Ryan and Melissa Yates

Ryan, Melissa and Isaac Yates have joined North Texas Missions, Inc. as full time missionaries to the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. To sign up for their newsletter, please submit your email address to the right of this notice.

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Each missionary is responsible for raising 100% of their support. There are three ways you can help partner with the Yates.

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3. Mail your support check to North Texas Mission and we will send you a monthly receive and envelope for ongoing contributions.

North Texas Missions, Inc.
P.O. Box 424
Frisco, Texas 75034

Thank you for your prayers and financial support for Ryan, Melissa and Isaac.

Powerful Testimony: Melissa Yates
Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:30 | Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 07:41 | Written by Phyllis Jenkins, Publisher/CEO

My name is Melissa Yates, and I am currently an early childhood teacher with a concentration in Special Education. I have been married to my husband Ryan for seven years, and our son Isaac will soon be three years old. I would love to tell you my story and how God continues to have a hand in our lives.

I grew up going to church in a small town in East Texas. My parents were careful to teach my sisters and I right from wrong, and we always knew what was expected of us. Even so, I knew there was something missing in my life. I would spend my summer breaks going to Vacation Bible School learning about the character of God and the love of Jesus. I came to a point when I began to question what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. At eight years old, I asked Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of my life. My journey had begun!

Growing up, I loved being a part of the body of believers by serving every chance I had and singing in the choir. My parents were great examples of true Christ followers. They were hard workers who served in any capacity they could whenever they had the opportunity. I learned early on that helping others was far greater than anything money could buy.

When I got into college, I dug in deep with both heels into my relationship with Christ. I was heavily involved at the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at Stephen F. Austin State University, and I became a part of a great Bible study with strong servant leaders. My sophomore year, I became a Bible study leader. What a life-changing moment it was when I was able to pour my life into my fellow college students! It was during this time when God also began to stir my heart for missions. Kyle Klemcke, our BSM Director, was very missions minded, and he encouraged us to pray about serving in an area outside of our comfort zone away from the people we knew. I became very excited.

God repeatedly placed the idea of being a summer missionary on my heart. I had to work my way through college, so the idea of taking the summer off seemed very far-fetched. I later learned that there were short term mission projects during the Christmas break. I prayed diligently about where God wanted me to go. I heard of a program called “Operation Go” in Nicaragua, which was a project to reach the country of Nicaragua for Christ. I told my parents that I felt God was calling me to reach out to this organization and find out what it would take to serve with them. My dad’s initial response was to not allow me to leave the country. However, when he saw how respectfully adamant I was about serving, he agreed to pray about it overnight. The next morning, the first thing he told me was that God clearly spoke to him about letting me go to Central America. If you knew my dad, you would say that this was a miracle! My dad is very protective of his girls. He shared specifically about how God showed him that He was going to carefully watch over his child. This sparked a lifelong love for the mission field—at home and abroad. I began to see the hand of God move in mighty ways over and over again. Since then, I have served in other places like Michigan, Honduras, St. Vincent, and Eleuthera.

Missions wasn’t the only love I found while attending college; I also met my husband through friends at the BSM. God began to work on Ryan’s heart as well. He became a youth minister at our small church and a Bible study leader at the BSM. We were married just after I graduated in 2004 and moved to Frisco, TX where I received my first teaching job. Since moving back to Ryan’s home town, we have been attending church at First Baptist Frisco where we continued to serve in various ways. In 2008, we began to feel God tugging at our hearts even more. We went to Honduras together on a mission trip and experienced God in a mighty way. It soon became clear to us that the mission field was calling our name in a more permanent manner.

Bob Johnson, a godly man who serves on the North Texas Missions board, encouraged us to apply for the mission field when we shared what God was doing in our lives. We earnestly prayed that God would make it very clear to us where we should go. Prayers were answered in an amazing way, and we began to pursue work at a Christian boarding school called Windermere High School in Eleuthera, Bahamas. There we would have the opportunity to work with students, showing them an example of what it means to live for Christ by teaching at the school and by living out our lives pursuing God. Given my degree and experience with special education, I will have the amazing opportunity to work with special needs students (something that the island of Eleuthera does not have access to.) We would also be able to form relationships with the local people and share the love of Jesus. Ryan would be helping to equip and train local pastors. In Eleuthera, life is lived from day to day with a carefree mindset that sometimes does not take into account the long-term effects of short-term choices.

We feel strongly that God has a plan for us, and our hearts are willing and open to anything He has planned. In order for this plan to come to fruition, we will need monthly support from family, friends, and hopefully some of you. If you feel God laying it on your heart to help us in any way, please contact North Texas Missions at www.NorthTexasMissions.org. We would absolutely love for you to put us on your prayer calendars too as we pursue His plan.

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In Christ,

Ryan, Melissa, and Isaac Yates