ON THE EXCURSION OF A LIFETIME
OUR VISION IS TO SEE JESUS REVEALED, HEARTS COMMIT, AND LIVES RESTORED.
Jeremiah and Jennifer Alwardt married in 2015 after both graduated with Bachelor’s degrees from Apostolic Bible Institute (ABI). It was at ABI where their burden for the Nordic region, with a concentration on Iceland, began. As AIMers, they worked on-field in Denmark during the summer of 2016; then, accepting the position of youth pastor at New Life Church (Ames, Iowa) under Pastor Daniel and Amanda Flemming, Jeremiah and Jen served in that capacity until a position change of Assistant to the Pastor occurred in July 2020. They are also active in the UPCI Iowa District’s Youth Department, filling the position of Section 2 Youth Representatives.
In 2013, Jeremiah felt a call to Iceland while still attending Apostolic Bible College. After marriage, the Alwardts made two trips to the country in order to confirm God’s calling upon their lives. During the second trip in 2018, Jennifer felt that same calling and since that time, they have actively been raising funds. In summer 2020, the Lord opened a door to receive training under the Alphins in Finland, with a goal of starting a new congregation in the city of Lahti. Working with the team in Finland will help Jeremiah and Jen gain pioneering experience, as there is no organized group of believers in Iceland as of yet.
In Lahti, Finland, they will be working to build contacts and teach Bible studies while gaining experience in the Nordic culture. When they feel a release from this season, and the Lord opens the door for them to move full-time into Iceland, the second part of their excursion will begin – pioneering! They will work to build and maintain contacts through Bible studies and any other means necessary. Their heart is for the souls of this region, and the Alwardts are excited for what the Lord has in store for them in the coming years!
“Make no mistake about it, the burden and goal is to be full-time in Iceland, but if the Lord feels to have us go through training in Finland, we are excited to follow His call and be as prepared as He needs for this field.”
– Jeremiah & Jennifer
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8)
We first met Jeremiah and Jen at Apostolic Bible Institute in 2016 during our deputation travels. We kept in contact over the ensuing months and in the fall of 2018, we met them in Reykjavik for a time of fellowship and visionary conversations. We believe in their calling and have no doubt that they will accomplish what they set out to achieve! Our team is looking forward to having them in Finland for a time. We all believe that every plan God has is perfect and this one is no different. Welcome to the team, Jeremiah and Jennifer! – Mark and Glenda Alphin, Global Representative