Charles & Emily Coonce
Hello, we are Charles and Emily Coonce. Emily grew up outside of Denver, CO, and I am from the dusty fields of Southern Illinois. We met through Ozark Christian College!
Our first overseas experience, and first cross-cultural ministry opportunity was working in the rugged youth camps of Russia for a summer--for our honeymoon. After that year Emily and I lived in Germany for 7 months to learn about full-time mission work as interns during our undergrad. Living in Germany opened our eyes to the desperate need for ministry work in the West--something we were never told about! While we were there, we met another couple from England who were developing a missionary residency program in the U.K. We felt this program really suited our vision for our ministry, specifically with the long-term in sight. We knew we wanted something to bridge the gap between our internship and long-term work, so we completed the residency in Birmingham, England for a year. After our residency, we returned to Germany to find our long-term placement, which happens to be Pforzheim Germany, in the South! Every part of our 7+ year journey has been saturated in one word: intentionality.
We are running marathons, not sprints.
Jesus Bridges the Cultural Gap
Our work in Pforzheim Germany will be to help bridge the cultural gap and facilitate group leading and youth work with the church plant's vision. Pforzheim is a multi-congregational community that desires to be a unified force in the city for evangelism and disciple-making.
Their journey is to set a new DNA for the future: unified, multi-ethnic congregations that hold Christ supremely at the center, multiplying more disciples and reaching the Nations. Initially, this will be flexible and hold many hats, but we are prepared to help in this vision casting! Our primary
Pforzheim Germany holds a lot of opportunities, as the city is increasingly multi-cultural, and becoming a junction for the East and the West. Between the several generational German nationals who have never heard the Gospel or read the Scriptures, or the Middle East cultures who only knew Jesus as a prophet among many, the 95% of Europe as a whole not having a personal relationship is quite the call to ministry!
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It is no secret that from the very beginning of the church Christians have taken an active role in being missionaries and sending missionaries. Yet not all are called to be missionaries. (We are all called to make disciples)
Being a missionary is a calling, but have you ever considered that sending missionaries is also a calling? So what is your calling? Are you the missionary or a missionary sender?
All Kontaktmission staff live on support, meaning we believe that God will provide for his mission, through his church.
Please consider joining our sending team by partnering with us in prayer and partnering with us financially.
- For our placement in Pforzheim, Germany, and the multicultural congregation and groups in their navigation of all these new things to continue to approach everything in humility and Grace.
- For Emily and I to be diligent in our partner support, our hearts and minds to continue to grow in Christ, and for our opportunities while still in the States
- For the health and safety of our baby who will be born in June of 2023
- For partners and churches to support us beyond our expectations and for our funding to be solid!
- Pray for our prayer circles and supporters who raise up in prayer daily/weekly/monthly