We are incredibly excited to be moving to Managua, and we are incredibly sad to be leaving our church family at Eastside. As members of Eastside, we have been encouraged, challenged, and nourished as we have all worked toward faithfulness. We know that our time with Eastside is not ending. Lessons we have learned will stick with us, and we hope that we will someday be back at Eastside on a weekly basis.
Pete was born in Baltimore, MD and went to Towson High School. He got involved in Young Life in high school and then was a volunteer leader in college at the University of Virginia. After college, Pete moved to Virginia Beach where he was on Young Life staff for 7 years. Then in 2004 he moved to Harrisonburg to be the Area Director. After 8 years he felt called to help start Young Life college at JMU, an outreach to college students.
When I was a freshman in high school, I absorbed everything that came my way. I would try anything to find life. Thankfully, God sent a few sophomores my way to invite me to Young Life. I went to Young Life because I was invited by friends. Those friends brought me to a place where I heard about a Creator that loved me and wanted to know me. It was at Young Life that I first heard about Jesus. From there, my life would be forever changed.
264 Old South High St. was donated to be used for outreach at JMU, and it opened up in June 2015. Beginning with the next two years, we will be living in this house and using it as a place for outreach. We will host Bible studies, small groups, large group events, and one-on-one discipleship in our home. Although our main focus is college students, we will also use the house also as a weekday building for Eastside events. Our goal is to build relationships with students and help them grow their faith as they desire.
Teaching, Loving and connecting with children have been a big part of our (Seth and Theresa) story. We love to be silly, play hard, listen and love the children who God puts in our lives. We spent 5 years camp counseling together as we gave and received God’s Love to/from campers and staff. Seth has worked with youth and children in the church for over 10 years. We are also both trained teachers (Seth was formerly taught Special Education here in the Valley, and Theresa continues to teach ESL part-time).
Over 10 years ago when I was in high school, I had this idea come to mind of a coffee shop that has a greater purpose, though, at the time, I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like. For the next 10+ years, I allowed my fears to dictate many of the decisions I made, trying hard to ignore this dream. But after 10 years and still on my mind, I started to clue in to the idea that a business with a greater purpose might just be a nudging from God, though still not ready to fully embrace it.