Joel and Lauren married in 2014 knowing that God was calling them into overseas work. Over their married journey, God has graciously been the steering winds in the sails, highlighting items He wanted them to be involved in. Joel fell into an agricultural role at a small Christian college. He discovered that agriculture is the culmination of his desire to grow men and use teachable moments well, and paired with the drive to work outside with his hands. The Lord highlighted a love and gifting for languages and culture in Lauren, and she has been pursuing her masters degree in Applied Linguistics for use in Translation work.
The Fletchers are headed to a field in Southeast Asia to work with an unreached Muslim group. There, through farming and language, they will be about making disciples and sharing the abundant life that God gives. They are excited for the opportunities for their two giftings to exist together.
Way to Pray: Please pray for Joel and Lauren as they continue language studies, Bible studies, and a small agricultural project while in quarantine at their guest house. God has continued to use them even in this abnormal time. Pray that they will be able to find food that is safe for Lauren to eat that won't flare up allergies. Finally, pray that when the time comes to move from quarantine into their new city, they will be well prepared.