Missionaries Supported by Lister Hill: The Forsythes, serving in Mexico
Jonny and Gemma met at Leeds Trinity University whilst both studying Primary Education. They got married at Lister Hill Baptist Church in 2003. Jonny is originally from Northern Ireland and Gemma is from Lincoln.
In 2001, Jonny and Gemma went to Mexico with a team of young people from Lister Hill. They were both very drawn to the people and the work happening in Mexico City. During the first years of their marriage, they both felt God's call on their lives, each at separate times. In 2004 ,they returned to Mexico for a second visit.Whilst they felt then that Mexico would in the future play an important part in their lives, they didn't sense from God that the timing was right to go. Matthew was born in 2007 and in 2010, Jonny and Gemma, along with three year old Matthew, went on another short term trip to Mexico City. During this trip, God very clearly confirmed his call on their lives. Susannah was then born in 2011, during a busy year of fundraising!
After leaving the UK in the summer of 2012, Jonny and Gemma completed their language studies in Costa Rica. The Forsythes began serving God in Mexico City in August 2013. In this huge and needy place, the Mexican workers often find themselves overwhelmed and burdened by the task God has given them. Jonny and Gemma serve in pastoral care, discipleship and mentoring of the Mexican pastors, church planters and those studying seminary classes. Jonny is also serving as coordinator of student growth at the seminary.
Their wider role includes serving the OMS team in the area of hospitality. Gemma serves as field hostess and as a couple they are responsible for mentoring and supporting short-term teams and prospective missionaries to Mexico. Jonny and Gemma have also enjoyed the opportunity to serve through English classes and friendship evangelism with people in their community. In God's perfect timing, he has called them into the role that he had for them and they serve, with all their heart, alongside the people of Mexico City.