John and Cathy met at Geneva College in Pennsylvania and later married. As time passed, they became interested in the spread of the gospel in other lands through various missionaries who visited their church.
The Rugs have served as church planters in Chile since 1986. Currently, they are working with a Valparaíso church-planting effort and seek to reach out to some of Chile's "disposable" peoples, including the blind. In order to facilitate a church-planting movement that includes this largely overlooked group of people, the Rugs minister to them, their relatives, and friends through a resource center for the disabled (the CEMIPRE project #90831). This project seeks to enable the Church to be more effective in crossing special needs barriers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2015, the Rugs began working with a Presbyterian church plant in Valparaíso where John supports the work of the Chilean leadership of the church.
Cathy disciples women of the church and community through her quilt evangelism ministry and also assists with music.
Please pray for John and Cathy as they serve the church and those with special needs in Chile.