Micah and Abbie Christiansen2019-10-11T14:50:34-05:00

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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
507 State Street
Hammond, IN  46320
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Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: First Furlough

Micah Christiansen Prayer Letter: First FurloughSeptember started our new school year, and on top of all of the busyness that comes with a new academic year, my family added preparations for a two-month furlough! I am so blessed in the people with whom I get to work. They added responsibilities and covered for me in many different ways so that we could come see family and report to some of our supporting churches. It was a blessing to see how much certain people have grown. We left Ghana in early October and returned in early December.

It was a true blessing to get to see so much family. I got to see all of my siblings who still live in the States, and Abbie had family fly in from as far away as Hawaii. We saw family we hadn’t seen for five years, we met nephews and nieces we had never seen before, and our family got to meet AnnaBeth and Ezekiel for the first time. It was a special blessing to see my brother Amos at work starting a church in Winslow, Maine, and to see my brother Caleb just starting deputation to go to Nigeria, West Africa. We should be neighbors before too long! (Nigeria is just a couple of countries away.)

Abbie and I got to meet friends we hadn’t seen in a long time, and we enjoyed getting to reconnect with some of our supporting churches.

It was a blessing to have an American Thanksgiving surrounded by family, and we surely have much for which to be thankful. We are thankful that we had a safe flight back to Ghana and that we arrived with all of our luggage.

Please pray for us as we get back into the swing of things here in Ghana. We pray that you will have a very Merry Christmas!

Fruit to Your Account

This year we decided to start doing a five-week Bible Club on Fridays at our school. This Bible Club was for our kindergarten classes for four- and five-year-olds. There were 104 children in the Bible Club. Our school teachers ran the club, and then teachers and older students witnessed to those students who responded to the invitations. We believe that 28 of the children put their faith in Christ for salvation! We will do another Bible Club in the school’s second and third terms as well. Please pray that these young people will get saved this year. Many of these students’ families do not go to our church, so please pray that God would use this ministry to result in many family members also being saved. The pictures below are of our teachers witnessing to some of the students from the Bible Club.

Yours for souls,

Micah Christiansen

December 19th, 2019|Tags: , |
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