Andy & Christel Schmidt
Andy and Christel Schmidt, with their children Libby, Drew, Liam and Josie, became lay Catholic foreign missionaries with FMC in 2017. They write, “God whispered a little suggestion, and we agreed to do it. Then He whispered another task, and we said yes. After a series of bigger asks, and bigger yeses, we became foreign missionaries, as big a surprise to us as to anyone! Ultimately, it is the same call for every Christian: to be a missionary means to be the hands and feet of Christ, to bring the love of Jesus to those who don’t know Him or feel lost or forgotten by God, wherever we are.”
Originally from Wisconsin (Diocese of Green Bay), Andy, Christel, and their children served as missionaries in Northern Mexico and now in New Zealand. They write, “Reflecting on how the Holy Spirit has used our presence in missions, our ministries are primarily Christian community-building in nature. It is relational ministry: meeting people, developing a relationship, inviting to a deeper relationship with Jesus (make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ). Sometimes we journey with people who are on the margins of society for a variety of reasons, sometimes we are encouraging people who are already very involved in church. And we are always very blessed by all of the amazing people we have met in missions!” The Andy Schmidt family is currently serving in the Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20