Lewis, Ben and Jess

Lewis, Ben and Jess

Ben and Jess met in Spanish class at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2002. At a young age they had both felt called be missionaries in Latin America, so when they got married in 2006 they decided to move to Chile and become English teachers.

Unfortunately, after a few short months they had to return to the U.S. Though their call to Latin America was deferred for a decade, the Lord did a lot of work in their marriage and in their hearts during that time. He called Ben to medical school, called Jess to discipling young people, and taught them both what it looks like to live in authentic Christian community while living in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Lord blessed Ben and Jess with a son, Elijah, who was born in 2013 just before they moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, for Ben to complete a pediatrics residency at the University of Virginia. The following year, they experienced the heartbreak of two miscarriages, and God used this time of brokenness to deeply connect them with Him and with each other. During this time, He also rekindled their hearts for the mission field. In August 2014, they spent a month in Cusco, Peru, while Ben completed a rotation in outpatient pediatrics there. They left Peru feeling a strong sense that God was calling them to return..

In September 2015, the Father continued to reveal his redemptive love by blessing them with another baby boy, Simon.

In December 2016, Ben and Jess followed Jesus' call by moving their family to Cusco. Ben serves as a pediatrician at Clinica La Fuente, which provides medical care along with the hope of the gospel to local families. Together, Ben and Jess have planted a church with the support an indigenous house church movement called Zona Zegura. They are also investing their lives in the discipleship of young Peruvian men and women. God has blessed them with a third son, Gideon, born in March 2018. Ben and Jess are exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to live and serve Jesus in Cusco.

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