Jason, Kristi, and David Balstad

The Balstad family has served in various ways in Africa since 2006.  Jason and Kristi started with short-term missions to Uganda and Kenya, doing freshwater projects, children’s and young adult ministry, church planting, and discipleship training. They also helped with a child’s sponsorship program.

Their family of 5 moved to southern Madagascar in 2014, partnering with the local church to support and encourage local leaders to make disciples.  They used Farming God’s Way to teach and help the community improve soil fertility, crop productivity, and bug and weed control with agriculturally sustainable practices that fit the environment. The Balstads also used farming as a tool for evangelism, supported a literacy program, and taught at bible schools. After returning to the United States in late 2016, they have continued to support and encourage missionaries and ministries in Africa.

In 2023, under Apple of His Eye Charity, Jason went on a vision trip to see how God could use their family in Rwanda. Since that trip, God has put it on their hearts to move to Rwanda and support the Muzima program, partner with a vocational school with discipleship and vocational training, and help with church planting in rural areas of Rwanda.

With two adult children now on their own, Jason, Kristi, and David plan to leave for Rwanda in November 2024. They need to raise $3500 in monthly support to pay for living costs, including food, housing, transportation, insurance, etc.  They also need a one-time support of $20,000 to pay for travel costs, setting up their house, etc. Please prayerfully consider partnering with the Balstad family.