We are at a very exciting juncture in our lives. God has called us to leave our careers to serve as missionaries to Burundi, Africa. In hindsight, God has been preparing us for this opportunity to serve in Burundi, for many years. Todd has a strong business, leadership and college professor background which he will be able to use in Burundi to help establish a Bible school. The Burundian National Church has identified establishing a Bible college and training center as a major strategic objective and has invited AGWM to assist in establishing a Bible school and training center. Additionally, the Burundian National Church has asked for assistance with planting new churches across the country. Julene is a nurse practitioner and her skills will allow her to do medical outreaches in the areas where church plants will occur. In addition, we will be joining a team of other missionaries who will be working to train children and youth pastors as well as directly ministering to both youth and children.
Burundi is the second poorest country of the world. The average income for a year is $648. Civil war from 1995 to 2005 left the country with a very young population. Approximately 45% of the population is 14 years of age or younger. Reaching children will be key in changing the beliefs of this young nation.
Leaving the security of friends, family, and finances tests one’s commitment to God. Be obedient is our journey’s theme and we know God will honor our obedience. Recognizing we must be submissive to God’s calling propels us to move forward. We are eager to meet you and build long-lasting friendships and relationships. The prospect of building a community of prayer, encouragement, and financial partners through our journey of obedience is exciting and rewarding. Pray for us as we continue our itineration.