great joy and blessing to get to give in ways that met physical and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters, both near and far!”