When Marilyn Owusu-Sekyere first heard God tell her that he would send her to a people enslaved by sin, she responded with “I’m not …”: “I’m not a man,” “I’m not married,” “I’m not white.” She thought that all missionaries were men, married, and white because she had never seen someone like her — a single, African American woman — come to her church as a missionary. She didn’t think she was capable or worthy of doing this “crazy thing” God had put on her heart. Three years and ten short-term missions trips later, she embraced God’s purposes for her life and His call to minister to the youth and children of West Africa.
These profiles tell the stories of ordinary people who have made a decision to live in allegiance to Jesus their King and dedicate themselves to making Him known among those who have yet to hear the good news of HIs love.
We want people who read these profiles to see themselves in the stories and say to themselves, "That could be me. I could do that."
The nation of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa may be similar to first-century Ephesus in its strategic role for reaching surrounding regions with the gospel. With the strategic potential of Côte d’Ivoire, Kevin and Moriah Thompson are currently strategizing to combine their history of dramatic conversions to Christ, training they have received and will continue to receive at the Daloa Basecamp, and tabernacle evangelism to reach the northern regions of Côte d’Ivoire – with a goal of facilitating outreach throughout West Africa.
Around the world today, there are countless Muslim women living in shame and despair. Their worldview tells them that no one sees them. Just like the Samaritan woman at the well, these Muslim women of today are thirsting for the honor and dignity that only Jesus gives. And they are poised to tell their Islamic community about Jesus, the Savior who knows their deepest needs. Ryan and Lauren Plute are investing their lives to train Christian women to reach their Muslim counterparts through Christ-pointing friendships.
Could it be that the small nation of Switzerland is strategic in God’s plan to reach the countries of Europe? And even beyond Europe, could reaching the 8.5 million residents of Switzerland — just over one tenth of one percent of the world’s total population — with the gospel be an incendiary spark for reaching people around the world? Bob and Erin Stetz, Assemblies of God missionaries, aim to find out — with a bold vision and an innovative strategy.
Fifteen months ago, Matthew and Marsena Cunningham were well into their support raising season for a future assignment in Edinburgh, Scotland. Then COVID-19 began to take hold and fundraising for missions became very difficult. Matthew and Marsena were unsure of how the Lord would direct them in fulfilling their passion to reach the lost, but like five of the virgins in Jesus’ story about the ten virgins and the bridegroom, they were prepared to be faithful.
David and Amy Julian are Assemblies of God missionaries preparing to use healthcare and community development to cross lines. Learn how they plan to use their background and skills in pediatric nursing and innovative sustainable solutions for water drilling and sanitation, heating, etc, along with a strategy suggested by Peter’s message to Cornelius in Acts 10, to break down barriers of resistance to the gospel in remote Papua New Guinea villages.
The book of 3 John tells us that Gaius supported the itinerant teachers of his day in a manner worthy of God, and that by doing so, he was a fellow worker with the truth. Like Gaius, Neil Ruda is a missions mobilizer – impacting the eternal destiny of souls by helping fellow missionaries and ministries be more effective, efficient, and productive using modern-day tools of technology and compassion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.
In Japan, if you are lonely, you don’t have to be alone. You can rent a family or friends. Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions in Japanese society, but God has a cure for the epidemic. He is a “father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,” and He “sets the lonely in families.” And He is sending a gregarious, joy-filled family to Japan to plant a community of believers that will become a family where God will place the lonely.