Allen, Melissa, Ruth, Clara, and Hudson Batts
- Allen (DOB: 10-23) – Adventurous, kind, coffee-drinker, wood worker.
- Melissa (DOB: 5-26) – Yarn-lover, joyful, communicative, coffee-drinker.
- Ruth (DOB: 12-4) – Horse-obsessed, friendly, always on the move.
- Clara (DOB: 7-17) – Snuggly, laughs constantly, loves dancing.
- Hudson (DOB: 1-25) – Enjoys eating, dinosaur pajamas, and being held.
After being saved at age 7, Allen rededicated his life to Christ in high school and felt a drawing towards missions. He moved from Alabama to Alaska in 2011, where he began serving with a youth group.
Melissa was saved at age 5, rededicated her life to Christ in high school, and surrendered to missions that same summer. After a fateful trip to South Africa in high school, Melissa knew she’d serve on that continent long-term.
Allen and Melissa married in 2014 and started a tradition of writing “Imaginings” at every new year, based on Ephesians 3:20. In January 2018, while serving on a short mission trip in Ghana, West Africa, they finalized their list of 2018 “Imaginings.” It started with pursuing the international adoption process (something God had placed on their hearts in early 2017). The next day, they heard about a ministry opportunity in Togo, West Africa, that centered on orphan ministry. And so, they began praying about and, ultimately, pursuing that opportunity.
Now, Allen and Melissa seek to serve the Lord in Togo by partnering with the local church in three distinct ways:
- Providing practical training in children’s ministry that focuses on utilizing local resources
- Discipling Togolease believers
- Encouraging the local church
Their ultimate goal is to help fulfill the Great Commission by multiplying churches, disciples, and missions movements around the world. Consider partnering with them today!
- There is one True God who made all things. He created man in His own image, giving mankind free will.
- The first man and woman chose to use their free will to sin, destining all mankind to separation from God forever.
- In order to restore His relationship with mankind, God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment of sin.
- Though He lived a perfect life, Jesus gave Himself to death on a cross. Through His death, we can be brought back into a right relationship to God.
- Jesus was raised back to life three days later, proving His victory over sin and death. Now, He is alive and sits at the right hand of God, interceding our behalf as we await His imminent return.
- The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9) Salvation comes by accepting God’s free gift, not by works that we have done.