Mike . . .
I grew up in a Christian home and was saved at the age of five. I was baptized a year later at our church in southeast Pennsylvania. I surrendered to the Lord’s will when I was twelve, but that surrender was tested many times during my teen years. After graduating from high school, I pursued a degree in mechanical engineering, and I worked in that field for several years.During that time, the Lord used a traveling evangelist to challenge me with my future. I surrendered to preach and to be a missionary in the fall of 2006. I praise God that He “counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12). The next year, I enrolled in Baptist College of Ministry, eventually graduating in 2012 with an M.A. in Bible.
During that time, I met missionary Jim Knies, and our relationship developed, resulting in my 2011 summer internship in Hungary. While I was there, the Lord made it very clear that this was the country to which He had called me. John 3:16 states that God loves “the world.” That includes the many people in Hungary, and I know that I am one of the men God wants to use to reach that country for Christ.
I had been praying a long time for God to provide a wife for me. As He revealed his will for my ministry that summer, He also brought me together with Sarah, who was working with the Olah family during that same time. We married in August 2012.
Sarah . . .
l also grew up in a Christian home and received Christ as my Savior when I was twelve. Two years later I followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. My parents, by the grace of God, instilled in my heart an unwavering vision for serving the Lord full time with my life. After graduation from Bible college, I served as full-time secretary at my church. As I ministered there not only in the office but also through teaching Sunday school and junior church, soulwinning, and teaching a few classes in the Christian school, God began to open His doors for my long-term future ministry.
During my first trip to Hungary in 2000, I met the Olah family who were members of the Knieses’ church, and our hearts were knit together. Over the years God called the Olahs to be church planters in their own country. At the same time God burdened my heart to minister with them in whatever way He would allow me to. In 2008 I visited their new baby church in Nagykanizsa. God confirmed in my heart through His Word, my spiritual authorities, and great peace, that His plan for my life was missions in Hungary. I praise the Lord that while I served a six-month mission trip with the Olahs in 2011, I met the man who would be my missionary husband. “Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24).