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Jon Christiansen

My Story

As a child, I lived in Zimbabwe, where my parents worked with TEAM at the Karanda Mission Hospital. In 1970, we returned to the USA where I finished High School in Stoughton, Wisconsin. I then went to Moody Bible Institute, majoring in Mission Aviation, also attending another technical school along the way, studying Aircraft Electronics. Following my graduation I worked at Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, Tennessee in its Avionics Department until it began a phase out process in 2003. For a short while, as we were applying with TEAM, I worked with the Carter County EMS. We began our work in Zimbabwe with TEAM in July, 2004.


Family:

Kathy and I have three daughters, Heidi, Ruth & Julie. Heidi is now married to Henry Knight.

Ministry Focus:

Most of my time is spent managing people and projects that are connected with the maintenance and development of the Karanda Mission Hospital. Karanda is now over 50 years old. It also is one of the busiest hospitals in the country of Zimbabwe. In general, Kathy and I love to see how the Lord works through the folk that work at the hospital, reaching out in various ways to the many that come there. We are active in the local church and in various discipleship opportunities that the Lord has directed our way.

The People:

The local Shona folk are generally very kind. Being relational, they enjoy any conversation and time we spend with them. Approximately 80% of the people of Zimbabwe attend some form of church service during any given week. Studies have shown that approximately 20% to 25% of these clearly understand what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. People are open to discussions about this relationship and actually welcome clear explanations. These daily opportunities are what I really enjoy; seeing the Lord orchestrate each one for His Glory.

Another cultural challenge gives rise to further opportunity. Many parents spend little time with their children outside of the normal routine of life. Like everywhere, the Shona children around us love to have someone spend time with them. The opportunities here are endless.

There are many good churches in rural and urban Zimbabwe. Folk hunger for training.

Primary Prayer Request:

I am always challenged by the needs of folk around us. So many do not have work and lack basic resources that enable them to plant, harvest, or send children to school. Please pray for wisdom as I deal with the needs that are brought to our attention.

We are involved in a couple of on-going discipleship opportunities. Ask the Lord to bless His Word as we study with these people.

We are involved with the local church in a number of areas. We would like to be useful in each of these opportunities.

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