An Undeniable Calling…
Philip and Amy were both born in Columbus, Ohio. They married in 2005 and have three daughters, Lorelai, Anastasia, and Zoe. Philip has felt a pulling towards missions since age 10 and prior to marriage, took part in two missions trips to Norway. Those made a tremendous impression on his life and after marriage, the Swords knew they would eventually pursue overseas ministry.
In April 2017, Philip and Amy visited Finland for two weeks with the purpose of seeking God’s direction for their lives. During that time, God placed a calling and burden for the country and people of Finland upon them; additionally, He miraculously healed Amy’s foot from a crushing work injury resulting from a 2-ton pallet falling on it. Following their trip, application was made for AIM through UPCI’s Global Missions and in December, the Swords were approved for on-field ministry.
During the summer of 2019, their family served on-field in Helsinki and assisted with various tasks involved with Finland’s first hosting of Nordic Conference. The entire family helped in Helsinki’s weekly worship services and also ministered to the congregation in Turku. Strong relationships were forged with members of Team Finland as their daughters experienced the culture and need for laborers in this nation. Love for the area and people encapsulated their entire family and through it, a God-given burden for the city of Tampere was accepted.