David grew up in Lexington, SC, where he came to know the Lord at an early age. As s boy he enjoyed the farm, Scouts, and designing projects, not knowing that God was preparing him for something different. He studied engineering at Clemson University and credits FCA, RUF, and Clemson PCA with helping him grow spiritually. In 1991 David responded to God’s call instead of finishing a masters degree and returning to NASA. Since 1995 David has been in Ouro Fino, Minas Gerais, about 100 miles north of Sao Paulo. Through MTW and Equip he’s developing Christian foster homes and vocational training for children from dysfunctional families. Most of the children accept the Lord when they experience love, the gospel, and a stable home for the first time in their lives. That then opens the door to work with their family and neighbors. Some of the children are back in their restored families, and others have left the nest as productive citizens. The Hope and Life project has averaged 25 boys since 2000.