Tell a little bit about yourself, your family, and where you’re from.
My name is Chris Pearson. I am serving as a Field Coordinator in San Raymundo, Guatemala. I have lived most of my life in South Dakota, and I am married to my high school sweetheart, Michaela. We have two beautiful daughters, Emersyn (3) and Adrienne (1). I have a background in law enforcement, corrections, and military, but I felt a call to ministry when I was in high school. It took me about seven years to stop running from that call in order to pursue ministry full-time.
What made you choose to serve at Casas por Cristo?
I was looking for an opportunity to start a career in ministry for quite some time. I was considering going back to school, going through seminary, and eventually training to be a pastor. Through meetings with my pastors and mentors, I learned about the organization of Casas por Cristo and was encouraged to go on a trip to Juárez, México. On that first trip, only about a year and a half ago, I knew that God was leading me toward this ministry. It was a way for me to use my talents and interests while doing Kingdom work. I prayed about it and then spent several months waiting for my wife to feel a call as well. When she did, I knew we were ready to begin this new adventure.
What is your favorite thing about the ministry of Casas por Cristo? Or how have you seen God at work through your ministry with Casas?
My favorite thing about Casas por Cristo are the people who are drawn to it. It takes a special person to leave the comforts of their home and go to a different country to show the love of Jesus to people who have a severe physical need. I am happy to see lives change after these trips, and I feel honored to help guide these wonderful people through one of the most emotional, but rewarding, experiences of their lives.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
Other than missing home, family, and friends, the biggest challenge for me has been adjusting to the culture and pace of life in Guatemala. It is taking me a while to accept the fact that nothing here happens quickly or efficiently.
What are some things people should be praying for on your behalf?
Please pray that our house back in South Dakota sells soon. Also, pray that we have a very productive summer working with teams and that we begin to build relationships with groups and individuals for years to come.