Kyllonen Family Mission
Billy, Beth, and our six children have been serving as full-time missionaries for the last three years. God has been doing incredible things. He’s opening many doors of opportunity to see more fruit and expand the work.
As things continue to grow, we cant help but wonder…
- Wouldn’t it be great if we saw the fulfillment of the Great Commission in our lifetime?
- What would the world look like if a whole generation of young people took on the challenge of reaching the world for Christ?
- Is it possible to see a new wave of sold-out, passionate, determined missionaries? Those who would fearlessly and faithfully preach the gospel around the world?
The good news is that it is possible. Not only is it possible, but it is happening. We are still in the beginning stages of expanding our influence in realizing this dream.
PROFILE: Who are we?
Billy, Beth, and our six children are serving as missionaries within Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
We lived and served for 16 years in Southeast WA, before the Lord called us to full time mission work. We led many local and international evangelistic outreaches and mission trips. This gave us vital training for the work which we are now called to.
We sold our home and moved our family to Tijuana, Mexico in early 2015.
After five months in Mexico, we moved to Hawaii, where we have been serving at YWAM Honolulu.
PROJECTIONS: What do we want to do? What is our vision in ministry?
Our vision is to multiply evangelistic zeal and an urgent passion for soul winning within the next generation of Christian missionaries. This will result in the gospel being carried to the ends of the earth.
We believe we are uniquely called to a specific mission: To teach and train others how to verbally articulate the message of the gospel to the lost.
Many people want to share the love of God with the world. But they don’t know how to communicate the message of the gospel in a way that the listener can hear, understand, believe, and be saved.
Our experience qualifies us to equip others with the confidence and the tools they need to reach the world for Christ.
For many years we led numerous evangelism exploits. Now we are in a season of training and reproducing more evangelists to carry the torch.
We have already been seeing amazing fruit in this new role of teaching and training.
- Training and equipping hundreds of young people who have been carrying the message of Christ to the ends of the earth.
- Shifted the culture of the Honolulu base back to its roots of evangelistic zeal and purpose.
- Pioneered a new training school at YWAM Yosemite in California
- Trained and released leaders and staff members of new schools of evangelism
- Hundreds of people won to Christ in our local and international outreaches.
PLANS: How are we planning to achieve our vision?
First of all, the question is asked, Why Hawaii?
We were specifically invited to move to the Honolulu base by Danny Lehmann, YWAM’s Director of Evangelism. He’s the organization’s highest authority in that regard. He asked us to join YWAM and help restore the evangelistic arm to full strength.
Honolulu has many diverse subcultures within and around the city. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Every week, there is a new influx of 30,000 tourists. People come from every continent, and from all different world-views and faiths.
This makes our city unique in its appeal. Not only as a base for local outreach, but also as a training ground for missionaries. They engage in various types of evangelistic methods and witnessing encounters.
Our goals in Honolulu are two-fold. First, to impact both the city and the tourists with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Second, to train missionaries within YWAM who will become life-long soul-winners.
We wish to impart a burden and compassion for the lost, in the classroom and leading by example on the streets.
Our vision is not limited to the students on our base. The broader vision is to reach beyond Honolulu, teaching in other YWAM bases as well.
Billy has been traveling to speak in churches and in YWAM schools in Finland, India, Nigeria, Mexico and around the mainland U.S.
Other YWAM bases have invited us to pioneer similar schools in the US, Mexico, Finland, and Australia.
PRIORITIES: How are we allocating our time, talents, resources to fulfill our vision?
Time: Balancing adequate time commitments between family and ministry can be a challenge.
We are committed to:
- parenting well
- serving our local church
- investing in YWAM students
- reaching out to the world around us
Talents: The Lord has opened the doors for us to make the most of our individual gifts within YWAM and at church.
We are currently serving daily on the YWAM base as school directors. This is a full time position for both of us.
Resources: Isn’t Hawaii expensive?
Short answer: Yes. But it is a very strategic location for the reasons outlined in our vision.
Managing money on the mission field is something we take very seriously.
Our partners sacrifice to contribute to this ministry. We do not take that responsibility lightly.
Of course we have normal living expenses, but outside of that, we also have ministry expenses.
Examples would be purchasing evangelism resources, travel for mission trips and speaking engagements.
PRACTICE: What are we doing right now?
We are the directors of the School of Missions and Evangelism.
This is a full schedule for both of us, with 60+ hours of time commitment per week.
The School of Missions and Evangelism is a 5 month course with a 11-12 week lecture phase on base. This is followed by a 10 week outreach phase in a cross-cultural environment.
Outside of YWAM, we are engaging in all sorts of local outreach efforts.
- humanitarian work
- food distribution
- homeless ministries
- cross-cultural ministries
- lots of personal evangelism
PARTNERS: What are our needs?
The greatest need of any missionary is partnership with other believers.
No one can accomplish anything significant on their own.
God hasn’t designed it that way.
It is a team effort.
Every missionary needs partners who stand with them as the sending agents who are invested in and have a desire to see the mission succeed.
Jesus was the Great Sender, when He said to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Not everyone can “Go” but they have the capacity to send someone in their stead. This is a wonderful way for them to partner with what God is doing in reaching the world.
They get to fund someone who otherwise would not be able to go. They become a vital partner in fulfilling God’s work.
When you support a missionary, you become a missionary.
You share an equal blessing and an equal reward in the ministry!
If you partner with our specific ministry, what will that contribution accomplish?
Well, a lot of things. It helps keep us on the mission field and provides the necessary resources for
- sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to lost and dying people
- multiplying evangelistic zeal
- training more missionaries
- sharing the gospel literally around the world
Your partnership will extend beyond Hawaii and into the ends of the earth, to people who have never heard the good news before.
That is a cause worth investing in.
How can you give? Very simple.
Go to the “donate” page of our website, and choose the option that suits you.
The last thing is to contact us to confirm you have made a donation. We would love to stay in touch and send you monthly personal updates on the progress of the ministry.
When you join with us in fulfilling the great commission, know that you will be making a lasting impact. Your contribution will be one part of God’s grand mosaic of reaching the world for Christ.
PRAYER: How can you pray for us?
Prayer is so powerful! John taught that when we pray within the will of God, we know that we have the things we ask of Him. (1 John 5:14,15)
When we pray for laborers, we can know and be assured that we are within the will of God every time, since it was Jesus himself who said, “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2)
We have simple prayer requests:
•For good health
•For adequate funding
•Wisdom and anointing to teach and preach well
•Wisdom as parents to raise our children well on the mission field
•For a rich harvest of souls
•For God to be glorified in our life and ministry
Finally, we would like to extend a warm “thank you” for reading our vision and how you can become a part of it.
Our prayer and financial partners are family, co-laborers in the privilege of serving the Lord and expanding His kingdom.
Billy, Beth and kids
Angel, Elijah, Ashley, Billy-Joel, and Zackery