Why Church Planting? A little bit of our story…
Back in 2007, before we met, God caused us to seriously think about what we’d do with the rest of our lives. We began to look at what it personally meant for us to “seek first His Kingdom.”
From Payton’s point of view: When I was 19, and just a few years old in my faith, God prompted me to stop and consider what the overall pursuit of my life should look like. With a little help from the book of Ecclesiastes, it was easy to determine that I didn’t want anything to do with what can in one word be summed as “vanity!” I began looking into what sort of things people do for full time ministry, with missions work being one of them. My home church in California had Acts 1:8 as it’s theme verse that year and was something that played a large part in my initial interest in missions. So it began with a little spark, and God began developing it from there. I eventually got connected with the Navigators and a small, overseas ministry that they run. I eventually headed out to Colorado where the Navigators home office are and began connecting with staff there.
From Grace’s point of view: Part of the way through my summer working at Eagle Lake Camps in the Rocky Mountains, I decided to move out to Colorado Springs. I’ll admit, looking back, not all of my reasons for moving were wise, and some of them were just plain silly, but thankfully, God was bigger than my 22-year-old sense of wisdom. I had all sorts of plans of my own, but not long after my move, most of those things had fallen through! God had other things in mind, and used even my own plans to get me alone and ask me, “What are you going to do with the rest of your life?” Somehow that led me to consider missions. I called up my dad and asked what he thought I should do. He told me to talk with missionaries, read biographies, look into organizations, and find out what overseas ministries the church was involved in. And then he told me that sometimes God just wants you to get excited about what He’s doing in the world–so, just follow it until He stops you. And so, I took his advice.
Together: After God brought us together, those convictions began taking shape as we caught a glimpse of what Christ was doing overseas in and through His Church. We had lots of long conversations! Looking back, it’s incredible to see how God strategically put people in our lives at precise times to help us along in our understanding, whether it was folks at work or some incredible missionaries who ended up in our small group. These encounters began shaping the once vague idea of “seeking first His Kingdom” into a clear desire to bring God’s Word to the unreached.
Once we realized that millions were without the Bible in their language, our hearts were moved and challenged to fill the need in some way! And after almost five years of marriage, God continues to confirm and convince us of His plans for our future!
We believe that God desires all believers to be involved in sharing the truth of the gospel, as well as building up Christ’s body, the Church. For us, this path has come to mean planting churches among the unreached peoples of Asia Pacific.
Our passion is to see the Gospel spread to all peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations. We pray that God would be glorified through our lives as we proclaim Him, and as we desire to see “every man complete in Christ.”
Who we are…
Payton grew up in a rural part of California as the youngest of four boys. He became a believer at age fifteen after attending a local youth group. Working with his hands has always been source a joy as he’s able to serve people. He’s watched God continue to grow him in the area of studying and teaching God’s Word, as he desires to be intentional with those around him. God’s opened many doors for him to engage young men in the past few years and he’s taken up the challenge, even being able to blend in hobbies like woodworking and the outdoors.
Grace grew up in Detroit as the oldest of four girls. She came to know the Lord at age six. She loves finding new ways to creatively express God’s goodness, whether it’s in music, teaching, or writing. As God puts women in her path, she’s learning to grow in her ability to be an effective discipler. She finds joy in serving alongside Payton as they find new challenges around each corner, whether it’s problem solving, exploring the great outdoors, or working with her hands.