• May 28, 2013
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Meet the Burma Expedition Team

“In spite of sorrow, loss, and pain, Our course be onward still;
We sow on Burmah’s barren plain, We reap on Zion’s hill.”
—Adoniram Judson

Team Members

Meet Our Team of Intrepid Adventurers

A successful expedition must have a well-organized team since each team member fulfills a specific role which is critical to the success of the mission. They must each be able to perform their responsibilities efficiently and in a trustworthy manner. For this reason, each team member is hand-selected to fulfill specific operational roles in the field. Each man necessarily honors the principles of the Hazardous Journeys Society (HJS): dominion, risk, and manhood.

kurtisKurtis Amundson


Kurtis is a digital artisan and photographer residing in San Antonio, TX. He has a passion for providential history and Christian exploration, and will serve the expedition in the capacity of team leader and primary photographer.

“One of the expedition goals which I am looking forward to accomplishing is talking with the men and women who are the generational legacy of Adoniram Judson's evangelistic endeavors. To see the gospel flourish in a land previously consecrated to Buddhist idolatry demonstrates the mighty power of the gospel and the wonderful promise to the church: ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’”

kevinKevin Amundson


Kevin is Kurtis' twin brother, and a cinematographer from New Prague, MN. He has traveled previously as an international cameraman to Africa, and is responsible for recording every aspect of the expedition in order to capture footage for producing a video project documenting the mission.

“As Christian's we are called by our Lord to take every thought captive to obey Christ. As a filmmaker I strive to present every frame of my film from a Christian perspective and worldview. Every aspect of the film is a tool for discipleship and must communicate the truth of God's Word. As I travel through Burma I will be following the legacy of men such as Marco Polo whose chronicles of his journeys launched a colossal wave of Christian exploration and evangelism across the face of the earth. I will be showcasing the splendor of God's creation and seeking to proclaim throughout Burma: ‘O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!’”

charlieCharles Lenz


Hailing from Pine Island, MN, Charles works as a woodsman, trapper, farmer, and handyman. He is a graduate of the 2012 HJS Colorado Bootcamp and is responsible for safely maneuvering the expedition team through both the dangers of the wilderness and the urban environment as we traverse locations such as ancient Bagan, the streets of Yangon, and the remote villages of the Karen people.

“I love the outdoors and working with my hands. In spending time in God’s creation, I have learned to be aware of everything that speaks of the glory of God in creation and seek to understand the nature of the Creator. The indomitable exploring spirit of the missionaries who gave their lives because they were compelled by the call of God and His efficacious gospel inspires me. The created world as well as men and nations must be taken captive by the power of the gospel and this trip is an exciting opportunity to do that. Strenuous activity and hazardous journeys are opportunities to use the skills God has given me to proclaim the gospel.”

benBenjamin Lenz


Charles’ brother Benjamin — also from Minnesota and a graduate of the HJS Bootcamp — travels with the expedition as a journalist and documentarian. His responsibilities include recording each day's activities and providing written reports of the goals and objectives accomplished by the team.

“As a self employed entrepreneur, and history enthusiast, my interest in this mission is multifaceted. From my childhood, our parents have made a family tradition of studying history and traveling to the historical landmarks we learned about. In many ways, the direct result of this family philosophy of education is my understanding of God's sovereignty in history, His plan for the advance of the gospel in culture through His church, and the part each of us has in the building of His kingdom. The prospect of taking that tradition to a whole new level through a trip full of risk, which yet promises opportunities for dominion taking and discipleship is exhilarating. My unique assignment to chronicle the events of our trip in a log and make record of the things we learn will be a great challenge to stretch a love of journaling to new levels.”

jonJonathan Maness


Defender of the innocent, protector of the weak, and all around good guy, Jonathan grew up in Kansas and currently resides in San Antonio, TX. He works for Vision Forum, a Christian ministry with an international outreach. Jonathan is responsible for assisting with coordinating the trip logistics and supporting the team as they travel in the field — a challenging role critical to the success of the mission.

“The opportunity the Lord has set before me in traveling to Burma will be the first time I have been beyond the borders of the United States. It is my goal to take captive this opportunity and to make the most of the experience for the ultimate end of bringing glory to God. Burma is a land saturated by idolatrous worship and dead religion. It is my desire to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in Burma, and in doing so, bring to light the darkness of Buddhism and the destructive nature of environmentalism—both of which are humanistic religions that are fundamentally at war with Christianity and our sovereign Lord. In considering the importance of our goals, please pray for God’s blessing upon our team and the success of the mission. ‘Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it.’”

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