Butch (Paul)
       & Lesi (Lisa) 
                    Jarrell


Missionaries 
training
              Missionaries 
 
God has allowed us to have an awesome ministry with Word of Life since 2003.  While leading Short Term Mission Teams around the world.  Our hearts had been burdened for the people of every country we have ministered in.  One of the many areas we led many teams to were the remote river communities in Brazil.  We felt God leading us there to work with those remote river communities.  God allowed us to live and minister in Brazil from 2013 to 2018.  While working in Brazil, we were able to work on the Audio Bible Project and various other ministries while in Brazil.  Since over 80% of the river people are functionally illiterate, the Solar Audio Bibles were an invaluable part of our ministry there in Brazil.  In 2016 we began creating and using the Word of Life Quiet Time in audio format for the people to listen to on the Audio Bible Players.

in 2018 the Leadership at Word of Life Headquarters asked us to pray about returning from Brazil to work in the area of Missionary Development.  Although we loved the people in Brazil where God was allowing us to minister, we began to pray about where God would have us serve.  Our heart's desire was to be in the area where we could have the most impact for the sake of the gospel.  As we considered our four hands working in Brazil (Lesi's two hands and my two hands) we began to quickly realize that God was allowing us the opportunity to be strategically involved in training and sending out over 200 new hands for ministry work each year.  So, 4 hands or 200+ hands!!!  We quickly realized that 200 new hands every year going out to various countries all around the world would have more impact than our 4 hands working in Brazil.     


  








A "boat load" of people!!!

After God opened this door for us in Missionary Development based out of NY but traveling to various countries for MITs (Missionary in Training Courses), we realized this new ministry would have more impact for the sake of the Gospel than us serving and ministering in Brazil.  We certainly appreciate all of our faithful ministry partners and special friends that God had put in our path and allowed to be part of our team.  We would not be able to do any ministry would out these very special people.  





About Butch (Paul)
I was saved as a young child at age eight and raised in a Christian home by godly parents. I grew up in church where my father was the pastor and have been involved in local church ministries with Lesi since we were married in 1987.

God used a short term missions trip in 2000 to direct us into full-time ministry with Word of Life. We had been feeling called to ministry and were seeking God's direction for our lives. It was this life-changing trip to Nigeria that God used to launch us into full time ministry with Word of Life in 2003. Now, I can't believe we get to do this for a living!

See a more detailed version of Butch's Testimony.
About Lesi (Lisa)
I was saved as young child and raised in a Christian home by Godly parents who were committed to the Lord. I grew up in Church where my family were founding members and my brother was the pastor.

We have three Children:

  * Paul Casey (Married)
  * Elizabeth Colbie
  * Sarah Caitlyn
  
Colbie and Caitlyn are serving with us in Brazil.  They are excited about this opportunity.  Pray for them!

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