Ballew, Joel and Angel

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Joel and Angel Ballew grew up on opposite sides of the world. Angel was raised in Brazil as a missionary kid surrounded by the 3rd largest city on the planet, Sao Paulo. Joel was born and raised in the amazing state of Georgia. He grew up there with a passion for sports, especially basketball. Angel loves volleyball, singing, and playing guitar. Growing up in Brazil with missionary parents and her two older brothers gave her a unique worldview. Besides her intense love of God and people, she loves to spend time teaching and pouring into the lives of our family.

Joel and Angel met in 2002 at Toccoa Falls College in northeast Georgia. Through playing college basketball on the girls and guys teams they became close friends talking for hours on the phone, and then falling in love on a basketball road trip! The Ballews married in January 2005 on a surprisingly warm winter day. Little did they know that on that day God had already laid the groundwork for their future ministry in Colombia.

Fast forward 11 years, Joel and Angel have 3 beautiful girls, Taylor, Reagan, and McKinley. Their sending church, The Bridge Church, invited the Ballew family on a short-term mission trip to the Dominican Republic. This trip proved to be the catalyst for sending the Ballews into full-time ministry in Colombia.

Joel, Angel, and girls have been called to the business hub and port city of Barranquilla, Colombia. Barranquilla is in the northwestern portion of Colombia along the Caribbean coast. Home to an estimated 2.6 million people, Barranquilla is a business hub with a focus on commerce and trade.

God knew what he was doing when he called Angel and Joel to Barranquilla. Joel’s 10 years of entrepreneurial and business experience has been a starting point for a ministry location newly opened in Colombia for SAM and TEAM. The Ballews are working with business professionals and their families to develop leaders and new Christians in partnership with a Colombian couple in the northern part of the city. The vision is to see a ‘co-working space’ environment developed that reaches the professional demographic and provides space for a church plant. Other ministry opportunities will be a basketball ministry for kids and teens, and marriage mentoring for couples all around the city.