Missionary Profile: Karin

After becoming a follower of Jesus, I knew I was about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. As God did one miracle after another, my life was totally transformed.

One day I said to God, “OK God you have done things in my life I never dreamed were possible. You have me for the rest of my life. What do you want to do with me?”

God called me to [a South East Asian country]. I left in 2008, believing I would be there for the rest of my life or until God says otherwise.

For the past eleven years I have lived and worked [in this country] and have had a variety of different jobs. I have prayed and obeyed God, one step at a time, and He has given me the job of my dreams. I have a ministry with nine young adults who come from two different unreached ethnic minority groups in a remote village in one of the poorest provinces in the country. They are living in a house rented by myself and my local work colleague; two have already completed college, three are currently in college and four are in high school.

As I disciple these young adults, it’s such a joy and privilege to watch them grow in their faith. My vision is to see them fall in love with Jesus, becoming loving, obedient and passionate disciples that multiply and share Jesus with their families, friends, villages and beyond, so that whole families and their communities are transformed and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I am so very grateful for Crossway’s support and prayers over the last eleven years. Without it this vision could not become a reality. With it let’s watch and wait to see what God will do!

Missionary Profile: Steve & Michelle Addison

Steve and Michelle are catalysts for movements that multiply disciples and churches. They lead MOVE, an Australian based mission agency. They mobilize, train, mentor and shape the lives of movement pioneers around the world. Steve’s books, blog and podcasts have influenced thousands globally.

“On a recent trip back to the UK we were training leaders as we do. We went out into Tilbury in England’s south with one local team. My partner was Paul, a Nigerian-British member of the team. Paul works four twelve hour shifts a week caring for the aged. He’s out sharing the other three days a week with the team. Their aim is to reach the four thousand households of Tilbury. He took me out visiting homes and offering to pray for people. We met Ann on the street as she rode along in her mobility scooter. We prayed for her and shared the good news. Ann turned and believed and arranged for Paul to visit her with one of the women on the team.”

Steve and Michelle have four adult children and two grandchildren.

Missionary Profile: Lillian

Lillian lives and works amongst the peoples of the Balkan region in Eastern Europe. Some of these people groups hold to an Orthodox faith with little knowledge of who God truly is. Other people groups are new to the region and were part of the mass exodus of Muslims to Europe in 2017. Other groups of people espouse no faith at all. Lillian trains up leaders from within these various people groups to establish communities of faith who are disciples of Jesus. She encourages Christians in the region to boldly declare their faith and teach others about being a disciple. Lillian teaches them how to do the Discovery Bible Method with people who show interest in spiritual matters.

Missionary Profile: Mark & Lera

Mark, Lera and their six children are serving in Belarus and the Baltic countries with Young Life. Young Life is a mission focused on introducing teenagers to Jesus and helping them to follow Him.

One of their Young Life leaders, Veronika, has been reaching out to teens in her neighbourhood over the last couple of years and just a few months ago she invited them to a summer camp where seventeen of them committed to following Jesus. She is now discipling them in their new-found faith.

Mark, Lera and their family are practising Crossway’s mission of Loving God, Loving People and Disciples that Multiply.

Missionary Profile: Dave & Colleen

Dave and Colleen Lawton are a great couple with two adult children. They were once missionaries in India; upon returning to Australia Colleen went back to nursing and Dave became the Missions Pastor at Crossway. Seven years ago the Lord led them to start a Disciple Making Movement (DMM) ministry called Praxeis, which birthed itself from Crossway. One of the keys in Movements is discipling groups rather than evangelising individuals. The New Testament is full of ‘households’ who began to follow Jesus together. Quickly, this Biblical mandate to see multiplication of disciples spread across Australia, with ‘hubs’ in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and outback Queensland. The ministry has gone international with Dave and Colleen overseeing DMM work in Hungary, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seattle USA. They recently launched a practical training package called MyWorld to assist people in grasping simple tools to see discipleship happen.

“The thing about making disciples is that we can only ever reproduce who we are.” – Dave Lawton

Missonary Profile: Scott & Sarah M

Scott and Sarah with Joshua (2.5 years old) live in rural North-East Thailand. They are working with a people group called the Isaan people, which has 18 million people. The Isaan people are predominantly Buddhist (98%+), with elements of ancestor/spirit worship, and just 0.18% Christian, making them one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. Scott and Sarah are looking to make disciples and start churches that reproduce.

They felt compelled to go and work amongst unreached people after reading Romans 10:13-14 “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”

Scott and Sarah have been on the field for 1.5 years and are currently on home assignment awaiting the birth of their second child.

To partner with us in missions, talk to Daron at the Welcome Desk or write to missions@crossway.org.au

Missionary Profile: Scott and Sarah C

Scott and Sarah are in Singapore seeking people of peace in the harvest. They disciple them and their immediate circle into a relationship with God so that they can do the same with their own communities. Scott and Sarah are also catalysing prayer, and mobilising and training those in the Singaporean church who share this heartbeat. In Singapore every major world religion is represented and 50% of residents are Taoist or Buddhist.

80% of people in Singapore are unlikely to ever step into Christian buildings or services. But God is at work and people are hungry in these communities – we just need to find them and help them discover and respond to Him where they are.

To partner with us in missions, talk to Daron at the Welcome Desk or write to missions@crossway.org.au

Missionary Profile: Peter & Sue Bird

Peter and Sue Bird, with their two youngest children, Lizzie (15) and Joanna (13), are based in the community surrounding Kijabe Hospital. Kijabe is found 80km North North West of Nairobi in Kenya. Their older children, Sarah and Mel, grew up in the Kijabe community and are now both married and living in Australia.

Besides being part of a team providing excellent affordable health care (Peter as a surgeon), Peter and Sue are mobilising Kenyans to be obedient to God’s Word through the Kairos course. These Kenyans then go as medical missionaries into surrounding countries where most foreigners cannot go; “We are grateful to have the opportunity to bring missions awareness and training to these medical professionals, and we pray that God will continue challenging them and using them to reach the unreached of Africa.”

To partner with us in missions, talk to Daron at the Welcome Desk or write to missions@crossway.org.au