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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.
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FBMI
Micah Christiansen
507 State Street
Hammond, IN  46320
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Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter:  Baby Announcement!Abbie and I have an exciting announcement to make! Abbie is expecting! Now that she is in her second trimester, the morning (or all-day) sickness is finally going away! The baby is due on October 9. We ask that you pray for a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

The last two months have been full of transitions from our American way of life to our Ghanaian way of life. Housework is not the same. Shopping is not the same. Cooking is not the same. We have had to learn how to use the Ghanaian transit system. I have been learning how to administrate a school. Even the weather seems strange to us! In the middle of all these transitions, it has been such a blessing to have a team of experienced fellow-laborers to help us each step of the way. When we have a question (which seems to be quite often), they are ready not only to answer but also to help. We are so blessed in those with whom we work!

One of our transitions has been learning to deal with ants! In the first couple of weeks, we made the mistake of putting a jar of peanut butter on the countertop. The lid was on tight. We thought it would be fine–but our ants LOVE peanut butter. We soon found a trail of ants leading up the side of the jar–and ants were swarming inside the lid! Peanut butter here is expensive. It must not be wasted. So I scooped out the ants and ate the rest of the peanut butter! Abbie didn’t. Abbie did, however, declare war. She drew lines all over the kitchen with our ant chalk. Ants die after they walk over a line. The ant war is still continuing. Obviously, we keep our peanut butter in the refrigerator all of the time now.

Thank you to everyone who is praying for us. Thank you to all of you who give so that we can live and work here. Soul winning here is so much fun, and it is such a blessing to get to invest in the people at Fundamental Baptist Church International. Please pray that those we see saved would grow as Christians. Please pray that I would make good progress in learning the Twi language. Please pray that God would provide more laborers for our church to reach out to more people in more ways.

Fruit to Your Account

While out soul winning on a Saturday morning, I met three men picking out lottery numbers. One of them named Kwadwo said, “I have heard people say that you only need to do good things to go to Heaven, but I think you have to go to church too. What do you think?”

I couldn’t have asked for a better opening!

When I began explaining what the Bible says it takes to go to Heaven, Antwi was sitting on a little bench farther away from us. At first he did not seem too interested, but as I kept explaining, he picked up his bench and brought it over to us so he could listen well. There was a man who looked to be about 80 sitting in a chair across the yard. I had hardly even noticed him as I was talking to the other men. This elderly man called Brother picked up his chair and brought it over to listen!

When I finished presenting the Gospel, Antwi, Kwadwo, and Brother prayed and put their trust in Jesus alone for salvation.

Then another man who had been listening asked a question about salvation, and it was so much fun to see Antwi energetically explaining the answer from what he had just learned. And he got it right!

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

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