OUR STORY- James+Ellie

James and Ellie Carr

James grew up in Dacula, Georgia, and knew he wanted to use his life to help and serve others.  He worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic at a metro-Atlanta fire department for nearly ten years before transitioning to Guatemala.  In his early-twenties, James rededicated his life to the Lord, and committed to serving and falling Him wherever He leads.  While attending Watkinsville First Baptist Church in 2009, James travelled to Guatemala on his first mission trip (and first trip out of the United States).  During that trip, James clearly felt God calling him to move to Guatemala to serve and and disciple children there.  A year later, James married Ellie, but she still had not discerned God's calling to enter the mission field.  After several more years of patiently waiting and growing in the Lord, and several more short-term trips to Guatemala, the couple felt that God was calling them as a unit to enter the mission field.

Ellie grew up in Auburn, Georgia where she gave her life to the Lord at a young age.  She felt her relationship with God begin to take off in high school, when she began pursuing the Lord and studying deeper into His word.  In eleventh grade, she went on her first mission trip to Costa Rica, and has felt a deep love for Central American culture ever since.  While in college at The University of Georgia, Ellie became involved at Watkinsville First Baptist where she went on her first mission trip to Guatemala to partner with Global Soccer Ministries in Guatemala City.  Over the next several years, Ellie completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Georgia State University and continued to travel on short-term mission trips to Guatemala.  In 2010, she married James who also had a love for mission work in Guatemala City's slums.  After beginning her career as a nurse at a small rural hospital in Georgia, she clearly felt God calling her to make a change- a big change.

With much prayer, counseling, and discernment, James and Ellie decided to move to Guatemala to work with and disciple at-risk children there.  After two years of fundraising and adding one daughter- Riley, to the mix, the Carr's sold their house in Statham, Georgia as well as most of their belongings and boarded a plane to Guatemala City, Guatemala.  James and Ellie spent the first nine months in Antigua, Guatemala learning Spanish and working for Engadi Ministries, Intl.  After finishing language school, the Carrs spent another year working for Engadi filling roles of Team Coordinator and Social Media & Communications Manager, as well as discipling young men and working to improve ministry programs.  In the Summer of 2016, the Carr family felt that God was clearly calling them to make yet another change to work with orphaned, abused, and neglected children in Guatemala.  The Carr's accepted a position as Sub-Directors at a local children's home in Guatemala called Fundaniños, where they provided spiritual and emotional care to about 50 children and stay as well as tending to day-to-day operations at the home.  They lived onsite for about two years serving as Sub Directors and Directors before moving offsite to focus on discipleship and spiritual growth within the home.


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