My name is Ryan. Iâ€™m 32 years old. Iâ€™m married with a seven-month old son. I am a church-
planter leading a team in Paris and Iâ€™ve been with World Team since 2011.
I came to know Christ through a campus ministry during my first year of college. From the moment that I heard and understood Jesusâ€™ command to his disciples at the end of Matthew, I knew that I wanted to â€œGoâ€. I didnâ€™t know where and I didnâ€™t know how, but I knew that giving my life to help fulfill the Great Commission was the most worthwhile thing I could do. After college I spent a year overseas, got married, and went to seminary. During seminary my wife and I felt God leading us to France and particularly to Paris to do church-planting. To be honest, at the time I didnâ€™t really know what church-planting was, but I knew people needed to hear the Gospel, and I knew they needed to be nurtured in the faith in a life-giving community of other people following Jesus. That was enough to send me looking for mission agencies that did church-planting.
My wife and I found World Team in 2010 because we were looking for agencies that were doing short term trips to France with a focus on church-planting. At the time World Team offered a seven-week internship, which we thought was long enough to test our calling a bit and to get a sense of what life might be like living in Paris. God provided in amazing ways leading up to the trip, which gave us more and more confidence that this was something He was orchestrating. Through that trip we got a glimpse of World Team and were impressed by what we saw. What struck me about World Team was that they simultaneously focused on biblical essentials while being innovative when it came to ministry. The Gospel was central. Prayer was vital. Working together in teams with different people bringing their gifts, strengths, and abilities was the way they went about doing ministry. While their core biblical values were unchanging, they recognized that different areas and different people needed different methods in order to be reached. Jesus never talked to two people in the same way. He healed some, debated with others, sometimes spoke in parables, sometimes asked questions, and sometimes simply called people to follow Him. He treated people as individuals, even while recognizing that deep down they all had the same need for God. World Team does that. Some places they start hospitals, other places they do Bible translation, one World Team work uses concerts to gather people and use that as a means to share the Gospel and bring people to Christ. The method can be adapted if it means reaching people for Christ, investing in them, and equipping them so that they can be released into ministry and in turn reach others.
We are happy to spend our lives working alongside people who have a passion for seeing lost people reached with the Gospel and who will do whatever it takes to make it happen.
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