Jarrod obtained degrees in Spanish and International Business in 2000. His prior travels included Spain and Argentina, where he spent a semester studying at the University of Buenos Aires. When his church approached him to accompany them as a translator on a mission trip to Honduras, he agreed. This introduction resulted in a permanent passion for the country and the people of Honduras. Less than a year after this trip, Jarrod quit his job and moved to Honduras to collaborate with a local preacher.