The Poulsons served with ABWE in Brazil for 25
years. Their son Rawlie was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil
and their daughter Joy in Iquitos, Peru.
Joy was born developmentally disabled and
eventually they returned to the States to find help for
her. God providentially led them to Shepherds
Baptist Ministries, Inc. where she has been a resident
for 43 years.
The Poulsons returned to Northeast Brazil to the town
of Natal and Ralph was Director of the Berean
Seminary for a few years. Because of health
concerns, they returned to their home town of
Ferndale, WA in December of 1980 and later their
home church, First Baptist, called Ralph to pastor the
After 18 years at First Baptist, at age 68, Ralph
resigned and he and Margie prayed for the Lord to
lead them to their next ministry.
Shepherds Baptist Ministries, Inc., asked them to
consider being a western representative in 8 states.
For 10 years we represented Shepherds in the 8 western states, including Alaska. What a privilege it has been and we continue now at home doing various projects for Shepherds so that I can care for Margie as she recovers.