My Story & My Training
My name is Crystal Pierce and I was raised in Baker City, Oregon. I became a Christian at a very young age, but as I continue to grow in my relationship with Christ, I understand more of my need for a Savior.
Growing up I can remember hearing about missions from some missionaries that were working in a tribe in Indonesia. They had taught chronologically through the Bible and presented the gospel, and believers were born. These believers wanted to be baptized, and one woman told the missionary that she thought she was going to have to spend three days under the water, just as Jesus spent three days in the tomb. So, the missionaries went back and explained to her how baptism was a momentary expression of their identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. That was the first time that I remember hearing about people outside of my hometown becoming Christians and that there were still more people that had never heard of Jesus.
Following high school, I attended New Tribes Bible Institute in Wisconsin and was grounded in the Word of God. I was taught chronologically beginning with Creation and continuing through the Old and New Testaments ending with Revelation. I spent two years home in Oregon working, spending time with my church, and praying for laborers to go to the missions fields. Then within a period of two weeks I was the “laborer” sent to the Missionary Training Center in Missouri with a desire to see remote people groups hear the Gospel. While attending the Missionary Training Center in Missouri, I learned skills and techniques that can be used to help plant a New Testament indigenous church in another country and another culture. I also received training in learning how to face culture shock, living in a foreign country, unwritten language and culture, and more.
How will I fit in?
The first opportunity the tribal people may have to see Jesus is through my own relationship with them and also with the other missionaries This is one reason why my growing walk with Christ is very important.
Relationships with the people will grow in the years spent studying their tribal culture & language, and preparing for teaching. Trust develops as church planters give medical help and teach the people to read and write.
God is forming me to be a part of a tribal church planting team. As a valued member of a team I will be able to assist in:
- Minor Medical work
- Assist in creating curriculum & teaching literacy
- Assist in Bible lesson preparation
- Continued building of relationships
- Meeting with women and children to explain the Bible lessons
- Discipling women and children in a growing walk with Christ