Ask Me About My Journey

For MFMers the journey is the destination, and the discovery of personal purpose and fulfillment. Iowa businessman, John McLaughlin, interviewed MFMers about their life-changing journeys.

Carl Poynter


Carl PoynterI am Carl Poynter, MFM Regional Director in the northeast region. My life-changing journey with Men for Missions began in 2009, on a short-term trip to Haiti. Previously, I was a businessman in the HVAC and water treatment industry and a commercial project manager. However, God had other plans for my life through that trip to Haiti, when I felt called to serve the Lord full-time in missions and ministry, and to share with ordinary men how they, too, can be used by God. I’ve been in many regions of the world with men that share the same vision.

My wife supports me in team-building efforts, and our family lived in Haiti for a year to host teams during the Homes for Haiti project. These things have grown my personal relationship with Christ. The greatest thing is the desire to share with others how they, too, can serve the Lord through missions and short-term opportunities.

Garth Cartledge


Garth CartledgeI am Garth Cartledge, MFM Carolina Regional Director. Previously, I was a firefighter with a medical background. I became involved with MFM in 2005, when asked to go on my first medical mission trip to Ecuador. Within the next year, God called me into full-time mission work. He made it clear- my fire service career was over.

I joined OMS in 2007, as OMS Regional Director, representing OMS to churches. I especially enjoyed offering the MFM ministry because the churches were interested. I took church groups on trips, and the local churches grew. In 2015, the position for MFM Midwest Regional Director came up, and I transitioned to full-time with MFM.

While my wife taught nursing at a university, she helped develop short-term medical teams to both Ecuador and Haiti and mentored other faculty to lead trips. Hundreds of students have seen the value of short-term mission trips. I am privileged to take people out of their comfort zones and culture to speak for Christ.

Jim Kesler


Jim KeslerI am Jim Kesler from Sabetha, Kansas, and I've been involved in Men for Missions with the Homes for Haiti project. My first involvement was in 1978, when I went on an evangelism trip to Cap-Haitien. We have been involved as a family. My wife and children have traveled with me. It's given us an opportunity to experience ministry together and see the love each of us has for Jesus.

I was attracted to MFM by the people we knew and have been involved. Now that I'm on the MFM cabinet, I see even more of what Men for Missions is doing and want to continue to be part of it. It gives us an opportunity to go places that we would never think about going. It's just exciting to meet other Christians from across the country that team together and go. Most people aren't going to do something like that on their own.

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