Thank you so much for taking the time to read about what God has been doing in JP & Liz's life. God has put a burden on their hearts for the nations in Africa. JP has been to Africa 7 times [Burkina Faso, Swaziland, Tanzania(2) and Zimbabwe(3)] and Liz has been to Zimbabwe & Burkina Faso.
When the couple first met, JP shared with Liz his passion for missions and Africa, telling her that he knew he was called to be a full-time missionary. She shook her head and said, "that's awesome!" All while in her mind, she was thinking, "I'm not moving to Africa!!" But not long after, a passion ignited within her for the people there. They obeyed the call of God on their lives and moved forward in their pursuit of full-time missions.
After going to Go To Nations Missions Preparation and Orientation in February2013 and being sent by their local church, the first steps to be full-time missionaries was complete. They finished their 10-week internship in Burkina Faso in December of 2013 and the next step is a one-year apprenticeship in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Following Thailand, the Otts will continue their ministry in Tanzania.
One of JP’s main passion is seeing the church reach its full potential, truly being the hands and feet of Jesus. One of Liz’s main passion is reaching the lost, or as she says it, “loving (the lost) into the presence of God.” They feel God made it real easy for all of us. By loving God and loving people, as commanded, everything else will work itself out. In Thailand there are several different types of ministries they will be involved in that match up to both of their passions and callings. Another passion that Liz has is overall personal health (Mind, Body, & Spirit). There will be more to come about this!
The Otts recently welcomed a new missionary to their family. Yahna (God answers) Jubilee Ott was born on the 4th of July 2015. She was truly an answer to prayers! Currently the family is raising support partners (prayer & finance) to start their apprenticeship in the spring of 2016. They are all excited about serving on the mission field together as a family.