Mr. Chris Guzzardo (’02) has served as an international missionary in multiple countries and continents over the past 10 years. He has helped spread the Gospel in countries such as India, Haiti, Nigeria, Kenya, and many other regions.
He and his wife, Anna, and his two children, Bender (7) and Mary Grace (4), are planning to move to Nigeria in January of 2022 for the foreseeable future to continue to serve with their mission team.
We reached out to Chris to hear about his calling to mission field and how the Lord has worked through his team in various ways.
1. How did you know you were called to serve in missions?
God starting giving me “hints” that He wanted me to serve Him in missions even as a teenager, but the most clear call from God happened in August of 2011. I was wearing a Nigerian shirt given to me by my Nigerian roommate at a worship service. At that service, I saw my reflection in a window and the Lord began to speak Jeremiah 1:5 to my heart which says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I sanctified you; and ordained you as prophet to the nations.” God reminded me that my grandparents were missionaries to Nigeria for 30 years and that my parents were helping build an orphanage there. He said “your grandparents laid the foundation and you will have an opportunity to reap a harvest.”
2. What areas (countries/cities) have you served in?
Atlanta, GA at GateCity House of Prayer 2006-2019 with Mission Trips to India, Haiti, and Nigeria
Isiolo, Kenya, East Africa 2019-2020
Atlanta, GA at GateCity House of Prayer 2020-2021
Nigeria, West Africa 2022 and for the foreseeable future
3. How have you seen the Lord work during your time as a missionary?
We have seen God save over one hundred and fifty children as we have served and shared the good news of His love with them.
As we served in Kenya, we were able to share the gospel with some Somali people. Somalia is a closed country to the gospel and almost the entire Somali population are Muslim. It was powerful to get to share the gospel on a weekly basis and watch as God began to open the eyes and heart of one of our Somali friends. Please pray with us that that the Gospel would continue to spread throughout Kenya and Somalia.
4. How did FPD instill a foundation that helps you now?
FPD instilled in me a value for knowing and memorizing the Word of God. That value has stayed with me to this day, and studying the Bible is one of the things I do on a daily basis as a missionary.
5. Any advice for current FPD students that are considering the mission field?
First, I would say go to unreached places/people groups. 40% of the earth is still unreached with the gospel. I would say go to them and tell them.
Second, Jesus is worthy of your life, and it will be hard. I don’t think people talk enough about how hard doing cross cultural missions is, but it will be worth it. If you sense Him calling or inviting you to serve him, go for it.
Third, don’t go alone. I think far too many people think missions is something you have to do on your own. Go with a team. Go with a missions organization that has healthy teams. We like our organization GateCity Global.
6. Any plans for the future?
We are planning to move to Nigeria in January of 2022, Lord willing. We will be leading a team of seven other adults who will be moving with us. Our desire is to plant a house of prayer and missions base among unreached people groups. We want to get a breakthrough in prayer and see God bring salvation to many of the 100 million Muslims in the northern part of the country. Part of our team will be serving alongside others doing orphan care there and want to minister God’s love, compassion, and care to orphans and see them experience the transforming love of God through us and become the next leaders of the nation of Nigeria. The other half of our team will be training local Nigerians in a missions school to take the gospel as missionaries to unreached people groups across West Africa.
7. How can someone get more information?
If you want to hear more about our ministry, you can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.