Widups, Marcus & Sierra

MARCUS' STORY
I was born in 1996 in Indiana, USA. When I was six I gave my life to Christ. One year later, my family moved to the country of Vanuatu as missionaries. I lived in Vanuatu with my parents for eleven years before moving back to the USA. At the beginning, I struggled leaving my home, family and friends, and having to learn a new language; but over time I grew to love Vanuatu as my own home. What I enjoyed the most was the work and the people. At the age of nineteen, I went back to the USA for work and to see what Christ had for me. I decided that Christ was calling me back to help his people in Vanuatu. Prior to getting married to my lovely wife Sierra in the summer of 2018, we had many long discussions and decided the Lord was calling us into missions together.

SIERRA'S STORY
In 1997, I was born in Wisconsin, USA. A few years later, my family moved to Northwest Indiana where our extended family was located. No matter where my family lived, my parents did what they could to point my sister, brother and me to Christ. At the age of seven, I accepted Jesus as my personal savor. As I continued to grow in my faith and understanding of Christ, my parents brought me, at the age of nine, around the world to help and encourage the Widups in the country of Vanuatu. From that moment on, I wanted to be a missionary! The journey of getting to missions was not that easy. In my last two years of high school and first year of college I did not have much spiritual growth and was losing my desire to serve Christ in the places he wanted me. The summer of sophomore year of college, I returned to Vanuatu to visit Mikaela Widup for her 18th birthday. It was that trip where I realized I was denying what Christ had planned for me and trying to walk my own path because of fear. Our plan now is to return to Vanuatu with my husband and baby, where I will serve in the schools as the primary teacher trainer and wherever else I am needed.


OUR STORY
We first met when our families became friends way back in 2003, when we were only 6 and 7 years old. Our two families continued a close friendship even though it was often long-distance. While we were dating in 2017, the conversation of missions came up. Individually we believed the Lord was leading us into missions. In 2018 we got married, which is when our world started playing tricks on us. We would see a nice house, a cool vacation post, or that perfect family photo and think how much easier life would be to stay in the United States. When Sierra’s college heard about our possible plans to move abroad, they asked her about going to Jakarta, Indonesia for her student teaching. While we were making the decision of Sierra going to Indonesia and Marcus staying in the USA, we started seeing how the Lord was paving our path for missions. Everything was perfectly planned and it seemed like no matter where we turned the path was leading us abroad! Our hearts were opened, and we committed the next few years of our lives to international missions. We want to go where the Lord has for us. Sierra feels led to go to Vanuatu because of the need in the school she would be able to fill. Marcus feels led to go back to Vanuatu since falling in love with the people over his eleven years of previously living there. Lord willing, we are building a team of support partners so that we can move there in December 2020, with our first child (due in September!).

 

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