As a high school student growing up on a military base in Germany, Karis had many opportunities to travel to nearby countries. Through these cross cultural interactions, she developed a heart for reaching young people with the gospel in Europe. On a short-term outreach trip to Slovenia in 2007, Karis felt drawn to the openness and honesty of the Slovene youth and to the Josiah Venture (JV) team who served there. She started to dream about one day joining the team and watching firsthand how God would build His church in Slovenia. After graduating high school overseas, Karis returned to the States and got a degree from Moody Bible Institute in evangelism and discipleship with an emphasis in youth ministry.
In 2015, we sent Karis Wadsack with JV to reach out to the youth in the city of Maribor. She serves in several evangelistic youth camps. After camp she continues to disciple and build relationships with the girls from camp. The outreach team in Maribor is working to start a junior high ministry. Karis is excited to be a part of the JV team in Slovenia, where she uses her love of sports and music to connect with junior high school students through a local church in the city of Maribor.
Short-term missions have four subordinate aims in light of gathering Christ-worshippers. Short-termers go 1) to support, encourage, and edify Grace Church missionaries, 2) to prepare the ground for the potential establishment of a career missionary team, or church partnership, 3) in response to a discernible leading in their lives in pursuing a potential career ministry in missions, and 4) to become vibrant, passionate world-Christians who feel the urgency of the spread of the gospel.
Our goal in short-term missions is not to take the place of long-term missions, but rather assist bridging the gap between the nation and the local church through this ministry partnership with our missionaries. Our short-term teams must have a strategic evangelistic outreach to the nations. Our passion is to see all peoples shout to God with loud songs of joy (Psalms 47:1)! We seek and desire to be used by God to bring people to repentance, and a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that through these missions projects you would personally experience, even for a brief time, what world-missions really means, and as a result, that it might spark a fire for you to see the importance of missions, and possibly be used of God to direct you towards being a career missionary.