David and Mimi, appointed separately as interns to France, work with the JPense team—Dennis, Carol, Joel, and Lydie Teague—in their outreach ministry. JPense (I think) brings young people together in a neutral environment and addresses their pressing questions about life (apologetics) with the goal of introducing them to Christ.
Myriam (Mimi) was appointed as a short-term intern in April 2015. David received a two-year internship appointment in April 2016. David and Mimi began dating while she was completing education at Randall University in Oklahoma and raising her support to return to France. They married in August 2017.
David and Mimi make new contacts, invite them to JPense events, and organize JPense discussion groups with them. They also assist with a new church plant originating from the JPense events.
Born into a Christian family with godly parents, David grew up knowing it was important to serve the Lord and participate in building His Kingdom. Although he accepted Christ as a seven-year-old, he became “comfortable” in his religious stance and gradually moved God to second-place. A gifted athlete, sports and friendships became more important than his relationship with Christ.
One night, driving home from a Bible study, the 17-year-old hit a patch of gravel and wrecked, flipping the car three times. He emerged unscathed and knew God had issued a wake-up call.
Myriam is extremely close to her older sister, Lydie. When Lydie became a Christian at the age of 18, Myriam began following her to youth group and church. Lydie challenged Mimi to think about why she was on earth and to study the Bible. At the age of 14, Mimi gave her heart to Christ.
She determined right from the start that being a Christian meant complete devotion to God. The examples of missionaries, their honest love for the French people, and evident sense of urgency for reaching the lost moved Mimi to mimic their example.
Following his accident, David participated in E-TEAM (a summer missions experience for high school students) traveling to St. Croix, Cuba, and Brazil. He credits the trip to Cuba with giving him “a heart for the lost and impoverished.” After the trip to Brazil, David committed to a life of missions.
David attended Lindsey Wilson College on a basketball scholarship. He transferred to Welch College during his sophomore year and graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in business administration and a minor in intercultural studies.
During his time in college, David served in various ministry roles (primarily youth pastor, associate pastor, and intern) within his home church in Owensboro, Kentucky; 180 Fellowship in Clarksville, Tennessee; Clearview Church in Clearview, Texas; and The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee. He volunteered at the Nashville Rescue Mission, experiencing both the joy of seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Christ and the heartbreak of praying for people who rejected salvation. He also joined a THP (The Hanna Project) trip to Côte d’Ivoire, assisting in the building of a school and soccer camps for local youth, during spring break of his senior year.
Myriam attended Randall University (Moore, Oklahoma) for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to her studies, she toured as a member of the college’s New Life Singers.
Prior to her time at Randall, Mimi lived in her home country of France and studied at the Université of Nantes. At age 15, she began helping the Teagues with JCrois (I believe) youth events. Mimi invited her school friends to youth events and shared the gospel with them. After graduating high school, she spent six months working with Operation Mobilization in South Africa.
Mimi matured spiritually during her six-month missions experience. When she returned to France, Lydie Teague (her sister) asked her to help with the St. Sébastien youth group. Mimi thrived in this role. She also used her social skills to meet and invite people to participate in JPense events and small groups.
Mimi is passionate about seeing scores of French youth come to know Jesus as Savior.
First Free Will Baptist, Owensboro, Kentucky
St. Nazaire Free Will Baptist Church, St. Nazaire, France
Updated December 20, 2017