“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a missionary over the last 19 years has been seeing the growth in the people we are working with. It’s amazing to see people who were brought to the Lord as young men becoming ministers and evangelists. Seeing people take the lessons that they’ve learned and multiply them by teaching others shows me how the Lord can effectively use His people in Africa.”
“We thank the Lord for His incredible grace and provision in our lives. There have been times of great blessing and times of great difficulty- His love and care have been deeply felt throughout all of it. Thank you for your prayers!”
Timothy grew up in Arizona and began his work in Africa in 1998. His initial trip was supposed to be a “gap semester” from Bible College. However, God clearly had other plans as the college closed while he was away. He decided to extend for a time… and never looked back.
Since then he has traveled across Africa many times, covering more than 400,000 miles by road (and those are African miles!) and many more by air. He’s made friends throughout the continent and has been privileged to minister in places where the Gospel has never before been heard. He has worked in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, and Sudan (now South Sudan). By God’s grace he has delivered thousands of Bibles, tracts, and Gospel booklets in dozens of different languages. Many of these have been taken into villages that only had one or maybe even a small portion of a Bible. Often the Bibles have to be taken through hostile borders where their discovery would mean imprisonment or worse. Working often in rural areas (“the bush”), he is able to work with many incredible people, some of whom walk many, many miles to carry out evangelism and minister to God’s people!
Timothy gradually became more involved in leadership training. Through preaching, teaching, leadership conferences, and discipleship opportunities, he teaches leadership skills, Biblical principles, and much needed practical application techniques to pastors, teachers, parents, and community leaders throughout Africa. His vision is to affect lasting change in a continent of instability.
Timothy loves learning about and working with sound. He is also an avid photographer. Recently he combined these skills and delved into videography. This is quickly growing from a hobby into a vital part of their ministry in Zambia.
Ashley’s first African experience in 2001 (short term missions trip to Botswana) showed her the many and diverse needs of the African people. In 2006 she joined Frontline Fellowship in Cape Town for missions training. Her initial plan was to become a Bible smuggler into North Africa and work in humanitarian aid. She knew that it would be a life commitment, but didn't realize then that God had a partner and friend for the journey! She and Timothy were married May 5th, 2007.
Because of the many challenges of life in Africa, Ashley’s present occupation is providing food, shelter, and safe medical care for their family. She also home schools the children and acts as their full time referee and chief justice. Their home has become both a sending ground and restful haven for missionaries from around the world. These labors of love have opened up many doors to reach African women and children with cleaner, safer, and healthier means of preparing food and overseeing the health and care of their families.
Monica was born on April 4th, 2008. By the time she was born she had already traveled through 9 countries and 3 continents. I think it surprises no one that she loves to travel and experience new things! Her passion runs to creativity and imagination (not to mention her pets). She has several minor developmental challenges, and we are thankful for God's grace in finding help and advice, in spite of living in Africa. We thank the Lord for His love for her and for the unique ways she sees His world and shows it to the rest of us.
Frederick was born on December 28th, 2009. He is “all boy” as the saying goes. There is no tree too high, no jump too long for him to contemplate the challenge! He is also utterly obsessed with Lego. Fred loves traveling to villages with his dad, and through that has become a connoisseur of local cuisine, especially nshima and sugar cane. The arrival of his baby brother was the highlight of his life to date. He and Ian are best friends. We have frequently had cause to thank the Lord for the guardian angels he sends to protect little boys!!
Olivia was born on January 21st, 2012. She is the apple of her Daddy’s eye and the calmest Keller in the family. She loves playing dress up “pwincess” and barbies and helping her mom in the kitchen. The social butterfly of the family, she finds friends everywhere she goes. When asked her favorite things to do, she responded: "Eat cookies and play with fwends!" Olivia shows her experience abroad in her acceptance of even the most bizarre cultural experiences and her raw courage in the face of challenging or painful situations.
Ian was born on July 26th, 2015. Throughout the pregnancy there were serious concerns that he had a potentially fatal abdominal deformity. We trekked to South Africa several weeks before his due date to ensure that he was delivered in an adequately equipped hospital. By God’s amazing grace he was born absolutely perfect. We were home in Zambia for several months, only to return to Cape Town as he, for reasons never discovered, had stopped gaining weight to the point that he was physically wasting away. Many long and labor filled months followed as we prayed and nourished him back to health. We are incredibly grateful now as we watch our big, busy boy run around outside and play with his siblings
Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Our life in Zambia is both a great joy and an incredible challenge. We couldn't do it without God's grace and the many people who commit us to Him in prayer. If you are interested in praying specifically for our family and ministry, please see our Pray With Us page.
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