Zachary Thompson is a man of strong convictions and a clear vision for how the future should be. Even as a little boy, Zachary believed fervently in the doctrine of faith and love as set forth by his savior Jesus Christ. When he grew up, he would become a shepherd of men and bring the Word of his Lord to the people like a modern-day apostle. That much young Zachary was certain of. After graduating from high school, Zachary entered a seminary in order to better educate himself to bring the Word. There he impressed his teachers with his earnest yet firm nature and he made friends with many others he considered his colleagues and brothers in arms.
After graduating, Zachary moved to the city where he started off small proselytizing to the poor and the immigrant community at a small congregation. Pastor Zachary as he was commonly called by his congregation became an fixture in the community. When he was not in church, Zachary volunteered at the soup kitchens and shelters dispensing charity and homilies to feed the body and spirit of the disenfranchised. Never one to turn anyone in need of comfort or guidance to the righteous path of the Lamb, Zachary also spent time amongst the more troubled offering a warm heart, open ears, and an open door to those who needed it.
This was where he met his wonderful future wife, Emma. She had attended one of the support groups his church ran one day and Zachary gravitated towards her sensing a wounded lamb in need of care. Gradually over the following months, he grew to care for her as he guided her from the rocky road she was on to an more blessed and peaceful road. Care turned to mutual love and eventually Zachary proposed to her on a very memorable Sunday after service in front of the rest of the congregation. He still remembers how radiant she looked like a blessing from heaven made manifest.
Eventually though came the birth of their beloved daughter and Zachary made a decision. With the arrival of their daughter, the apartment they had lived for the previous few years had became too small. Zachary and Emma moved out of the city and into the suburbs where they lived in a modest house. Zachary still tended to his inner-city flock every Sunday and frequently invited congregation members over for open house meetings at their new home. For a time, this too was good and Zachary was happy in his service to the Lord. The urge to go forth and spread the Word whispered in his mind and chafed there.
When their beloved daughter graduated from high school, Zachary made a decision. There were still corners of the world untouched by man and unknowing of the Good Word. Therefore as a good Christian and pastor, was it not his duty to go these places and inform them? After much prayer and deliberation with Emma, Zachary made up his mind. Since his daughter would be going to live at college, there was little reason to stay around. Instead he would go forth and spread the word to the indigenous people of the wilds. Their daughter of course would come with them over the summer as part of a last family outing as well as an graduation gift to go visit the exotic wilds before returning to the States for college. Selling off their house and bidding a tearful farewell to their congregation, Zachary set forth with his family at his side to bring the Lord to the people...