We are passing the baton of ministry leadership in Carmel schools (USA) and undertaking training and making preparations to take up the invitation to join a Tandem ministry (Agape in New Zealand) with the long-term goal to reach and minister to school teens. We plan to move to Auckland in September 2024!
Why New Zealand?
Although 50% of New Zealanders would identify as a Christian only 5% of any faith group attend a regular religious gathering. This indicates that most people are culturally religious and do not have a living relationship with Jesus.
As we consider the state of young people in many cultures globally we see the need for the presence and nearness of Jesus to cast away loneliness, the truth of the gospel to bring clarity in confusion and the peace of God to heal anxiety. We believe that we can help people encounter Jesus through authentic relationship and discipleship.
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Our story so far, briefly!
Carolyn was introduced to Cru (Agape in the USA) as a middle school student in Cincinnati, OH, USA and after university studying marketing, business and youth work she joined Cru staff in 2006 and spent a year working at headquarters in Orlando, FL. USA.
She then worked with high school teens in East Asia for 14 months before settling in Fishers and Carmel, Indiana (USA) until 2014.
Carolyn then spent 4 years in Sydney, Australia coaching and training school chaplains and working with students, helping establish a high school ministry with Power To Change (Agape in Australia).
After meeting Jonathan in Australia, we were married in December 2018 in the USA before spending 6 months in the UK. While Jonathan completed studies in architecture, Carolyn worked remotely for Cru headquarters again.
Carolyn returned to Carmel, Indiana (USA) to direct ministry in the Carmel schools, a high school and three middle schools and after VISA processes Jonathan joined her in October 2019. He has worked in Architecture since and volunteered with Cru, helping train student leaders and joining boys in studying the bible together.
Eliza was born in November 2022!
After joining Carolyn on a short term mission trip (taking teens to Fiji and New Zealand in June and July 2023) Jonathan formally joined Cru staff in September 2023. This trip encouraged and affirmed that God wants to use me and my story to share of His goodness, grace and healing in my life, walking alongside young people in a way that I needed when I was their age, with the hope they might avoid some of the pitfalls of my younger years when I lacked support, guidance or experience.
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Jonathan.Thomas@cru.org or Carolyn.Thomas@cru.org