I was born and raised in a Christian home in Torrington, CT. My parents brought me to church every time the doors were open, and at an early age, I realized that I was a sinner destined for Hell. At the young age of four, I knelt beside my bed after a church service, and asked Jesus to save me.
As I grew older, many doubts began to plague my mind. I wondered if I had been too young to fully understand salvation. Over and over again, I would pray, asking Jesus to save me. One night, I could not handle all my doubts anymore. I opened my Bible and read John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” That night, I prayed one final time and claimed the Lord’s promise in that verse. I do not trust in my feelings anymore, but I trust the precious promise of God given to me in His Word. At the age of 11, I followed the Lord in believer’s baptism and began serving in my local church.
I was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the youngest of several brothers. I was born into a Christian family and attended a Christian School from kindergarten on. I was seven years old in second grade when I heard how there was a Friend that sticks closer than a brother, (Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.) and I wanted that kind of Friend. A teacher then took me aside and showed me from the Bible how Jesus was that Friend and how that my sins had separated me from having the right relationship with Him. I believed on Christ and was born again, now with a Friend who would be with me forever. I was baptized in the summer of 2003 and became actively involved in the ministries of my home church, Emmanuel Baptist.
Bruce’s Burden, Goals, and Vision
Early in my life the Lord placed a heart for missions within me. Though at first, I did not know where He wanted me, I often thought about going to China, but there was no real direction from the Lord. It was during a missions conference with Dr. James Ray of BIMI, that I sat in my bedroom with God and asked that He show me where He would have me go. Surrendering to any fate, I told God that if I called on Him, He should show me His will according to my obedience to Him. Claiming Jeremiah 33:3, and having an open map on my desk, God led me to Gabon, a country of which I had no previous knowledge.) As I did research about the country, I realized that God had already been preparing me for the fields of Africa.
While in college, I studied ASL. However, I asked God if I would need to know ASL or if I should drop the course and save some money. That same night, our ASL teacher gave us a list of several countries that use ASL. To my surprise, Gabon was among the few listed. At that time, I began to consider deaf ministries as a sideline type of ministry, one that would complement my emphasis on the hearing. It was after a discussion with Missionary Eric Baughman of BIMI that I fought with God about working with the Deaf. Soon I surrendered to full-time ministry among the Deaf, specifically in Gabon, Africa.
My burden is for the Deaf, both home and abroad. I want the Deaf to come to know Christ personally as their Savior and dearest Friend. I believe that God is not just a theology, nor is He an idea; but, He is a Person Who desires a personal one-on-one relationship with each and every one of us. I will go and serve Him among the Deaf in Africa, to this end.