In the Spring of 2005, Karlee interned for two months with NOE (pronounced: no WAY) International in Morelia, Michoacán, México while studying abroad through North Park University in Chicago. While there, she fell in love with the vision this organization had to impact low-income urban communities in Morelia for Christ through education. Since 2005, God has been moving in the hearts of our family: from coordinating English lessons in McCalla, Alabama, to Karlee teaching Spanish at a classical education school in Rochester, MN and establishing WCLI (Western Carolina Language Institute) in Brevard, NC. Serving within the Hispanic culture has been like a magnet. Other areas of service God clearly had His hand in to prepare us for a transition to fulltime missions have included Reggie working with low-income families in Woodstock, AL, serving in vocational youth ministry in Rochester, MN, obtaining a Family Nurse Practitioner degree and certification through Vanderbilt University with both of us regularly leading worship everywhere in between.
In 2019, God began to move more clearly in our lives when we reached out to NOE regarding the potential to serve with them for six weeks during the summer of 2020. During those six weeks, we felt the call to return home, sell our possessions, and commit to serving Him through NOE.
NOE International is changing the world through actively sharing the gospel and increasing educational opportunities. God has always called us to “fill the gaps” with the skill sets, experiences, and passions developed along the way. We feel called to help expand NOE’s ability to minister to the Morelian communities with our resources, abilities, and above all, love for Jesus Christ with a humble eagerness to more deeply understand the Mexican culture and to see how He is moving through the Mexican people.