Jack and Jana Barr are missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. Before their first date, they both knew God was calling them to serve overseas. After completing their undergraduate degrees at Johnson University, and their graduate degrees (Jack M.Ed. Regent University, M.Sc. Canisius College/ Jana M.A. Lee University) they flew to Bangkok for the first time. For the past nine years they have served God by teaching at the International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Jana and I wanted to be self-supportive and earning our graduate degrees provided us with that opportunity. But beyond that, the graduate degrees we earned prepared us to teach and live cross culturally. Our college courses forced us to step outside our comfortable environment of teaching first language learners and embrace second language teaching. Most importantly, our professors prepared us for a chaotic life of change that accompanies living overseas."
Three years ago, Jack and Jana did not know God would use their daughter Marley, to forever alter their life plan. Marley was born with Down syndrome and that event sent Jack crashing into a sea of depression. “I could not overcome the question of, Why us God”? Since that day, Jack and Jana have rerouted their plan to align with God’s plan. They started, If They Had A Voice, an awareness campaign that focuses on Down syndrome abortions. Their story has been featured on CNN, CNN Mexico, Life Action News, and The Insight Channel. Jack is also releasing his first book November 10th, Failing at Fatherhood, which has been endorsed by Bob Russell, S.A. Bodeen, and Woodroll Kroll. Jack & Jana had a simple plan for their future, but God has forced them to trust in HIS plan.