We are the Means family, called to be church planting missionaries to the Czech Republic. We are currently on deputation. Lisa and I were not raised in church. Lisa was a Christmas and Easter Christian and Nathan was raised Unitarian Universalist and an atheist. While Lisa was saved as a teenager, Nathan was not saved until 25 years old while getting his PhD in physics.
We trained at Windsor Baptist Church, where Nathan was saved and we were both baptized. We served as children’s ministers for years at WBC and were involved with the addiction ministry. When God moved us to Texas, we were not sure what God was doing. He made it clear that He wants us to go to the Czech Republic after we met the Kennedy family (missionaries to the Czech Republic) in the first missions conference we attended as members of Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring, TX. While at TBC, Lisa was able to serve in the women’s jail ministry and has been able to see women both get saved and come to church after being released from jail.
We are now called to the most atheistic country in Europe, and some would argue the world. However, God has shown us how He has been preparing us for this ministry our whole lives. The life experience of being atheist and being foster parents as well as the ministry experience in addictions ministry have prepared us for ministering in the second highest alcohol consuming nation where 1 in 7 people are alcoholics. Through God’s power, we are planning to plant churches, train Czech men, and help lead people from a life of bondage to alcohol to the life of peace and freedom in Jesus Christ.