I was first introduced to GoServ Global when my uncle Conwell started going to Haiti and I was able to go with him on his second trip there. God started stirring in me a love for Haiti and the people there, and I started praying about what my role was supposed to be in serving there. God started showing me that my role was tied to worship.
I started out as an orphan sponsor in 2012 and have loved supporting Kimlie in this way. I have made several trips to Haiti since then, and God started opening doors and connecting me more and more to worship in Haiti. In August of 2015, Pastor Rivenson Dige shared with me his vision of starting a recording studio in Haiti because they have no worship music recorded in their native language of Creole. I reached out to a producer friend of mine and in January of 2016 we packed as much recording equipment as we could fit into suitcases and hauled it to Haiti to check it out.
Long story short, God wrecked our hearts for Haiti and called us to start Matchlight Records so we could record worship music in places like Haiti where currently none exists.
Being involved with GoServ Global has really changed every part of my life. I went from working a corporate job to quitting my job at a church to starting Matchlight Records. Throughout this journey God has continued to show me that this life is not about me but all about Him and His glory. I’m blessed to be able to work alongside GoServ Global as this journey continues to unfold!
I really don’t know how to put into words what I am feeling … I have heard of the pregnant woman in Sudan being threatened with the death sentence if she doesn’t renounce Christ. As I say this I sit and drink my warm cup of coffee, put on my nice clothes, get in my car, take my kids to a nice safe school, go to my safe job, get a paycheck … have my every need met. I would be lying if I said I did not feel guilty.
It breaks my heart and convicts me that most of us sit inside and watch “American Idol” while those in India are threatened with prison, yet they still go out and share Christ. I do not know what’s wrong with me and the whole American church. But I am convicted to change.
God is doing a mighty work in my soul. I believe He is waking me up from the American dream I didn’t even know I was in. I am trying my best to obey and just do the next thing God tells me to do.
I hope that we will all continue to be like the early church to give and share and love in Jesus’ name wherever He has placed us, or calls us to go.
Daryle & Dawn Hamlin have served on GoServ Global’s Board since its inception. Daryle also volunteers on GoServ Global’s Domestic team and has helped in Washington, Ill. and Panora, IA after the tornados and in Worthington, Minn. following the ice storm.
“It is a privilege to serve as we try to be ‘the hands and feet of Jesus’ as best as we can to the people who are affected by the disaster.”
The Hamlins live in Apple Valley, MN where they are longtime members of Apple Valley Baptist Church. Daryle & Dawn are both retired from jobs in the defense industry based on providing computers for ships and airplanes – Daryle is an Engineer and Dawn is a Computer Programmer.
The couple has two children – one is a full-time missionary in Central Asia.
I have known Ken DeYoung for over 35 years. When he told my wife and I what he was doing in Haiti, we quickly agreed to support a girl at the Consolation Center. We count Taina as another grandchild. After taking on sponsorship I was invited to lunch with Ken and Terry Baxter. After listening to them tell me about the ministry for an hour, I assumed they were goingto ask me for a check. When Terry finally took a breath and I could interrupt, I asked them why I was at the meeting. Terry told me they wanted me to quit my job and become development director for the ministry. After praying with my wife, I decided that I would keep my job (as a territory manager for a Fortune 100 company) and use my “windshield” time to do as much as possible to help the ministry. Originally, I was development director until the job grew too large to handle part-time. After Mary Graham was hired, I continued to work with her in the development area. I am now transitioning into a new role. I have been asked to work on developing the structure for a foundation as a branch of the ministry. Then I will be involved in the foundation as we seek to involve large donors in the ministry.
How has your involvement with GoServ Global impacted or changed your life?The best answer to this question is to tell you my wife’s reaction when she went to Haiti and met the little girl we sponsor for the first time. After sitting with her for 10 minutes, my wife looked at me and said, “Now how am I supposed to leave this country?”There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about the ministry (mostly the kids). Knowing the horror they have experienced drives me to do what I can to make it better. God has taken the selfish nature I have and stamped the faces of boys and girls over it. And I thank God that He did.
Gene and his wife, Joanne, live in Cleghorn, Iowa. The couple has 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Joel and Kris Dekkers of Fairmont, MN have been friends with Ken and Jill DeYoung for years and after learning of their passion for Haiti, they decided to take a trip with them.
“It was a life changer for us!” shared Kris. “Seeing what little that they have in Haiti and the joy in their hearts because of what the Lord is doing for them through GoServ Global made us want to be involved with this organization. GoServ has been the hands and feet of Christ and has given those kids hope.”
Joel agrees and says the biggest impact serving with GoServ Global has been the opportunity to spend time with the orphans. “It’s an honor to be a part of their lives.”
Since 2014, Joel and Kris have led numerous mission trips to Haiti and their church, Bethel E-Free, is a great supporter of GoServ Global.
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.
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.