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Ryan and Amanda Burleson

Ryan's Story

I was not a part of a church growing up or any faith community. I went to Seattle Pacific University on soccer scholarship which is a Christian Liberal Arts College where God used my passion and dream to play soccer to bring me to himself. I became depressed with my life after the first semester and found myself praying with a few guys on my dorm floor where I encountered the loving presence of Christ. I was radically saved and never looked back.

Two years later I went to Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon where I met my wife. During that time I took a short term trip to South Africa and Mozambique where God touched my heart for Africa, not knowing where God would lead me in the future. Three years later my wife Amanda and I made a trip to Zimbabwe during the difficult year of 2008 and fell in love with the Shona people and our hearts were drawn to give our lives here. We didn’t return until October 2012. In the meantime, I worked at Google with their maps project went to Seminary, worked with international students and our young adult ministry at church which has now become a church plant.

In Zim, we are working with existing churches especially engaged in compassion ministries. We are introducing a discipleship paradigm which involves a whole host of issues from leadership training, HIV prevention amongst youth, micro projects with farming or poultry, and business all with a view to seeing the church empowered and equipped with sustainable ministries.




Ryan (husband), Amanda (wife), Children: Hope and Mercy

Ministry Focus:

We are focused on discipling the church here in Zimbabwe, especially those involved in compassion ministries.

The People:

We live in Harare, the urban heart of Zimbabwe, with diversity unparalleled in Zimbabwe. Here you will find Koreans, Lebanese, Canadians, Germans, “Coloured” people, Shona, Ndabele, and many other mixes and smaller tribal peoples. The majority (70%) are Shona, and Shona and English are widely spoken throughout Zimbabwe.

Primary Prayer Request:

Pray for wisdom in how to move these churches and ministries from a dependent mindset to a sustainable, productive mindset in how they fulfill their ministries. Pray for boldness for me and perseverance as challenging stances have to be made with people who are challenged by sickness, hunger, so their ministries grow in such a way that they are no longer dependent on outsiders.