About our family

Cathy’s Testimony: I grew up in Naperville, Illinois with one sister, three years older than me. Though we went to church, I didn’t become a Christian until I was 16. A friend from school invited me to go with her, along with several other friends I knew, on her youth group’s winter retreat. So, the last weekend in February, 1992, I went up to Silver Birch Ranch in Wisconsin. While I was there, I heard about how Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I received Him as my Savior. Jesus says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” I began a personal relationship with Christ that weekend and my life has never been the same!

Jesus has made all the difference in this world to me. He directs my decisions and beliefs effect every aspect of my life… so much so, that after my first missions trip with my youth group in 1993 and beginning to feel God’s call into missions, I changed colleges because I wanted to go to Moody Bible Institute to get Bible and missions training to prepare to be a missionary. I attended Urbana, the well-known missions conference in Urbana, Illinois, in 1993 and learned about how there were people in this world who had heard of Coca-Cola but had never heard of Jesus Christ. I committed to reading a book about missions, praying for missions, and serving the Lord in missions full time.   While attending Moody Bible Institute, I met Mark Kato.

Mark’s Testimony:

Our Story: We grew to be good friends, courted, and married in August, 1998. Then, Hannah was born in July, 2000. When Hannah was almost two years old, we lived in Niamey, Niger for the year, where Mark served as the youth pastor to the missionary kids at Sahel Academy. While we were there, Cathy started a Kids’ Club for the elementary age missionary kids.

Then in 2003, we began serving at a church in Wisconsin. While we were there, Joshua was born in June, 2004. In 2008, we began serving at the church we are at now, Elgin Evangelical Free Church. We have home-schooled our kids for the last 5 years.

But in 2010, God did something unexpected in our lives; He called us back to Africa.

 

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