You've reached the internet home of the Poe family. Since 1997 we have served as faith missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions.  We spent the first 14 years of our ministry as church-planters to the city of Lima, Peru.  During that time we gained experience as we worked with veteran missionaries and helped start two churches. 

In 2014 a health crisis in our family caused us to be medically evacuated from Peru.  This began a series of changes in our lives that led us to our current ministry serving with Editorial Bautista Independiente.  EBI has been serving the Hispanic churches of Latin America for more than 60 years.  Our ministry allows us to help with the development, production and distribution of ministry materials and books.  We are also involved in theological training through leadership conferences, seminar consultation, and in-person and virtual training.  

Please take a few moments and review our site.  Along the top of the page you'll find links to a quick overview of our ministry, our personal testimonies, our social media and latest prayer letter updates.    

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We're so Thankful!

As believers, everyday should be thanksgiving day as we reflect on all the things the Lord has done for us!  This year will go down in the history books as a very special and memorable day for our family.  For several years we have been sharing prayer requests with you.  Today, we would like to share with you some special praises and answers to your prayers:

  • We are thankful for faithful prayer warriors.  Just a few moments ago we received word that our apartment in Peru is now sold.  The paperwork is completed and the check is on hand with our representative in Peru.   There were several complicated issues that came up in the last few days and we could see that God was truly in control of the situation or the process would never have been completed.  This has been a burden on our family for many months.  We are thankful to close out this chapter in our lives.  We felt it was amazing that it actually sold on Thanksgiving Day
  • We are thankful for our faithful supporters.  When we joined the mission as young people we were warned by veteran missionaries that many churches and supporters are not faithful for the long term.  The majority of our supporters have been with us for many years.  Most of our supporting churches have supported us financially for more than 20 years!  We thank God for their faithfulness.  God always provides our every need.  
  • We are thankful for good medical treatment.  When Debbie first fell ill back in 2014 the doctors told us that she might live less than a year.  Debbie still has major medical problems but with good medical treatment and with the Lord's blessings she has been stable.  She is getting very close to being put on the liver transplant list and we are thankful that God has lead us to a great team of doctors to walk us through this process.
  • We are thankful for open doors of ministry opportunity.  The ministry at EBI is not without obstacles, but we are amazed at the new ministries God opens up to us each month.  I believe that we are now poised for the most successful years in EBI's history.  One example happened just last week, at a counseling conference in Mexico.   Our materials were made available there for the first time and everything was greatly received and gone within minutes.  People are hungry for truth and God has placed  us in a place where we can lead people to truth.  

We hope you are encouraged, as we are as we reflect on the blessings of our Lord.

You're REAL missionaries!?!

“I’ve never heard of such a thing!  You mean, all of you are missionaries?”  I heard these words during a conversation with a local man who had stopped in for a visit to EBI.  He was amazed that we were missionaries.   We didn’t seem to fit the typical model of what he, and many others consider a “real missionary.”  It wasn’t the first time we’ve been questioned about our title.    

Back in 2001 my young family boarded a plane to move to Peru as missionaries.  We were blessed with nearly 15 years of exciting and fruitful ministry in Peru.  We did many of the things that traditional missionaries do:  We shared the Gospel with people, we conducted Bible studies, we preached and taught in newly started churches.  We worked hard to disciple new believers and guide them in their walk with the Lord.  We saw souls saved, lives changed and churches started in a biblical model that could be considered very similar to what even the Apostle Paul promoted.  Somewhere along the line however, in some people’s minds, we apparently stopped being “real missionaries.” 

Things can change quickly.  On Sunday, June 15, 2014, just two weeks after having been given a clean bill of health, my dear wife Debbie fell ill and in a matter of minutes nearly died.  In the coming days she was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease and she was medically evacuated from Peru.  We had plans to spend the rest of our lives in Peru.  We were in the middle of forming a strategic plan to expand our ministry influence.  We were searching for a location to begin our next church.  We felt like we were just beginning to see real progress in our goal of reaching souls with the Gospel.  For several months our lives were in chaos.  Time flew by as we carried on in survival mode.  Life was filled with hospital visits, doctor appointments, medical tests and new medications.  When Debbie’s health was finally stable and the long-term prognosis was given we realized our lives had been changed forever.  Returning to Peru was not a viable option.  We began to ask, “What does God have planned for us?”  Our hearts grieved over the loss of our future in Peru.  Would God give us a new passion for ministry in a new area like we had in Peru?  Were we still missionaries?

Our story has been repeated in similar ways in the lives of many of EBI’s staff members.  Almost every EBI missionary has on-the-field experience in a foreign land.  Several EBI missionaries were on the field when a health crisis brought them home.  Others had their steps directed by the Lord in unique circumstances to bring them here.  Only one couple began their journey in missions planning from the start to be EBI missionaries.  As first glance, the ministries of EBI might not sound as exciting as some other mission fields. A pin on a mission’s map showing central Florida doesn’t look especially impressive.  Yet, God is using EBI to impact lives in about three dozen Spanish speaking countries.  EBI is special.  Unlike any other training and publishing ministry, our entire staff is made up of missionaries sent out and supported by local churches.  Yes!  We really are missionaries. 

What exactly is a missionary?  Dictionary.com defines a missionary as, “a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism, a person strongly in favor of a program or set of principles, who attempts to persuade or convert others, a person who is sent on a mission.”  After returning from Peru my family had to come to terms with our new position as stateside missionaries.  Were we still missionaries?  Was God done using us?  We had to adapt from being considered missionary heroes to becoming missionary servants simply because our location changed.  Over time, God gave us a real peace about EBI.  We have seen the Lord working in incredible ways and opening doors of opportunity for this ministry like never before.  Missions in Latin America is in a new, important phase.  After decades of diligent missionary work, the foundation has been laid for great growth.  Thousands of churches have been started and national pastors are now in place to help grow the work.  EBI is strategically placed to come alongside these national workers and provide them with the tools they need to reach their land with the truth of God’s Word. 

While we no longer spend our days in a foreign land we do have a clear belief that God wants us here.  Each of us, before coming to EBI, gained valuable experience in a different culture, with a different language and with different circumstances.  His plan is always perfect and He has brought together a team that is effectively serving together to expand the reach of the Gospel in the Latin world.  Our ministries are training national workers and providing the materials that churches need to grow.  While we may no longer fit the mold of what the world considers a “real missionary” I can confidently say I work with a great team of missionary servants that must certainly be pleasing the Lord with their lives.  It’s a joy that God has shown each of us here that we can still be “real missionaries” right where He placed us.  May we all be faithful in the opportunities God brings our way, no matter where we are!