Ryan and Elyse
Software Developer & Project Coordinator

Ryan and Elyse serve in Johannesburg, South Africa with TWR, a mission that proclaims the gospel and disciples believers through mass media every day. It broadcasts in over 200 languages and dialects to 195 countries. As a part of the technical side of the mission, Ryan develops software. His software helps staff in their daily responsibilities and often aides in using new technology to spread the gospel. Elyse is the first nurse to serve with TWR.  She works with our Southern African ministry teams helping to develop content for holistic health programs.  We have two wonderful children named Aryann and Owen who are the joys of our lives.  We are honourted to partner with you in fulfilling God's call to spread his word to all nations.

Prayer Letters

Prayer Requests

Pray for continued settling in for us in South Africa. We are doing well but there are always things to get used to.

Prayer Requests

Elyse has finished writing scripts for Public Awareness for Ebola. Pray that the words will reach the people and they will understand.

News from Ryan and ElyseSeal

Back for Christmas and New Years

Elyse and I made it back to the states on December 18th.  We had a great time During our travels at the beginning of December, but were albe to make it back for the last two weeks before the New Year.  We're both so thankful that we have this year to celebrate Christmas with both Families.  We're headed into the New Year with some new resolutions and a goal to be fully funded by July 1, 2013.  Other than that, there's not too much news to report.

Thanks for reading and we wish you a Wonderful New Year.

May Podcast

In case you didn't know, Elyse and I put out a short podcast about our ministry and give some short news updates. We try to make it a fun and a little informative. You can listen to the podcast at the link below:


The new TWR video we mention. is at the bottom of this post.


Through the training!

Finished!  Our Fundraising boot camp is done.  We left for Pennsylvania on Monday (Dec 3) for a seminar held by "Support Raising Solutions".  It was a good time and gave us some good ideas and tips for moving forward with funding.

Elyse had no migranes during travel - thanks for all your prayers.  Unfortuantely a migrane forced her to miss a small part of the afternoon of both days of the seminar.  We'll be gone until December 18th travelling through New York and Pennsylvania.  Please keep praying for a migrane-free trip!


What kid doesn’t want a water trampoline?

Launching screaming kids four feet into the air off  a blob; bringing milk to bleating lambs; holding my breath as I pull the cord to go hurtling down on the giant wing; and screaming as I zoom down a zip line in the pitch black darkness of night time; These are a few of my favorite things! (Now read that again imagining Ryan and I doing a musical number)

Actually, these are just a few of our favorite experiences of camp at Cross Bar X Youth Ranch.

Cross Bar X Youth Ranch is a camp for at risk kids. Many of these kids come from urban areas and often from broken, impoverished, and troubled backgrounds. With water trampolines, horses, giant swings and 150 acres of land, these kids are treated to a one of a kind camp.With all that said the staff there is committed to so much more than fun.Their true heart lies in what they do for the kids. They present the gospel to every camper.None fall through the cracks because every counselor only gets the maximum of five campers.  Even when camp is over, the relationships do not end. The Cross Bar X staff dedicate time to continuing discipleship and mentorships of the kids through retreats and involving them in a local church.  Playing a small part in their ministry honored us even if it was only for three weeks.

The Black Forest fire devastated many homes and affected so many people. Even in Durango we felt the effects.Cross Bar X’s cooks the first week left suddenly to evacuate their belongings from their home.  Just as quickly we filled in for the cooks. After that trial period, our kitchen supervisor Jenny, liked us so much, she kept us there the rest of the three weeks. We had many great conversations in the kitchen. One in particular encouraged Ryan while talking with our head guy counselor named Keith. At this time, Ryan was discouraged about our progress in support raising.  After Ryan explained TWR’s ministry, Keith said, “Wow that is the coolest thing I have heard today!” It was encouraging to remember what a privilege it is to be a part of TWR.

For me, the greatest joy I had at camp was to train and encourage Allison (a young student nurse) further in her nursing. It was wonderful watching her grow in her skills, her confidence, and her compassion for kids. It was equally satisfying to see her overcome difficult situations and excel with trying patients. I worked beside her helping her gain experience so she could grow into her job. As a team, Allison and I dealt with homesickness, dehydration, cuts and bruises, a nasty allergic reaction to a bee sting, and a hospital visit for an asthma exacerbation. One exciting thing we were able to do was to pray with many of the kids who were sick and in pain.

We were in Durango to help with this camp but also to fundraise. We were able to speak at two churches there.  We’ll tell you more about that, but you’ll have to read about it in our prayer letter. OH! That is what you call a teaser!