Michael & Caitlyn Babienco

Career Missionaries since 2023.

Michael was born and raised near Dayton, Ohio, then attended college at Southern Adventist University. Caitlyn grew up in Ooltewah, Tennessee and had wanted to serve God as a missionary ever since she was very young. They met at Southern and got to know one another at a Friday evening vespers group. Soon after getting engaged, Michael and Caitlyn went to serve overseas: Michael with AFM in Cambodia, working as a teacher and web developer; and Caitlyn in Southeast Asia, teaching English as a Second Language classes.

After returning to the United States in August 2019, Michael and Caitlyn got married. They moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, where they have worked the last few years in various capacities, including recruiting for AFM. They both love working with young people and encouraging them to follow God and learn more about His character from the Bible.

Together, Michael and Caitlyn are excited to follow God’s leading as they embark as career missionaries to Japan. They thank each of you for your prayers and support as they seek to show the incredible love of God to those who have never heard.

Frontier Stories

The Missionary with the Peanut Butter Jars

Without field directors, AFM projects would lose part of what makes them so special: a family of missionaries in every part of the world that works together, each using their gifts, time and talents to help reach the unreached as quickly and efficiently as possible.

By: Michael Babienco
July 01 2024, 6:17 pm | Comments 0

New Friends in New Places

A few months of language school has gone a long way in helping us understand and communicate in this new culture. We still have many language-learning mountains to climb, but we know God will continue to bless our efforts.

By: Michael Babienco
May 01 2024, 12:46 pm | Comments 0

Everyday Differences

Sometimes, the opportunity to share how Jesus can make a difference in our lives comes through one-time events like a sermon or a Bible study. But more often, our love for Jesus and the difference He makes is shown through our everyday actions.

By: Michael & Caitlyn Babienco
April 01 2024, 12:38 pm | Comments 0

I Told God “No”

Perhaps you are waffling on whether you should serve as a missionary. If God is convicting you to serve, I have one word of advice — Go! God’s will is always best, and it is usually — if not always — better than you can imagine.

By: Michael Babienco
February 01 2024, 3:19 pm | Comments 0

Rumblings of Change

The movements of the Holy Spirit do tend to “shake things up,” and we are very excited to see how God continues moving as we settle here in Japan.

By: Caitlyn Babienco
January 01 2024, 3:11 pm | Comments 0

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