Frankie and Sonia Riley

Frankie and Sonia Riley

Frankie and Sonia each grew up in the Columbia, SC area. Married in 1981, they moved to Greenville, SC in 1988. It was here that Frankie pursued his career, first as a structural designer and later as a designer of custom homes. Sonia fulfilled her desire to reach out to those in need by working as a teachers aide with special needs children, having previously worked as an activities director in a nursing home. Both accepted Christ in their youth, and made involvement in the local church a priority in their marriage and in raising their now grown children, Drayton and Chelsea.

Always content on serving the church "from the inside", Frankie took his first missions trip in 2010 as part of a short term team from Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church to Ireland. It was during that week that God moved in Frankie's heart in a profound way, seeing God's mission beyond the walls of his local church as well as stirring his heart for the people of Ireland. Already having a strong desire to reach out to others, Sonia also sensed God loosening their roots over the past few years and embraced the idea of exploring where God may be leading them, so together they returned to Ireland in the summer of 2011. It was during this trip that God's calling to pursue a long term commitment to serving as missionaries in Ireland was confirmed in their hearts.

Frankie and Sonia are excited about the opportunity to serve as part of the WHM team in Ireland. They look forward to continuing relationships that have already been formed in County Wexford, as well as building new ones. They seek to live out the truths of the gospel in their own lives while embracing Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 5:20 " Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

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