Jonathan and Tess Hicks are American Third Culture Kids, both coming from ‘mission families.’ Jon was raised in the Solomon Islands and Tess in Germany, Kazakhstan and China. Not surprisingly, they both grew up with hearts for mission. For a long time they’ve felt God calling them to the Solomon Islands, and in 2010 Jon received an invitation from the Bishop of Malaita to teach at a Bible College there. To prepare for this the family moved to New Zealand so he could pursue a PhD in Theology at Otago University which was completed in 2014. They returned to USA later that year and were accepted as SAMS USA Mission Partners in November. Because of the Hicks’ prior connection to New Zealand and our strategic placement within the Pacific, NZCMS is partnering with SAMS USA in sending the Hicks to the Solomons.
One of Tess’s primary roles will be to home school their kids - Avalyn (9), Cohen (7), Caeli (4) and Judah (3) - while Jon is teaching, though she also sees herself getting involved with leading women’s Bible studies, doing one-on-one mentoring and having an open house as she loves offering hospitality.
The Hicks are currently in the States, fundraising as they prepare to arrive in the Solomons around August.