Micah and Abbie Christiansen2020-02-10T09:40:05-06:00

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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
AnnaBeth Birthday 10/9
Ezekiel Birthday 2/4

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: Growing With the New Year

Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: Growing With the New YearMy family is mostly adjusted to living back in Ghana after our short furlough in the States. We were just getting used to the “cold” weather in the 50s and 60s (which really is quite cold here), when we came back to the hot season in Ghana! However, this time it didn’t take us very long to adjust back to the heat.

It is the custom in Ghana for churches to have a Christmas Day service. It is a refreshing, fun service. Many different groups in our church sing specials, and this year our children’s choir was one of them. They continue to get better despite their leader’s lack of musical ability! It was a blessing to have children in the choir who were not coming to our church last year or whose families were not as involved last year. I love being part of a growing church!

It is also the custom here for churches to have a service on New Year’s Eve to bring in the New Year. Unfortunately, there is a lot of superstition connected with this custom. Many believe that God will bless their year or will not bless it based on whether or not they attended that one service! Pastor Speer teaches and preaches to correct that mindset, so at our church, it is a time of praise for what God has done in the last year and of prayer for what we want God to do in our church in the upcoming year.

It is such a blessing to see young people show concern for the souls of their families. In January after we finished a five-week Bible Club at one location, one of the teens who helps with Bible Club asked if the next week we could take some of the soul winners from Bible Club and go to witness to his cousins. We went, and five of his cousins and two boys from the neighborhood got saved! One of those soul winners couldn’t lead people to Christ four months ago! It is fun watching people grow!

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In December we finished our school’s first term. During the last week of the term, many students have less schoolwork to do since they have taken their last tests in certain subjects. I could see that Godfred and Samuel didn’t have much to do, and God impressed upon my heart to talk to them about their salvation. Neither of these boys come to our church.

I had already talked to Godfred about how to be saved, and I knew that a teacher and an older student had both witnessed to Samuel, but I wanted to hear what they could tell me about the Gospel. Both boys basically told me that you have to obey God’s commandments to go to Heaven. Slowly and thoroughly, I got to go through the Gospel with them, and at the end, both of them chose to put their faith in Jesus alone for salvation.

Since that time, I have again asked them to tell me the way they will go to Heaven. Praise God! They were able to testify clearly that they will go to Heaven through faith in Christ!

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

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