JP Bowers

Ways to Connect

Email JP Bowers

Online Site(s)

Website
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Ministry Focus

My ministry focus is to disciple and evangelize the youth of Spain.

Primary Ministry Activities

Currently I am finishing the first of two years of culture acquisition and language school.  But I also get the privilege while learning, to share Christ with many students including many who have never heard the gospel, but for now this is done in English.

Call to Missions Service

Being that I am a missionary kid I spent all of my life in a missions context.  I always thought I would end up in full-time missions eventually but up until my senior year at the University of Florida I was mostly focused on my own personal goals of settling down and starting a family, beginning a successful career as a basketball coach/teacher, and hopefully living quite comfortably. 

Things changed one sunday in church when I heard a message on Romans 12:1 which says "...in view of God's mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship." The preacher highlighted the fact that the word "spiritual" could also be translated as "reasonable."  This really put things in perspective for me.  I realized that all believers had the same call, it was a call based on the mercy of God to lay down your life as a sacrifice and that in fact this was not something extreme, but something quite "reasonable" in light of all that God has done for us.  It was then that I submitted to God's call on my life to be a missionary and to let go of the fears I had associated with this career.  We are called with the highest calling....where we lay our lives down, whether its here as a businessman or in Spain as a missionary, matters not.

Prayer Requests

My biggest request is to see spanish youths come to Christ. A close second prayer request is for language acquisition so that I might share more effectively the gospel with more spaniards.  Spanish will be my second language and had never studied it prior to my arrival here.  Of course I am making progress but I am finding it very difficult to pick up.  I am a perfectionist and am very impatient which are obstacles to my improving in the language.  Please pray for me.

Support Needs

I am currently receiving upwards of 90% of my monthly support which is wonderful.  One-time giving is very helpful as it helps meet that gap and also the times where people fall behind on their support. Thank you!

Tim and Catherine Rogers

Children: Titus - Age 2 & Alathia - Age 6 months

Address

Tim Rogers C/O MAF
3170 Airmans Dr., Fort Pierce, FL 34946-9131

Ways to Connect

850-525-3638: Home
Email Tim and Catherine Rogers

Online Site(s)

Website
Blog
Twitter

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Ministry Focus

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) shares the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed. Tim and Catherine are serving in Haiti, where Tim flies and maintains aircraft as a pilot/mechanic. Catherine currently cares for their two children, as well as providing medical care from their home. MAF in Haiti flies a fleet of 3 aircraft providing aviation support to over 30 different Christian and humanitarian aid organizations; transporting mission teams, medical teams, pastors, teachers, and supplies such as food, water, and medicine to 16 dirt and grass airstrips in Haiti.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Tim: I was raised in a small farming community in upstate NY. I grew up in a bible believing family and was led to Christ when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was plainly explained that I was a sinner in need of a Savior and I knelt at a folding chair, confessed my sins, and put my faith in Christ.

Catherine:  I grew up in Pensacola, FL. I professed Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of eleven through Bible study with my brother. He baptized me in the camp pool that summer.

Call to Missions Service

Tim: My interest in missions was fueled by the numerous missionaries that would come and speak at our church and talk about the joy of serving Christ and how "the fields were ripe for harvest." During a summer camp when I was 12 years old, I was challenged by a missionary to commit my life to Christ's service and that is what I did! That same fall I was baptized and publicly confessed Christ as my Savior. As a teenager I enjoyed reading biographies and was introduced to mission aviation through two books. One was "a vision with wings" and the other was a biography about Nate Saint. As I read, God began to give me a real desire for reaching the lost through the tool of aviation. I started flying at 16 yrs. old. Being from a large family, my parents didn't have the money to support my new habit so I began praying for work. I prayed "Lord if you want me to fly, would you show me through giving me a job where I can earn enough to take 1 lesson a week. Shortly after that, God supplied a job working on a farm where I made just enough money to fly for 1 hour a week, an exact answer to my prayer! At 17, I joined a special response team called Air Land Emergency Resource Team (ALERT). I was trained in Paramedics, Firefighting, Police Scuba search and recovery diving, land search and rescue, flight, and disaster relief. At 18, the Lord really opened my eyes and heart towards disaster victims through serving in several flood reliefs, and tornado relief. It was the first time that I saw severely hurting people and how open they were to the Lord. Through working in E.R.s as a medic, serving in disaster response, flying freight, working as an aircraft maintenance technician, and living through one of the worst hurricanes Pensacola has ever seen, I know God has prepared me for serving with MAF in Haiti and He continues to confirm His will in our lives here in Haiti.

Catherine: My exposure to overseas missions had been very limited in my growing up and college years. All the missionaries I knew of were male preachers and since I was focused on medicine I didn’t see how I could be used as a foreign missionary. Until meeting Tim in 2000 I had never considered overseas missions because I was never going to be a “male preacher!”  Tim told me about a very practical mission organization that he was pursuing to serve the Lord. It used airplanes to help share the gospel and meet physical needs. This was eye opening for me! I learned about numerous other ministries that helped meet physical and medical needs in the name of Christ. Marrying Tim I knew that service in overseas missions was likely in our future and the Lord revealed how, as a Physician Assistant, I could serve Christ. I have been blessed to work in Infectious Disease, specifically HIV, Hepatitis and TB medicine.  Working with HIV+ patients has grown my compassion for their suffering. Looking back on the past five years of my work career I never could have planned how well this training and experience could prepare me for ministering in Haiti. I am currently seeking medical ministries to partner with in the rural areas of Haiti. I see patients on a regular basis out of our house in Port au Prince, however I am interested in  providing medical care to those who rarely get to see a healthcare professional due to the remoteness of where they live.

Fruits of Our Labor

Since 1986, MAF has enabled the work and maximized the effectiveness of Christian workers and agencies in Haiti. MAF missionary families and Haitian staff members fly and maintain three aircraft, servicing over 14 airstrips from a base of operations in Port-au-Prince. In the past year MAF Haiti has seen God work in several incredible ways:

  • Executed 1,740 flights
  • Transported 6,330 passengers
  • Delivered 437,070 pounds of cargo

Prayer Requests

  • Our family's security as we live and operate in a developing country.
  • Wisdom in parenting.
  • Wisdom in "how to help."
  • Tim's safety as he flies and commutes in a somewhat dangerous environment
  • Future opportunities for Catherine to use her medical training in a more rural setting.

Support Needs

We are currently fully supported thanks to the generous support of our family and friends. We are seeking funding for a 4x4 SUV to traverse the difficult roads of Haiti.
If you are interested in assisting us with purchasing a vehicle please visit our MAF team page or mail a check and note indicating "Truck fund"  for the ministry of Tim and Catherine Rogers #4967 to:

         Mission Aviation Fellowship
         PO Box 47, Nampa, ID 83653                                                     

Questions? Reach us via Email, Facebook or call MAF @ 1-800-FLYS-MAF (359-7623)

Judy Wood

Address

7726 La Cabeza Dr.
Dallas, TX 75248

Ways to Connect

(972) 941-4500 : Office
(972) 991-0176 : Home
Email Judy Wood

Ministry Focus

East West Ministries International 
Judy – Facilitates and oversees Russian Women’s Ministries and serves as a consultant for the development of Women’s Ministries on other EW fields.
Tony – Adjunct Faculty - teaching on various EW ministry fields as opportunities arise.

Primary Ministry Activities

Tony and Judy began ministry in Russia in August 1993, teaching Bible in a Russian public school. We were both eager and very afraid to go to Russia. We ministered there until 1998 when we sensed the Lord leading us to move back to the US, and to continue our work with EW from our headquarters in Dallas. Tony has traveled often, teaching and discipling church leaders, while Judy’s role has largely been that of facilitating the Russian Women’s Ministries through administrative support and shared oversight.

2010 changes to Tony’s and Judy’s roles:
As of April 2010, God has directed Tony to leave full time ministry with EW. He does, however, teach on various ministry fields as opportunity arises. Judy’s role has increased and now includes: management of Russian Women’s Ministries; and serving as EW’s Facilitator of Women’s Ministries, to assist EW Field Leaders in equipping women on their ministry fields for service and outreach. 

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

 I (Judy) was raised in a church-going family, but I didn’t personally understand my need to receive Christ as Savior until at 13 years old. I was invited by a good friend to go to a Bible study. I stayed afterward to talk with the leader and prayed to receive Christ. Growth was sporadic until I got involved in ministry with Young Life during my junior year of college. God’s patient, persistent love over the years has yielded fruit, but the more I grow, the more aware I am of my need to know Him more fully.

Call to Missions Service

 I first became aware of God’s call to me to serve Him when I was in college and had a desire to reach out to youth. I began to volunteer with Young Life. I found ministry extremely challenging and fulfilling. I wanted to marry someone who was in ministry, so that we could serve the Lord together, and the Lord answered that desire.

Fruits of Our Labor

Tony: Over the past 17 years of ministry with East West, Tony has equipped church leaders with training in ministry skills, Bible and Theology in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, and China. The fruits of these labors are evident in the relationships he has built with ministry leaders and the growth of the church, especially in Central Asia where there were less than 10 known believers and no protestant churches in 1991. Today there are over 14,000 believers and about 250 registered churches.

Judy: Judy’s work with Russian Women’s Ministries since 1999 has contributed to the training of over 1000 ministry leaders who have been trained in Bible and ministry skills. Graduates have started many ministries and small group Bible studies in which thousands of women are involved. The church in Russia has been greatly strengthened by the impact of these women on other women, Russian families and communities. Judy has also played an integral part in the development of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) in Russia and unbelieving moms and families are being reached. Evidence of God’s Spirit bearing “fruit that lasts” is the story of a girl who came to Christ in a Bible study that Judy led while we lived in Moscow. She is now serving as a missionary with her husband & children in a very volatile, unreached part of Russia! 

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

With the changes in our roles this year, Judy is now raising full-time support and Tony will only be raising support when he travels to teach. Currently contributions to Judy’s account are $1000 under monthly needed income to pay salary, taxes, etc.

Donations to our account can be made online at www.eastwest.org. Click on Our Missionaries, scroll down to Judy Wood and click again. Or you can send a check to: 
East-West Ministries International
P.O.Box 868050
Plano, TX 75086-8050

 

David and Sharon Windley

Children: Jennifer, David, Jonathan

Address

7632 La Verdura Dr.
Dallas, TX 75248

Ways to Connect

(972) 941-4514 : Office
(972) 980-9318 : Home
(214) 498-5283 : Mobile
Email David and Sharon Windley

Ministry Focus

East-West Ministries International (EWMI) vision is to evangelize and equip nationals to establish grace-oriented churches.  Our focus is to work in the “hard to reach places,” those areas of the world where less than 2% of the population are Christian and/or in politically closed countries to the gospel.  This puts much of our work in the 10-40 window, which stretches from northern Africa, through Central Asia, India, China and Indonesia, as well as countries like Cuba.

Primary Ministry Activities

I serve as the Director of Short Term Missions Trips and as the Regional Manager for our Caribbean field, which includes Cuba, Haiti and Mexico. We are seeking in 2011 to send out 50 plus teams to our various fields. These teams will be evangelism teams working with our national pastors, seeking to assist in the planting or growth of the local church. Along with this, we are looking for US churches who willlook at a 3 to 5 year partnership with a region or an “unreached people group.” 

As Regional Manager for Cuba – we are in the midst of an unprecedented movement of God’s Spirit in this country. This year (2011) we are trusting God for over 2.5 million Cubans to hear the gospel, with 300,000 making decisions for Christ. With this we are seeking to plant over 10,000 house churches to follow-up with the new believers and provide growth and worship.

Sharon serves on the Women’s Leadership Team, seeking to serve our EWMI women here and internationally.

Sharon and I served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for 25 years and were led to join the staff of EWMI in August, 2005.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

David: I came to salvation at the age of 14 through the influence, teaching and guidance of my father.

Sharon: God graciously brought me into His family when, as a child of 8, my mother shared the gospel with me. I placed my trust in Him and committed my life to Him at that time.  

Call to Missions Service

David: In 1980, I had graduated from college and had been in sales and marketing for that past year. I was in a family business, very active in my local church, and very pleased with my station in life. In October of 1980, as a result of a conversation with my father on a business trip, I found myself being "called" by God to serve Him full-time. This was a very distinct call, and very clear God was redirecting my life. As I pursued His call, I found myself two months later (Jan, 1981) on my way to San Bernardino, CA to join the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ

Sharon: Though I had told the Lord I'd "go anywhere, do anything" for Him, I never imagined I'd be a missionary! Initially my "call" was more to be David's wife than to enter missions specifically. Over time, the privilege of being a part of people's salvation and spiritual growth has developed into my heart's desire. My "call" is to be His yielded servant - His "call" for me is missions. 

Fruits of Our Labor

In August, 2001, we trained and deployed a team to Samara, Russia to target the business/professional community. God has given us over the past 8 years an incredible ministry in the educational community. There are over 300 teachers teaching morals and ethics based on the Bible to their kids. This ministry is now being led by nationals. We have a team on the university campus and now in the business/professional community. It is truly incredible to see the open doors, the relationships, and ministry this team is having. God has raised up a church here in the states to partner with us in this work to plant a church in Samara. 

We are seeking to partner with local churches who desire to target specific geographic or people groups around the world. It is really exciting to be directly partnering with the Body of Christ in this way.
 

Prayer Requests

 

Support Needs

$875.00 in additional monthly support

Checks can be sent to:
East-West Ministries International
P.O.Box 701560
Dallas, TX 75370-1560
**Please enclose a note that your gift is for the ministry of David and Sharon Windley.
 

Jim and Christina Whorton

Children: Amanda, Christa

Address

5215 River Park Villas Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32092

Ways to Connect

(904) 531-0007: Office
Email Jim and Christina Whorton

Online Site(s)

Website

Ministry Focus

The mission of Compass is equipping people worldwide to faithfully apply God’s financial principles so they may know Christ more intimately, be free to serve Him and help fund the Great Commission.  Our focus is to teach people primarily through small group study formats, based on the example of how Christ taught His disciples. 

Primary Ministry Activities

Compass utilizes the small group study format to reach people in every economic, cultural and social stratum primarily through churches and para-church ministries. The initial two Bible studies developed by Compass are Navigating Your Finances God’s Way, a nine week, high accountability study, and Money and Marriage God’s Way, a six week study. Additional resources are being developed to minister to those who have been blessed with significant resources, help people organize their estate based on biblical principles, and to address the needs of those living in the inner city. In order to be relevant to the younger generation, Compass will utilize the internet for on-line studies, training webinars, as well as making resources available as smart phone apps.

Opportunities and Challenges

The vision of Compass is to see everyone, everywhere faithfully living by God’s financial principles in every area of their lives. In Matthew 6:24, Christ warns us that we cannot serve two masters; it’s either God or money (mammon). Materialism and the love of possessions rob us of the opportunity to enjoy true intimacy with our Lord. When we’re under the grip of materialism, we worship the lord of things, which never brings long-term contentment or satisfaction. Our vision is to see that the followers of Christ make Jesus the Lord of their lives, once and for all. Because we never know what will happen in the future, we, as believers, need to have our own financial house in order to withstand the storms of life and be ready and prepared to assist those in need. An effective understanding and application of God’s Word will help us defeat materialism which will produce a closer walk with the Lord. This is our call and passion.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Both of us accepted the Lord as our personal Savior as teenagers.  We started attending Christian Family Chapel in 1987 and were married here in 1988.  In January of 1990, we were asked to participate in a Crown Financial Ministries small group study and it changed our lives. We began volunteering for Crown locally, and in January 2002, the Lord called us into full-time ministry with Crown.  From 2002 to 2010, we served in various capacities.  Jim was the Area Director for NE Florida initially, and later became the Regional Director for the South US.  Christy served as his administrative assistant on a part-time basis.  In late 2010, after much prayer and counsel, Jim resigned from Crown to begin Compass-finances God’s Way Ministries of Florida, an affiliate of Howard Dayton’s ministry, Compass-finances God’s Way, Inc.

Fruits of Our Labor

During our tenure with Crown, over 575,000 people were taught God’s financial principles through Crown resources in the South US. Based upon surveys of small group graduates, these families reduced debt by $4.0 billion, increased savings by $4.6 billion, and increased their giving to Kingdom work by $1.9 billion. Although Compass is new, we expect that the small group approach of teaching will have as dramatic if not a greater impact on the Kingdom of God and His work on earth.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

We currently have a shortfall in our regular monthly financial support of $3,750.
Tax deductible contributions may be mailed and made payable to:
Compass-finances God’s way Florida
5215 River Park Villas Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32092

Compass Florida is an affiliate of Compass-finances God’s way, Inc. It is a non-profit corporation, and as an affiliate, is included in the 501(c)(3) group exemption of Compass-finances God’s way, Inc.

Joel and Renée Weathers

Children: Alden, Lily

Ways to Connect

704.587.1581 : Office
Email Joel and Renée Weathers

Ministry Focus

SIM (Serving In Mission), Health Ministries - Serving the poor and destitute through SIM’s health -related ministries around the world as an integral part of SIM’s evangelism and church planting strategy.

Joel has a new position supporting SIM’s medical work overseas. We have always loved how SIM integrates evangelism and church planting with meeting basic physical and health needs. SIM missionaries are reaching needy people through work in 11 mission hospitals overseas as well as many clinics and church or community based health programs.  Alongside these programs SIM works in developing strong local church partnerships, evangelism among non-Christian populations, and discipleship of Christian staff.  Joel’s main job from the Charlotte, North Carolina home office is pioneering new funding opportunities for these medical projects, especially from government grants and secular foundations where SIM has not previously partnered.

Joel has another responsibility as the Bangladesh Projects Coordinator, relieving the administrative load of SIM’s team in Bangladesh.  He is also involved in strengthening micro-credit programs in areas where SIM is working among very poor populations. 

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Joel: Jesus’ call on my life began when I was a toddler being raised in a Christ-centered home. My faith in Him alone for salvation deepened as I learned of His powerful presence He provides as we abide in Him daily. I continue to marvel at His great work of taking my sins on Himself so I can know God.

Renee: I became a Christian when I was four years old. My young faith was most clearly seen in my heart for anyone hurting and a desire to aid them. It was not until the beginning of 9th grade, though, at a youth conference with Doug Rutt that I began to understand the mystery of Christ within us and seek and experience a daily relationship with Him. 

Call to Missions Service

Joel: God brought me up in a missionary family, which gave me a willingness and readiness to consider missions myself. My heart grew for missions as I made trips to Kenya and Turkey. God has formed in me a deep burden for those who have no remote way of knowing the love of Jesus and His great salvation.

Renée: My first short-term trip with the CFC youth group was after 9th grade. It married all the works of compassion and mercy I had ever desired to do with the eternal, lasting effects of salvation in Christ. Through that experience and reading John Piper’s writing on the lost, the Lord gave me a deep burden for people would do not know Him.

Fruits of Our Labor

From 2004 thru 2009 we served with SIM’s team in a predominately Muslim country in Asia. We look back on those years and see some wonderful fruit in many areas of our own lives and in the places we served.

We were each able to minister to the small, growing community of believers there. Joel helped oversee a rural development project that aids several thousand men and women each year. Training village midwives, Adult literacy courses, basic health lessons with women, micro-finance lending, and practical training for farmers were the main aspects. Through this work, Joel was able to participate in the discipleship of the believing project staff and encourage the development of the small community of house churches in the area. 

The Lord used Renée to help establish a project in the capital city that reaches out to children at risk and women in prostitution. This project is growing and has plans to open a second center in the capital and another center in another city. It really is a privilege to have these experiences and we see them see as an important part of how the Lord has prepared us to serve here in SIM’s home office.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Current monthly shortfall: $1,050
Ministry funds: $4000 in the coming year for travel

Financial support can be sent to:
SIM USA
PO Box 7900
Charlotte, NC 28241-7900
Please attach a note that designates it for Joel and Renée Weathers; #19782

Give financial support online at:
usanet.sim.org/simgift/missionaries.php

Don and Gwen Volle

Address

295 Gaines Court
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Ways to Connect

719-598-6368: Office
719-593-0567: Home
719-290-2899: Mobile
Email Don and Gwen Volle

Ministry Focus

The Navigators, Seconded to Resource Exchange International - Development and Discipleship among Muslims in Central Asia and now a land-locked Buddhist country of Southeast Asia. 

Primary Ministry Activities

My job title: REI Project Support Desk. I contribute to the success of our on-the-ground teams in Central Asia and now one country in southeast Asia. You can learn more about REI at our new website www.resourceexchangeinternational.com

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

I was raised in a very religious home on a small farm in southern Indiana.  Early on I had a great respect for God and the scriptures. Given the weekly readings I heard at church for years, I’m sure I had the ‘information’ of the gospel.  Yet I did not put this all together until my senior year in high school when my older brother (who had come to faith at university) helped me understand that Jesus lived, died and rose that I might have relationship with God; that I had turned away from that offer and that ‘believing’ was the way to have that relationship restored. I had no choice but to respond in confession and faith. Since then I have been mentored by a succession of individuals in my walk with God, in personal ministry, and in major life issues and decisions.

Call to Missions Service

I see 4 stages of God’s call on my life:

  1. to Himself
  2. to a Role 
  3. to an Organization and 
  4. to a job or geography. 

The first never changes. The second seldom changes. In my case the Role is Support, like the God-chosen deacons of Acts 6. The niche for which God made me has been confirmed at several stages (Purdue, Navy, Zellerbach Paper, US Navigators, Overseas and now Resource Exchange International). I’m in a support role, though the geography has changed from US to Middle East to Central Asia and now Southeast Asia. 

Fruits of Our Labor

Prayer Requests

Praise:

Support Needs

Monthly: $1,500

To:
The Navigators
P.O. Box 6000
Colorado Springs, CO 80934

Tim and Andrea Ullum

Children: Dina, Abigail

Address

Please contact CFC or email the Ullums.

Ways to Connect

011-62-856-501-5705 : Home
Email Tim and Andrea Ullum

Ministry Focus

New Tribes Mission - To plant churches and make disciples among unreached peoples in Indonesia.  The focus of our ministry is on the Kendawangan tribe, located in South West Borneo.   

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Both Tim and Andrea were raised in Christian families and have benefited from the influence and teaching of faithful believers in their lives. They met during the second half of their training with New Tribes Mission and were married in March of 2001. They completed their training in 2002 and moved to Indonesia November, 2003.

Call to Missions Service

During Tim’s high school years he took many short-term trips overseas with the youth group at CFC it was there he saw a need of so many who live outside the reach of the gospel. Andrea was burdened with world evangelism as a teenager and began praying that God would use her to share His message with those who did not know Him. Both Tim and Andrea are convinced that there is salvation in no other name but Jesus Christ.

Fruits of Our Labor

Tim & Andrea returned to Indonesia September of 2009 and got right into a process of re-evaluating and re-surveying many areas on the island. This is an effort to help locate new teams into the areas of greatest need. Tim also was involved in helping some other teams to gain language and culture proficiency as well as try to encourage them to fulfill the calling the Lord has placed on them.

A highlight for the Ullums was to spend 5 months living with a fellow missionary who needed the support of partners in order to finish the task of drafting out the New Testament into a tribal language. It was a great privilege to serve the Lord in that way. It is also exciting to see God’s Word becoming available for many tribal believers.

2010 the Ullums moved back into the Jelai river area after a year of being gone. The Ullums have been joined by another family Paul and Irene Pries. The Ullums are doing a lot of the foundational work to make the gospel available in the heart language of the tribal people. An orthography (alphabet) has been concluded and some translated material is already being tested to see how accurate and usable the alphabet will be.
Mid-February Tim & Andrea are going to be evaluated and Lord willing at that point will have sufficient language aptitude to begin translating the Scripture and creating lessons to begin sharing the gospel with our friends and neighbors here in the Jelai river area.

Helping the sick and needy is also a burden the Lord has placed on the Ullums heart. There are lots of opportunities to love and show compassion to people here from medical helps to hygiene and proper child care.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

As Andrea and I look back on the years we have been serving in Indonesia we can say in praise to God, “I have all and abound. I am full, having received from (faithful supporters like you) the things sent, a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.” Thank you so much for your gifts, prayers, packages, and emails this past year. You have been a blessing to us! Two projects that are before us this year are:

  1. Building a Mission Home and Educational Center in Pontianak. This facility helps to serve our outreach effort for all over the island.
  2. Building an airstrip in our tribal area. Praise the Lord the JH at CFC has offered to help support the development of an airstrip here in this area. 

If you want to help us financially with these projects, feel free to contact us for more information and or send any financial gifts to NTM headquarters:
New Tribes Mission
1000 E. First St.
Sanford, FL 32771

Checks can be made out to New Tribes Mission with “Tim & Andrea Ullum” on the memo line.   

Bud and Carolyn Toole

Address

4401 Lakeside Dr. #404
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Ways to Connect

904-384-4285: Home
Email Bud and Carolyn Toole

Ministry Focus

East West Ministires, International - Mission Administration, Women’s Ministries, Humanitarian Aid, Orphanages, and Entrepreneurial Development for churches to become self-supporting.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Both of us came from church-attending families, but neither of us had any significant Biblical teaching as we grew up. In our late 20’s we were invited to a weekend retreat of a relatively small number of businessmen and wives. Billy Graham and a number of well known Christian business leaders were our speakers for three days. By the end of this conference we both realized our need for a personal encounter with Jesus as Lord and Savior. The last day we made our commitments to Christ together.  

Call to Missions Service

This was a gradual process over 10-12 years. First we felt led to support missionaries, both domestic and foreign. Next we often hosted them in our home when we had the opportunity. Then we felt the need to take several short-term mission trips to see how our “investments” were doing. Finally, through taking several trips into Eastern Europe in the late 70’s and early 80’s we knew this was something we were called to get more involved in. Through active board memberships our commitment grew stronger to the point that for 30 years now we have devoted a significant portion of our lives to mission work, primarily in Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa and locally at City Rescue Mission work, as a Board Member for 9 years, and Board Chair for 3 years. Carolyn has been heavily involved in women’s evangelism programs and Bible studies, and volunteer work at City Rescue. We can testify to the Scriptural admonition in Matthew 6 “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” We started with our treasure invested in missions and our hearts and passion for missions followed. A favorite Bible verse has been 2 Corinthians 5:20: “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”

Fruits of Our Labor

With others we have started 3 churches: 2 in Jacksonville and 1 in Russia, co-founded Women for Christ in 1987, and co-founded East West Ministries in 1993. God has blessed the ministry to the extent it is now ministering in 18 countries with a staff of over 60 nationals and expatriates. God has enabled East West to train thousands of men to start churches in their countries and to date over 8,000 churches have been established, often with the help of short-term evangelism trips from America. East West has significant humanitarian aid, orphanage, and social need ministries in over 28 countries and in particular Russia. In Russia alone we have a training ministry to over 1000 women throughout the country as well as MOPS, Al-Anon, Awana, and Crisis Pregnancy Centers. The Mission of East West Ministries is to evangelize and train nationals to start and establish grace oriented, multiplying churches.

For us, specifically, since 1994, we have had the blessing of being personally and directly involved in establishing 16 different ministry initiatives in Voronezh, Russia. These started with 2 training centers that have trained over 60 men resulting in approximately 35 new churches in Voronezh city and region. While this was happening, God has used numerous short-term evangelism campaigns to help start churches in the area as well as evangelistic outreaches in orphanages, universities, and prisons. Over these years we have been able to train, disciple, mentor and empower nationals that have developed work in 10 orphanages, feeding programs for the elderly and orphans, nursing care for old ladies, drug and alcohol rehab programs, Christian TV programs, aided several Christian entrepreneurs in starting businesses that can help support their churches, and started a small revolving loan fund to finance Christian businessmen.  

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

For 2011 you may partner with us by giving to any of the following needs of the people in Voronezh, Russia: Orphanage camping for 100 children for 21 days; feeding program for 1400 elderly and orphans each month; nursing home care for 12 ladies; food program/aid for Downs Syndrome & street children; small church buildings (need 16 of these) with brick siding that can seat 70 members; salary support for 20 church planters for the Black Soil Project. For further information about these needs, please call or send me e-mail.

Gifts can be sent to: 
East West Ministries, International
2001 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 3000
Plano TX 75075.
Please note on the check: “For Voronezh Russia social ministries.

Todd and Terri Smalley

Address

Eggener Strasse 31C
79418 Schliengen, Germany

Ways to Connect

+49 7635 827 0039: Home
Email Todd and Terri Smalley

Ministry Focus

Proclaim! International - Public Evangelism using creative means, especially music. Partnership with Precious, a ministry fighting against human trafficking and outreach to prostitutes in Germany and Switzerland.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

The Lord called me, (Todd) to Himself in 1995 while reading a Gideon Bible in a motel room on a business trip. I had heard the gospel for the first time ten years prior to that, but rejected it then. God let me see how miserable living a self-led life could be. I was unhappy and unfulfilled, until the night I decided to take Jesus at His word when he said, “Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and have fellowship with him and he with me.” I realized that this promise was for me, if I would just trust Him, and I did. Terri was blessed to grow up in a home with Christian parents and trusted in Jesus as a child.

Call to Missions Service

I (Todd) began feeling a burden for the lost while being in a mall packed with people, and realizing that most of them probably did not know the Lord, and that they did not even realize their need. As I grew in my faith, the thought of anyone spending eternity in hell pained me greatly. My first short term missions trip to Europe brought me face to face with people who were thirsty for the truth, and I was thrilled to see God use my musical training in combination with evangelism to reach these for Christ. I knew then that God had made me to be His vessel to bring hope to a lost world.

While attending a missions conference at CFC at the age of fifteen, the Lord began to draw my (Terri’s) heart to missions and I began corresponding with missionaries. It wasn’t until six years later that I went on my first short term missions trip and loved it! After my fourth short-term trip in 1995, I knew God wanted me overseas somewhere doing something! Being slow on the obedience end, I did little to make this a reality. In July 2001, I took some steps to confront my fears about the mission field, sought wise counsel and enrolled in Perspectives. As I confronted my fears, they began to dissipate and my conviction grew stronger. Not wanting to disobey again, I applied with Proclaim! Along the way, Todd and I began dating…

Fruits of Our Labor

I (Todd) have been encouraged to see a man at our church here in Germany start to get more excited about using his gifts to serve God. This man hosted a Next Exit concert at his home, in an effort to reach his neighbors. He now uses his musical gifts in the church and continues to look for opportunities to reach others for Christ. A man with whom I and two co-workers were able to share at one of our concerts is now meeting regularly with a brother from our church. It was so good to see a church member get actively involved in the follow-up.

In March 2007, I (Terri) was on my way to get my haircut and was praying that God would lead me to someone with whom I could share the gospel. That was when my relationship with my hairdresser started. She believed in God but knew little about him. We gave her the book of John and she read it. So, we got her a Bible and she read through Luke, Acts, Psalms and Proverbs. She came to a Proclaim! Concert and brought her mother. We continued to dialogue and pray for her salvation. By December 2007, she told us that she had accepted God’s gift of salvation.

On December 31, 2010 we got our first email from a woman wanting to leave the sex industry. We are currently working with her to reach this goal.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

We continue to live and serve in Europe as God provides through the faithful giving of others in the Body of Christ.

Gifts may be sent to:
Proclaim! International
P.O. Box 56888
Jacksonville, FL 32241
Designate your gift “For Todd Terri Smalley."

Marty and Debbie Shilling

Address

Kanderstrasse, 8
79429 Marzell, Germany

Ways to Connect

011.49.151.120.50.326 (German cell): Home
336-509-8393 (US cell): Mobile
Email Marty and Debbie Shilling

Ministry Focus

TeachBeyond - Dorm parents at Black Forest Academy (BFA).

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Debbie and Marty both started their personal relationships with Jesus Christ when they were about seven years old. Marty received Christ when a Sunday School teacher shared John 3:16 with him. Marty wanted to experience the love that God offers through His Son. Debbie received Christ after coming home from Sunday School and asking her dad to come into her bedroom and pray with her. She wanted to make personal that which she had had learned so much about in Sunday School about Jesus.

They have taken active roles in the churches in which they have attended with an emphasis on the junior and senior high. Debbie is a talented musician and singer, along with being very detailed and thorough in business. Marty is able to plan and organize with a background in computers. 

They have found all of their past experiences to be beneficial in ministry service.

They have two sons, Eric and Donnie, who have both accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Betsy, Eric’s wife, also knows Christ personally. Marty and Debbie are proud grandparents of Sophia Grace Shilling, born Febuary 2, 2011. 

Call to Missions Service

Our preconceived notions of what missionaries are like shattered as we got to meet real live missionaries (and their children!). We met the Bowers, Jenkins and Robinsons all within a relatively short period of each other. We found out that they were ‘normal’ people, a lot like us. They had the same struggles that we had, same concerns about life, and the same family values. We went on our first short term missions trip together. While in Spain in ’92 we both became convinced that God wanted us to be missionaries.

Eric, Donnie and Betsy have all graduated from Black Forest Academy (BFA). We have lived in Germany (currently), France and Croatia. We have studied French and Croatian. Currently we are learning German through everyday life and interaction. 

Fruits of Our Labor

We are “Mom” and “Dad” for 21 high school guys here at Sonne dorm. At least one is a professed non-believer. Some have a very dynamic and growing spiritual life. Others are apathetic in their Christian life. Most of the guys’ parents are missionaries in countries that are either “closed” to the Gospel or do not have strong schooling for the upper grade levels. By our caring for these missionaries’ sons, it allows them to focus and serve where God has placed them. When the students leave our care at the dorm they literally will disperse around the world. They will take with them what they have learned both academically and from living in a Christian community.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Gifts can be given through:
TeachBeyond
PO Box 6248
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-6248
or via
Christian Family Chapel
10365 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32257 

Curtis & Lesley Sewell

Address

Please contact CFC or email the Sewells.

Ways to Connect

Email Curtis & Lesley Sewell

Online Site(s)

Website

Ministry Focus

New Tribes Mission - Supporting tribal church planting in Asia Pacific.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Curtis – I came to know Christ as a teenager after reading through a Gospel tract given to me. My life was changed forever through God’s redemptive power of His gospel of grace. Not too long later, God began to show me that my life was not my own, but now belonged to Him to use in whatever way He desired.

Lesley – I grew up in the church since I was very young, but Christ did not become real to me until 10th grade at a retreat. It was there that I understood Christ was a real person who lived, died, and was raised again, and who could be my Savior. I placed my faith in Christ that weekend.

Call to Missions Service

Curtis – In 1998, at a Missions Conference, the speaker talked about “things” that hold you back from walking with God. It was like God was asking me, “What is holding you back in your relationship with Me?” I knew there were “things” that were already trying to hold me back from following God with my entire heart. The more I realized and heard about the needs around the world, I felt burdened to reach those who have never heard of Jesus. I attended Bible School later, where the need for those who have never heard God’s plan, nor have the Scriptures in their own language burdened me even more.

Lesley – From the mandate given by Jesus in Matthew 28 and some short-term Mission Trips, I was burdened that the whole world needed to know Jesus and what He has done for each of us. After college, I attended Bible School, where Curtis and I were married, and tribal missions also became a burden for me as well. 

Fruits of Our Labor

(The Sewells started their first term in Indonesia in July 2010. Below are some of the fruits of their previous labor.)

Since finishing our training with NTM, God has provided us with many opportunities to share about unreached tribal people with individuals and small groups who had little or no awareness that such people even existed today.

Curtis and Lesley both have had several opportunities to be a part of short term mission trips in four different countries where some fruit was seen, but they hope for the day to see fruit that they had no idea about.

More to come…

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Approximately $4,500 per month

Support may be sent to:

New Tribes Mission
1000 East First St.
Sanford, FL 32771

Designate your gift to Curtis & Lesley Sewell in the memo line.

You may also give to them online

Kent and Yuko Muhling

Address

Keyakidai 3-23-6
Sanda-shi, Hyogo-ken, 669-1321 Japan

Ways to Connect

011-81-79-501-0357: Home
Email Kent and Yuko Muhling

Ministry Focus

Pioneer Church Planting

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Kent – I grew up in a Christian home and put my faith in Christ when I was eight. But during college I did not remain connected to Christian fellowship and I wandered from the Lord. It was not until after college, in Navy Flight School, that God drew me back to Himself during a series of trying circumstances and through faithful Christian friends. It was then that my faith in Christ began to really deepen and grow.

Yuko – I was born and raised in Saitama, Japan, north of Tokyo. During my teens I began questioning the meaning of life and the reason for my existence. I was unable to find satisfactory answers anywhere. This left me extremely disillusioned about life. A few years later, as an international student at Southern Illinois University, these same questions surfaced again. This time I sought out a Christian woman who had been my English teacher. She shared the gospel and invited me to church. Six months later I gave my life to the Lord.

Call to Missions Service

Kent – My love for missions was sparked by a three-week mission trip to Russia – so much so that I left my career as a Naval Flight Officer and moved to Ukraine for eighteen months as a missionary team leader. I returned to study at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, where I also met and married Yuko. My dream as a missionary is to see new communities of believers born in places where Christ is not yet known. God has clearly given me the heart of a teacher. I love to open the Scriptures to others and to see their lives transformed by the power of God’s Word.

Yuko – Since my own conversion to Christ God has given me a longing to reach out to other young Japanese, most of who are lost and disillusioned just as I was. I want to minister to such hurting people. My studies in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary taught me the importance of ministering to people’s deepest needs, which are rooted in the heart and soul and in one’s relationship to God. 

Fruits of Our Labor

Prayer Requests

Pray for our family

Pray for our ministry

Pray for Japan

Over 99 percent of Japanese do not know Jesus. Pray for a nationwide breakthrough into the hearts of Japanese people, who for a century and a half have been resistant to the message of salvation in Christ. 

Support Needs

Approximately $450 shortfall per month (due to falling exchange rate and the addition of another child to the family)

Support may be sent to:
Asian Access
P.O. Box 200
San Dimas, CA 91773
Designate your gift to Asian Access and include a note saying it is for the Muhling’s.

 

Dom and Dámaris Marrone

Address

Calle Monte Altobiscar 1
Pamplona-Navarra 31006, Spain

Ways to Connect

+34.699.609.822 : Mobile
Email Dom and Dámaris Marrone

Ministry Focus

Great Commission Ministries - Bringing college students in Spain to Jesus Christ and preparing them for a lifetime of service. Church planting at the universities in Pamplona, Spain.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Dom: Although I grew up in a religious home and knew about God, I did not know Him personally. My parents divorced when I was 10. As a child I would lie, take things that weren’t mine, and fight with classmates. The divorce caused me to search for purpose and stability in my life. My older brother, Michael, who was 19 years old at the time, became a Christian. I saw a big change for the better in him and wanted that for my life.

In June of 1983, at a Vacation Bible School, I confessed being a sinner and trusted that Jesus Christ died for all my sins on the cross and rose from the dead. Even then I sensed God wanting me to tell many others about His love and forgiveness.

Dámaris: I was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and grew up in that city all of my life. My father has been an evangelical pastor and church planter in Spain for the past 60 years! In 1981, through the example of my parents and sisters’ living faith in Jesus Christ, I came to personally have a relationship with Jesus and have been growing in Him ever since.  

Call to Missions Service

Dom: In my senior year of high school, I recommitted my life to Jesus Christ at a Christian concert. I was encouraged to study the Bible, pray daily and find others who were doing the same. Looking for Christian fellowship upon entering the University of Florida became a priority. Siva, a UF student who was originally from India, befriended me. We got together to pray and study the Bible with a few other freshmen involved in Gator Christian Life. I began to understand what I had been missing. He asked if I wanted to meet once a week to share the Gospel with UF students using a spiritual interest questionnaire. Learning how to effectively share my faith with others was a new and exciting experience. In 1991, I was invited to attend a summer program called Leadership Training (LT) held in Washington DC. After the summer of intense Bible teaching, challenging work experience, and evangelism training, I sensed the Lord calling me towards missions.

Over the next three summers, God confirmed that He was preparing me for full-time Christian service. My mother’s relocation to Jacksonville and a job in business first brought me to Christian Family Chapel in September 1996 where I served in both the college and singles ministry. By the summer of 1998, I returned to UF as a full-time missionary. In January 2001, CFC officially commended me as a missionary. Later that same year, a UF student’s mother from Spain introduced Dámaris and me by email. An amazing friendship developed between us and we married in the summer of 2003. When Dámaris came to UF, she instantly fit in with the team and served with me in the ministry for five years there. She is a gifted teacher, administrator and hostess.

For over a decade at UF, the Lord had prepared me for cross-cultural missions. Some of the ways have been through leading multiple short-term mission teams to Latin America and Europe, establishing an International Student Ministry at UF and marrying an international wife! Since being ordained as a campus pastor in November 2005, we have been convinced that the most effective way to fulfill the Great Commission is by planting churches. The Lord has opened a door for us to plant a campus church in Pamplona, Spain that has a college student population of 28,000 with no other evangelical ministry. We moved to Pamplona in September 2008 and have been building a church plant team, holding weekly on-campus Bible studies and reaching out to both campuses.  

Fruits of Our Labor

Personal Evangelism and Equipping Others: Dom actively shares the gospel with the lost. Over the past year, he has helped four people come to Christ in Pamplona. He has had the privilege of equipping hundreds of college students from UF as well as other US and European universities in how to share their faith. He also has helped to equip the church plant team, some local believers and some GCE church leaders from Italy, France and Spain. To God be the glory!

International Church Planting: Since moving to Spain in September 2008, the Marrone family has been adjusting to the new culture, learning the new language (Dom), recruiting a church plant team, building trusting relationships with locals, bringing leadership to a small group of young believers, hosting mission teams, and holding English Clubs as a primary way to reach young people for Christ. Praise God for giving success in each of these areas!

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Outstanding monthly need: $400

To support the Marrone mission team, please send tax-deductible gifts to:

Great Commission Ministries
PO Box 7101
Winter Park, FL 32793-7101

and memo: FD# 7330 Marrone.

To give online, go to www.gcmweb.org/getinvolved/Give.aspx and search “Marrone”. 

Tim and Allison Lusk

Children: Mary

Address

P.O. Box 551297
Jacksonville, Florida 32255-1297

Ways to Connect

(904) 318-8211: Home
Email Tim and Allison Lusk

Online Site(s)

Website
Blog

Ministry Focus

Redemptive Leadership International (RLI)
To equip and nurture emerging leaders for the Kingdom of Christ around the world in a “Redemptive Model” of leadership, focusing on the areas of the world where the needs are greatest and the resources are the least.

To foster Biblical unity among Christian leaders as a means of reaching communities for Christ.

To provide quality shepherding and care, as well as redemptive processes for Christian leaders and their families in the midst of their struggles as they seek to follow Christ and lead others.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Accepting Christ at the age of 8 years old, by the age of 15 I (Tim) knew God had called me to full-time service to Him. Shortly after our marriage, God led Allison and me to Christian Family Chapel and from there to Dallas Theological Seminary to pursue a degree in Christian Education. Feeling a burden for the hurting and wounded in the body of Christ, God made it clear that a part of my ministry would involve counseling and assisting people in their surrender to the transforming work of Jesus Christ in their lives. 

Call to Missions Service

While ministering in His Church in various capacities for 30 years (21 of them at CFC), God laid on my heart the call to train leaders in the former Soviet Union. From my first visit to Russia over 15 years ago, God has taken me on a spiritual journey, burdening my heart for those whose longing to learn the Scriptures and plant churches were limited by political and economic realities.

Fruits of Our Labor

The Black Soil Project: This is a region of Russia encompassing 67,000 square miles and located about 250 miles southwest of Moscow. There are only a handful of evangelical churches there. Churches that have been planted within the past four to five years are growing and gaining a strong foothold. Some of these young churches are already planting daughter churches and young men are stepping forward to be trained as pastors. The purpose of the Black Soil Project is to accelerate this saturation evangelism and church planting process while the window of opportunity is still open in Russia. RLI, along with several other ministries, is working to train these pastors to preach the Word and minister to their flocks. A training center in Voronezh, Russia, attended by Baptist, Pentecostal, and Methodist pastors was established. A requirement to be in the Training Center is the commitment to choose a town to go to after graduation, and plant a church there. This fall, our first BSP class of pastors will graduate, to be followed by a new class of young pastors. We pray this cycle of training and church planting will continue for many years to come.

Counsel for Ministry Teams/Families in Crisis: It has been my privilege to minister to pastors in personal struggles and consult with church leadership teams as they strive to become the men and women Christ desires them to be. 

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

We are grateful to all our supporters, some of whom give monthly, some annually, and some sporadically. All are important to our ministry. We are blessed by your unfailing generosity! We are in need of monthly supporters, and ask that you prayerfully consider this.

Our support address is:
Redemptive Leadership International
P.O. Box 551297
Jacksonville, FL 32255-1297

Jim and Kathie Jenkins

Address

5433 Blue Pacific Dr.
Jacksonville FL 32257

Ways to Connect

904.379.3959 : Office
904.472.0104: Home
Email Jim and Kathie Jenkins

Online Site(s)

Website

Ministry Focus

Proclaim! International - Evangelism

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Both of us come from Christian families and made commitments to Christ at a young age. But we discovered that it was truly a journey that required renewing that commitment at various stages of life as we gained more understanding of what it means to follow Christ. One of those levels of recommitment involved the decision to go into full-time missions.

Call to Missions Service

God was preparing our hearts before we considered full-time missions through short term missions in college and through a church that drew us into involvement with missionaries. That developed into a desire to go into full-time missions, and God confirmed our direction as he opened doors of opportunity and provided resources. Since 1980 we have ministered at a Bible school in Belgium and been involved in evangelism through the arts in Eastern and Western Europe, North Africa and South America while living in Belgium, France and the US.

Fruits of Our Labor

Reaching, Preaching and Teaching
As an organization, Proclaim! International is dedicated to assisting local believers around the world to share their faith both publicly and privately in their communities and neighborhoods. Through this process, we as a couple have opportunities to share with people in diverse places such as North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Relationships have been forged with young people and church leaders in an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement. We are helping to raise up a whole new generation of “creative communicators” who are poised to carry the message of Christ to people who live in great darkness.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Monthly support needed: $7650
Current monthly support: $4825
Additional monthly support needed: $2825

Contribution address:
Proclaim! International
P.O. Box 56888
Jacksonville, FL 32241
Online: www.proclaiminternational.com

Forrest and Kristina Hendrix

Address

Söderholmsgränd 87
S-12742 Skärholmen, Sweden

Ways to Connect

011 46 87107935: Office
011 46 87107935: Home
011 46 760247753: Mobile
Email Forrest and Kristina Hendrix

Ministry Focus

Greater Europe Mission
Regional Director for the Nordic/Baltic countries 
Evangelism/Church Planting in Sweden

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

I became a Christian at the age of 16. I attended church, but never heard a clear message of the Gospel. My sister became a Christian and invited me to a youth Bible study. I noticed the young people had something I didn’t – like meaning to life, but was not ready to respond when they gave the clear gospel message. Through reading Billy Graham’s book, The Jesus Generation and later seeing a Billy Graham Crusade on TV, I prayed the sinner’s prayer. I called up that youth Bible study leader and he began discipling me.

Call to Missions Service

As a young Christian I really enjoyed evangelism. The guy who discipled me had the gift of evangelism and later I realized that I did too. Although I saw my high school as a mission field, school as a mission field, I never really considered ministering anywhere else in the world. After high school, I attended the Torch Bearer Bible Institute in England where Kristina and I met. After we married, we moved to Sweden for Kristina to finish her nursing degree. From there to Greater Europe Mission’s Bible Institute in Sweden and Dallas Theological Seminary, after which we were asked to return to serve in Sweden. The call to work in Sweden specifically has over the years grown to a desire to minister in Europe in general. We have worked with GEM for 27 years. At present I work as a regional director in The Nordic Baltic countries looking after the work that we are already involved with there and looking for new opportunities to assist national Christians. Kristina and I are again living in Sweden and are also involved in a church plant in Stockholm. 

Fruits of Our Labor

For the last 18 years Kristina and I have been involved in 5 church plants, 3 in Riga and 2 in Sweden. Two churches in Riga have now become a part of the Baptist Union of Latvia. One church in Stockholm is still growing and part of the Swedish Inter-Act Denomination. The one we are currently involved with is just starting out but going well. We are trying a totally different method of church planting this time around. We are following the pattern that Jesus outlined in Luke chapter 10, and Matthew chapters 9 and,10 we are hoping to start 10 reproducing house churches along the Stockholm subway line that we live on.

Riga, capital city of Latvia, is 800 years old. For the 60 years Latvia was part of the former Soviet Union evangelism had to be done very carefully and Christians in general were not treated well. In 1999, I was able to help get GEM involved in the largest evangelistic outreach that has ever been held there. We invited Luis Palou to come and we saw many Latvians come to know the Lord. 

In 2002 I was asked to be a regional director for Greater Europe Mission in the Nordic Baltic region of Europe. As of this year we will have workers in four of the eight Nordic/Baltic countries. My goal is to see our missionaries in each of the eight countries. 

In a new initiative to start churches in Stockholm Sweden we are having opportunities to share our faith with many nationalities. Stockholm has become a multicultural city and where we live there are many immigrants from the Middle East. We are looking to start house churches in ten subway communities on the subway line we live on. 

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Gifts can be sent to:

Greater Europe Mission
18950 Base Camp Road
Monument, CO 80132-8009

Please put our name in the memo section.
 

Jody Hanford

Address

PO box 10985
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Ways to Connect

(949) 375-4495: Home
Email Jody Hanford

Ministry Focus

Campus Crusade for Christ - Evangelism training, evangelism strategy development for university campus ministers and students nationally. 

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Can someone find the Lord in a fraternity house? I did. In college I had been searching for 4 years for answers to life. I looked happy on the outside but was very sad on the inside. My fraternity dorm had a room open so we put it up for rent. Two students saw that as a ministry opportunity and moved in just to try to reach us with the gospel! That meant less sleep and study time for them. I was the only one who came to their Bible study more than once and I began to feel hope in my heart that this was what I had been looking for. After six months, I trusted Christ as my Savior, just before I graduated!
That has given me a heart for college students. I know that they are searching, and I know that reaching college students with the gospel is a huge key to our nation’s future.

Call to Missions Service

As a businessman in Jacksonville, I kept feeling that regarding my work, I belonged in another role. It was like I was not doing what I was created for. While at CFC and hearing a lot of great teaching and seeing such missions emphasis, I heard my call. I became involved with a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry to businessmen called Here’s Life Jacksonville. I saw in the Campus Crusade guys’ lives what I wanted, to be a part of a ministry that would take the gospel to people, wherever they might be.

Fruits of Our Labor

Jody serves as a campus minister with Campus Crusade for Christ in Los Angeles. He develops personal evangelism techniques and strategies helping students and staff to better understand how to present Jesus Christ to others in a relevant and Biblical way. Three-minute slices of his training can be heard via webcasts at the website http://OverflowToday.com. Jody trains students and staff on university campuses, at large conferences, and in church settings. His evangelism training has just been chosen by Campus Crusade’s HQ web team to be featured permanently on its top national ministry website.For his first 5 years in California, his focus was to plant college campus ministries on campuses that currently have none. He has led evangelism and discipleship efforts on 7 area campuses. In that role he helped students start and lead ministries and strategically plan how to give every student a chance to say yes or no to Jesus Christ.

International - Jody has made 14 missions trips to Russia and Ukraine, one to Japan, and one to East Asia. In Russia his main mission has been to train Russian public school teachers in how to teach a Bible-based curriculum in their public schools, and helping teachers who have further spiritual interest learn how to have a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Presently at 100% support thanks to wonderful donors, some of whom give monthly, some annually, and some sporadically. My support address is:

Campus Crusade for Christ
Contributions Dept.
100 Lake Hart Dr.
Orlando, FL 3 2 8 3 2
Acct. # 0 4 0 9 4 2 4   

Russ and Melody Ebersole

Children: Christopher, Sara Gene, Daniel, Stephen, Nathaniel

Address

B.P.22, Adeta, Togo, West Africa
via short-term carrier: c/o John Berresford, PO Box 272, Montoursville, PA 17754

Ways to Connect

011-228-449-7007 : Home
011-228-834-8942 : Mobile
Email Russ and Melody Ebersole

Ministry Focus

Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, Inc. - Medical Evangelism,  Children and Youth Ministry in Togo, West Africa.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Melody: At age six, in South Dakota, the gospel was presented in Sunday school class, but I was not listening. After class, my best friend asked if I was a Christian, but I didn’t know because I wasn’t listening! Soon after, I asked my parents if I was a Christian, and they explained what it meant to be a Christian. I felt left out of God's family, and prayed to accept the Lord with my parents.

Russ: At age five while home in the states with my family on furlough from the Philippines, I was coloring the story of the prodigal son. I asked my mother to tell me the story, and she wove the explanation of salvation into the story. I prayed with her to receive Christ as my personal Savior. 

Call to Missions Service

Melody: I became interested in missions after seeing the presentation of a single missionary lady from Africa at her small country church in South Dakota when I was five years old. At this point in time, I felt that that was what I wanted to do when I grew up, and that interest continued.

Russ: I grew up as an MK in the Philippines, and became interested in missionary medicine while in boarding school. I dedicated my life for missions as a teenager, and continued to point toward a career in medical missions. It has been a long journey toward the mission field. We spent many years training for medicine, 14 years in the US Navy and several years in private pediatric practice. But we kept our goal of missions in mind over these years, and God opened the door for us to go to Togo, West Africa, arriving there in 2002.

Fruits of Our Labor

We are nearing the end of our second term of service. The ministry at the hospital continues to be both very busy and very fruitful. For the past several years, there have been over 2500 decisions for Christ through the hospital and the clinic. More Muslims are now coming, and we have seen some of them come to Christ as well.

The children's ministry spearheaded by Melody has continued to be very fruitful, with around 200 children coming each Wednesday for evangelistic studies as well as eight discipleship classes for those who have accepted Christ as Savior. She also has literacy classes in the tribal languages for the children each Friday.

We also continue to work at a small "bush" church in the mountains near the hospital. The church has grown, with yearly baptisms, and with outreach to several surrounding villages.

And finally, we see the blessings of personal relationships with many of the Togolese people here, and we enjoy being a part of their lives, as they are also a part of ours. 

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

We are currently at full personal support, thanks to many folks at CFC. But we have some special accounts as well: the children’s ministry, a building fund for our church, and a pediatric benevolence fund to help with the most indigent patients and their families.

The "How to give address" is:
Missionary Finance
Assoc. of Baptists for World Evang. Inc
PO Box 8585
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8585

Account numbers are: personal # 0130883 and specify a special account if desired; the benevolence fund is through the hospital, # 0763513-002. Please use my full name, Russell E. Ebersole, IV, since my father has the same name (Jr.) and also is an ABWE missionary.  

Charlie and Marnie Densmore

Children: Caden, Asher

Address

714 Turmeric Lane
Durham, NC 27713

Ways to Connect

(360) 259-4480: Mobile
Email Charlie and Marnie Densmore

Ministry Focus

Campus Crusade for Christ - Discipleship & Evangelism at Duke University Durham, N.C. 

Primary Ministry Activities

Our focus is reaching out to the students at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. This means we reach the Christian students to engage in our ministry through Bible studies, discipleship, evangelism and leadership. We also personally engage the lost students on the campus with the Gospel and bring our Christian students alongside of us to equip and encourage them to share the Gospel. Weekly meetings, retreats, & missions opportunities are a significant part of our ministry. This summer we will be leading a team of students going to Sweden as a part of CCC’s summer ministry.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Charlie: I was converted during my sophomore year of high school in a guys’ Bible study. Had been attending church during the year previous and one Bible study night we went through the “bridge diagram.” The idea of God’s Son dying for complete forgiveness from my sins finally made sense, and I prayed to receive Christ that night.

Marnie: Became a Christian at the age of five, and grew up in a Christian home. I began attending CFC with my family when I was 12. That is where I really began to understand walking with the Lord and growing in my faith.

Call to Missions Service

As we ministered in Sweden during our 2-year commitment there, we prayerfully sought out the Lord on His calling on our life. His calling became clear to us that His will is for us to be in full-time ministry. Specifically we feel called, in this season, to minister to college students through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Even though ministry was tough work in Sweden, we had a great peace about what we were doing and what God was doing in us. This peace in our circumstances was the confirmation to our calling to full-time ministry.

The Lord has used numerous ministry experiences in our life to lead us to this point. Either one or both of us have had the opportunities to do ministry in Spain, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Jamaica, Ecuador, Bahamas, New York City, Florida State University, Daytona Beach, and Uppsala, Sweden.  

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Money can be sent to the following address, please make checks payable to Campus Crusade for Christ:
Charlie and Marnie Densmore
714 Turmeric Lane
Durham, NC 27713

On line giving: give.ccci.org/give/0485960
 

John and Diana Bowers

Address

2881 Scott Mill Place
Jacksonville, FL 32223

Ways to Connect

(904) 739-0065: Office
(904) 262-4446: Home
Email John and Diana Bowers

Online Site(s)

Website
Facebook

Ministry Focus

Proclaim! International - Public evangelism in support of national churches in the challenging places of the world.

Primary Ministry Activities

John wears a number of “hats” so here is an overview:

Evangelist/musician - helping plan, organize and lead evangelistic projects and meeting. As a Co-director John is one of three leaders in Proclaim who share the responsibility to lead the mission; responsible to develop ministries in the Americas. We are adding a Proclaim Canada and a Proclaim Peru this fall. He is also responsible to recruit short term workers, and to give oversight to appointees in the deputation process.

There is also the responsibility to oversee the main Proclaim U.S. office including administration, missionary services, general fund development, and recruiting. In all he gives oversight to about 15 people including office staff, field staff and appointees.

We are both involved in local ministries including two bible studies John teaches in the fall and spring – one is an evangelistic Bible study with about 30 members and a second is for about 25 college age students.

Diana is very involved in every aspect of the ministry. She travels on evangelistic tours as a performer, and personal evangelist. She works as a mentor with younger women in our ministry. Here in Jacksonville, she mentors several women, and works 20 hours a week in the office doing donor relations and processing donations.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

John: I confessed Jesus as Savior and Lord in February, 1970 at a “College Life” meeting at Georgia Southern College. My heathen lifestyle was abandoned and finding forgiveness, cleansing, and meaning, I determined to live only for Jesus Christ.

Diana: I took Christ as my Savior at the age of 8 at a children’s evangelistic meeting at church. It’s been my desire to walk with Christ since that time and I’ve been privileged to have training to lead others in following Christ.

Call to Missions Service

John: I was recruited to join Campus Crusade as a musician, evangelist upon my graduation from college. I was quite surprised when my assignment was to join a music team in London, England. Then God confirmed Europe as a focus of work over the next 30 years.

Diana: Two months before I graduated from college I was challenged to tell others about Christ. I realized that even in a Christian college there were many students who really didn’t know Christ personally. I joined Campus Crusade in 1970.

Fruits of Our Labor

Evangelism: Last year John and Diana participated and organized evangelism and/or training events in Peru, Croatia, Poland, Haiti and Albania.  Projected ministry in the next few months includes Croatia, Peru and Poland. As one of three Co-directors John helps lead the mission by developing ministries in the Americas and overseeing the main Proclaim! U.S. office, including 21 office staff, field staff and appointees, and serving on the boards of Proclaim! associations in Peru, Canada and Croatia.Multiplication: In November, 2001, Proclaim! added its first evangelism staff member, Branko Hovacenic, our Croatia friend and long-time co-worker. Branko is developing a full-time evangelistic team and pastors one of the churches Proclaim! helped plant.

Recruiting-discipling: John and Diana recruit many short-term workers and disciple them through the short-term and career missionary process. In addition, both are involved in local ministries. John is in his 5th year teaching a Bible study and Diana continues to mentor women here in the States and several women internationally; one in Germany and one in Assyria.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Rhonda Bennett

Address

39 Kelsey Road
Clinton, CT 06443

Ways to Connect

860-552-4310: Home
646-522-6562: Mobile
Email Rhonda Bennett

Ministry Focus

Rhonda has a three fold ministry focus:

  1. Global Leadership Development: Focus on building leaders and emerging leaders for our 25,000 full time staff in 271 countries by creating a coaching culture.
  2. Adult Professional Ministry: Evangelism and discipleship in the business and professional arena with a focus on influential women.
  3. Cancer Survivors: Speaking, writing and retreats for cancer survivors and their families. Also doing the same for those involved in the self-help/growth movement.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

As a child I had the privilege of attending Sunday school and learned at an early age the familiar Bible stories. I am thankful for this foundation. However, it wasn’t until I was a freshman in college that I understood what a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was. It was there that I met Christians who seemed to know God personally and who were excited about telling others about Him. As I got to know these folks and attended some Bible studies, I understood my own need to receive the precious gift of Jesus dying for me. I began to grow in my faith by participating in Bible studies, prayer, fellowship and sharing my faith with others. I had opportunities during my college years to do some summer mission projects.

Call to Missions Service

At Expo ’72, a Christian conference, I remember responding to the challenge given by Billy Graham and Bill Bright to give my life completely to the Lord and said I would go anywhere and do anything. After college, I taught high school English to alternative students. It was there that God broke my heart. I remember thinking, any one can teach these kids English, but what they need most is to understand the love of Christ. My initial call to missions was to reach out to high school students and I joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1977.

Fruits of Our Labor

It’s hard to summarize 34 years of ministry. My main contribution seems to be in equipping others for the work of ministry. I enjoy finding the Pauls in various settings; being Barnabas to them and seeing God use them to reach their sphere of influence for Christ.

One of the main projects I have been involved in the last several years has been the North American Senior Leadership Initiative. Business leaders from across the country volunteer their time to coach our emerging leaders. I train and mentor these business leaders. It has been humbling to hear their stories and hear not only how the staff they are coaching are being transformed, but also how the coaching skills are helping them in the marketplace. Those who have come to my home for personal retreat have made life changing decisions. One gal moved to Scotland to pursue seminary, another left her job to follow her calling to live overseas and minister. God also is using my cancer story. This has opened up many spiritual conversations with Barb, Jim, Barbara and many others. I love sharing the message of hope. I also have spoken evangelistically to Priority Associates business meetings and to United Nations leaders.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

God has been faithful for 34 years to supply my needs. Currently I am trusting God for the means to pay my housing costs for the purpose of hosting my coaching clients. I also have ongoing medical expenses as they monitor my cancer. In order to sustain current needs and additional ministry expenses, I need an additional $4,000 a month.

Checks need to made to:
Campus Crusade for Christ
100 Lake Hart Drive
Orlando, FL 32832

Rick and Elisabeth Arnold

Children: Annelise, Amandalee, Alyssalyn & Arickson

Address

Africa

Ways to Connect

Email Rick and Elisabeth Arnold

Ministry Focus

Pioneer church planting among the least accessible, unreached peoples.

Primary Ministry Activities

In 1991, We went to Africa and began pioneer church planting among the least accessible, unreached people. Although enduring many hardships, by God's grace and the prayers of many, we are in our fifth term of four years. Reaching out in a variety of ways, including sports, hospitality, literature, parties, tools, local school partnerships, seeds for farming, soccer teams, sportplex, eyeglasses, and tea debates, we have seen God at work in deepening relationships with our neighbors. Years have passed without visible change, yet God has been at work! Today, outward signs of God's grace are pointing to extreme decisions being made with life and death consequences both eternally and within the community!

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Rick: In eighth grade, I watched the movie “A Thief in the Night.” I asked Jesus into my heart as I didn’t want to be left behind when Jesus returned. Since then I have never looked back, but continue to grow in my understanding of what it means to follow Jesus as His disciple.

Elisabeth: I was four years old when I was at a communion service in America sitting with another couple other than my parents. Since I grew up in Africa, I was interested in what was being passed around. The couple asked if I was allowed to partake of the elements. My parents shook their heads “NO,” but I told the couple “Yes.” My mom shared later that night that I was not a part of God’s family. I was very young when I made that decision, but my heart has been captured by His love forever. I continue to grow in understanding not only the sins of behavior, but the sin choices and habits of my heart when I turn to anything other than Jesus. 

Call to Missions Service

Rick: After I graduated from high school, I stayed out a year with my parents. I was invited to minister with a summer team as a translator and tech man. We passed through so many villages without any witness, and the people were begging for us to stay and teach them about Jesus. God touched my heart and called me to unreached, least accessible people.

Elisabeth: When I entered Columbia International University as a freshman, I believed the facts stood clear that I was needed where there was no opportunity to hear the gospel. When I was a sophomore, I attended a memorial service for a martyred alumnus, Chet Bitterman. At the end of the service, the speaker asked for all those who would fill in Chet’s place on the front lines to stand to their feet. I felt a clear, strong, passionate assurance to stand to my feet and offer my life for front line commitment. 

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Funds can be sent to the following address with a note that designates it for the Arnolds #110053:
Pioneers
0123 William Carey Dr.
Orlando, FL 32832

 

Dirk and Joy Anderson

Address

7645 Thunderbird Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Ways to Connect

(719) 344-5886: Home
(904) 910-9448: Mobile
Email Dirk and Joy Anderson

Online Site(s)

Website
Facebook

Ministry Focus

eMi is a non-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers, surveyors and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope. Partnering with indigenous evangelistic ministries already reaching the poor, volunteer technical professionals are mobilized on international short-term trips to provide design assistance through development projects. In addition to new planning or design, Disaster Response assessment teams have become technical experts to Christian relief agencies. Our services fill the void where local design resources are not available, affordable or trustworthy. eMi project trips generate culturally pertinent, well-designed facilities for the poor, expanding outreach for the Gospel, and transforming volunteers in their perspective of world missions. 

Primary Ministry Activities

Having recently joined eMi staff at their Colorado Springs sending office, Dirk is a project trip leader and staff leader. His role includes organizing three project trips annually, along with scouting out new projects, recruiting volunteers, mentoring interns, shepherding teams, and completing projects for our client ministries.

Personal Journey - Call to Christ

Dirk: I grew up with moral parents, yet only went to church on holidays. We finally went to church after my continual prodding during Jr. High. I quickly trusted in Christ at a summer camp and became involved both in Youth Group as well as in Campus Life, growing through their leadership. In college I was involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and continued to grow as a Christian by participating in the work and leadership of the ministry. The Lord continues to ignite my faith and refine my dependence on Him as He opens me to the magnitude of His redemptive heart for His people.

Joy: I attended a Christian school in my elementary years and youth group in middle and high school years, however, my parents did not attend church and God was rarely discussed at home. It wasn’t until the end of my senior year, when my neighbor shared a gospel track with me, that I realized I needed Christ desperately. His forgiveness of my sins and acceptance of me as His daughter overwhelmingly completed me and I haven’t looked back. I went to college running towards God and immediately became aware of how much I needed other people. He used InterVarsity to open my eyes and heart to those around me and to the leadership skills he wanted me to use for His glory. It was here He also introduced me to my best friend and husband.

Call to Missions Service

Dirk: Coming from a bi-cultural family, experiencing a variety of cultures has opened my heart far beyond our borders. Having a part in reaching the world for Christ has long been on my heart as I have been exposed to a strong influence toward missions through InterVarsity as well as the churches I (we) have attended in addition to committing to support other missionaries. During my initial short-term architecture trip with eMi, along with ensuing projects, I experienced the joy of God using a specific passion and skill that He has equipped incombination with extending the hope of the Gospel in cultures that have been narrowly reached. All this while being exposed to tremendous poverty and injustice in the world. This exposure catalyzed my desire to become fully engaged in serving Him throughout the world - in any place and with any people. I’m excited to engage in what seems like a ‘secular’ vocation within the tremendous context of worldwide missions.

 Joy: I first became aware of God’s call to me to serve Him when I was very young, through the example of a babysitter who went on to become a missionary herself. Her example brought ‘the world’ to the farm kid I knew to be me. My call to missions since then has been a continual unfolding and stretching of the heart. God has used my own brokenness and given me a heart for those who are hurting and lost and thirst for more. I have had many opportunities to spur on others to that person we all thirst for, Christ. In InterVarsity and through architecture, God knit Dirk’s and my hearts together with a passion to reach the world for Christ. We have experienced great joy in going on short term trips and supporting other missionaries for years. When we were first married I thought it would be only a brief time before we would go to the mission field. However, God had much more to do before I would find the same joy in pursuing, with abandon, that dream. eMi has been the doorway.

Prayer Requests

Support Needs

Because EMI donates their services, staff members raise their full support. Our approved monthly goal covers ministry and living expenses, self-employment taxes and medical insurance. Funds can be sent to the following address with a note that designates it for the Andersons, account no. 2112:

Engineering Ministries International
130 E. Kiowa, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80903