When did the call to missions begin growing in your heart?
I think the call came when I (Carolyn) was about 6 or 7. I vividly remember watching news casts about the Ethiopian drought. It didn’t make sense to me that people who could help weren’t! I didn’t understand how there were orphans with no one, because I could think of so many people that I know with extra beds and lots of toys and food.
I think the “mission field” looks different for everyone, but for me, my call to missions started with adoption, and the natural course of progression with all that has come with that is to GO to Guatemala.
Kiel was always a defender of the weak, even in school as a child. He couldn’t bear to watch injustice or bullying. As he got older, being the protector and provider was a burning desire inside of him.His first mission field was marrying a woman with 4 kids (ME!). Adoption and Guatemala were natural courses for him.
The older we have gotten the more desperate we are to share our Jesus, the reality of the cross and what “IT IS FINISHED” means with as many people as we can!
How did the dream of living life and serving in Guatemala grow in your hearts?
We will be heading to The Village of HOPE in San Lucas, Sacatepequez, Guatemala. When we initially dreamed up the concept for this village was supposed to be in ETHIOPIA, but God had other plans!! None of us speak Spanish, none of our 8 adopted children are from Guatemala. It’s amazing how God can put such a deep love for a country in us, that was never even on our radar! We were skeptical at first, until the plane landed there the first time we visited. It was immediately clear. We were HOME. There is nothing “practical” about it, (HELLOOOO, JESUS), we just know and its undeniable.
Our very dear friends, Todd and Amy Block and their family are already there and have been for 2 years. The Lord has basically parted the Red Sea for us through them!
The Twietmeyer children, spouses and their 4 grandchildren- they have 15 children. 11 will be going with them.
How did you come to the decision to uproot and move, instead of just traveling to serve from time to time?
We had prayed for years, to be in a position to do full time ministry as a couple along with our family. As our family grew and we added kids with some bigger considerations, we thought maybe God would honor this requests YEARS down the line. We assumed that we would have to learn to be content with waiting and rethink what ministry and missions meant to us. With each of our adoptions our hearts broke more for the children we left behind. We prayed and prayed for ways to reach the children that may never be chosen to be adopted into families here. We ached for families forced to give up their children simply because of poverty. More and more compassion was building in our children, especially our older “former orphans”. We began to recognize what our experiences as a family could potentially bring to the table, and that doing it part time for us, wouldn’t satisfy our souls and this drive God Himself placed in us. How could we have been through all we had and not use that?
The Twiet Kids- SEND ME!
How did you handle this decision as a family, with your children?
This was HUGE, especially since it would require leaving behind some of our big kids! Marriage, college and careers were serious business as well. That was the hardest realization and conversations. We had spoken on and off through the years about the possibilities and prayers. Although, it all came quickly and had odd timing, we all had to pray and come together in agreement. There have been some hard times, especially for the teens. It is a leap of faith in a big way for us as such a large family. But, we also realize our life is just a bunch of leaps that have allowed us to see the Lord in ways we couldn’t have dreamed. He says “JUMP” and we are like, “OK!! To WHO?? To WHERE?” We wouldn’t miss an opportunity from Him for the world… scary or not…. We know Who catches us when we land!
The Blocks and the Twietmeyers!
What is the focus of the work you will be doing?
Our purpose is to provide family, faith and a future to the least of these by providing holistic orphan care to special needs orphans, primarily focused on those living with HIV/AIDS, to avoid an institutional living atmosphere and provide a family style setting. Our hope is to create a family unit as God intended: to provide life-long support and to teach children Christian values. We are also working on providing a medical mobile clinic to serve families.
Kiel will be Head of Construction, supervising and participating in all construction and building in the ongoing projects and preparations for the village. He will also be a ministry Team Leader/Supervisor, coordinating missions teams, specifically in executing construction related activities. He will supervise and oversee quality and safety on the village site as well as in surrounding areas in emergency situations.
Kiel and his buddies on a work project in Guatemala.
Carolyn will be the Medical Missions/Mobile Medical Unit Coordinator/Supervisor. She coordinates the medical missions teams necessary to care for the multiple children in the village with special needs, including HIV and other medical and neurological conditions. She also coordinates outreach and medical care for the community utilizing the mobile medical unit. She initiates and establishes partnerships with medical professionals and universities in the U.S. for these purposes. Her role also includes educating the community, schools and child welfare professionals about HIV/AIDS. Carolyn is deeply involved with the epidemic of abused and impoverished mothers in Guatemala and establishes safe homes, life skills, job training, psychosocial and medical care for mothers in crisis. This effort is to keep first families first and prevent more orphans and end cycles of a variety of abuses.
Carolyn and Amy with some of the precious children they are serving.
*** MOST IMPORTANTLY as a family, we just want to bring JESUS to everyone we meet, speak life and PROVE redemption!
Our kids will be teaching English, sharing all of their life experiences to use them for GOOD…. They will be slaying stigma and helping wherever they are needed until their own gifts are developed and God calls them into permanent roles.
The Guatemalan people have become family to them.
To learn more about the Twietmeyer’s Family Mission please visit their website and blog
I am personally advocating for the Twietmeyers for their IMMEDIATE and quite URGENT Financial Needs:
In order for them to leave next month as planned, they need to raise an additional $3,200/month in support. The Twietmeyers currently have only $1000/month of what is required for them to maintain residency and not have to return to the US every 90 days to renew visas! This is vital to the success of their vision/mission!
I AM URGING you to consider partnering with this family! They need of monthly partnerships and relationships with people like YOU who will surround them with prayer. John and I consider the Twietmeyers dear friends, and we can tell you that saying YES to the Lord on a mission like this has not been without attack! They need us behind them, supporting them in prayer and finances.
Their hearts desire is not only for people to come alongside of them financially, but to actually COME and be with them in Guatemala on missions projects in the months/years to come, to be a large part of this movement of God with their crazy crew!
I AM CHALLENGING 128 of us to get behind them and pledge $25/month in missions support!
You can do that HERE!