Both Tim and Andrea were raised in Christian families and have benefited from the influence and teaching of faithful believers in their lives. They met during the second half of their training with New Tribes Mission and were married in March of 2001. They completed their training in 2002 and moved to Asia-Pacific November, 2003.
During Tim’s high school years he took many short-term trips overseas with the youth group at CFC it was there he saw a need of so many who live outside the reach of the gospel. Andrea was burdened with world evangelism as a teenager and began praying that God would use her to share His message with those who did not know Him. Both Tim and Andrea are convinced that there is salvation in no other name but Jesus Christ.
Tim & Andrea returned to Asia-Pacific September of 2009 and got right into a process of re-evaluating and re-surveying many island areas. This is an effort to help locate new teams into the areas of greatest need. Tim also was involved in helping some other teams to gain language and culture proficiency as well as try to encourage them to fulfill the calling the Lord has placed on them.
A highlight for the Ullums was to spend 5 months living with a fellow missionary who needed the support of partners in order to finish the task of drafting out the New Testament into a tribal language. It was a great privilege to serve the Lord in that way. It is also exciting to see God’s Word becoming available for many tribal believers.
In 2010 the Ullums were joined by another family, Paul and Irene, and there are plans in the works for a third family, Phil and Shelly, to join the team soon.
The Ullums are doing a lot of the foundational work to make the gospel available in the heart language of the tribal people. An orthography (alphabet) has been concluded upon and some translated material is already being tested to see how accurate and usable the alphabet will be.
Since February of 2011 Tim has been transitioning from full time language study into the full time translation. Their goals are to translate the scriptures that will be foundational for the tribal people to begin to understand who God is, how man came into the situation he is in, and what God has done to redeem us through Jesus Christ.
Helping the sick and needy is also a burden the Lord has placed on the Ullums heart. There are lots of opportunities to love and show compassion to people here from medical helps to hygiene and proper child care. One recent project has been drilling wells to get clean water for families who need it.