Jenny & I met at our sending church, West Florida Baptist Church, in our singles Sunday school class. Shortly after we started dating, we began to work in different ministries of our church. During the time we were serving, we both knew that God wanted something more from us. We didn’t know what that “more” was, so we kept serving and doing what we had been doing. We both began to pray and ask God to show us what else He wanted us to do and trusted He would show us when the time was right.
During a Wednesday evening service while listening to a missionary update, the Lord used their video to call us as church planting missionaries to New Zealand. Through prayer, counsel and God’s Word the Lord confirmed in our heart His calling on our lives.
While our hearts have been knit together in ministry since we began serving over 20 years ago, our hearts have continued to be knit together stronger over the past 18 months as we have been on deputation. We are excited about what God has done and what He is going to do.
It is a great privilege to be able to write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Brett and Jenny Hoffman. It’s been exciting to watch God’s clear leading in calling the Hoffman’s as missionaries to New Zealand.
Brett and Jenny have been actively involved in many different aspects of our ministry. They teach our 5th and 6th grade Sunday School class, lead our children’s choir, serve each Sunday morning by preparing items for our Welcome Center, and are intricately involved in every church event. Additionally, Jenny has served as our church secretary for over 10 years. The Hoffman’s are a couple who have built their life around the church and serving the Lord, and they do a great job because they are committed to going above and beyond to do everything with excellence.
For several years, Brett and Jenny have sought for more ways to be involved. Brett has come to me on multiple occasions with tears in his eyes telling me his desire to do more for God. Brett works full-time for AT&T and has an unusual schedule, but this hasn’t stopped him from being passionate about the ministries he’s involved in. Serving in all these different capacities has not been a burden on Brett and Jenny, it has truly been a joy for them. I was not at all surprised when they told me they believed God was calling them to the mission field. It made sense. They are looking to do more for God and are willing to go wherever He leads them. These are choice servants of God being used by God in special ways.
We as a church are excited about sending Brett and Jenny out of our church to New Zealand. We will miss them terribly, but we are extremely excited to see how God will use them! I highly recommend the Hoffman’s and believe they would make a great addition to your mission’s program.
Pastor Mike Brown Senior Pastor, West Florida Baptist Church Where We’re Going and Who We We’ll Work With
Shortly after our survey trip, the Lord confirmed in our hearts that He wanted us to start our ministry in Ashburton, New Zealand under the leadership of Veteran Missionary Michael and Nancy Grove. He is the pastor of Victory Baptist Church there in Ashburton. While all the details of the work we will be doing has not been finalized we know that is where God would have us. We will work with them until we have our residency and then as the Lord leads we will start another church with the goal of turning that work over to a national pastor.
Our Prayer Letters
July 20 May 20 March 20 January 20 October 19 July 19 May 19 March 19 January 19Our Ministry Goals
• Church Planting - Our goal once we become residents of New Zealand is to plant churches and turn them over to trained national pastors
• Soul Winning - Through a number of outreach opportunities including letterboxing and daily contact with our communities
• Discipleship - To teach, equip and prepare new believers for service in the Lords work
• Training - To further train the believer in the gospel and doctrine of Jesus Christ that they may boldly proclaim the word of God
Our Contact Info Email – Email (View Email Address) Phone – Brett Hoffman – 850-910-2952 Sending Church – West Florida Baptist Church
• That New Zealand would be saved
• That God would raise up national pastors to take the churches He allows us to start
• That we would be in country by early to mid-January 2021
• For more supporting churches
• A full schedule for the rest of the year