David and Sylvia are semi-retired
missionaries, having served with the
Africa Inland Mission. Both have been
in ministry most of their lives.
David and his first wife, Esther, did
mission work for seventeen years in
South Africa. David founded Helps International Ministries in
1976 and was the president until he retired, seventeen years later. After that, he supervised the planning and remodeling of the U.S. headquarters for the Africa Inland Mission until Esther needed him full time. She battled Parkinsons and Alzheimers for four years until the Lord called her home in 2000.
Sylvia was a pastor’s wife and nurse until the Lord called her husband home very suddenly in 1971, after eleven years of marriage. She raised her three children, who at the time of his death were 10, 8, and 6 years of age. She served the Lord in urban missions with Children’s Haven in Massachusetts and New Jersey for 10 years, and after a few years in New York, she returned to Wooster, Ohio, the area where she had grown up. She worked as a nurse until the Lord called her to resign her job and get a master’s degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. When she later returned to Wooster, she became the chaplain at the hospital where she had worked
as a nurse.
Sylvia and David were married in 2000, after which time they have made several ministry trips to Kenya. Sylvia started a ministry of writing Bible studies for widows in Kenya. These studies were later published in a book entitled Widows of the Old Testament. When she and David go to African countries, Sylvia ministers to widow groups while David ministers to pastors and church leaders. David also provides construction consultation and supervision to various African ministries. David and Sylvia live near Wooster, Ohio.