I had the privilege of being born into a missionary family in Brazil, South America. My parents, Bob and Naomi Nichols, have been missionaries serving in Brazil since 1985. I was able to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ and my need for salvation at a very young age. In 1992, my father had three heart attacks in four days. The doctors in Brazil told us that we needed to get my father back to the United States so that he could have open heart surgery. Praise the Lord, the surgery was successful and my father was okay, but that got me to thinking. If my dad could come close to dying, then I could die as well. When my dad came home from the hospital, I asked him if he would show me one more time how I could be saved. That day, I knelt beside the bed in my dad’s bedroom and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to become my Lord and Savior. At the age of twelve, we were in a missions conference while on furlough with my family, and I felt the Lord calling me to be a missionary. Over the next few years while helping my dad with his church in Brazil, the Lord made it clear to me that He wanted me to go to Brazil as a missionary. Since then I have completed our three year Bible Institute course in Brazil and have also graduated with a degree in Pastoral Theology from Madison Baptist Theological Seminary. About a year and a half after completing my degree, the Lord allowed me to marry my beautiful wife, Kathryn Nichols. We started deputation full-time in October of 2015. On June 8th, 2016, the Lord blessed us with a wonderful baby boy, Gabriel Nichols! God allowed to raise 100% of our support by May of 2018, and in July of 2018 we moved to Brazil. Since that time, we have been blessed with another son, Andrew, and a daughter, Bella.
I was born into a wonderful Christian family where my parents faithfully attended church. From the time I was born, I was taught the gospel message that Jesus Christ came to earth, was born of a virgin, grew up to be a man, and died on the cross for my sins and the sins of the whole world. I praise the Lord that I did not just hear about this at church, but also at home where my parents were constantly talking of what Jesus Christ had done for us. At the age of four, I realized that I was a sinner and that I needed to be saved. My parents talked with me for a little while to be sure I understood what I was doing, and, that night, I asked Jesus Christ to forgive me of my sins and to be my Saviour. Growing up, I was involved in helping with Children’s Church, teaching Sunday School, and singing in the choir. Throughout the years, I have read many missionary biographies, and the Lord really gave me a burden for people who have never had the chance to hear the gospel.
We are thankful to be missionaries in Brazil and to have the opportunity to share the gospel with others!