At A Simple House, we have always had the dream of starting a foreign mission.
Through Mark and Lora Eckstine, God made this possible. Mark and Lora have a background in foreign mission work and are practiced in self-giving as parents of 12 children.
Mark and Lora have felt the call to foreign mission work for many years. They initially answered this call by serving with another ministry in St. Lucia, the Philippines, and Mexico. During this period, they had ups and downs as a family. They watched their children thrive in foreign missions, saw their oldest child get married, and suffered the loss of their youngest child 40 hours after his birth. The death of their son has been a painful invitation to delve into the Christian mystery and place their trust more deeply in the Lord. They also experienced many of the challenges of foreign missions and through this time started forming their ideas about effective mission work.
As we got to know Mark and Lora, we realized their unique perspective on mission work aligned with our goals at A Simple House. In addition, Mark and Lora have particular virtues that are suited for the difficult work of founding a foreign mission. They have a willingness to work even when faced with the challenges of living in a country without the amenities we take for granted. Mark is skilled in carpentry and construction, and Lora has a strength that allows her to create a feeling of home with very little.
These qualities will lend themselves well to their projects: La Cocina De Santa Maria and Gremio De San Jose. They began their mission in Nicaragua in October 2016.