Matthew & Britney Hagsten
Lily and Owen
Matt and Britney first met on a 300 mile bike ride to raise awareness and funds for youth ministry in Bulgaria. During the ride they connected over a mutual passion for youth ministry and a desire to empower youth to be disciples who make disciples. As they began a relationship, Matt was a full-time youth pastor at a local church and Britney led two internship teams to Bulgaria with Gabe and Melissa Hillman. In March 2014, they got married and began to earnestly seek God’s direction for the next step in their journey. After this time of reflection, they realized their greatest passion was to go to the ends of the earth with the gospel; to be a part of the movement of God among the Bulgarian youth. When they visited Bulgaria in the summer of 2014 they recognized that the fields are ripe - less than 1% of the youth are evangelical Christians - but there are few laborers. Compelled by the commands of Jesus and God’s desire that none should perish, they believe that the next step is to raise up and equip youth to be passionate followers of Jesus among their peers and families.Through Josiah Venture they are investing in their local church and seeking to transform the lives of Bulgarian youth with the Gospel.