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About the Actis's
Matt was raised on a small ranch in the foothills of Fresno County. He graduated from CSU Fresno with a degree and a teaching credential in Agricultural Education and taught at Clovis East High School for 10 years. Matt studied Theology through Moody Bible Institute's distance learning program.
Shelley was raised in the mountains of Sonora and also majored in Agriculture at CSU Fresno. One of Shelley's missionary training programs included Women in Ministry through Converge PacWest.
Together, both Matt and Shelley attended the Center for Intercultural Training and have been full time missionaries since 2010.
Matt and Shelley are missionaries with United World Mission. UWM comes alongside churches and Christian organizations in many nations to serve with them in ministries of mercy and justice. Our goal is to empower the poor and vulnerable, but also to help form churches with a compassionate heart and passion for justice.
Matt & Shelley have four daughters: Lindsay (2000), Kennedy (2001), Chloe & Sophie (2003).
Statement of Faith
We, through our organization United World Mission are affiliated with the World Evangelical Alliance, in addition United World Mission affirms the statements of the 1974 Lausanne Covenant, which provides clarity and guidance to United World Mission directors, officers and employees.
We believe the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) (2 Timothy 3:16-17) (2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in one God, who is Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16), who has revealed Himself in three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14), (John 10:30). (Psalm 90:2), (1 Timothy 1:17), (Psalm 93:1). (Psalm 139:1-6), (Psalm 139:7-13)
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might demonstrate who God is and provide the means of salvation for humanity (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15).
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; that He is truly fully God and truly fully man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life; that all His teachings are true (Isaiah 14; Matthew 1:23). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all humanity (1 John 2:2) as a substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53:5-6). We hold that His death is sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior (John 1:12; Acts 16:31); that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:17); and that it is attested by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; 1 Peter 1:3).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body (Acts 1:9-10) and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Romans 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). We believe that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while by no means outside of the Spirit’s ability to empower, no longer function to the same degree in all believers as they did in the early development of the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:20; 4:7-12).
We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9) (Romans 5:8-9) (1 Peter 2:24).
We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all believers of this present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27).