In January of 1993, John and Sharon left the States in response to a childhood call when they each professed to the Lord, “Here I am, send me!” They traveled to Antigua, Guatemala and learned Spanish in a language school for six weeks. For the next three years, they worked with other missionaries in the country as the Lord prepared them to undertake the apostolic ministry of ASELSI. John started a Bible institute while Sharon began providing medical care to those in need. They believe the Lord actually began preparing them for this ministry over 27 years ago. John obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and pastored for over 18 years, and Sharon, as an RN, directed a nursing center in the United States. John has since earned his Master’s of Theology. John and Sharon have been married for over 39 years.