The Wachters live in Auckland, New Zealand. Through the Navigators organization, they reach students in the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and Unitec. Their goal is to help Pasifika students in Auckland and the South Pacific to become godly and skillful followers of Christ who are prepared to walk and labor with him for a lifetime.
Amy’s relationship with Christ began at an early age growing up in a Christian home with parents who loved the Lord. Through trials and adversity growing up, Amy developed a deep trust and dependence upon God as a young girl and that flourished and grew as she took a firm stand for Christ during her teenage years. Her involvement with the Christian and Missionary Alliance church growing up, and The Navigators ministry at the University of Nebraska, planted a vision in her heart, through many visiting missionaries and a strong vision for missions, to one day serve God in that capacity as well.
Brian's personal relationship with Christ began in January of 1992 during his sophomore year of college. Growing up in Nebraska City, Nebraska, in a home that did not know Christ as Savior nor did we acknowledge him in any way. Throughout my teen years and through many difficulties my interest in spiritual things grew in many ways. My interest in spiritual matters heightened through a dating relationship that began during my sophomore year of college. Through this relationship I saw a side of Christianity that I was previously unaware of, specifically the relational aspect of knowing Christ personally. All of this prepared the way for new birth some time during or shortly after hearing a friend explain Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice and the appropriate response of faith.
Brian's most significant growth began through my involvement with The Navigators ministry as a student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Through a small group Bible study and the personal investment of an older mentor, he learned how to read and study Scripture personally, how to have a daily devotional time, how to share his faith with others, and many other basic spiritual disciplines to help him walk faithfully with God.
In terms of the call to gospel ministry, Brian says this: "I understand my call as a combination of my passions, spiritual gifts, and the affirmation of the Body of Christ. This passion to serve the Lord in a vocational capacity became clear to me in 1994 while working as a camp counselor at The Navigators summer camp called Eagle Lake. I found that the more I interacted with children, the more my heart longed to serve God and his people full time. Since then my passion for God and his church has continued to deepen. This passion is closely tied to both my spiritual gifts and the affirmation I’ve received from the Body of Christ. I understand my spiritual gifts to be preaching/teaching, evangelism and exhortation/ encouragement. And over the past sixteen years God has affirmed this calling through his people, including the elders of Calvary Community Evangelical Free Church (Nebraska City, NE), leaders and colleagues from my time with The Navigators, and other mentors, friends, and family. In this light, my long-term ministry goal is to serve the Lord Jesus and his Church as a missionary with The Navigators, providing gospel-centered leadership, preaching, and shepherding."
Brian and Amy have four children, Anna, Kirsten, Aiden and Abigail.
To learn more about the people groups and religions of New Zealand, go to The Joshua Project - New Zealand.
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