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About a year ago, an Austintown family was planning to do missionary work in Africa, but they were waiting to sell their house and raise the necessary funds.
With the help of their church community, Highway Tabernacle Church in Austintown, Joe and Cyndi Martin applied and were approved as missionary associates for Assembly of God World Missions.
The Martins said they have been raising funds in the community and through other churches so they can serve as missionaries in Ethiopia. More than 100 people have donated to them.
The couple sold their house in February and the sale finally closed in May.
“We are homeless and couldn’t be happier,” Joe Martin said.
He said they were having trouble selling their house and started questioning whether they were meant to go to Africa, but after praying for some time, the house was sold. They are currently living with Martin’s sister.
Cyndi Martin said she and her husband and their two children went through missionary training so they would know what to expect and also to prepare them for the culture shock. Part of the preparation was getting shots to protect them against diseases.
Cyndi said the final step is getting their visas and she is hoping they leave Aug. 1. They will stay there for two years.
Joe Martin will be building houses and doing other projects while there. Cyndi Martin plans to teach at a Christian school in Ethiopia.