Area Missionaries -Bishop, CA: Matthew and Bethany Herman
As of the start to 2015, Matthew and Bethany Herman are living in their 31 foot RV in Bishop, CA.
They met in a climbing gym, have been married since 2010 and have four beautiful children: Shiloh, Tristan, Amélie and Olivette. Matthew has a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and worked as a nutrition counselor for the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program before being led to Solid Rock - Climbers for Christ.
They moved out of their home, bought an RV, sold over 75% of their belongings and began their ministry traveling on the road. After some time on the road they felt they could be more fruitful and reach more climbers staying in one area. Bishop, being one of the climbing meccas of the world, was where they felt God led them.
Their goal is to establish a free hostel for climbers. This will be a place where they can show their love for climbers by offering a free room to stay, serve them and give them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.They currently build relationships within the local climbing community and organize events at The Pit campground, the unofficial climbing campground in Bishop.
Matthew grew up climbing on the east coast in Pennsylvania, bouldering and sport climbing. He has climbed in the majority of America's most popular climbing destinations, with Bishop and Joe's Valley being his favorite. Matthew has bouldered up to V9 and redpointed as hard as 5.12d. He hopes to continue progressing and to increase his trad and big wall experience. Matthew is currently enrolled in The Living Waters' School of Biblical Evangelism.
Bethany loves to climb...when she's not pregnant or nursing a baby. She hopes to start climbing on a regular basis again soon.
The Hermans are faith-supported missionaries to climbers and the climbing community. If you would like more information on joining their Prayer and Financial Support Team, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their supporters give them the opportunity to be full-time missionaries!