For many years, Jared and Teresa have been interested in serving God overseas. For Jared, this desire started early in life. He grew up as a missionary kid in Papua, Indonesia, and was able to see, first hand, the impact that the Gospel of Christ can have on people. This impact was specifically evident to Jared through the context of sports and the relationships it helped build. He decided to attend college in the US and get his degree and teaching credentials in physical education.
Teresa, who grew up in the heart of Seattle, Washington, first became interested in missions when she was a senior in high school. Her home church sent out a yearly medical team to Haiti, and Teresa decided to go along. Not only did her experiences on that trip influence her to pursue a career in nursing, but they also showed her the impact that God can have through health care, especially in developing countries.
When they met and started dating in college, a big part of their relationship centered around future service overseas. By the time they decided to marry, they had chosen 1 Peter 4:8-11 to be their life verse. It was clear that God had given Jared and Teresa specific gifts that He would use to serve others.
Jared is currently using his degree in physical education to teach at Papua Harapan (Hope) School. It is a small school located in Papua, Indonesia, that is focused on providing a quality education for students from remote villages. He loves teaching, especially the aspects that help to mentor and disciple students in their walk with Christ. Teresa is involved in setting up health care programs in rural areas across Papua that focus on treating diseases, teaching basic health care concepts, and training local health care providers to run the programs. Currently she works with a clinic in the village of Mamit as well as the Papua Hope School clinic, which focuses on students and their families.
As they progress in their ministries, their prayer is that their life verse will be increasingly true — that they will love others deeply and offer hospitality freely, using the gifts that they have been given to serve others so that God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in the Wileys’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.