The <a href=”http://www.newlifelogan.com/”>New Life Fellowship Church</a> in North Logan is “a place to connect to God, to others, and to the world.”
Under the leadership of Dane Wead, lead pastor, New Life Fellowship is affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Helping to fulfill the church’s mission to make a difference both in the community and in the world are Scott and Marla Boyer, who live in Petersboro. The Boyers have been attending New Life Fellowship Church since Aug. 2014, and they are eager to serve as the church’s new missions directors.
The Boyers will fill a vacancy left by New Life Fellowship’s previous missions directors, who will move to Tremonton in the spring to establish a new congregation in the Bear River area. The Boyers come to their new opportunity highly qualified and highly recommended.
“Scott and Marla have been active in local and international missions work for many years,” said Pastor Wead. “They have true servants’ hearts and will be a positive influence leading New Life Fellowship’s missions outreach activities into the future.”
The Boyers are both employed by Utah State University, with Scott working in marketing and Marla in human resources. Married for 25 years, they traveled to Central America together to do humanitarian work in 2010, and they’ve been involved with the <a href=”http://www.stannescenter.org/”>Lantern House</a> homeless shelter in Ogden (formerly St. Anne’s). As missions directors for New Life Fellowship, they will lead teams of volunteers in coordinating outreach efforts both in the United States and abroad.
Internationally, the couple has partnered with a Spanish congregation to take a service trip to Ensenada, Mexico, and they plan to visit Nicaragua for a week-long mission trip in November. Closer to home,they will continue to serve the Lantern House. They have also coordinated with a Florida-based organization called <a href=”http://www.mvi.org/”>Missionary Ventures</a> , along with the <a href=”http://www.cmausa.org/”>Christian Motorcyclists Association</a>, to provide motorcycles, mountain bikes and other means of transportation to native pastors in remote areas.
“We feel like it’s a way of using some of our time and talents to help others,” said Scott Boyer. “There’s so much opportunity out there, and there’s so much need in the world. It’s on our hearts to pursue that.”
“So many times, Marla added, “we’re the ones who actually come back feeling so blessed, just because of getting to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity.”
The Boyers’ passion for service was truly ignited following what Scott describes as a “life changing event” 10 years ago. In Feb. 2007, Marla developed a winter cough that last for a month. She visited InstaCare on March 1, thinking she just had a bad cold. When the physician who treated her ordered a chest X-ray, a large mass was discovered in between Marla’s heart and lungs.
“When the doctor said, ‘I think I see cancer,’ you could have knocked me over with a feather,” said Marla. “I was just shocked.”
Marla was immediately referred to Logan Regional Hospital for a CT scan and then to an oncologist. Further testing determined that Marla was in Stage II of a rare form of cancer called primary mediastinal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s. Although the mass in her chest was inoperable, Marla successfully underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and 20 rounds of radiation at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and has since been cancer free.
“We called it a life changing event,” Scott said, “because it started some things in motion where we wanted to help others more. It became amplified. It became a part of our being. We feel very, very blessed, and we want to pay it forward and share the Word.”
“I think what I realized going through all of that is how unimportant material things are,” Marla added. “What’s really important in life are the relationships that you have with people.”
In addition to their church service, Scott and Marla have become <a href=”http://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/giving/huntsman-cancer-foundation/events/huntsman-hometown-heroes.php”>Huntsman Hometown Heroes</a>, raising thousands of dollars for the Huntsman Center and helping with activities related to cancer survival. More important, they say, they have become more committed to performing small acts of kindness on a regular basis. Scott, who has entered phased retirement with the University, thinks of his service with Marla this way.
“I’m graduating from one career and wanting to work into full-time humanitarian work,” he said.“We are both in good health, and we like to go out and be kind to the world.”
“I can’t think of anybody I’d rather be serving with,” Marla said of her husband. “We have a wonderful relationship. We are each other’s best friend, and we do just about everything together. I think it’s a wonderful growth opportunity for both of us, and I’m excited to see where things are going to go and what doors are going to open.”