We are the Wyatt family, missionaries to Tanzania, East Africa, since 2007.
Our mission is to preach, teach, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, following through with baptism and discipleship. With four small children, a growing ministry, and facing challenges of living on foreign soil, life is never dull. We strive each day to live a life that is pleasing to God through our person, family, and ministry. Scroll down to learn more about each member of this incredible team that God has put together!
Jerry & Rachel
Jerry was saved at a young age. He surrendered to preach at a tent meeting under the preaching of Tony Hutson. Jerry’s parents answered the call to missions in 1993 and arrived on the field of Tanzania in 1995. While in Africa, Jerry was always involved in the ministry by teaching out in the villages, public schools, Bible Clubs, and Sunday school. He also worked on the evangelistic puppet team that saw hundreds of people saved.
When Jerry was seventeen years old, he surrendered to go back to Tanzania. God’s calling was clear during a sermon at a Pastors’ School. Soon after surrendering, he enrolled at Hyles-Anderson College and graduated in 2007. While attending college, he captained a bus route and taught a boy's Sunday school class. He also worked for the dean of men on college staff for two of the years he was enrolled.
In January of 2009, Jerry, along with his wife Rachel, returned to Tanzania to serve the Lord. After working three and a half years as the youth pastor, Jerry became the senior pastor of the Faith Baptist Church Morogoro in 2012. Jerry is excited about the future of ministry here in Tanzania.
Rachel was born and raised in a Baptist preacher’s home (Dr. Larry Brown). At the age of nine, with the help of her mother, she received Christ. As a young person, Rachel surrendered to do whatever God wanted.
In February of 2003, her father hired her as the full-time secretary of their church, Marion Avenue Baptist Church. She worked in this position until September of 2005, when she enrolled in college.
Jerry and Rachel met at college and began dating. While dating, Rachel was able to visit Tanzania, and after a time of praying and seeking God’s will, she knew that the mission field was what God had in store for her.
Rachel gave birth to all four children, David, Kate, Andrew, and Lauren, in Tanzania. She has happily stood beside Jerry in their work in Tanzania. Rachel helps with children's and women's ministries.
Favorite Part of Living in Tanzania: People's Openness to the Gospel
Misses the Most About America: American Restaurants!
Favorite part of living in Tanzania: Relaxed lifestyle providing lots of family time.
Misses the most about America: Family, Friends, Cleanliness!, Conveniences of grocery stores, malls, etc.
11 Years old | 7th Grade
David is the oldest of the Wyatt children. He is mature and responsible and is a great help around the house and with his younger siblings. David accepted Christ as his Saviour when he was 4 years old and was baptized shortly after. He is a very wise young man and seeks to please the Lord and his parents daily.
David is currently enrolled in Abeka Christian Academy through their DVD correspondence program. He is in 7th grade and enjoys school very much. He is an exceptional reader and can memorize things very quickly. David is taking piano lessons and enjoys picking out songs to play by ear.
David loves living in Tanzania and has many friends. He is learning Swahili and can often understand what is being said. He often invites people to church in Swahili and loves going with his dad on visitation.
Hobbies: Riding Bikes, Playing Soccer with Tanzanians, Nerf Gun Wars, Piano Playing, Basketball
Favorite part of living in Tanzania: Being able to be independent.
Misses the most about America: Cousins!
10 Years old | 5th Grade
Kate is the second born in the Wyatt family. She is funny, spunky, witty, and independent. Kate accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour when she was 4 and was baptized a few weeks after. Kate enjoys being a "mother" to Lauren and is a big help around the house. She helps set the table, clean, and care for her siblings.
Kate is enrolled in Abeka Christian Academy through their DVD correspondence program. She is in 5th grade and is learning very quickly. She loves writing, reading and crafting.
Kate loves the simplicity of life here in Tanzania and is often seen riding her bike, hair flying in the wind down the dirt roads. She has a special spot in her heart for animals and is always trying to make friends with the many cows and goats that roam the streets. Kate enjoys helping to watch the little ones during church.
Hobbies: Riding Bikes, reading, Cooking, Crafts, Having special times with Mom.
Favorite part of living in Tanzania: Being able to spend lots of time with Dad and Mom.
Misses the most about America: Cousins!
8 Years old | 3rd Grade
Andrew is our little live-wire. Full of energy, spunk, and mischievousness, Andrew keeps us on our toes! He is a bright and fun-loving little guy who can charm the hardest of hearts. He brings much joy and laughter to our home each day!
Andrew is currently in 3rd grade with Abeka Christian Academy. He has a special knack for arithmetic and loves figuring it out "in his head"....just anything to keep from having to write something on paper!
Andrew loves airplanes and anything that can fly. He loves playing with his Tanzanian friends; Jonathan, Charles, and Iesha. He goes early on Sunday mornings to help set the up the church for services.
Hobbies: Riding his bike, Catching bugs, Magnatiles, Remote control anything!
Favorite part of living in Tanzania: Everyone is friendly!
Misses the most about America: Cousins, Toy stores!
6 Years old | 1st Grade
Lauren is our little sweetheart. Lauren, like her three older siblings, was born in the capital city of Dar es Salaam. Each day, her little spunky spirit brightens up our home. Her big brothers and sister adore her. She spends her days coloring or playing with her dolls and siblings. She is in 1st grade enrolled in Abeka Christian Academy.
Lauren is all things girly. She loves princesses, sparkles, rainbows, and the color pink. She loves getting "all prettied up" for dates with daddy.
Lauren adapts well to life here in Tanzania. She loves befriending little Tanzanian children and is always asking us how to say things in Swahili.
Hobbies: Coloring, Crafts, Playing princess, Playing dolls, Playing outside
Favorite part of living in Tanzania: Tanzanian Friends
Misses the most about America: Playing with Cousins