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Joel Ballew

My Story

I am a Christ-loving, movie fanatic and my friends would say a little bit of a sports nut. I have the fortune of being married to an amazing woman whom has blessed me with three amazing girls. I grew up north of Atlanta, Georgia going to school locally for both grade school and college. I attended Toccoa Falls College in which I earned a B.A. in Business Administration and a double minor in Coaching as well as Biblical Studies.

After graduation, my wife and I pursued coaching sports in college for several years before our first daughter was born. At that point, God was already working in my life in which He began planting the seeds for international ministry. Upon leaving the coaching profession I began working in a family-ran insurance business in which I soon took over as the President within several years. Four years ago I purchased that business and have grown the business from there. It has been a great opportunity to work with teams of people and interact with people that may not know God or His grace.

Around 2 years ago I took my second missions trip with my wife to the Dominican Republic. Our church, The Bridge Church, was working there in conjunction with a member that was doing work through FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). At that point in my life, God gave me His very clear calling to pursue becoming a full-time missionary to South America. Little did I know Angel, my wife, had been praying for that the previous 13 years! God works in cool ways!


Angel. Taylor, Reagan, McKinley

Primary Prayer Request:

There are several key prayer requests as we begin to gear up for heading to Language School in Costa Rica and then ultimately our place of ministry in Barranquilla, Colombia.

1. That God will bring us closer to Him in this faith exercise we go through in the next year.

2. Please be praying for our fundraising efforts and God will continue to bring people into our lives that have a heart for our ministry.

3. For our 3 girls that they can begin to learn Spanish now as well as be able to focus on their schooling with all the transition.

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