Brian and Clarissa Krahn

IMG_5436Serving at Ancla de Amor.

We are Brian and Clarissa Krahn. We are from Winkler Manitoba but are currently living in San Carlos Sonora, Mexico. God has gifted us with 3 children. Cole is 10 years old, Mason is 6, and Leah is almost 2.

I am currently 33 years old. Clarissa and I were married in 2001. I worked in the family business and Clarissa was a stay at home mom. We are members of the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church in Winkler. We had all the comforts that is expected in our Canadian culture but for a real long time we wrestled with being content. We searched to find contentment (or should I say I searched) but never seemed to find it. It took a long time but I finally realized that what I was looking for couldn’t be found where I was looking. I was trying to fill the void in my life with “stuff” but the truth of the matter was that was not working. What I came to realize was I confused contentment with finding my purpose. The emptiness I felt was not from a lack of material items, it was a lack of God in my life. How could that be? I found all this a little confusing as I knew I was a Christian because I accepted the Lord a long time ago. If the Holy Spirit is alive in me why do I feel so…uncomfortable, so empty??? Well, to make a long story short God showed me a verse written by Paul that is found in Romans. Paul writes to the believers
in the church and offers a invitation. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.”
After understanding this verse it all made sense. Paul urged the Christians of that
Church to surrender their lives to the Lord as living sacrifices. Living for Christ on earth but dead to all our own dreams, desires and ambitions. I thought the deal was complete after I accepted Christ as my saviour which it was. God saved me and the Holy Spirit moved inside of me. But God also brings us to a point in our lives where we can choose to surrender our lives to Him. After giving the Lord all my dreams, desires and ambitions God opened the door for us and moved us to Mexico.

Our journey in full time ministry began in 2010 after God gave both Clarissa and I a conviction to work with children living in difficult situations. After a number of years in prayer and discernment God lead our family to the community of San Carlos, a small snowbird community outside of the city of Guaymas. For a year and a half we worked with a small feeding program for children in the city of Guaymas that was run by a Pastors wife. There we helped them look after the physical needs of the children as well as their spiritual needs. The program happened twice per week, the children gathered at
the Pastors home where they were ministered too and loved on. Each club began with singing which then led to classes. After classes we served all the children a hot meal which had been prepared by the ladies from their church. We were tremendously blessed to work along side with this Pastors family and they taught us so much about sacrificial living. What we loved the most about this particular ministry was watching God shine through this family. They truly loved their community and God was shining through them as they ministered to their children.

God used this ministry as an introduction to Mexico for us. He exposed us to many of the needs here in Guaymas but had also exposed me to many different people and resources here that we could tap into in the future. Eventually God laid it on our hearts to open a facility that would care for orphaned and abandoned children and almost 2 years later “Ministerios Ancla de Amor”(anchor of love) was born. We are excited for the future and the work that God has called us to and today, I can tell you with complete peace and confidence that there is no void in my life that needs to be filled. We have complete peace that we are right in the center of God’s hand, right where He wants us to be. It’s our desire to create a home of peace and comfort, shelter and security in times of storm. A place where children can come and be loved on, educated, raised up, but most importantly with the help from the power of the Holy Spirit come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.

My prayer is that someday we will have an army of “living sacrifices.”

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story. I trust that our journey might be a blessing to you.

 

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