We are Pete and Bree Ammerman
Our goal is to fulfill the Great Commission and bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the last unreached people groups on earth, since 2500 languages are still without a single verse of Gods word.
To accomplish this goal, it takes a large team. Along with roles in tribes such as teaching God’s word, discipleship of new believers, teaching literacy and translating the scriptures; it also takes a team of dedicated missionaries serving in a variety of supporting roles. This holistic approach allows missionaries living in the tribes to stay in full time for the 25+ years that it takes to complete this God size task. Supporting roles such as pilots, mechanics, IT, teachers, doctors, and USA based missionaries are just a few of the vital roles that make it possible to reach the goal.
Our role on this team is to be a resource and support system for the children of missionaries (MKs) through serving on the MK Care Team. In tribal church planting, it is not just mom and dad who do ministry; their children are an integral part. However, there are challenges that are inherent when transplanting a family into a different culture. Our team exists to support and resource missionary families as they navigate this challenge with the goal of seeing healthy MKs and families on and off the mission field.
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Pete: I was born in upstate New York and moved to northern California early on in life. I grew up a “Christian” in title but had little understanding of what that meant. I remember wanting to know for sure what it meant and found my answer in 6th grade after being introduced to Christ at a youth retreat. From then on, I put my faith in Christ alone! The life I was living looked far from “Christian” but I found such freedom when I learned that Jesus gave his life in my place, the fact that I was completely forgiven, and that He wanted a daily relationship with me. Soon after, I was discipled by an older brother in Christ who included me (even though I was young) on a missions trip to Mexico. This is where I was exposed to the need for the spread of the Gospel with the transformational power and hope of Christ to a hurting and dying world. I learned that there were people who have never had an opportunity to hear of Christ and I wanted to be a part of helping to reach them with the gospel.
Bree: I grew up in a loving Christian home in Papua New Guinea, in a missionary family. My parents have been faithful missionaries for 20+ years. Though I grew up seeing the needs for the gospel around me, I myself was stuck in misunderstandings about God. I lived a life full of guilt and thought God was disappointed in me. I tried hard to gain His acceptance but fell into a continual cycle of trying hard and then failing. Even though I heard Gods word my whole life, I had not fully grasped for myself some key truths about God’s character and who I am. I came to understand that He created me for a relationship with Him, but because of my sin, I was separated from Him forever. However, He loved me so much that Christ died to pay for my sin and rose again, making a way for me to be saved, free from any efforts on my part. He created me and bought me with the blood of Jesus! What freedom and love I found in Him. I was a sophomore in high school and everything changed. Christ gave me new life to the full, and I wanted to live for Him and see others who have never heard of Christ come to know Him too!
Together: We met in 2005 at Hume Lake Christian Camp in California while attending a year-long college discipleship program. During one of the weeks, we had a guest speaker who had worked in Papua New Guinea with the Bisorio people group as a missionary. He and his partners spent 20 years learning the language and culture, translating the bible, teaching literacy, teaching chronologically through the word of God, and discipling new believers. He challenged our class with the fact that God gave His Son so the Bisorio people could be saved and forgiven so that they could have the opportunity to live with and worship Him forever. However, there are still 2,500 of the world’s 6,500 people groups who have never had a chance to hear this good news. Millions of men, woman, and children are still isolated from the Gospel. Christ’s last words to the disciples were, “go and make disciples of all nations” he was talking to us his followers. It is our commission as Christ’s disciples.
On June 20th, 2008, we were married and worked full-time in our home church to deepen our relationship with our community and gain further ministry experience. Soon, God directed us to the missionary training offered through New Tribes Mission, now called Ethnos360. We have chosen to work with Ethnos360 because they exist to assist the local churches to reach every last unreached people group, no matter how isolated. Local churches in nearly 30 countries send 3,000 missionaries through Ethnos360 to plant churches among hundreds of tribes in places like Asia, Asia-Pacific, Latin-America, and Africa.
We are sent out from our local congregation, friends, and family, we look forward to being a part of God’s plan to redeem His people from every tribe, tongue, people and nation, for his Glory.
….Oh, and we can’t forget about Indie! We LOVE our amazing Australian shepherd cattle dog mix.