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Meet the Barbees

When Marco and Francesca, married in 2008  they both knew they were called to international ministry but weren’t quite sure how that would happen. At the time Francesca was already working in rural parts of Ecuador with a fair trade organization that she co- founded in 2003.  Marco sensed the call but never had been out of the States. 

On their first trip together to Ecuador in 2009, the call became more tangible. While enjoying cafecito (coffee) with one of the artisans Francesca partners with, the artisan began to ask questions about Marco. Francesca described that Marco was a mental health therapist. Suddenly the artisan opened up to Marco, through Francesca’s translation, about very personal issues.

Through this exchange we could visualize how God would use our different gifts together in mission. Since then we have been praying, planning and waiting for the opportunity to serve the Lord by responding to people’s physical needs, sharing the gospel and equipping them to thrive in their faith walk.