This is part four in our series introducing UCC missionaries. In this post Josh and Annukka who are missionaries in Finland answer these three questions:
- Who are you?
- A praise?
- What are your plans for this Christmas?
Josh & Annukka Navis
1) We are missionaries in Finland. Josh was born and raised in Michigan, US, and Annukka is Finnish. We met in 2013 while Josh was doing missions in Finland and were married in early 2014. We are now in ministry with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) together.
Our heart is in discipling and raising the next generation of Christian leaders. Starting in 2015 we will be leading a YWAM Discipleship Training Schools in Ruurikkala, Evijärvi, Finland. This six month school challenges young people to grow in their relationship with Jesus and equips them to reach out to those around them with God's love. Leading the school gives us an opportunity to invest in the students and staff and to see God transform lives.
Please continue to lift us up in prayer as we seek the Lord's wisdom in leading the school and His guidance in finding new ways to reach out to people both in Finland and abroad.
2) God has proven His faithfulness to us over and over again by blessing us financially and providing us everything we need. Since Annukka quit her paid job this summer and stepped into full time ministry together with Josh, God has been bringing people into our life who want to be part of our ministry in prayer and financially. We are so thankful for all these supporters enabling us to work with YWAM, but most of all thankful to God for His faithfulness in taking care of His children! Matthew 6:25-34.
3) Our Christmas will be filled with moving boxes! Right before Christmas we will pack our earthly belongings into a truck and drive six hours north from Helsinki to our new home in Evijärvi. This is where we will be leading a YWAM school next year. We are excited! After the move, we will have a chance to celebrate Christmas with our family, eat well and relax a bit.
Read the earlier parts of this series introducing UCC missionaries:
To learn more about UCC missionaries and what they do, to receive their personal updates, or to support them financially, you can contact the UCC missions coordinator (Sanna) via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.