Andy & Christel Schmidt
Andy and Christel Schmidt and family discerned God’s call to foreign mission work as the next small step in a series of small steps toward a more God-centered daily life. They write, “God whispered a little suggestion, and we agreed. Then He whispered another task, and we said yes. After a series of bigger asks, and bigger yeses, suddenly we are giving away our stuff and becoming foreign missionaries, as big a surprise to us as to anyone! Ultimately, it is the same call for every Christian: be a missionary, be the hands and feet of Christ, bring the love of Jesus to those who don’t know Him or feel lost or forgotten by God. We are all called to this service; some are sent out to the nations, and some are called to bloom where they are already planted. Either way, it is humbling to be given a task that is so important to God’s Kingdom, and we are honored to say yes. The task is bigger than our abilities, and we will need the Armor of God and a ton of prayers to renew our ‘yes’ every day.”
Andy and Christel are from Wisconsin, and have been married since 1995. After many years of infertility, God (using the skills of a wonderful doctor) healed Christel’s endometriosis enough to become pregnant. Through God’s amazing and perfect plan the six of them, Andy, Christel, Libby, Drew, Liam, and Josie, will be going forth as missionaries called by God to spread the Gospel.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. – John 16:16