Joel and Amy both grew up and continued to live in Kalamazoo, MI. Both grew up with a somewhat typical Midwestern, Dutch, Christian upbringing. Joel previously worked as the service manager for a John Deere Dealership as well as volunteered/served in many different ways in their community. Joel enjoys working with people, training, teaching, serving, learning etc. Amy worked as a trainer for Upjohn/Pharmacia/Pfizer for around 10 years. She has been at home with the kids for the past 5 years. She also helped teach at the Kalamazoo Christian Preschool 3 days a week. God has blessed Joel and Amy with 4 daughters; Heidi, Maggie, Rosie, and Katie. Both felt the call to pick up their lives in Michigan and move to Haiti after their volunteer trip in early 2014. Not even a year later, the Doorlags moved to Haiti where Joel serves as the Maintenance and Operations Manager.