Serving in Africa South on Sponsored Deployment | Africa
Thomas Guyer is the middle child of eight Brothers and Sisters. His Father, also named Thomas, worked as an engineer and his mother Helen was a nurse. He was born, raised and schooled in Newark, Delaware, where he graduated from Newark High School in 1975. He completed his undergraduate degree at Salisbury University in Maryland earning a B.S. in secondary biology education. While in college he played and lettered in American Football.
He was married in 1977 and he and his wife had two Sons. After 25 years of marriage they amicably separated.
After graduating from university, he earned a position teaching Biology at Gunning Bedford High School in Delaware, where he worked for twenty years. During his tenure there he coached a variety of sports; soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. he also served as the Science Department Chairperson for ten years. During this time, he also worked during the summers as a staff Science Teacher/Naturalist for Delaware Nature Society. He led youth\teens groups on National and International trips. After an in-state move, he accepted a position to teach biology for Mariner, where he also coached a variety of sports. He served there until he retired from teaching in 2011.
Upon retiring, he moved to Orlando, Florida to spend time with his brother and established a permanent residence. During his time in Orlando he became a member of the Nazarene Centerpointe Community Church. The Pastoral staff and Congregation of this wonderful Church have changed his life. For the first time, he felt the Holy Spirit working in his life. He accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ into his life and was baptized. He was offered a position on the maintenance staff as a supervisor for the Church and worked for the Church for three years.
Two years ago, he had the opportunity to travel with the lead Pastor Dwayne Adams and a group of people from their Church to Swaziland to work with the Luke Commission. During their time there, they traveled to local villages to serve the local people. He found them absolutely wonderful. It is during this time that he realized that he was being called by God to serve. In his own words: “I found a purpose greater than myself, and that is to serve others to glorify God. I was an enthusiastic, passionate, teacher and I feel the same when working and serving others.”
During the last three years he has been able to spend every Wednesday afternoon with senior citizens at a local assisted living facility. It has been a remarkable experience. He believes that everything that has happened in his life has led to this point in time and he cannot imagine a greater vocation then spending his retirement years in a capacity to serve God, the Nazarene Church, and the people in the Church community.
He feels so blessed to have met and found friendship with missionaries Joe and Beth Heath. They have been invaluable mentors to help him prepare and embark on this journey in volunteer ministry. Thomas is so excited to have this opportunity to be a part of building a Church in Botswana. He is looking forward to working alongside Pastor Oboy, and Reverend Miller and to serve in any capacity that is required of him; and in his service, to Glorify the Life and Teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Going Where the Church is Not Yet
Today there are over 4.3 billion people who live in areas where there is little to no gospel witness. 4.3 billion people who have not heard the message of the gospel, who have never heard the name of Jesus. We believe that everyone deserves to hear. God continues to call the Church of the Nazarene to spread the message of the gospel, to preach holiness, and to bring good news to the poor all over the world. The task is enormous; far too big for anyone to do alone, but together we can go where the church is not yet and see people, communities, and nations transformed. Reaching these people begins with one step, a step of obedience and faithfulness that says yes to God’s call. Take your first step and start your journey toward serving in missions today.