Jon & Amanda Mayhue (missionary appointees to Sweden)
Our family returned to Northwest Arkansas in 2011 after a brief stay in Tampa, FL. Shortly after our move, we welcomed our 2nd son. It would be here in NWA that The Lord would introduce us to our church family. Doing life with this body of believers would inspire our hearts to service in all facets of Christian ministry. Jon began seminary at SBTS in August 2014 pursuing an MDIV in Christian ministry. After extensive study of The Great Commission, we knew that Jesus' call to go was literal for our family. Where? Jon and I would make some attempts toward short term mission to no avail and then The Lord would speak clarity into the call on our lives via a PBS travel show. Sweden before us, Arkansas behind us, no turning back.
Geographically speaking, Sweden is a Scandinavian country north of Europe. Approximately half of the country lies above the arctic circle. Due to its geography, the people of Sweden live either by a never fully setting sun or a never fully rising sun.
Sweden is governed by a constitutional monarchy. Stockholm is the location of the Nobel Prize awards ceremonies. Sweden no longer has a state church and is not shy about being considered the least religious country in Europe and greater Europe.
Some fun facts!
Sweden is the home of IKEA.
Some popular summer festivities include a crawfish party and the sour herring premier.
Many Swedes enjoy a daily "Fika," which is like a coffee date with a friend.