I was born in the Boston area in 1954—a baby boomer—and was raised in an Italian-Irish “Catholic-by-default” home.
As a teen I became agnostic and was strongly influenced by my drug-related hippie lifestyle.
I met Jesus Christ at the age of 19, through a series of events and acquaintances.
Why I am a member of the Family International
After becoming a Christian, I was looking for a way to do something with my newfound faith.
I spent time with Christian groups and churches. When I was introduced to TFI, I felt it was a way I could best live out my faith. Also, TFI brought a challenge to discipleship that was of a “no-frills” variety. Anyone could do it, if they so determined. I liked the challenge.
How I live my faith
I live my faith one day at a time, as I can’t handle any more than that!
- Became a Christian
- Became a missionary trainee with TFI
- Moved to Asia, where I have lived and worked in mission centers.
- Over the years I have lived and volunteered in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan.
- In the past nearly four decades I have worked in a wide variety of Christian ministries, leadership and administration positions. I have been a youth counselor and parenting coach and have extensive outreach experience.
- Humanitarian Aid/Volunteer Work
- I was heavily involved in relief efforts after the 1995 Kobe earthquake, which devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.
- In 2011 I got involved with the setup of a support network to aid relief workers involved in the East Japan earthquake and tsunami.
- I am presently a board member of a research institute, based in Japan, researching Japanese and Asian cultures and the biblical and early Christian influence on Asian societies and value systems. This research has resulted in trips throughout Japan, as well as to Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Israel, Turkey, and most recently, China.
- Throughout the Asian continent, the God of creation, as described in the Bible, can clearly be found in cultural, linguistic, moral and religious influences. God has shaped the Asian world.
- This research has led me to meet some of the top researchers in this field in Japan as well as those from South Korea, China, and Israel. It has put me in touch with ambassadors, businessmen, and laypersons, leaders and representatives of a variety of religious beliefs, as well as Christians from many walks of life.