John ShoemakerTeam Leader

Team Position: Team Leader
Scheduled Travels Include: Language Team: Spanish, Chiapas Team
Home State: The Sooner State (Oklahoma)
Family Facts:  I’m number 4 of 7 children in the Shoemaker family
Favorite Country: I would say it is a toss up between Mexico and Nigeria.
Strangest food I’ve ever eaten: A Nigerian delicacy — to be honest I’m not sure what the gooey yellow stuff was, but it was served with boiled cassava root (which was the consistency of play-dough) with tomatoes to top it off. It was pretty nasty! You know your taste buds are wanting to try some now!
I never travel without… My Bible, iPod, snacks and an American football
Me in 12 Words or Less: Active, people person, encourager

About John:

I work as an installer and fabricator for Shoemaker Mechanical, my father’s air conditioning, heating, and plumbing company; a family-owned company for four generations, established in 1925. This has been a blessing to me as it allows me to follow my real passion- missions! The Lord has led me to share the gospel in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nigeria and Mexico. In my own Jerusalem I minister in a public school, teaching a CEF Good News Club once a week. The past fourteen years I has been involved in ALERT Cadets which has given me leadership training and instilled spiritual discipline through memorizing scripture. I enjoy discipling and encouraging young men in their walk with the Lord. When I am not overseas I love to run, play volleyball, football, spike ball, and pretty much anything with a ball. When I wants to relax, I enjoy playing the piano. Random fact: I flew a plane before I ever drove a car.

JOHN’S PERSPECTIVE ON INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY:

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:15 What’s one of the most important commandments HE gave us? Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and peach the Gospel…” We say we love HIM, but when it comes to this commandment, we think it’s an option not a command? We are called to go… it’s our responsibility to walk in obedience to Him. International ministry is such a blessing. It is an opportunity to carry out what we are command to do, go share the Gospel! When we are obedient to share, we end up becoming the one impacted by the Gospel. International missions has opened my eyes to: hopeless people, in hopeless situations in need of the Savior. I must remember; I was a sinner, and someone told me about JESUS. [Romans 10:14-15] GOD has used International Missions to be a more faithful witness in sharing CHRIST with others. “God’s work, done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies,” Hudson Taylor.

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