Micah and Abbie Christiansen 2018-04-25T09:27:40+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
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.
First Baptist Church of Hammond

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FBMI
Micah Christiansen
507 State Street
Hammond, IN  46320
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Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: Neighborhood Bible Clubs!

Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: Neighborhood Bible Clubs!God blessed our church with a very productive Visitors’ Month in March, and many of these visitors participated in our April program, which helped visitors become faithful church members. Having your own visitor complete the program is great, but seeing someone you reached have a visitor complete the program is even better! Selena started coming to our church after Abbie and I started taking her children to church. Selena brought her sister Ama to church, and Ama completed the April program!

April was an exciting month. Our church hosted S.M.I.T.E. (Student Missions Institute for Training in Evangelism), which trains young people in conducting neighborhood Bible Clubs. Having a Bible Club Ministry has been a dream of mine since before we came to Ghana. I was about to take steps toward starting such a ministry when Missionary Mark Holmes in Nigeria contacted Pastor Speer about conducting a S.M.I.T.E. camp in Ghana. I was so excited—I could wait and learn from people with a lot of experience! The S.M.I.T.E. week was a great time of training for our young people . . . and for some of us older ones too! During that week, over 700 children attended one of 13 Bible Clubs, and many trusted Christ as their Saviour! Praise the Lord!

Since that time, some of our teenagers and one of our bus routes have established new Bible Clubs. Others, including myself, have continued to conduct weekly Bible Clubs, which were started during S.M.I.T.E., and we have continued to see children getting saved and coming to church. Please pray for wisdom, workers, and opportunities as we seek to expand our Bible Club Ministry.

Please continue to pray for opportunities to witness to the parents of the children coming to our church and Bible Clubs. Rose, the parent I specifically mentioned in my last letter, finally gave me the time to explain the Gospel, and she got saved! Please pray that she will now start coming to our church.

Fruit to Your Account

Collins is a young man who owns a business near my home. I had witnessed to Collins before, but I had to rush at the end, so I didn’t have time to make sure that he understood. I tried going back to see him, but he was always gone or busy. However, when I stopped by in early April, he was free. I asked him some questions, and I found that while he remembered much of what we had talked about previously, he still believed that his works would help him get to Heaven. When I started to show him a Bible verse, he stopped me . . . so that he could go gather any employees who were available! He brought back three young ladies: Eunice, Monica, and Grace. It was so fun to see Collins grasp a concept and then help explain it or try to convince one of the ladies of its truth. Eunice was obviously not very interested in what I was teaching, but Collins kept making her pay attention and answer questions. At the end, Collins clearly understood the Gospel and put his faith in Christ, and so did Monica!

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

My Neighborhood Bible Club

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