Our names are Ray and Sara Aten of Wisconsin. After 36 years of marriage and 20 years of ministry, we have received many blessings and experiences from God and now we feel he is drawing us to Haiti.
Seven adult children and four grandchildren top that list of blessings. God gave Sara singing and songwriting talent, and God used Sara’s music to open doors into ministry. The Salvation Army accepted us into their prison ministry, where we conduct church services and Bible studies, sharing our personal testimonies and Sara’s music to reach inmates. That spread to the organization’s drug and alcohol rehab center, rescue missions, church services, inner city outreaches and conferences.
God put in us a burden to share His love, salvation and healing power. Then, in 2010, God used a seven-day mission trip to Haiti to transform our hearts again. Five years later, we returned to Haiti and learned some important yet difficult lessons during a 10-month stay. We returned to America for spiritual, physical, mental and emotional healing, but our love for the Haitians remained. Now we believe God is calling us back to Haiti. This time, we are excited to join World Wide Village.
Sara will sing at WWV outreaches and women’s conferences and minister to young women victimized by abuse and rape. Ray will teach IT courses, oversee WWV special projects and mentor men.
Both of us will join programs aimed at empowering people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty and – most exciting – work with local churches to present the Jesus Film in the Creole language. Sara will open with special music to invite the Holy Spirit and prepare hearts; Ray will close with a salvation invitation. The churches then follow up with discipling.
We are so humbled and privileged that God would choose us to serve Him despite our brokenness and imperfections. But we are weak and He is strong.