Justin, Nicole, Fionna & James
Dave, Melinda, DJ & Lucy
Justin, a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, has provided relief aid from Hurricane Katrina to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and led various development projects while serving in the U.S. military and on the ground in Burma. Justin together with his wife Nicole and his children Fionna & James are leading a movement through The ARK Initiative, pushing back the darkness and bringing the light of Jesus to the lost, the last and the least.
In 2015 Justin and Nicole moved from the U.S., to Thailand to work with unreached people groups in Western Thailand and Burma, which is wracked by the longest running civil war in history. The everyday lives of many of the Burmese people are affected by war, human trafficking, drug trafficking and sex trafficking The mission is to love God, love people and make disciples that make disciples till the country of Burma is no longer part of the unreached people groups of our world.
Nathaniel Hurley has a passion for emergency rescue. His service in the US Army had Nathaniel working closely with foreign and local forces both in Iraq and Afghanistan. After seeing injuries in combat, Nathaniel decided to get more medical training. He became an EMT Basic and worked for the local ambulance service while finishing his bachelor degree in engineering. Volunteering with ski patrol, Nathaniel expanded his outdoor rescue skills. After graduating from university, he worked with the Forest Service fighting wildfires and a local hospital in transport. Over the past 5 years, he has volunteered with the local fire department in Missoula, Montana and received training in various aspects of emergency rescue. Now Nathaniel lives in Mae Sot with his wife who works with solar power in remote communities. He spends his time caring for their happy baby boy. Nathaniel volunteers with the Phrathatpadeng Rescue Association and provides instruction on firefighting. In a mostly Buddhist region with several Muslim communities and tribal groups that practice Animism, many people know little of Christians, nothing of Christ, and have no reason to trust either. He hopes that God can be shared with those around him. He wants his actions and words to bring God’s love into the lives of the emergency responders of Southeast Asia.
Dave currently works in partnership with the ARK initiative in Thailand & Myanmar strategically supporting the wellbeing and proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to marginalised and unreached people groups. We seek to equip indigenous disciples to reach their own ethnic people groups through provision of discipleship training, church planting and assisting in providing resources for sustainability in the face of persecution, to see the great commission fulfilled in their lifetime.
Dave believes that building a discipleship culture that is worth multiplying requires that we live life on life (Ephesians 5:21) life in community (Acts 2:42; 2:44) and life on mission (Matthew 28:18-20). This discipleship culture is the environment that will equip disciples to increasingly bring all of their life under the Lordship and empowering presence of Jesus Christ as King.
Dave's training demonstrates that global mission requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world. We see that it is obedience to the commands of Christ and the practice of the Apostles that mission within a local & national & international context must be happening simultaneously with the gospel going to the ‘ends of the earth’. Historically, the command of Jesus to take the gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth has partially been geographically fulfilled, we believe that all mission now takes place from the vantage point of the ‘ends of the earth’ to every (Ethnos - People group)
Fionna is actively engaged in the mission of loving people with the gospel of Jesus and has a specific ministry to other children in the area of the border of Tak Province - In 2018 Fionna wants to have a party on her birthday to give blankets and toiletries to the kids and have party food and games for them.
Her hearts desire is to see children experience the joy and wonder of a life fully lived in Jesus!
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The Burmese Team
The main thrust of The ARK is to raise up indigenous leaders to lead the movement and carry the gospel to over 200 ethnic groups in Burma. These leaders are already responsible for networks of believers which now number in their thousands. The ARK Initiative provides a discipleship training centre in Tak province, Thailand; a safe house for persecuted believers, a community farm project, early childhood education, Bible translations, disaster relief and is known among the believers of Burma as a place of safety, healing, training and care.