Our Missionaries

The Ross Family
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Justin, Ashley, Aaron & Gracie

Justin went on his very first mission trip to Panama in 1993, and his heart and life were forever changed. Since then, he has felt a strong calling on his life to be a part of international missions and to mobilize other believers to get involved in eternal work for the Kingdom of God. For more than 25 years, he has trained or led thousands of missionaries to more than fifteen countries. In 2009, Justin and his wife, Ashley, served as full time missionaries in San Pedro Sula for 15 months, and during this time the organization now called Sparrow Missions was formed.

 

In May of 2013, Justin and Ashley moved back to San Pedro Sula, where they currently live and serve as full-time missionaries. Justin oversees the daily ministry taking place in the city and is responsible for training and leading local staff members. Ashley is involved in the women’s discipleship ministry, while also working in the counseling office and teaching at a local bilingual school where their children attend. One of their greatest blessings from God is the privilege of being the parents of boy/girl twins, Aaron and Gracie Ross, who were welcomed into their family at birth and officially adopted in June of 2018. 

The Bowman Family
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Eric (Beef), Roxanne, Tara & Ella

After serving on a number of short term teams with Sparrow Missions, Eric and Roxanne along with their two daughters accepted God’s call and moved to Honduras in June of 2014 to become the first directors of the Sparrow Village.  There they were blessed quickly with four additions to their family as they welcomed in four newborn foster children that still live with the Bowman’s today.  Currently, they are in the process of adopting all four of these precious kiddos, and are thankful for the time that God allowed them to serve the community of Santiago and alongside the staff of the Sparrow Village.

 

In early 2019, the Bowman’s felt God calling them to a new chapter in their service in Honduras, and their family joined the Sparrow team in San Pedro Sula.  Eric currently serves as the Director of SparrowGO, a new ministry focused on leading and discipling short-term missions teams for Sparrow Missions.  Roxanne serves as an educator in a local school where all six of the Bowman children currently are enrolled, and also, as a licensed nurse practitioner, provides medical assistance and support as needed across our organization.

The Weeks Family
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Chris, Alishia & Micah

Chris and Alishia Weeks are the directors of the Sparrow Village in Santiago, Honduras. Sparrow Village is a foster care community that focuses not only on caring for vulnerable children, but also has a great focus on ministering to our surrounding community. Chris and Alishia have served in Honduras with Sparrow since December of 2014. They have 4 children in their house: Micah and their 3 foster children (K, B, and A) who have lived with them since January of 2016.

 

Outside of their roles as foster parents and directors of the Sparrow Village, Chris is also the Director of Sparrow House. Sparrow House is a Christ centered men’s rehabilitation center that offers wholistic treatment to men suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. They serve men from all over the country, getting them the care they need while always pointing them back to Christ. Alishia is also the Director of Ministerio de Mujeres Ejemplares. This ministry serves women in our community and shows them what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Through Ministerio de Mujeres Ejemplares, women are discipled in the word and shown who Christ is. Through our 3 phase sewing classes, women learn how to sew, then later teach it to other women, and then teach in the public school. By visiting these women frequently in their own homes, and empowering them in the Word and in entrepreneurship, Ministerio de Mujeres Ejemplares is raising up a new generation of women in love with the Lord in Santiago and beyond.

The Harris Family
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Joey, Leslie, Brooks & BayLee

As a young couple, Joey and Leslie felt a call to long-term missions. Years passed and after one short-term trip to Honduras, we sensed a renewed passion and a deep love for the country. Long story short – that path led us to become part of Sparrow Missions. We truly believe that not ONE is forgotten by GOD (Luke 12:6).

 

In September 2017, we moved from Virginia to Honduras with our two kids, Brooks and BayLee. Our days are spent working, as a family, with the poorest of the poor in San Pedro Sula. We strongly value relational ministry, discipleship, education, vocational training, and church planting as we strive to walk out the greatest commandments: LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE.

 

Currently, Joey serves as the Director of Sparrow Carpentry Workshop working alongside our luthiers and craftsmen. He also mentors a group of young men who are passionate about knowing Jesus and making Him known through discipleship and church planting. Leslie serves as the Director of Communications for Sparrow Missions and the Sponsorship Coordinator for Sparrow Academy and Camino Nuevo.

The Camp Family
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Dave, Meg, Rosemary, Naomi & Ben

A calling deferred for 20 years has finally come to pass. Meg’s heart for Latin America has been growing since her first short term trip to Mexico in 1997. The Lord knew she wasn’t ready to return to Bolivia when she met Dave and fell in love. The call to full time missions resurfaced with an undeniable clarity in 2014 with Meg’s first short term trip with Sparrow, and culminated in 2018 when the whole family moved to Honduras!

 

Dave is continuing his teaching career in Honduras working full time as an English teacher for 11th and 12th grade students at a bilingual school. All three children (Rosemary, Naomi, and Ben) attend there as well. They are getting a great education, but also see it as a mission field. They are working hard to learn Spanish and shine the light of Christ into the dark places in their school. Meg spends as much time as possible in the Bordos building relationships with the women there. They are walking together towards Jesus through time in the Word, and reaching out to their neighbors at the nearby nursing home, Asilo.

The Glover Family
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Chris, Stephanie, Laney & Jacob

Our family first fell in love with missions through trips in the USA with our church (Raleigh Road Baptist) in Wilson, North Carolina. Traveling on mission each summer  for six years from Louisiana to Vermont, we were pushed out of our comfort zone and learned how to serve with all kinds of people. We had no idea God was using these trips to prepare us to step out even further. In 2014, we heard through some friends what Sparrow Missions was doing and set out for our first trip to Honduras. Once we saw how Sparrow was working to make disciples through sharing the hope of Jesus with those forgotten by the world, coming back was not an option.

 

From 2015-2018, we were able to lead multiple short term teams from our church to work with Sparrow. It was during those trips that God continued to break our hearts for the people of Honduras and confirm that we needed to take the next step. In January of 2019 with support from our church, family and friends, we moved from North Carolina to San Pedro Sula and continue to be amazed at how God has prepared the way and constantly provides  for our needs. Our son Jacob came with us to do ministry while taking college classes online. Our daughter Laney is completing her Elementary Education/ESL/Spanish degree at UNCW and travels to Honduras several times a year to serve with us. We miss many things about North Carolina and are so blessed to travel back as often as possible to see our parents, siblings and friends.

 

The primary focus of our ministry is the community of Corosa where we help lead and support discipleship groups of all ages and just spend time sharing the love of Jesus. God is moving through believers in this community and we can’t wait to see what he does next! We are also blessed to support the kids ministry in the Bordos, help with short term teams and any other opportunities God brings through Sparrow Missions. Our heart’s desire is to be obedient to Matthew 28:19 by sharing the amazing love of God that we have experienced with all people, especially those forgotten by the world.

Leah Gruneisen
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Leah Gruneisen

In 2010, Leah first traveled to Honduras on a spring break mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras (the capital). After that first visit, she felt a special place in her heart for this country and tried to come back to visit for quite some time. It wasn’t until her last year of college in 2015 that she was able to visit once again, and met a lady on the plane who was teaching at the International School in Tegucigalpa. Low and behold when she got back to my college the recruiter for that school in Tegucigalpa was at her university. God can be so clear and direct.

 

Leah accepted a 2 year teaching position at the International School teaching 4th grade. She loved the community and kids and serving in Honduras. But during her 2nd year I began to feel a tug to pursue other avenues as she watched two of her friends leave teaching for missions. It took a lot of searching and prayer to discern where God wanted her. For awhile she thought she had found the perfect place but thankfully God protected her and guided her to Sparrow Missions instead. Again God had it all planned out. Leah helped serve at the HFMM retreat in February of 2017 and while there she volunteered with the babies area. This is where she met the Bowman’s foster kids and fell in love. Fast forward to her 2nd visit of the Sparrow Village and she’ll never forget B calling her Tia Leah or Aunt Leah for the first time. It was in that moment she knew she wanted to be a part of missions full time and specifically serve in Sparrow Missions.

 

So in June of 2018, she officially came back and has been serving as Tia Leah at the Sparrow Village. Leah helps where needed, especially with the kids on the property as well as in the community. She helps others do their jobs well by taking care of their kids. She also serves as an extra pair of hands or taxi even (her car’s nickname is Taxi because she take people everywhere) when it’s needed.  For example, when at sewing clinic she helps occupy the kids or hold babies so the moms can work. In 2019, Leah opened up a library/tutor center for the kids and adults in the community. She is providing typing classes and assistance to homework, basically empowering this community and giving them the means to continue in their schooling or find better jobs since most simply don’t have the means (computer skills, schooling, internet etc) not that they aren’t capable.

 

Leah is excited to see how God continues to grow her passion for serving Him and all the doors He will open. She feels so blessed by God and continually wants to share that love with others. Leah is thankful for all the support she receives so that she may serve Him well, and believes each supporter is part of this beautiful journey.