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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
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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507 State Street
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Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: Showers of Blessings

Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter:  Showers of BlessingsRainy season is arriving in Ghana! We are definitely enjoying the cooler air that is part of this time of year. For the first time since coming to Ghana in late January, I actually wanted a blanket one night! It felt great! Of course, rainy season has its drawbacks—like having to walk in a downpour of rain. Abbie and I were about to leave home for the Sunday evening service when a storm rolled in, and we have to walk to the main road to catch transportation to church. Abbie wore a poncho and used an umbrella, so she didn’t fare too badly. As for me, well, let’s just say I was still wet after the service, and it took two days for my shoes to dry!

Along with the showers of rain, we have had showers of blessings. Abbie and our unborn child are doing very well. God doesn’t just provide our needs; He supplies our wants. I was wanting a scanner and a CD stereo player, but I didn’t like the prices I was seeing. God brought some used ones to shops very near our house for only US$12.50 each! Abbie was having some serious pregnancy cravings for sausage, and we found out we can get good, safe sausage! God is so good to us!

I am so blessed to be able to work with the children of Fundamental Baptist Academy. Many of our students are clamoring to do discipleship lessons when their schoolwork for the day is done. We have children whose parents take them to other churches on Sunday mornings, but they often come to our other services and/or soul winning! As I have asked students questions about their salvation, it has been such a blessing to hear so many give a clear testimony and demonstrate a solid understanding of salvation. I have also had the joy of leading two of our students to Christ!

Going soul winning here is a great blessing. Ghanaians are so ready to listen to the Bible. It is not at all hard to find someone who will let you witness to them. However, the actual process of witnessing can be very challenging. Works salvation is often confusingly clothed in the language of truth. For example, I am finding that many Ghanaians think “believe in Jesus” and “obey God” are the same thing! Please pray for us as we grow in our soul winning, and please pray that we will have fruit that remains.

Fruit to Your Account

“Oh, bruni” is something I hear every day of my life now. Usually children say it to get a white person’s attention.

While walking home one day, I again heard, “Oh, bruni.” This time it was two girls wanting to know the white man’s name, so we exchanged names. One of these girls was Kezia.

The next day as I walked home, I heard someone calling my name. Now that was unusual! I recognized Kezia and greeted her by name also. We often passed on the street, and we would talk as much as Kezia’s English allowed.

One day I asked, “Kezia, did you go to church on Sunday?” She smiled and shook her head. I invited her to come to our children’s service on Sunday. The next week I invited her again. The following week she ran up to me and said that she wanted to come to church with Abbie and me. I told her we would come on Saturday and talk to her mom. Her mom gave permission, and Kezia was at church on Sunday! Kezia trusted Christ for salvation her second week at church, and she has come four weeks in a row. Praise God!

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

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