You know the saying, “The best-laid plans…”  We never would have dreamt we’d be where we are at this point in our lives.  High school sweethearts, I never wanted to leave our hometown, but five years into our marriage, Mike felt the call to be a pastor.  With a three-year-old in tow, we left our hometown to attend Lancaster Bible College.  Thirteen years and four (more) kids later, we set off for our first field with Village Missions in upstate New York as missionary pastor, wife, and family.  We served five churches in 12 years, and then God led Mike into a discipleship ministry for men recovering from addictions at Huntersfield Christian Training Center.  He helped them learn the carpentry trade and find their niche to help support themselves and their families.  During our time there, I worked as a secretary for the local lawyer.  Mike has been a carpenter for over 40 years, and even as a pastor, he has used those skills on the church buildings and parsonages we lived in.

We had always thought we’d do construction mission work traveling in our camper AFTER we retired. Yet, here we are in our 50’s raising support, again, to go full-time with CWCf. We started living full-time in our 2010 Keystone Cougar fifth wheel almost three years ago. It has been quite an adjustment! We grew up camping, so one would think transitioning to living in a camper would be easy. It is, but it isn’t. It certainly has its challenges as well as its rewards!

We have worked at seven different projects with CWCf so far; some we have been to a few times. We’ve been to four different Christian camps, two churches, and we are currently working at a missions’ ministry training center.

Mike is a master carpenter and does the construction work at the projects. He also feels he is still a pastor but to a church without walls. He can often be found talking with someone and ministering to others by listening. What do I do? I have helped with painting, some office work, and lots of housekeeping. I am also the Administrative Assistant for CWCf’s Board and try to keep things in order “in the cloud.” I also help to plan the Board Retreat each year. There is something for everyone in this ministry!

We became fulltime missionaries with CWCf in January and reached full support in August of this year. We have lost a little due to life circumstances since then, but we are confident God will provide what we need. We are excited to be part of this ministry and invite you to partner with us and/or become an RV’er for Christ yourself.

Hope to see you down the road with hammer in hand!

-Kim Kunkle, Faith-Supported Missionary

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