It has been in the works for several months now, but has become officially official within the last few weeks.
Here is the big announcement:
Rick and Chrissy Downing will be joining the Live Love Ministries Team as MSC Missionaries through the North American Mission Board!!
We are extremely excited to have them aboard and cannot wait to see how God will use them here on the reservations! We have prayed for years that God would send a couple to work alongside us and the Native believers that call this desert home.
Rick and Chrissy have been appointed by NAMB, are selling off their personal possessions , and will be making their way to the Reservation full time early this summer.
The Downings have been traveling back and forth to the Reservations for the last several months and have already begun to build relationships and make plans on how to better make the name of Jesus known among the Gila River Indian Community and the Tohono O'Odham Nation.
They will make their home in Sacaton in the heart of Gila River Indian Community and will work closely with First Pima Baptist Church. They will also begin the process of planting churches in some of the villages that currently have none.
Rick is currently serving as the Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church in Mayfield, KY. Their home church has been very gracious and supportive of their call to the mission field.
Pray for Rick and Chrissy as they begin this new chapter of their life!