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Bldg 20-10, Daesagwan-ro gil-11, Unit 402, "Beige House," 657-17, Hannam-dong - 04401 - Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
"Asia Mission Movement"
SARA'S SCHOOL: currently in 9th grade!
OUR CO-PARTNERS IN MINISTRY
Hillsboro church of Christ, Nashville, TN (overseer)
Forest Mill church of Christ, Manchester, TN
Harpeth Hills church of Christ, Brentwood, TN
Sherrod Ave church of Christ, Florence, AL
Jackson Park, Nashville, TN
Roger/Elisabeth Loyd, Brentwood, TN
Ankeny church of Christ, Ankeny, Iowa
Birdwell Chapel church of Christ, Cottontown, TN
Fountain Head church of Christ, Portland, TN
We are the Boyce's: Chris, Teresa, and Sara. We are "tent-making" missionaries who live in Seoul, Korea! The work here is overseen by the elders from the Hillsboro church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee. What do you think of when you hear the word, "missionary?" Some may think missionaries are "super spiritual" people. Or maybe "sacrifice?" In all honesty, what have we sacrificed? Very little compared to King Jesus, the Son of God, who left the glory of heaven to live as an ordinary human for 33 years...the ultimate missionary! No, missionaries are not "special" people. Just sinful, ordinary broken vessels like everyone else. Or as Batsell Barrett Baxter used to say, "Missionaries are beggars telling other beggars where to find the bread." I like that. Mother Teresa used to say, "When you see a great painting, you don't say, "What an amazing paintbrush!" You say, "What an amazing artist!" It is the same for all servants of of the LORD. God is the Artist; we are just paintbrushes who seek to point people to the Artist.
The truth is: anywhere we live is the mission field. Why? Everyone will be at the Judgment. Everyone needs Jesus. We join God in what He is doing in the world. The Great Commission to go into all nations is for EVERY believer. Some people, God chooses to use in the same place their whole life while others He moves them from place to place. This has been true of our family.
Teresa worked as a missionary in Brazil for 2 years (1988-1990) and worked with Nashville Inner City Ministry for 9 years. Both Teresa and Chris are alumni of Lipscomb University (Teresa graduated in '88 with a B.A in Spanish and Chris graduated in '94 with a B.A. in Bible). Later, Chris received an M.A. in Missions from ACU in August 2000. While in school, Chris served as a prison chaplain working in prisons teaching both men and women about Jesus in TN and TX for 5 years.
Before getting married in 2002, Chris and Teresa worked with Inner City Ministry. Teresa worked in Nashville Inner City for 9 years (1991-2000) while Chris worked in Mobile, Alabama Inner City as an evangelist and director from 1994-1998. The Boyce family worked as missionaries in Tanzania, East Africa (first, Chris in 2000, as a family, 2002-2005) planting 3 churches and training 3 evangelists (who are all still active in ministry today). In 2006, Chris worked as a missionary-in-residence at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN teaching Bible and Missions classes. From 2007-2011, they worked with the Boa Vista and Afogados congregations in Recife, Brazil doing discipleship and leadership training. From 2011 to 2015, Chris served as minister for the Forest Mill church of Christ in Manchester, TN.
Why Korea? It started in 2012 when Teresa began watching Korean dramas on her computer and she fell in love with the country and the Korean people. We believe God was already working. Sara soon followed. In 2014, God began to open doors: first to teach at a Bible school in January 2015 in Seoul. After numerous confirmations (too many to mention here), God made it clear He was calling our family to join Him in what He is doing in Korea. We moved to Seoul, Korea, a city of 22 million, in February of 2016. We spent the first year getting settled, studying Korean (struggling is more like it; it will take a good 4-5 more years to get where we can maybe understand 30-40% of a conversation). In March 2017, for visa purposes, Chris began teaching English at Korea Christian University. After abundant prayer, they believe God is calling them to college ministry. Only 3% of college students in all of Korea are Christian. The Boyce family seek to begin churches without buildings among college students and create disciple-making movements that will influence Korea and all of Asia for the glory of God.