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.
I enjoy meeting people working at a disaster site. There is a trust that can only come from God when, within a few days, we share our life stories – warts and all – and come away with a mutual respect.
Chuck and his wife, Shirley have also helped GoServ Global procure dental equipment for the Haiti Dental Clinic. “Through donations of local dentists and a local dealer, the Haiti Dental Clinic will have an office that will be as efficient as any here in the States,” says Chuck.
Chuck served in the Navy as a dental technician repairing equipment. After his discharge, Chuck & his wife continued selling and servicing dental equipment and now the couple lives on the family farm helping the family who rents their land. Chuck and Shirley live in Sutherland, IA. They have 2 sons & 5 grandchildren.
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.
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.