Allen is the senior 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.
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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. And we have four great kids, Haley, Ryan, Keira and Luke.
Our journey to Live Global...
We were looking for some way to live more by faith and with more purpose. The executive director of Live Global, Andrew Caudill, visited our sending church in the spring of 2019 where he talked about the changing nature of global missions and 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?
The use of technology is strategic to fulfilling the Great Commission.
Millions of people around the world have more access to a mobile device than to a toilet or running water. There are people without shoes who have a phone. Why? Because it connects them to the world. The digital and mobile age is here to stay and Christians need to make use of these technologies to reach people with the Good News.
Digital tools provide the ability to go where people are. The average internet user spends many hours online each day. If we want to meet them where there are, we must show up on their screens. In addition, technology allows the Gospel to reach places many missionaries cannot physically go.
Digital tools scale in a way face-to-face meetings cannot by transcending geographic, physical and time barriers. 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 globe 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