Micah and Abbie Christiansen 2017-11-02T10:54:47+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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Micah Christiansen
507 State Street
Hammond, IN  46320
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Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: A New Birth!

AnnaBeth Marie October 9, 2017

Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: A New Birth!On October 9, AnnaBeth Marie Christiansen was born! We know that people were praying for us, because God was obviously at work. Abbie’s contractions started at 9 a.m.—at less than 5 minutes apart! We thought it was false labor—after all, contractions don’t start at less than 5 minutes apart! So we waited for the contractions to go away. Only they didn’t go away; they came stronger and faster. We realized we needed to get to the hospital, and thanks to Pastor Speer’s crazy driving skills, we got there in good time. When the midwife came to the room, she took one look and said, “The baby is coming.” She and I each took one of Abbie’s arms and helped her to the second-stage delivery room next door. We had to hurry because the midwife said, “We don’t want the baby to fall on the floor.” AnnaBeth was born about 15 minutes after arriving at the hospital after only 4 hours of labor! Abbie was still amazingly clearheaded and strong. She actually walked down the hall to the room where we were staying overnight—right after giving birth! Abbie and I praise God for His loving care of us during the delivery, and we want to thank you all for your prayers.

I have a better idea now of how God feels when someone is born again. God allows us to be part of this spiritual birthing process, and thus we can be sharers of His joy. What a privilege!

September was a month in which we pushed to have more visitors at our church, and October was a month in which we had a program to reward those who met certain attendance and growth goals. My visitor Bernard successfully completed our October program, and Abbie had a 99-year-old lady named Comfort complete the program. Comfort now brings one of her (great?) granddaughters, and Bernard has brought one of his friends and has gone soul winning with me once. Please pray for their continued growth.

I now have someone giving me Twi lessons on a regular basis. Before, I had been trying to pick up what Twi I could from just listening and asking questions, so learning was going very slowly. Please pray that I will profit greatly from these lessons.

Fruit to Your Account

I was waiting rather impatiently outside the computer repair shop for the repair man to show up. I looked into the shop next door to see if one of my converts was there. He wasn’t, so I didn’t even say anything to the man inside. However, he came out and started talking to me. I found out his name was Gabriel. I knew I didn’t have time to witness to him then, so I asked him where he lived and told him I would come see him sometime. However, the first few times I went to his home, no one was there. I was trying again and was about to leave when Gabriel walked around the corner of the house! He had just come back from a soccer game. If I had been any earlier, I would have missed him again! Gabriel listened closely to the Gospel and trusted Christ alone for salvation. It took two divine appointments for him to get saved!

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

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