The missions journeys of my wife and I began as children; the Lord leading and nudging us in different ways. However, we didn’t set foot on the missions field until our 20’s. My opportunity came as I was preparing to further my education. My plan was to transfer into a university to study linguistics and international affairs, but I didn’t have peace. My heart’s desire was to be a missionary, but I was unsure of the call of God. One day while praying at the church, I came across an OnSite publication and in it was an advertisement for Harvest Bible College in Glasgow, Scotland. This was the right move for me. When the decision was made, the Lord provided around $4,500 without me ever asking for a penny. HBC was an awesome experience and I decided to stay as an intern for another year with missionary Robert Kelley. That is when I met my future wife, Jenny. She came with a friend to volunteer in Scotland during her summer break from teaching and we became fast friends. During this time she felt the Lord dealing with her about coming back on AIM, and made plans to do so. She returned home and our relationship grew over the next two years. We were married in August 2010 after she completed her AIM term in Edinburgh.
We honeymooned the next 7 months, visited family, but mostly travelled around 25,000 miles in a borrowed Toyota Camry raising funds for our future in Scotland. During this time the Lord supplied mightily through the generosity of His people and we wouldn’t trade it for anything. Since then the Lord has blessed us with two amazing children: Alanna and Finlay, both born in Scotland. We continue to work for HBC and the ministry here in Scotland and have applied for Intermediate Missionary status.
If I can say anything about our journey is that the Lord always knows what is next and He will make sure you have what you need. All He asks us to do is walk to the edge, take His hand and keep on walking. You won’t regret it, but you will l enter in upon the greatest adventure of your life! Attend Global ConNEXTions this October and begin your God adventure!
~Jonathan & Jenny Follmer, AIMers to Scotland
October 21-22, 2016
St. Louis, MO
A big city or big name are not required in order for God to use you. I am from a tiny place in Atlantic Canada that doesn’t make most maps. However, God saw a willing vessel He could use. As a child I began corresponding with missionaries and my home was the “hotel” and “restaurant” for missionaries on deputation. I remember intently listening to their stories. Each one was planting a seed deep within my heart.
In February 2000 I traveled to Ghana on AIM. I thought I would go one year and then I “would get on with life.” But those seeds now had fertile African soil to take deep root. Missions overtook my heart. After five AIM terms I received full missionary appointment. Over the years those seeds have grown, bearing precious fruit.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me” (Erma Bombeck).
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
No matter where you are from or what your talents may be, in God’s hands you can change the world. Allow Global ConNEXTions to be your launching point into missions.
October 21-22, 2016
St. Louis, MO
Born the son of missionaries, it may seem obvious that I would become a missionary, but growing up it was the furthest thing from my mind. Of course I had a burden for souls, but I also had a dream. I had my own plan and vision of what I wanted to do with my life.
Each of us have our own story to tell of what God has done for us. My story began before I was born. Through prayers of precious saints God miraculously spared my life during my birth. Some people may question what right God has to impose himself on their lives, but I’ve never had that problem. Then one day in prayer God cancelled my agenda. In a sense I felt lost. What I had so looked forward to was gone and I began to search for what God’s will was, since I now knew one thing that it wasn’t.
I enrolled in ABI and spent four years receiving the education that helped me grow to where I am today. Upon graduating from ABI I had a few offers but felt like it was God’s will that I return to Japan. From the very week I returned God began to confirm to me His need for me here in the harvest. As God had greater things for me than I had planned, God wants you and has a place especially for you in His harvest. Global ConNEXTions can serve as a resource to help you start down that path to finding where God is calling you.
I never thought that I’d end up here or that I’d ever be doing something like this. My missions journey began about six years ago just wanting to do something for God and see more of the world. But as I started to step out into this uncharted territory, God began to speak to my heart about the need that was present in the former Soviet Union. I truly started to see the hopelessness and heartbreak everywhere; then the burden and calling for these countries came upon my life. It wasn’t a thunderous voice from heaven calling me to these nations, but it was clearly evident that God wanted me here. God wants willing vessels; it doesn’t matter what kind of person I was or who I am in stature, but rather my desire and passion to be used by God. If greatness was a measure of capability, no man would be worthy.
Guys, you don’t have to have your whole life figured out, you just have to be willing to say, ‘Here am I Lord, use me.’ Global ConNEXTions will be a great way for you to discover your calling, to prepare you to go, and to send you out to change this world like the Lord has called us to do!
What a difference 4 years makes.
God called us both to the Republic of Georgia in 2012, and interestingly enough, we didn’t even know each other at the time. We were very involved in our respective local churches, but God had a different plan for us. Even though we had always had a passion for missions, we weren’t sure how or when that door would open. Tabitha and I met for the first time while we were in Georgia. I was on AIM and she came independently to visit and assist Brother & Sister Jared Staten with a Holy Ghost conference. When Tabitha returned to the USA, we began to communicate and were married in May of 2013. It is amazing how God directed our footsteps. After getting married, we knew we were going to return to the Republic of Georgia, it was simply a matter of time and finances. We began raising funds and making plans to return. Our precious Esther was born in December 2014 and two months later we finally arrived back on the field. God blessed and made a way for us to stay 8 months. During that AIM term, we felt it was time to apply to be intermediate missionaries to this precious country. Two days ago we received news that we have been officially appointed as missionaries to the Republic of Georgia! It is truly an honor, privilege, and a great responsibility that we have dreamed and prayed about for most of our lives.
God is calling us, calling you, who will answer the call to go? The harvest truly is great but the laborers are few. Make plans to attend Global ConNEXTions, it will forever impact your life and move you a step closer to where God is leading you.
What God sends, God will protect.
“In 2011 we applied to go to Uruguay as Associates in Missions. A few months into that year term, we knew we couldn’t leave and never come back. After seeing the great need, the burden that grew overwhelmed us and leaving was not an option. We were appointed as Missionaries to Uruguay towards end of 2012. Zara, our first child, was born in 2013. Several people said, ‘once you have a child you can forget about traveling.’ After visiting 7 countries and almost all 50 states with a little one, we found out they were wrong. Having a child (young or old) does NOT disqualify you from the dreams and calling God has placed in your heart. Raising children in the will of God is nothing to fear, it’s one of the best things you can do for your children. We know He has a plan for our child here in Uruguay, just as He has a plan for us. What God sends, God will protect. Attend Global CoNEXTions, you will be one step closer to fulfilling your Global purpose.”
Here I am. Send me!
“It is said that the journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. Our journey of 1000 miles is actually 6000 miles to be exact: the distance from Kansas City Missouri to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa). That journey began in 2008 in a missionary deputation service of Bro. Steve Willoughby. I walked into that service a sin-sick drug addict and walked out forever altered by the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. With every chain broken and with a fresh fire in my soul I began to take my first step by seeking God. In prayer God began to plant seeds of Africa in my spirit. I met my wife not long after this experience in prayer, and she too had a burden for Africa. We were married in 2010, went on AIM to Burkina Faso in 2012 and were appointed as Intermediate Missionaries in 2015. Everything that has happened in my life from 2008-Present has served as preparation and training.”
“I want to share with you a quote that paints the picture of my point: ‘To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.’ (Winston Churchill) God tapped me on the shoulder in 2008. What is He tapping on your shoulder about today? We encourage you to attend Global ConNEXTions and every training that is within your grasp. The season of your finest hour is approaching. Will you be prepared?”
Isaiah 6:8: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here I am. Send me!”
#gonextweekend October 21-22, St Louis, MO