Harnessing the power of media, to share the Hope of Jesus

Reaching the Lost / Developing Leadership / Establishing the Church /
Serving Those In Need

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Latest Happenings

Ecuador Bound
Ecuador Bound
Today we had the fun opportunity to share with the students at Northwest University Oregon concerning the “Why” of mission. Such an amazing group of students and a faculty that truly cares for them. If you are considering college def check them out! #NorthwestUniversityOregon #WhyMissions #ecuadorbound🇪🇨
Ecuador Bound
Ecuador Bound
What an amazing Sunday with the body of Christ!

In the morning we were blessed to join the family of Horizon Community to share our heart for missions and the task of building the kingdom! This was our very first church when we got saved. To be back with this wonderful church 14 years later as a missionary family was surreal. You never know what God will do with a heart submitted to his will!

In the evening we had an incredibly sweet and powerful time in the presence of the Lord with Transforming Life Church in Beaverton. God moved powerfully in our time of fellowship together, we were in awe once again of our mighty God! He is so amazing!

Thank you everyone for welcoming us and loving our family so well. This was a long day for us getting in the road a little after 7am and not getting back “home” until 7:30pm... but the church makes it so worth it.
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This past Saturday the visitation team went out once again to the heart of Cuenca: Parque Calderon. They evangelized and explained the different help groups and Free Counseling Center Unsion Plus offers.

#ChangingLives
Ecuador Bound
Ecuador Bound
We don’t do hotels often but a last minute opportunity to attend Missions Connexion for Joe changed our plans! Excited to share with Horizon Church in Tualatin tomorrow morning, please pray that God moves as we share!💗 #MKlife #thankfultoshare
Ecuador Bound
Ecuador Bound
Thankful for days like this! Being with my sweet family, sharing with the body of Christ at Umatilla AG, super fun lunch and down time to watch the Seakhawks. #SundayFunDay #thankful
Ecuador Bound
Ecuador Bound
Volunteer appreciation breakfast at Irrigon’s Family Worship Center and we got to crash their party!! So thankful for every volunteer in each local church. YOU are vital to the kingdom of God. We are all laborers in his field, let’s bring in the harvest! #luke10two #thankful #thechurch
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About

Emily and Joe met in March of 2006. Shortly after coming together they encountered the truth of the grace and love of Jesus Christ and their lives were radically transformed. Just seven months into their relationship Joe proposed to Emily by asking her if she would ‘spend the rest of her life chasing Jesus with him.’ Two months later they were married and continued to grow in their love for each other as they grew in their love for God.

Katelyn, the Knapp’s oldest daughter came along a few years later. Anna, their second daughter, followed a few years after that. Isaac completed the family of five as he burst onto the scene two years behind Anna.

Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and worked in sales and marketing up until Katelyn came along. She is now a super-mom who home-schools their children, runs a photography business, and spends time loving on their friends, youth students, and church family.

Joe is an Information Technology Professional and has been working in the Internet Service Provider field for nearly 20 years. Until very recently he was the IT Director for the City of Sandy where he managed the deployment and operation of Sandy’s Fiber-to-the-Home internet service, SandyNet.

The Knapp’s began their life of ministry by taking small steps of obedience as the Lord opened doors and opportunities for them to serve within the local church. Working with children’s ministries, helping with media and worship, and sharing devotionals at small group gatherings were some of the first tastes of ministry and service. Once they had a taste, their hunger only grew.


Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

After a few years of serving the church in a layperson capacity. Joe and Emily were presented with an opportunity to join the church staff as Youth Directors. Recognizing a need for better training to take on this task, Joe began to study for and seek credentials with the Assemblies of God. Serving in this capacity for over six years has been one of the greatest joys of their lives. 

Missions has been on the heart and mind of the Knapp’s since the beginning of their relationship. They have always felt that perhaps God had missions work in their future. When the concept of business as missions was introduced to them in 2014, they had a suspicion that God might use their professional skills combined with their love of ministry and the church, to take them somewhere away from home.

In 2017 Joe was invited to join a team of Pastors on a trip to Ecuador. It was during this trip that the Lord confirmed and clarified those suspicions. Though Latin America was never on Joe’s radar, it became very clear that the Knapps are called to utilize the skill sets God has been developing in them over their entire lives to serve with the Unsion team in Cuenca, Ecuador.

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Unsión

When missionaries Bill and Connie McDonald were offered a television frequency in 2003, God gave them a dream: offer the people in Cuenca, Ecuador, an alternative to the often violent and sexually explicit television broadcasts on secular networks. They had no idea that within the next several years their family-values programming would impact the Hispanic community worldwide through cable and satellite television.

Today, the ministry has more than 40 employees and many volunteers. Unsión is more than a TV channel, it is a MINISTRY through Unsión+ which has these four branches:

• Connection –Connecting people to churches where they can be disciples for Jesus Christ. Using Más Café as a connection to the public and community.
• Counseling – Unsión reaches into Hispanic life through Unsión+’s lay and professional counseling services, ministry to those with addictions (April Project), and call center.
• Compassion – Unsión’s compassion ministry is expressed through Latin America ChildCare, medical clinics, evangelism outreaches and church planting.
• Coaching – We provide training to groups and individuals in areas that will help them be better people, Christians, parents, and witnesses.

Millions still have not heard the gospel! Please pray for this innovative, life-transforming compassion ministry.

Joe and Emily will be joining the Unsión team in Ecuador and utilizing their experience in ministry, technology, and business as they work to expand the reach and effectiveness of this great work.

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