To those of you who do not know me, my name is Tyler Cox, and I am from Peoria Il. I come from a family of five (see picture below). Growing up, I attended a Peoria Christian School, which is a small private school. I would say that PCS taught me what ministry was. In middle school, we had days that we called ACTS ministry. At school, I learned that Acts is often divided up into two sections. The first section comes from Acts 1-12, teaching believers about Peters ministry in both Jerusalem and Samaria. The second half of Acts, chapter 13-28 teach believers about Paul’s missionary journey through the Roman Empire. Paul spreads the gospel both geographically and culturally. I believe that because of these service days, I fell in love with ministry, and it’s where I gained knowledge of how to serve and use the gifts that God has given me. These days helped me to feel called to go on a mission trip, so my mom and I decided to go on our first mission trip. We traveled to the Dominican Republic with Northwoods Community Church. On this trip in 2012, I really felt the Lord calling me here, but because I was only thirteen, I really had no idea what I would be doing when I grew up. But after this trip, I knew missions was where God was calling me. After returning to the states, I knew I needed to come back to the DR once again. Each trip, my love for the DR grew even stronger. Along the way, and trip after trip, I have prayed about what God wants me to do with my life, and this past summer He made it clear that serving at the SRI guest house was exactly where He wanted me. I am super excited to see and meet all those serving with SRI in the future.
While hosting at the guesthouse I will continue my education through online school at Grand Canyon University. I am currently pursuing a degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis on international ministry. I believe my degree will better equip me to serve and reach out to the guests coming to the DR and those who live in San Juan.
To get to know me a little better, my hobbies include: traveling, hiking, fishing/ snorkeling, and I also enjoy photography. I am super excited to learn Spanish and be able to communicate at a deeper level with the friends I already have and those I meet along the way.
How you can be praying for me:
-As I start Spanish lessons, that I can retain the information I’m learning
-Using my time wisely
-Adjusting to a new job and culture
-Safety and health
Thank you for your prayers and support!