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We pray our kids may get to live in a world that isn’t divisive and can learn how to communicate through differences and find value in those relationships.


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We are so grateful for this family and it has been a joy to get to know them better. We are looking forward to what they will share and the perspectives they will bring to our upcoming Coffee & Conversations. We are proud to live in a community that is eager and committed to positive change. We share an appreciation for friendships that celebrate diversity and find connection and love in the midst of our differences.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

We are both Louisiana born and raised.  We met in college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.  We’ve been married for 14 years and have 3 beautiful children. Lucius is an engineer and has worked for Dow 16 years. Monica is currently an Area Consultant who works with families moving into the area from other countries and she enjoys helping them get acclimated to the community. She worked for the US government for 10 years prior and has an undergraduate in Agricultural Business and Master’s in Human Resource Management.-MT

I love that Monica welcomes new families into our community like that!-RD


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Our dream is to make a positive difference in the world and use our influence in every way to do the same. 

What about your family?

We are very family oriented and enjoy spending time together. We have three children – Rylee (10) loves music and playing the piano, Ryan (9) enjoys Minecraft, sports and creating flipbooks and Rece (6) loves sports and is an overall very active little guy. We love travelling as a family. Monica enjoys decorating and home improvement projects and does not hesitate to get Lucius involved! Lucius loves watching SEC football and grilling.-MT

Your latest home improvement project was pretty impressive!-RD

Where have you put down roots?

Lucius is from Zachary, LA and Monica is from St. Joseph, LA.  We both attended college in Baton Rouge, LA.  We first moved to Monroe, LA, then Houston, TX and currently Midland, MI.  Most of our time was spent in Houston.-MT

How many years have you lived in Midland?

We moved to Midland four years ago on July 16.-MT

We are so happy you are here!-RD

In what ways are you involved in our community?

We both serve at our church at the kids’ welcome desk, teach, and lead a small group.  Monica volunteers at the kid’s school, Habitat for Humanity and Bible Study Fellowship. -MT


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Wow, so many great things to be involved in!-RD

How do you want to change or improve Midland?

We love the thought of bridge building, uniting people regardless of differences. And, in general, helping where there is a need.-MT

What are your dreams?

Our dream is to make a positive difference in the world and use our influence in every way to do the same. 

We pray our kids may get to live in a world that isn’t divisive and can learn how to communicate through differences and find value in those relationships.-MT

That is our prayer too…-RD


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What are you passionate about?

We’re passionate about marriages. Broken families lead to so many other consequences that the enemy can seize upon. We have been fortunate that others invested biblical wisdom in us at our most vulnerable point which revealed a greater purpose for us together and we find great joy in paying it forward. We are also quite passionate about being intentional in rearing our children to be difference makers. We want them to appreciate learning, have a personal relationship with Christ and love people the way that He does.-MT


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What breaks your heart?

Hate, divisiveness, and unused potential.-MT

mine too…-RD

How have the winds of life made you stronger?

The necessity to move away from family and a familiar setting long ago thrust us into a greater dependence on God and one another.  Struggles in our marriage relationship led us to know that forgiveness is freeing and unlocks the pathway to great promise.  Seeing our son through the journey of a great illness affirmed our faith in God and gave us greater perspective.-MT

Will you share more of your faith story with us?

Our upbringing pointed us to Christ but it was our failing marriage that began both of our personal relationships with Christ. 1 Corinthians 7:16 explains how the Lord saved us and our marriage:  “Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?”  It was because of Lucius’ decision to have a personal relationship with Christ and his salvation, prayers and dedication which led Monica into a personal relationship with Christ. –MT

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation. The reality that we are not perfect and are in dire need to a Savior is humbling and our cornerstone. Beyond that, staying simple, practical and associating with people from all walks of life is key for us.

Where do you get your grounding?

The word of the Lord is our grounding.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation. The reality that we are not perfect and are in dire need to a Savior is humbling and our cornerstone. Beyond that, staying simple, practical and associating with people from all walks of life is key for us. -MT

I love that… simple, practical and inclusive… it’s a great way to live-RD

Finally, do you have a favorite quote or Scripture you could leave us with?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Thank you so much for sharing your story, we feel honored and encouraged by your words and story.

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We love the thought of bridge building, uniting people regardless of differences. And, in general, helping where there is a need.


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