The Lord allowed me to be born into the home of full-time Christian workers. They were faithful to always keep the Lord before us. From the time I was very young, they taught me of salvation. I received the Lord as my Savior when I was about five years old and was baptized shortly after. As I grew older, I struggled with this on and off due to different things in my life, until I was reading a book on the blood of Christ and once again got assurance of my salvation.
The Lord has allowed me to serve in ministry in many capacities. I have always been a part of our church soulwinning program from the time I was twelve years old. I started in the bus ministry when I was in high school. When I went to college, I was involved in many different areas of service from children’s ministries to senior ministries. I have been involved in missions trips, youth events, and many other small scale opportunities. After college, the Lord allowed me to teach in the Christian school for a year before moving us to Hopkinsville, KY. I worked a full-time job while I was a deacon and taught the youth at our church.
For the last two and a half years before calling us into missions the Lord allowed me to come on full-time staff at the church where I oversaw the music department, the youth department, and helped to set up a daycare outreach program. We look forward to what God has in store for us in missions.
When I was six years of age my pastor, Dr. Ed Johnson, was preaching, and I remember feeling the conviction that I needed to trust Christ for my salvation. I went forward during the invitation, and his wife, Mrs. Ellie Johnson, took her Bible and led me to Christ. As a young teen, I struggled with some doubts. When I was fourteen, I spoke with my Sunday School teacher, Vikki Pierson, and she took me through the Scriptures and helped settled the doubts in my heart. The Lord has allowed me to have perfect peace in this area of my life since that day.
After taking a missions trip as a teenager, the Lord began to work in my heart in the area of missions, and I surrendered to His will at a youth conference at Windsor Hills Baptist Church. I majored in missions at Oklahoma Baptist College, and it was here that I met my husband. We were married in 2010, one year after we graduated from college. The Lord led us to Hopkinsville, KY, where were privileged to serve under the ministry of Pastor Ken Shaver of Greater Cumberland Baptist Church for 7 years. In 2018, the Lord clearly placed on our hearts the call to take the gospel to people of Iceland.
I believe the Lord has been preparing me for the mission field from the time I was a young teen by allowing me to be a part of a multitude of ministries throughout the years. For twelve years, I had the joy of working on different bus routes in Minnesota and Oklahoma. He has also allowed me to serve in the nursery ministry from the time I was in high school until now and recently oversee it for two years at Greater Cumberland Baptist Church. I’ve had the privilege of teaching a teen girls Sunday school class and working in different junior churches and Master Club. The music ministry has also been a big part of my life from choir, to orchestra, to special music. Being a part of different ladies Bible studies and getting to lead a small group Bible study were life changing ministries for me. I am thrilled to be able to take some of the skills and experiences that the Lord has brought into my life and put them to use in the country of Iceland.
“I am seven years old. I like Jonathan Park CDs. I enjoy going to VBS. I just learned to ride my bike without training wheels. I enjoy science museums and going to my grandparents house.”
"I am five years old. I like to play with new toys. I am pretty good at eating, and helping Daddy. I like to go to the Discovery Park of America."
“I am three years old. I like racing, wresting, toy guns, and sports. I like to play rough and go with daddy on all his errands. I don’t like vegetables.”
"I am one year old. I am walking all over the place now. I love to dig in the trash cans and climb stairs, but my parents never let me. I want to make my own decisions. I like to play and run with my brothers."
“Michael has a teachable spirit. He acknowledges that he does not have all the answers and has proven himself willing to listen to and act on godly advice from experienced men. He is a man of great integrity and follows through on his commitments. I believe he would be a return on your investment in world evangelism.”
“I want to wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend Michael and Nadia Shaver
to you for your consideration to be part of their ministry in Iceland, both prayerfully and
It is our vision to start with a few people who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We desire to train them to know, and study, and understand the Word of God for themselves, to be able to share and teach that with others and to disciple them to the same place of independent maturity. We desire to see them grow in numbers and grace, to plant churches and undertake visionary goals that the Lord has given to them. We desire to see a good translation of the Scripture made into the Icelandic language by the Icelandic people. We want to see them have a burden to reach not only Iceland but the whole world with the gospel, to not just take the news of salvation but to go and train other nations to maturity as the Lord has brought them.
Icelandic Missions is a pioneer work that will require much prayer and many hours of labor. We may never see the end result of our labor, but we desire to establish a work that will grow far beyond our influence. We desire to see a heart in the people that humbly strives to bring honor and glory to God throughout the world.
Safety on the road.
We are starting the process of getting accredited degrees to enter language school in Iceland.
Sale of our house.
Nadia is expecting and due to have the baby in early September.