Who We Are
Michael was from Kansas. Chrisi was from Michigan.
He served in church ministry. She cared for the sick as a nurse.
God brought us together and guided us to Guatemala.
Now we’re a family of eight
reaching out with the hope of Jesus Christ
in Guatemala and beyond.
We believe that amazing things happen when there is vision, unity and hope.
When God’s people work together on doing His plans, His way,
He brings about His perfect results.
Our journey as missionaries began as children when we heard stories, read missionary biographies, and saw the examples of others serving in missions. As the Word of God became real in our own lives, we began sharing Christ with those around us and sensing that God has a call on our lives also. That call began with serving and sharing Christ with others where we were and following God’s lead in reaching out within our communities and on short-term missions trips across the globe. Michael studied Communications and Community Development and worked with ministries in the U.S. and abroad. Chrisi studied nursing and cared for patients in hospital while reaching out on short term mission trips.. Since 2011, we have been using what we learned in the past along with new wisdom we’re gaining to reaching out with Christ in the mountains of Guatemala where we live full-time with our family that has grown to include our six children and many neighborhood kids who spend their time with us.
We serve in our local community and alongside Guatemalan leaders to disciple a new generation of leaders to reach Guatemala and beyond with the life-changing Gospel.
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Chrisi knew she was called to be a missionary since she was a little girl. Her professional training in the medical field as a Registered Nurse and a passion for reaching the lost with Jesus are a great part of the Shead family mission to reach the world around them with Christ.. “I have a heart for helping people with physical needs and leading them to Jesus,” Chrisi said, “I want to spread the Gospel to the world and the Guatemalan people. I want to go use the skills that God has given me to reach them with the Gospel and help with their physical needs as well.”
Michael and Chrisi met at ResLife, where Chrisi grew up, their first conversation was about missions and the need in Guatemala. After a wonderful courtship, they married on July 11, 2009. “We love being married and getting to minister together is a great blessing!” Michael said. After prayer, counsel, and waiting on God’s timing, they now serve through ministry, outreach, and evangelism in Guatemala. “We believe God has called us to serve the people there through a local ministry (ASELSI).” they said. “Where He wants us is exactly where we want to be!” Their six children were born in Guatemala. They are little blessings and a great connection with the local people who want to see our little “Guatemaltecos”! They are learning to speak Spanish, English and the local Mayan language of K’iche’. Michael & Chrisi are part of Reach World Mission and ASELSI
Read about Reach World Mission here.
Our Guatemalan mission is to serve alongside an established ministry to:
- Make disciples and following Jesus Christ with our whole hearts and lives
- Communicate what God is doing in Guatemala,
- Develop and train local church leadership,
- Help provide medical care and training, and
- Connect outreach teams with local church or community needs.
These goals will be accomplished with the ever present goal of reaching more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and salvation through Him.
Michael & Chrisi Shead
Canton Chulumal Primero, Lotificacion Santo Tomas
Chichicastenango, El Quiche, Guatemala, Central America
Cordigo Postal 14006
Michael & Chrisi Shead
Reach World Mission
2468 Cavalry Rd.
Garland, KS 66741
Facebook: Reach Guatemala
US: (616) 965-1906
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