We’re the Kautz family, missionaries to Colombia. We’ve been serving in Colombia since 2006, working to bring a message of hope to youth and children throughout the country through equipping churches, leaders, teachers and parents to impact the next generation with the Gospel. Please look around the site to learn more about what our work in Colombia involves and how you can be a part.
Through large events, teams or just walking through the park, telling others about God's love for them is key to our ministry.
The heart of our ministry is discipleship, not only leading youth and children to Christ, but helping them as they grow in their faith.
Corey has used his background in construction and engineering to design and build schools, churches and ministry centers.
The Kautz family is made up of four members, Corey, Tona, Alex and Maggie. Corey was Tona are both ordained ministers through the General Council of the Assemblies of God. In 2001 they felt God calling them to missions and set off to begin that journey. This felt a little insane at the start, since Corey had a very promising career at a local engineering firm and they were living the “American Dream”. After several baby steps and giant leaps of faith, they first commissioned as Missionary Associates in 2004 and together, after two years of fundraising, the Kautz four were sent to Bogotá, Colombia in 2006 for their first term on the mission field. While in Bogotá they served as associates to Michael and Naomi Lawrence, working in youth and children’s ministries and with Latin America ChildCare. Corey designed and helped oversee the construction of two schools while Tona worked in the administration area of all of the schools.
In 2008 they returned to the States with confirmation in their hearts that missions was not just an adventure, but would be a lifestyle they would commit everything to. For the next two years went through the process of fulfilling all of the requirements to become fully appointed missionaries. While their hearts were still in Colombia, they were prepared to go wherever they were asked. God knew their hearts because they were sent back to Colombia. They spent 2011 through early 2014 working in Medellín, Colombia, helping train local church leaders to start and/or grow ministry to children and youth. They worked with the Colombian national church to hold large events and outreaches throughout the city and the country.
They returned once again in June 2015 to Medellín. In this next term they hope to plant more youth and children’s ministries throughout the city as well as help develop ministry programs in churches that are just getting started. They are working towards developing a community center for the youth and children in the Envigado community alongside the local church that will serve as a refuge for children and youth, a place to offer classes, before and after school help, parenting classes and whatever other opportunities God makes available to be a lighthouse in the community.
Alex and Maggie have been an integral part of every step of ministry. Both have served wholeheartedly. In August of 2014 Alex left to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida where he is studying Film Production. He hopes to return to the mission field and use film to bring awareness to the state of missions around the world. Maggie returned to Colombia and resumed her ministry on the worship team. She will graduate in 2016 and return to the States to study in the fall.
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