Anthony and Emilie Marzett are preparing to serve the Lord in West Africa. They are a young couple from Fresno, CA. who we have had the honor of training for cross cultural ministry. They recently wrote with some thoughts on their training and how God used our family in their lives. Here are a few of their comments:
"The most important thing we learned through our training with NTM (and indeed there are many other important lessons) is the truth concerning who we are in Christ.
It’s startling how often we, as Christians, depend upon our own human effort to achieve for ourselves what Christ already achieved for us in His death, burial and resurrection. "Positional truths", as we called them in Bible School, are those things that were true of us in Christ from the moment we believed, although unfelt experientially. The pinnacle of these "positional truths" is found in Galatians 2:20, which our class chose to define the theme for our graduation from NTBI in 2007.
Dan and Casie Falls had a significant influence on our thinking concerning the Christian life, namely, living life from our position of being 1) Crucified, 2) Buried, 3) Raised, and 4) Seated with Christ in Heavenly places. Beside our times in the Word of God with the Falls, they also invited us into their home and lives to witness what it means to live in the power of the Spirit. To this day, nearly 4 years after the commencement of our training, we are putting into practice the spiritual truths we learned from them and many others who invest themselves into missionaries like ourselves.
Today, we are enroute to represent the Lord Jesus Christ in West Africa as tribal church planters!
Our ministry in West Africa can be described in one word: "Becoming". What kind of people do we need to become so that as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:22, we might "by all means save some"? It will be our daily task to discover the answer to this question for His glory.
Our vision is to partner with the African church by "pulling the plow" together in the harvest fields in order to win the lost and see New Testament churches thriving in the True Vine. "
Casie and I are just thrilled to see God using Anthony and Emilie in this amazing way in West Africa! Please be praying for them and their two sons Dante and Zeal, as they begin their ministry.
You can read more about the Marzett family at http://www.ntm.org/anthony_marzett
Please also pray for the Falls family as we train future missionaries.