Micah and Abbie Christiansen2018-10-01T10:17:06+00:00

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MICAH AND ABBIE CHRISTIANSEN

SERVING WITH TEAM GHANA

ABOUT

Micah Birthday 04/10
Abbie Birthday 10/11
Micah & Abbie Wedding Anniversary 08/03
AnnaBeth Birthday 10/9
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 Prayer Letter:  Soul-Winning Blessings!God has decided to bless Abbie and me with another child! Baby Christiansen is due to arrive in late January 2019. We covet your prayers for Abbie and the baby. We would love to have this pregnancy and delivery go as well as the last one.

Another great blessing I have had in the last couple of months involves two young men: Manass and Ibrahim. In late May, I was walking through downtown Kumasi when a man called to me from behind. He wanted to talk. He found out I was a missionary, and I found out he was a religious-studies student at a university in Kumasi. His name was Manass (Twi for “Manasseh”). I couldn’t witness to him then, but we exchanged phone numbers. God gave me the idea of inviting him to our soul-winning training, and Manass jumped at the idea of learning “evangelism.” He agreed to come to church Sunday morning so that he could begin learning about it right away. I spent over an hour witnessing to him after the service, and Manass believed on Jesus alone for salvation.

That same Sunday I had another visitor. The day before, a man whom I hadn’t even noticed walked up to me and told me, “I will go to church with you tomorrow.” However, I have had similar things happen before, and those people never come, so I didn’t believe him—not even a little bit. He gave me his phone number and told me to call him on Sunday morning. I did so, still not believing he would come. However, Ibrahim answered the phone, said he would come, and was at the church before I was!

The next Saturday I went to witness to Ibrahim with Manass as my translator. We ended up witnessing to a whole group! It was so much fun to see Manass trying to convince people of things he hadn’t believed himself only a week earlier! At the end, Ibrahim, Abdullah (who said, “I am Muslim, but I want to convert to Christianity.”), and Kelvin (an “evangelist” who was in the area passing out false Gospel tracts) put their faith in Christ. Ibrahim and Manass have continued to attend services, and Manass has continued to come soul winning. Please pray for their growth in Christ.

Fruit to Your Account

One day in late June, I went soul winning with Desmond, a 15-year-old student at Fundamental Baptist Academy. He has been a silent partner and translator for various soul winners, and I decided Desmond was ready to witness by himself. He was nervous and uncertain, but I believed he could do it. I spotted four boys sitting in some shade by their front gate and started talking to them. Then I said Desmond was going to tell them how to go to Heaven. Desmond took the lead from there, and he did a great job of keeping the boys’ attention and of keeping them involved. He was thorough, and we believe three of the boys got saved! All four of the boys came to Bible Club later that day, and they have brought the majority of the Bible Club’s visitors since then! It is such a blessing to get to help others start to bear fruit!

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

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