Allen & Jill

Allen is the lead software engineer on the growing Live Global technology team dedicated to crafting quality digital tools for directly proclaiming the Gospel and equipping missionaries for greater effectiveness as they fulfill the Great Commission.

MISSION

equip missionaries and ministries
with the strategic technology tools
they need to share the gospel
more effectively, more rapidly,
and with more people

Summary

SENDING CHURCH:
Harvest New Beginnings in Oswego, IL

START DATE WTIH LIVE GLOBAL:
July, 2020

FOCUS OF MINISTRY:
Technology

QUALIFICATIONS:
20+ years as a software engineer

More about us

Allen and Jill both grew up in the Chicago area. We met at the University of Illinois through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and got married in 1996. Jill is a registered pharmacist and grateful to be homeschooling full-time and serving in women's Bible studies. Allen earned degrees in aerospace engineering and business, but except for a brief stint working on missiles in Tucson, AZ, he spent 20 years as a software engineer in the financial industry.  Our kids, Haley, Ryan, Keira, and Luke, are also serving in various capacities from college campus ministries to playing drums in a worship band.

Our journey to Live Global

We were looking for some way to live more by faith and with more purpose.  Andrew, the executive director of Live Global, visited our sending church in the spring of 2019 where he talked about the changing nature of global missions. He focused on the strategic value of technology in spreading the Gospel which sparked our interest.  After a series of conversations, seeking wise counsel, and prayer, we made the decision to serve full-time with Live Global.  God perfectly orchestrated events to bring us to this organization and we look forward to how God will use us for His glory.

How you can partner with us...

Join us in prayer for Live Global’s efforts in advancing the Gospel through global partnerships.

Financially support Live Global and specifically our service to the mission.

Why support a software engineer as a missionary?

The use of technology is strategic to fulfilling the Great Commission.

worldwide technology usage facts

ACTIVE INTERNET USERS
NEW INTERNET USERS EACH DAY
AVG TIME SPENT ONLINE PER DAY
MOBILE DEVICES IN USE AROUND THE WORLD
SOCIAL MEDIA USERS
NEW SMARTPHONES PUT INTO SERVICE EACH DAY

Digital tools provide the ability to go where people are. The typical internet user spends many hours online each day. If we want to meet them where they are, we must show up on their screens.

Digital tools cross boundaries. Technology allows the Gospel to reach places many missionaries cannot physically go.

Digital tools scale in a way face-to-face meetings cannot. Instead of a spoken message reaching a few hundred in a specific location and time, technology allows the same message to be received by millions around the world now and in the future.

We should take some of our evangelism efforts into the digital realm, not because we want to be relevant and cool, but because we take the call to share the Good News seriously and have a sense of urgency in our mission.

And, if you do it well, digital can point people to real-life experiences: groups, weekend gatherings, personal connections—all of which are necessary and vital to life. Digital just helps you reach more people more quickly. --Carey Nieuwhof

For more on how technology is transforming missions, check out this podcast where Live Global's executive director shares his journey from ecommerce to ABWE and how technology is being leveraged today to spread the Gospel.


letters of recommendation

A word from the senior pastor of our sending church (click for pdf)
A word from the senior executive director of Live Global (click for pdf)