Our Story

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Our Story

Welcome to Passport!  Ready to journey to the nations with us?

Here at Passport, our goal is to provide resources that will empower the next generation to share the HOPE of the Gospel.  Our strategy:  provide key PRODUCTS, PARTNERSHIPS and PROJECTS to facilitate and financially support this mission.

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Tamarah Horton and this is my Passport story.

When my parents were young and building their family, they followed a job opportunity to Central America.  My mother, six months pregnant with me when they journeyed to this new country, delivered me in a quiet, little Catholic clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico before she even knew how to speak Spanish.

The first eight years of my life were lived fully, and well, in Latin America.  The memories from these early, wonderful years are vivid, rich: holidays at La Playa Libertad (a beach in El Salvador), buying wooden spools of thread and colorful kites from the busy marketplace, helping a neighbor recover her escaped pet monkey!, and story-upon-story of navigating my first educational years in a bi-lingual school.

Here are just a few pics of those wonderful days….

My brother and me in front of our house in Tepíc, Nayarit, Mexico.

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A passport photo from those years……

Childhood 1

Anyway, it was during these years that I developed a deep love for Hispanic people, and an overall comfort level with living outside the USA and among a different culture.

Fast forward………wow…………. through college and grad school, three decades of marriage, four kids and over twenty years of raising and home educating these kids.   That’s where life finds me now.

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Our family is part of a church body called The Church at Brook Hills.  David Platt was our pastor. One of the priorities throughout Scripture, and therefore David’s preaching, is a focus on the mission of the church.  This is often called The Great Commission.  As a matter of fact, we quote this verse every Sunday before we leave our worship gathering. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.  And behold I am with you always, even to the ends of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20.

As a result, one of the priorities at Brook Hills became, “How do we teach our children about the mission of the church?”  Passport to the Nations, in part, became an answer to that question.  Armed with the idea that you can’t care about what you don’t know about, a dear friend and I began the process of trying to find creative and inspiring ways to expose the children to the people and needs of the nations.  And as we did this, we hoped we were laying a foundation for a God-inspired call to go to and serve these people.  Much of the content of this curriculum and website is an outgrowth of that process.

You might be wondering what Passport to the Nations is exactly?

We like to think of it as a “Missions Movement for Kids”.  A movement? Really?  Well…. yes.  We believe that when you combine the knowledge gained from the classroom curriculum with a drip-by-drip encouragement to live life on mission, kids can begin to cause a ripple of change in their world.  Now harness the power of community with Passport group-upon-group rippling out their concentric circles of care, and next thing you know…. you have a movement!

Our family (to this point) has not ended up living on that “foreign field.” Instead, God, in His sovereignty, has written an unexpected story in my life.  He combined those first years of loving living there with 20 years of teaching here, and given me the task of creating curriculum that, hopefully, inspires others to live their lives on mission.

So journey with us as we pray, go, give, and walk hand-in-hand with others on mission.

Mother Teresa said it well:

“If I look at the mass, I will never act.  If I look at the one, I will.”

We hope to help you see the one. 

 

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P.S.  Can’t leave this space without a sincere shout out to the fam because our efforts here have truly been a family affair.

Our eldest son, Tyler, has been putting technology feet to my Passport visions and ideas since he was about fourteen years old.  I will be forever grateful to Tyler for helping me mature in my own talents and gifts as he faithfully matured in his own.

Bekah, Josh and Mia have been my helpers, field testers, artists, models, and guinea pigs.  They have taken the challenge and plowed through and learned country after country.  They have worked along side of me as I have taught this material in a variety of settings.  And they have become self-learners in their own studies in order to free me up to work on one of my deadlines.  They are my inspiration.

And finally, the Husband and Engineer, Robert.  Calm, steady, disciplined, dependable, and servant-hearted beyond what words can describe.  He is the springboard off of which this entire family leaps.

I love you all so dearly and am so grateful to each one of you for your part in this journey!

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Photo Credit:  A Glimpse of His Glory Photography