Nearly 20 years ago we had the privilege to host Terry Baxter and his family. Since then the Baxters have become like family to us. When Terry & Ken founded GoServ Global, we attended an introduction event and I remember sitting at the table all excited about the missions and using the Safe T Home® in other countries. I could see myself being involved in that part of the ministry.
On our way home, Kevin shared with me that he would like to be a part of the Domestic Disaster Relief ministry. I had been praying for years that Kevin and I would be able to serve God in a ministry together and if it was through the Domestic Disaster ministry, then count me in.
“We love helping those in desperate need and showing them the love of Christ through our help,” shares Sherri. “We feel so blessed being able to be the hands and feet of Christ.”
Kevin & Sherri have 4 children. Kevin has been a self-employed general contractor for more than 25 years and Sherri gets to help him whenever possible.
My first trip with GoServ Global was to Haiti to help with the dental clinic. To be honest, when I first heard of the trip I wasn’t interested. I had heard stories and saw photos from the many trips before, but if it hadn’t been for the Lord revealing a path there for me, I never would have gone. But somehow in a matter of weeks, HE had made it so clear, it was like there was never a doubt in my heart or mind.
The people of Haiti are strong and resilient. They don’t need ME, they need the power of the Lord. If I can help bring that in some way or another, then He has done good through me. I don’t offer anything special, other than being able to tell the story through images and video with the occasional fix-it project mixed it. Their story is what brings me back. I still think God has a bigger plan for me and Haiti, but he isn’t quite ready to show me. (That or I am not quite ready to admit it)
I run a small marketing/digital media business out of Ventura, IA. Much of my job has me traveling around the country/world shooting photos and video for aviation clients. When I do get home, I enjoy spending time flying at the airport (I am a pilot), and relaxing on the lake with my wife, Sarah. Most of all, I enjoy helping to lead worship behind the drum kit at Zion Lutheran Church.
January 2012, I read an article highlighting the Safe T Home® and GoServ Global’s involvement in Haiti. It was intriguing to see how Iowa companies, Iowa ag people, the Governor’s office, and an Iowa-based charity were involved in this project, but it disturbed me that this cool thing was going on around me and I hadn’t known anything about it nor was I a part of it.
Going to Haiti has changed my thinking on everything I do: how I view my involvement in my local church, my giving, how I worship, my work, and my family. It’s become apparent to me that God wants to use my time, talents, and resources to glorify Him here at home and elsewhere, and to be intentional in instilling eternal values in my family and friends.
My wife Lori and I have farmed in the Burt area for more than 35 years.
When Mark Lee spoke to our church board meeting about the possibility of partnering with him and GoServ Global, I knew God was calling us to be involved beyond prayer. We spoke several times after that meeting and in just a few short months, put together a team and raised all the necessary money to go to Peru.
Our experience with GoServ Global has radically changed my wife and me as individuals and as Cornerstone Church. Those team members who served in Peru with Mark have stepped out in faith and started several bible studies and discipleship groups. We are excited about what God has done in the hearts of our church in the area of missions and look forward to what He has in store for us as we pursue global missions involvement.
I am married to Val and am the Associate Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Boone, IA.
In 2014, I went to Haiti for the first time with my family. We fell in love with the girls at the Consolation Center, and are sponsoring Islande, a girl my daughter Mallory’s age.
The past few years I have served on GoServ Global’s Promotional team, helping to organize several Safe T Home® events. In addition, I have also served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Domestic Disaster Relief branch of GoServ Global. I’ve been able to work at disaster sites and help organize the team.
“Linda is invaluable to both our disaster relief ministry and promotional events,” shared Dennis Anderson, GoServ Global Domestic Director.
Linda is married to Joel (who also helps GoServ Global in many ways) and they have 4 children. The Zwiefels farm near Fenton, Iowa.
For several years Rick Brown has led mission trips to Haiti on behalf of GoServ Global. Rick joined our board in 2018 and he also helps with GoServ Global’s IT needs.
“I enjoy working with GoServ Global in Haiti because I truly feel that God is at work there through this organization,” shares Rick. “The ability to make a direct impact and witness results first-hand help me to give God the credit and glory for all that is accomplished.”
Rick is married to Marci and has 2 children and 1 grandchild
I have worked for Sukup Manufacturing Company for more than 30 years as a territory manager. I have met many people over the years, but God has intricately placed some in my path to change my life for the better. I first met Ken DeYoung, co-founder of GoServ Global, a few years back when he had purchased a Sukup grain bin and dryer for his farm. Shortly after that, Sukup Mfg. started making the Safe-T Homes®. I found out that GoServ Global and Ken were involved in the design and distribution of the Safe T Homes®, and our paths reconnected again. I knew that this was something that I wanted to be a part of. Our whole congregation now has become invested and has sent numerous mission teams to Haiti. My wife, Joy and I have the privilege of leading several of these mission teams to Haiti through our church.
I am married to Joy, and we have three children.
In January of 2011, Tim went on a short-term mission trip to India with Terry Baxter, their interim pastor at the time and future founding member of GoServ Global. Shortly after this trip and through a series of events in Haiti, GoServ Global was birthed. Tim (Treasurer) and Lorie (Secretary) have served on the Board of Directors since its beginning.
In November 2012 both Tim and Lorie traveled to Haiti to help prepare the clinic at the Consolation Center for its dedication ceremony. While there they got to take part in a baptismal ceremony where 31 new members were added to Christ’s Church. We both traveled to India in January 2014 where we reconnected with the children at the school, assisted with a pastor’s conference, and visited tribal villages and churches. In June 2014, Tim went to Peru to help with the first containers of Safe T Homes® and equipment that had arrived for a camp and pastor’s training center project called Hidden Creeks Bible Camp. More recently the couple served in Guatemala, helping with the church/Christian School and have also helped with GoServ Global’s domestic ministry.
“Our favorite missions are the ones we can go on together. We like working together, partly because we see things differently. How I experience a trip can be very different than how Tim does, even as we are side by side! We can bounce thoughts and insights off of each other to more fully see the many ways God is working”, shares Lorie.
The Wittmaacks have had several opportunities to speak at churches and other groups about the work that God is doing through GoServ Global.
“At GoServ Global, we like to talk about being ‘World Changers’. That might sound presumptive, but if we can influence even one person to connect with Christ, to step out in ministry through His power, that person’s world is changed. As they connect with Him, they introduce His Gospel to another. It’s personal. It’s life changing. It IS world changing – one life at a time.”
The Wittmaacks live in the house Lorie grew up in on a Century Farm near Linn Grove, IA. Tim has worked at a small bank for nearly 30 years, Lorie at Ranco, a small manufacturing firm, for 11, and they do a little farming.
Tom Bieber, D.D.S., first traveled to Haiti on a medical mission in 2011 through Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, IA. At the time, he had no idea what a life-changing decision this would turn out to be. The devastation he witnessed in Haiti was overwhelming and he remembers hearing a group of kids playing and laughing and he wondered, how can they be so happy?
Throughout the week, their team held several medical/dental clinics, and after that first clinic, it became clear the monumental need for these services. Two trips later, their team questioned how they could make a difference that was sustainable.
Enter GoServ Global. In 2013, Dr. Bieber joined several members from Zion in an exploratory trip with GoServ Global. It seemed like the perfect fit. Throughout the week, Dr. Bieber & the team completed dental exams and compiled dental records for the girls at Consolation Center (CCH) and some of the children at the school.
“I knew this was the place God wanted me to serve,” he shared. “I was certain that my future service would be with CCH and the work that GoServ Global is doing in Les Cayes.”
The team agreed and eventually the church was able to secure land and begin constructing a dental clinic next to the medical clinic. Next month, Dr. Bieber will join the Zion team to install equipment at the dental clinic as it’s nearing completion.
Since then, God has been in control and He has put opportunities and people in our path so we will be able to serve people in great need. The majority of people in Haiti do not have the resources to see a dentist, so they live with the pain that comes with the absence of dental care. My hope is that now we will be able to help the younger Haitians learn some preventive measures so they will have a healthier outlook and at the same time continue to treat those in pain. It will be nice to go to Haiti and be able to save some teeth rather than just removing them!
There is no doubt that God has used the people of Haiti to strengthen my faith, and those children I heard playing and laughing that first night in Haiti have made me realize the things in life that really matter.
Tom and his wife Lisa live in Clear Lake where Tom practices dentistry at Lake Dental Associates.