Micah and Abbie Christiansen2019-10-11T14:50:34-05:00

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MICAH AND ABBIE CHRISTIANSEN

SERVING WITH TEAM GHANA

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Micah Birthday 04/10
Abbie Birthday 10/11
Micah & Abbie Wedding Anniversary 08/03
AnnaBeth Birthday 10/9
Ezekiel Birthday 2/4

Micah’s Testimony
I was born the third of six children to Scott and Debbie Christiansen. My dad was a pastor; so, of course, I grew up in church and heard the Gospel regularly. I had made a profession of faith and been baptized by the age of seven, but the truth was that my trust was more in my prayers than in Christ. I rightly began to doubt my salvation at the age of nine, and shortly after, I decided to make sure I was saved. I went forward at the end of a Sunday night service and prayed, this time trusting Christ alone. I was baptized the same night.
When I was twelve, I went to my first Youth Conference in Hammond, Indiana, where I heard Dr. Jack Hyles preach, resulting in my surrendering to full-time Christian service. That decision was strengthened the following year when I went to Teen Convention in Longview, Texas. I did not know which avenue of full-time Christian service I was supposed to take, but as I grew older, I just began to assume that I would be a pastor or a missionary, as they were the options that most appealed to me.
I went to college and started with a pastoral major, but I decided to switch my major to missions in the second semester of my freshman year. I finished my bachelor’s degree in four years, and on my pastor’s advice, I began a master’s degree in education. It was while I was working on my master’s degree that I met and started dating my future wife Abbie. We had been dating for a year when I began a two-year internship at First Baptist Church. The first year and a half, I interned for Danny Brannon, the director of the Chapel Ministry, which was my ministry for most of my college experience. I interned for FBMI my last semester. When I was finished with college, Abbie and I were married on August 3, 2013.

Abbie’s Testimony
I was born and raised in a Christian home. My parents, Tim and Kathy Cortopassi, made sure that my four siblings and I attended a Christian school and that we went to church as a family every service. Since I grew up in church, I heard the Gospel often. I may have been saved at the age of seven. I remember my mom talked to me during church on a Sunday morning. I prayed that morning and got baptized that evening.
Sometime later, my family watched the movie Left Behind. I got scared, wondering if I were really saved or not. I went through several years not sure if I was going to Heaven but assuming that I was because I had prayed with my mom and gotten baptized.
In seventh grade, I started going to Teenage Soul Winning. I started leading people to Christ but still was not sure if I was saved or not. In November 2001, I sat on my bed with my Bible, and I looked up the verses for the Romans Road. I went through the verses as if I were leading someone else to Christ, but I was doing it for my own benefit. I wanted to settle my doubt once and for all. I prayed, accepting Christ as my only way to Heaven. When I finished, I felt a huge burden lift from my shoulders. Since that time, I have not doubted my salvation.
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a missionary. It was with that in mind that I went to Hyles-Anderson College and got my bachelor’s degree in elementary education. At that time I wanted to be a missionary to China, so I tried to take a missions trip there three different times. Every one of the trips was canceled. After trying for the third time, I really felt that God had closed the door to my going to China.
I did go on a missions trip to Honduras and Belize in 2010, simply because I wanted to take a missions trip before graduating from college. A week before my trip, Micah and I had our first date. We dated for three years before getting married on August 3, 2013.

Team Ghana’s driving purpose is making disciples of Jesus Christ, and the result has been the multiplying of churches. God has blessed the efforts of the men and women serving Him in Kumasi, Ghana. Fundamental Baptist Church International has been in existence for 8years and has already directly influenced the start of 36 other churches in Ghana and Liberia.
The church in Kumasi is also home to Hyles-Anderson College of West Africa, which has 61 graduates and an average of 37 students per month. The college prepares the young and old alike. The current student body is made up of young men who are aspiring to be in ministry, as well as current pastors who see their need for better training.
I eagerly anticipate doing as my fellow team members have done: winning souls, discipling converts, and helping advance the spread of churches across Africa. One of my specific duties on Team Ghana will be to disciple children. God has given me a passion for reaching children, so I eagerly anticipate this opportunity.
It is well known that children are the most easily reached people group, and I would contend that they are also the group with the most potential. Half of Ghana’s population is 20 years old and younger; young people truly are the key to making a long-term impact in Ghana and the surrounding regions. I look forward to teaching Ghanaian pastors and workers how to develop Children’s Ministries so that the next generation is reached across Ghana and beyond.
In addition to leading the Children’s Ministry at Fundamental Baptist Church International, I am excited about teaching in Hyles-Anderson College of West Africa and Fundamental Baptist Academy. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to mold the lives of pastors, pastors in training, and the young people of our Christian school.

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Micah Christiansen
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Hammond, IN  46320
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Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: Awesome August!

Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter:  Awesome August!August was a great month! Every August, our church has its Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference. This year the theme was on the Great Commission. Most churches in Ghana preach works salvation, but even among the Gospel-preaching churches of Ghana, there is a great need for training on how to present the Gospel effectively. Pastor Speer is excellent at teaching about soul winning, but a few days of teaching on soul winning is not enough for a person to become a good soul winner; it takes personal training. Please pray that many of these church leaders will see the need to get training and will come to our college for the soul-winning course or will request for trainers from our church to come and help them.

Our guest speaker, Pastor John Wilkerson, taught on discipleship, and many people from many churches grew excited about going out and starting to disciple their converts. Our own church was challenged by his teaching to adjust some aspects of our discipleship program. Please pray that we would be more effective at helping our converts learn to follow Christ.

I was personally encouraged during the conference by seeing the illustrated soul-winning book that I developed for witnessing to children being used by a teenage girl from a church in Sunyani. Their church came to S.M.I.T.E. camp back in April, and I found her using the book to witness to two other girls during the conference! Another S.M.I.T.E. attender from a church in Tema told me that he has been using his book for witnessing to children and that he has found it a help! Praise the Lord!

The rest of August was spent preparing for the new school year starting in September. We have many young students who are now coming to an age where they can understand the Gospel. Please pray that many of these students will be saved this year.

Fruit to Your Account

August was also the month that we started our most fruitful Bible Club. We did this Bible Club in cooperation with our church’s bus route in Bantama. As a result, there are 3 boys who have come to church every week since they attended Bible Club, as well as others who have visited the church. We had a high day of about 50, and during that day, our 4 teenage soul winners gave the Gospel to 20 of the children. We believe 17 of them put their faith in Christ. Over 80 different children attended throughout the 5 weeks of Bible Club, and over 60 of them heard a personal presentation of the Gospel. Many of them made salvation decisions. One of the children attending the Bantama Bible Club already attends our church, but now he wants to learn how to win souls. He has started coming to Bible Club as a worker and is translating for a soul winner so that he can learn how to do it himself. Thank you for your investment in the lives of these children! Below are some pictures of our soul winners at the Bantama Bible Club.

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

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