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Matt and Kristy Messick

To support and encourage new Evangelical Christians through mentoring and discipleship in rural Ecuador.

We're a family that can stand on the rooftop and shout of the Lord's faithfulness! We are so excited to go and serve Him in Ecuador. The Lord brought us together in 2001 as we both found ourselves on a rickety bus traveling along the dusty roads of West Africa. It didn't take more than a few days before we knew that He had brought us together for a purpose and that we were being called to live life together serving as a team.

Matt grew up in a Christian home, while Kristy was new to her faith, but there was little doubt that God was asking they to serve together, sharing with others their quirky enthusiasm and love of genuine relationships. They were married in 2002 and worked to discover where God would have them work. They’ve lived in Canada, Burkina Faso, the USA, Costa Rica and Guatemala. All along the way, God has blessed them and their family. Jonah and Micah were both born in Alberta, Elijah was born in Colorado, and Taylah in Costa Rica.

Matt's background is in construction, Kristy's is in International Development and nursing, and their hearts are drawn to working in rural areas. Their ministry vision is to work in small rural areas where they can use their training as well as their lives as a family to become an encouraging part of people's lives in the community. God has been preparing just such a ministry for them in Ecuador where they will support a group of small rural church plants by integrating into the communities, encouraging and mentoring new believers, offering support to church outreach ministries, supporting community development, and sharing Christ as they can in the day-to-day moments of life. They are excited to imagine all the different ministries that will develop within these small communities.

While Matt will be primarily working within the community as God develops their ministry, Kristy will focus on homeschooling their children and keeping an active household running. Because of the nature of life in a rural community though, they are excited that they all will be involved in ministry in one way or another, and hope that their home becomes a place in the community where people feel welcomed and safe to come and share in life, creating opportunities to share the awesome freedom of the Gospel.