Before meeting one another in a service program called AmeriCorps in 2012, both A.T. and Crystal served in different countries through various programs including Peace Corps and Camp Adventure. Once engaged, they moved to be mentored and serve in Oaxaca, Mexico with Wycliffe Missionaries. After getting married in 2013, the Lord opened doors for A.T. to attend Fuller Theological Seminary to obtain a Masters in Divinity. While A.T attended school, Crystal worked with two different advocacy social work programs. Crystal was able to serve families and children that had experienced abuse, neglect and trauma and also work with a mentoring program for children of single parents.
A.T. and Crystal Holder launched their ministry the summer of 2016 when God opened a door for the couple to serve in Ecuador. With an undergraduate degree in construction management and a graduate degree from a theological seminary, A.T. managed the construction of a girls' restoration home for Foundation Dunamis. Along with teaching and discipleship responsibilities Crystal's degree and vast social work experience lent itself to the development and implementation of a holistic program of healing and practical help for adolescent girls who have been rescued from sex and labor trafficking.
A.T. and Crystal desire is to follow Jesus wherever he may lead, and for this couple it looks like serving those who have been victims of a deep darkness. They believe that only the light of Christ can overcome the evil that has been inflicted upon the survivors of trafficking. Both with past missionary experience, they have chosen a ministry focus that is often misunderstood and shunned in many cultures. Therefore, they are excited to invest themselves in this vital ministry to the "least of these" for the glory of God.
They are currently serving in Cambodia with Agape International Missions, a holistic ministry designed to end trafficking.