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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
786 Carriage Dr
Batavia, IL 60510
Debbie became a student leader for InterVaristy while attending the College of Dupage in the late 1980s. She led teams of students and taught them to plan outreach events, specifically events for reaching non-Christian friends. Debbie transferred to the University of Illinois and continued her leadership role for InterVarsity. That’s where she met her husband, Mike, who was also involved with InterVarsity there. After getting her degree in Journalism, she was recruited as an InterVarsity staff member and has been on staff with them for over 20 years.
Presently, Debbie is an administrator for the co-regional Director who is in charge of Illinois and Indiana. She is also a resource for InterVarsity staff who want to reach out to students with special needs. Debbie and Mike have 2 sons Brandon (Oct. 5, 1999) and Luke (Aug. 21, 2004) and live in Batavia, IL.
As the snow falls outside I think back over the last sixty Christmases–some in the
Yes, sixty years and there are churches in Dureno, Sinangae, Zabalo and Dovuno. And there are believers. Yes, believers that share their faith–some going out to other villages to share what Christ has done for them.
Sixty years and that’s how many years the Lord Jesus has been leading us. He gave us four children and is leading them too. Grandson, Felipe, married and he and Gissela presented us with our great-grandson, Nigel. Four grandchildren have graduated from college.
The oral recording of the Cofan New Testament was a blessing a few years back and now the opportunity to have the “Jesus Film” in Cofan is the next project. The recording team will come next spring to work with about a dozen Cofans to narrate the film. Since all the Scripture in this film are from the book of Luke, we’ve been matching up the text from the Cofan Luke. Because of the difference of length between English and Cofan for a given passage, the Cofan translation may have to be modified in order to “fit” in the space in the pre-edited film. Please pray that this can be done without altering the translation. Thankfully, the Lord has already taken care of the financial part of the recording.
What’s coming up for 2014? Well, Rick and Sue’s daughter, Rachelle, is engaged to Mike Scott. Wedding is planned for May 31st. Mike is currently a student at Penn State. Evan is a student at Moody. Ethan just graduated from Moody and is a substitute teacher at the Alliance Academy in Quite. Sarah is at Emmaus Collage in Iowa. Fede will graduate from North Park University. Greg will be teaching ESL in Taiwan, Josh continues at North West College in Seattle. Sounds like it will be a busy year.
What about us? We will be helping on the Jesus Film project. We still get along on our walkers and canes. Bobbie still has some surgery pending for circulation on her leg. We’re still enjoying retirement at our son, Rick’s, in Michigan.
To all of you who kindly sent us congratulations for our 60th wedding anniversary we want to say “Thank you.” We couldn’t all get together, but we all had opportunity to be together at sometime during the year, either in Ecuador or here in Michigan,
God’s blessings to all of you and a very Merry CHRISTmas to each one.
In Christ’s wonderful love,
Bub and Bobbie Borman
Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc., P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200
2815 Moore Road
Bailey, MI 49303
Rick and Sue Borman have served with International Teams since 1998. In 1999, they founded a camp ministry in the mountains of Ecuador called “El Refugio” (The Refuge) and have been involved in that ministry to date.
El Refugio is a training and retreat center that facilitates a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through nature and outdoor adventure. At El Refugio we have retreats with adventure programing that are purposely structured to bring people’s attention to their spiritual need of Jesus Christ or to help them grow in their walk with Christ. We also have a very developed training program in outdoor camp ministry with the goal of giving others the ability to run and operate a camp ministry or to use their training in their local churches.
Rick and Sue live in Michigan, at present with 4 of their 7 children and primarily work with: US mission teams; interns and missionary staff recruiting; and fund raising for projects. Rick travels to Ecuador frequently supporting the work of El Refugio and leading short term mission teams.
Erik & Tammy Burklin
China Partner – Colorado/China
8191 South Park Lane #12
Littleton, CO 80120
Erik is a third-generation missionary whose grandparents served with China Inland Mission (CIM), taking the Gospel to China before it closed to foreign missionaries in 1950. He received his call to ministry while attending Taylor University in Upland, In.
In 1989, Dr. Werner Burklin (Erik’s father), founded China Partner (CP) after realizing the greatest need in China was training and equipping emerging Chinese Christian leaders.
In 2001, Erik stepped in as president for CP. His work includes frequent travel to China, where he organizes and teaches at pastorial training seminars. This is where future Chinese pastors and lay pastors are equipped in the basic principles of evangelistic preaching, pastoral care, Christian leadership and discipleship.
Since 1991, CP has conducted 103 pastoral training seminars in 35 different cities in China and has trained 9,113 pastors and Christian leaders. In addition, CP has provided pastors and seminaries/Bible schools students with much needed “Pastor Packs” (mini libraries)—over 56,000 theological study books have been distributed since 1991.
China Partner exists to serve the Church in China through the following four strategies:
He and his wife, Tammy, reside in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. They have two grown daughters, Brittany (married to Kameron Knox, June 2011) and Briana.
Russian Ministries – Illinois/Russia
PO Box 496
Wheaton, IL 60189
Anita grew up on a farm in Washington. Her father was a pastor and missionaries were regularly invited to their church and their home. During those years, Anita met American and Chinese missionaries from Overseas Radio and Television (ORTV) in Taiwan.
After she graduated from college, ORTV invited her to teach English on the radio to people in Taiwan who wanted to study English and Christianity. This experience deepened her interest in missions and the importance of media in communicating the Gospel. In the Fall of 1967, she met Peter Deyneka, Jr., a missionary visiting her church, and they were married in June of 1968.
During the Communist years, Peter became the president of the Slavic Gospel Association, a mission his father had founded, and Anita served with him, primarily in writing and training. They traveled extensively during those Iron Curtain years in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. With the collapse of Communism in 1991, they retired from the Slavic Gospel Association and founded a new organization, Russian Ministries (RM), primarily to serve as consultants to many new Western organizations entering the former Soviet Union. In the past years, they worked with more than 400 such ministries in varying degrees.
In December 2000, Peter died after a six-month struggle with lymphoma. Anita continues to serve in a missionary capacity with RM, while also working with other organizations, especially in outreach to orphans in the former Soviet Union.
Beth Ann Erickson will be moving to the country of Estonia to minister full-time to the children, youth and young adults as she partners with Kolgata Church (Tartu, Estonia) in order to support existing ministries and start new ministries. She has a passion for working with youth and young adults with troubled backgrounds.
Where is Estonia??? Estonia is located in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Why Estonia? Less than 2% of Estonians are evangelical Christian. After spending time in the country of Estonia on three short-term missions, Beth Ann feels that God is calling her to invest full-time efforts to share the Gospel of Christ.
Beth Ann grew up attending First Baptist Church of Geneva and was actively involved in children’s choir, Awana, Pastor’s Class, and middle school and high school youth group. She attended her first mission trip to the Dominican Republic as a high school student with FBCG in 1993.
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Ministry: Hope for Life
Amanda grew up in youth ministries at FBCG, starting with Club 56. She went on to attend the University of Colorado where she pursued the study of business. Her passions were found in poverty and business solutions for the developing world. Her senior year of college she worked on a project for an organization called Hope for Life Ministry.
Hope for Life is a ministry dedicated to serving street children in Kigali, Rwanda. They operate a children’s home for twenty-four former street boys who have been neglected, abused, imprisoned, or orphaned. They work with the families of each boy in our program and with local street children, promoting reconciliation and reintegration. Their vision is to transform the lives of Rwandan street boys by equipping them with the resources necessary to become healthy and skilled individuals.
Amanda joined the ministry on the ground in September 2014 and will be with them for two years. Her time will be divided between (1) sharing the gospel and discipleship with boys and staff (2) teaching the boys entrepreneurial, finance, and life skills, (3) connecting them with their families and with mentors in the community, working directly with their families to improve their financial situation and living conditions through small loans, financial planning, and home renovations, (5) continuing work on HFLM’s sustainability as an organization, and (6) marketing and administration.
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Young Life Kane County
Young Life is a non-denominational, Christian, non-profit organization that is committed to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. Young Life staff and leaders are caring adults who strive to build positive relationships with teenagers. Through friendships as well as through club, Campaigners and camp, Young Life leaders get to know teens and gain their trust. Because of these relationships, leaders “earn the right to be heard” and can share the Gospel with their teenage friends.
In Kane County Young Life is working with both high school and middle school kids in Geneva and St Charles. In addition, we have a very special outreach ministry to incarcerated teens at the Illinois Youth Center in St Charles.
Contact: Dan Griebel , Area Director 630.815.1125(cell)
Office Address: 1507 Avalon Ct., St. Charles, IL 60174
We serve a North African country with zero churches among the indigenous people groups. By God’s grace, we hope to catalyze a church planting movement that reaches every man, woman, boy and girl with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Pray that North African Muslims dream about Jesus.
Pray for a movement of 16,000 new house churches.
Pray that we thrive spiritually and overflow God’s love.
Young Life – Kentucky
1020 Industry Road #78
Lexington, KY 40505
About 30 new students from U of KY have been recruited and trained as local leaders for the Young Life outreach programs to students in 12 middle and high schools of Lexington. Pray for the Harrisons as they encourage spiritual growth among these young leaders and as they recruit staff and students for the upcoming summer camps. They would like to have 400 campers.
Matt grew up at FBCG. He first got involved with Young Life in the Fall of 1990, and now has over 20 years of involvement with our mission to share Christ with teenagers. Matt joind the Young Life staff in the Fall of 1993, and has seen God do amazing things in the lives of so many kids over the years. While his roles have changed, his heart for seeing God work in the lives of kids has not. And he is still deeply committed to the Biblical concept of modeling the Incarnation by entering the world of kids and sharing our lives with them. Thank you so much for praying for and financially supporting what we do!
Matt and Michelle live in Lexington with their 3 children, Ian (Aug. 11, 1997), Conor (Sept. 4, 2000) and Maggie (May 11, 2004).
Converge World Wide HIV/AIDS Ministry – Nigeria
17 Dabon Warwar St.
Gembu, Taraba State, Nigeria 663002
Art & Dorothy Helwig are missionaries with Converge (Baptist General Conference Mission) to Nigeria where they have established a vital on-going work against HIV/AIDS. As they approach retirement, pray that God will direct the realignment of the work to different approaches for managing the continuing battle against this devastating disease. Travel in their region is always dangerous, so ask God to protect them on frequent trips from Gembu and Abuja. They have moved their permanent residence to NY near their son, once they are back in the states for good. We will miss having them around FBCG.
Praise to God for the many who have stepped up as caregivers for Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS orphans in the successfully growing New Tomorrow Project there.
The Hill family ministers in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, where there is extreme poverty and lack of water and food for families. They are praying for a regular meeting place with a roof structure as the homes we meet in are too small, and the meetings and activities need to be held outdoors under the hot sun.
Many families are struggling to find water and to put food on the table. By the grace of God, the Hills were able to find a 700 gallon tank that fit perfectly into the trailer they have and they’ve been able to haul water to 10 different homes.
The Hills have 5 children: Sara (5/27/88), Amy (3/25/91), Paul (10/18/92), Mark (7/19/95) and Laura (5/16/97).
602 W 6th St. Apt 6
Los Fresnos, TX 78566
The Holloway family has deep roots with FBCG with Betsy growing up in the church from infancy through college. Trevor received his master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and served in pastoral ministry for seven years before taking a staff position at To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting. Aside from working in the home, Betsy is passionate about mentoring and discipling younger women. Their vision for their ministry in Peru is two-fold: 1) to partner with and train Peruvian pastors, leaders, and missionaries to reach the unreached with the gospel of Christ and 2) to entrust biblically sound teaching to faithful men who will be equipped to teach others thereby strengthening the church in Peru. They have four children: Ethan, Titus, Nora, and Ellie.
Trevor HollowayTo Every Tribe Ministries
Center for Pioneer Church Planting – Mentoring Coordinator
Eric and Janet met as summer missionaries in Florida in 1971 and married in 1972. In 1973, they saw a movie about Lottie Moon, the first Baptist missionary to China. As they talked about the movie, they realized that God wanted them to take the gospel to other cultures.
Eric served as assistant pastor and interim pastor on the south side of Chicago from 1978 to 1982, as they raised support to go to Mexico City under the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide). They found that when they prayed, “Lord, we want to do your will for our lives, regardless of what that means and where it takes us,” that God gave them the grace to do His will. They were amazed that they could leave their country and live in another part of God’s world without feeling any sense of sacrifice. Instead, they experienced the love mentioned in Matthew 19:29.
In Mexico City, they served as Converge Worldwide missionaries. Eric worked in church planting and mobilization, helping churches to start ministries in evangelism, small groups and disciple-making. He also occasionally taught at the Baptist Seminary and served on the board of the Mexican Baptist Convention. Janet worked with churches to organize children’s choirs and to start women’s ministries.
Their family returned to the states from 2002-2008, where Eric continued to work with Converge. In August of 2009, they were reassigned to Mexico where Eric is focusing on leadership development, developing healthy churches using the Retool Kit, and church planting aimed at reaching the next generation in Mexico. Janet is developing LEADNet teams for pastors’ wives.
Bethlehem Bible College – Jerusalem
P.O. Box 163
Greek Orthodox Neighborhood
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Yohanna serves as an academic dean at Bethlehem Bible College and Nazareth Evangelical College in Israel. He teaches theology, in addition to writing and speaking at conferences. In their work with student ministry (IFES) in Palestine, Israel, Jordan , Egypt and Lebanon, they realized the need for students in the Middle East to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Because of this need, Yohanna began teaching Bible courses in Galilee and Nazareth. Dina has been active serving the Lord among Arab Christian women as she cares for their three young children.
Their ministry includes reaching out and witnessing to Muslim Arabs, Israeli Jews and Jewish Messianic believers sharing the love of the Lord.They explain to them the love Jesus gave them for the Jewish people and for all who need Jesus, and tell them about the grace of our Lord Jesus that transforms the enemy into a friend.
Yohanna & Dina live in Nazareth with their 3 boys: Immanuel (April 4, 2003) Jonathan (September 30, 2005) and Christopher (October 13, 2006)
Wycliffe Bible Translators – SE Asia
The Kotynskis recently returned from 6 weeks in SE Asia having conducted a workshop for Bible Translation. They worked with 4 languages and added two new languages during the workshop. Pray for new translators to truly know the LORD and to depend upon the Holy Spirit as they work. Pray for the Kotynskis as they work to reach the 30 language groups in this area of SE Asia—many of whom have almost no known believers. Pray for love, unity, wisdom, and forgiveness among the believers.
Ed and Jan are linguists who have spent many years living on the island of Hope in SE Asia, with the T people. They learned the language of this jungle people, and have helped translate the New Testament into their language. Now based in the US and working via internet/satellite connection, they continue to work with the T people and 3 other language groups to translate the Old Testament into their languages. They are being asked to find ways to help begin translation in the 25 surrounding language groups. Ed and Jan travel overseas several times a year to help train nationals in Bible Translation, and also to help teams prepare to have their translated Scripture checked and approved in languages of SE Asia. A deeper understanding of the newly translated Scriptures in these believers’ own languages, has resulted in their own cultural expressions and songs of worship, along with an exciting growth in their life in Christ and one another. Ed and Jan experience a family relationship with many of these SE Asian friends, and also have two children and seven grandchildren of their own.
In 2000, I began attending First Baptist Church of Geneva with my family and through the years God used this church to play a significant role in my relationship with Christ! I was baptized in 2008, a year before I left the church to move to Portland, Oregon. While out west, I learned about the issue of human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking of minors, and was surprised to learn the extent of it in the United States. After much prayer, I felt God leading me to get involved in creating awareness of this issue and helping the victims.
In 2011 I joined International Teams End Slavery Ministries to establish a new team in Portland, Oregon, using my administrative and project management experience to advance awareness and prevention initiatives and to show Christ’s love through mentoring victims who have been rescued in the local area. I am thrilled that First Baptist of Geneva has committed to join my support team as my sending church, and look forward to sharing this ministry and vision with the FBCG family of believers!
Update from May 2014:
Nancy and I (Brock) are members of FBCG. In January 2006, we felt led to sell the Heavenly Ham franchise we had owned and operated for over 9 years. We knew it could reasonably take a year to sell, but amazingly, it sold in 45 days. Then, we looked into opening another business, making a career change, or making a move. Gradually, God led us to see the need for a mission in Quito, Ecuador. God confirmed over and over that this is where he wanted us to go. We also sold our home in 6 weeks at a time when the housing market was declining.
In April 2007, our family flew to Costa Rica to begin a year-long program of language study and the following April, we flew to Quito, Ecuador, where we began our ministry. Immediately, I began skateboarding with some of the local youth and God impressed on me that I needed to minister to these kids, most of who had a poor relationship with their fathers or fathers who weren’t involved with them. I took the kids to skate competitions, fixed their boards and began a weekly “skate church” service. At this service, the boys heard the messge of Christ’s love, the importance of following Him and what it means to follow him.
Afterwards, everyone skates on ramps they built. Our family plan to continue building ramps and hosting “skate church” as the Lord leads. I also oversee the leadership team and the finances of an outdoor adventure camp called “The Refuge.”
Nancy helps with speaking and translating. The kids help with setup and tear down before and after “skate church.” Our family feels incredibly grateful to be serving in this ministry as representatives of FBCG.
Chris & Elizabeth McKinney
Campus Crusade — University of Missouri
5704 Shearwater Ct.
Columbia, MO 65203
To learn more: www.mizzoucru.com
To donate to CC: https://give.cru.org/0543206
Elizabeth grew up at FBCG! She went to college at Miami University of Ohio and became involved with Cru there. As she grew spiritually, God gave her a heart for the lost and worldly young women and a desire to help them come to know and follow Christ.
Chris was born and raised in Kansas and is a 2nd generation Campus Crusade staff person. When he was 10 years old, he and his family moved to Budapest, Hungary, where his parents were the national directors of the Cru ministry. When it was time to attend college, Chris returned to Kansas State University where he studied business and leadership. While at Kansas State, God called him to influence college students, especially fraternity men, for Christ.
Chris has served with Cru for 13 years at Mizzou and is currently Campus Director there as well as Stephens College and other surrounding colleges. He is also pursuing an MDiv at Covenant Seminary in his spare time. Elizabeth has served 15 years with Campus Crusade, working at Miami of Ohio, Macedonia, Butler University and the last 8 years at Mizzou.
Chris and Elizabeth live in Columbia, Missouri, with their four daughters: Ginger (5), Pearl (3), June (1) and Annabelle (newborn).
Gideon & Funmi Para-Mallam
Regional Secretary, IFES-EPSA
Grace & Mercy Manor
P.O. Box 1917
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria 930001
Web site: www.IFESworld.org
The Navigators—University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
611 Bergamot St.
Savoy, IL 61874
FBCG is where Julie’s faith in Christ really started to take root. The body of Christ at FBCG has played a large role in her development as a follower and servant of Jesus Christ. The Lord has used her time in TREK & serving as a leader on FBCG mission trips to draw her into a right relationship with Him and grow her passion to serve The Kingdom wherever God takes her.
Josh grew up near Peoria, IL where his parents were actively involved in the local high school Campus Life hosting loads of students at their house every week to have fun and learn more about Jesus. This had a big impact on Josh’s walk with the Lord and is what led him to get involved with The Navigators when he went to college.
In his freshman year at the University of Illinois he met Julie as well as the campus director of The Navigators who would disciple Josh, do marriage counseling with his wife for Josh & Julie and then married the Parrs in December of 2012. It is through relationships like these that the Lord has challenged both Josh and Julie to walk closer with Him and really pursue whatever He lays in front of them in an effort to bring glory to God. This pursuit has led them both to join staff with The Navigators.
Josh and Julie will now be returning to their alma mater and serving with The Navigators on the campus of the University of Illinois. The mission of The Navigators is “To advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.” With this at the heart of their calling, the Parrs go into the work the Lord has for them with a vision that lines up well with the mission of FBCG. Lord willing, they want to REACH students in the dorms & around campus, CONNECT these students to Jesus and others through Bible studies & fellowship, EQUIP them to grow in Christ through intentional discipleship & life-on-life ministry, and send them to SERVE the Lord in their area of influence for their entire life. Seeing that so many students from all over the world come to the University of Illinois, they are excited to be a part of the Lord’s work in the lives of students from all nations. Lord willing, they want to see the college campus become the best mission-sending organization in the world.
Bryan and Rachel first served in Tanzania as language surveyors assessing the language situation in different areas of the country through gathering, recording, and analyzing linguistic data. Survey is an essential step in the Bible translation process. Since 2010, Bryan has served in a support role, teaching History, Geography, some Bible and English at Christian International schools, first in Tanzania, and now a new assignment in Cameroon at Rain Forest International School in Yaounde. This ministry serves children of Wycliffe families involved in both translation and various other support roles. Teaching at Rain Forest is an opportunity to have a spiritual and educational impact on the next generation of cross-cultural students. Bryan and Rachel are passionate about integrating Biblical truth into the classroom and seeing students grow in or too Christian faith.
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John and Carrie Smith were married at FBCG in 1997. At that time John was a pilot and airplane mechanic while Carrie was an elementary school teacher. Missions would have been the furthest thing from their minds! But through their involvement with an FBCG Bible Study Class (Pathfinders), John and Carrie began to grow and mature in their faith. They were baptized together in 1998 and over the next few years began to serve in the TREK high school ministry and joined their first short-term mission teams to the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. Eventually God not only blessed John and Carrie with a family (3 biological children and an adopted foster child), but He used all these experiences and more to call them to full time missions service through aviation.
Today they are serving with Samaritan Aviation in Papua New Guinea. Johnis serving using his passion for aviation and sharing Christ’s love through action. Almost every day there is a seaplane flight required for medicine delivery or a medical evacuation in the East Sepik Province. John and Carrie are part of Samaritan Aviation’s Community Health Evangelism (CHE) programs. While on the ground, John is engaged in the hospital ministry, CHE and oversees care and maintenance of the amphibious seaplane. Carrie keeps busy at home with our active family. She home schools our children, is a part of the hospital ministry, CHE and monitors the radio during John’s flights.
Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer”
John and Carrie Smith
PO Box 677
Papua New Guinea
Matthew and Sara Titus work with TEAM in Prague, Czech Republic and do church planting, evangelism, and discipleship. They are helping with a church plant in Ladvi, a section in northern Prague. Pray for this new church plant, as new believers grow in their faith and learn to disciple others. Pray for people to be drawn to Christ as a result of the “light” that the Ladvi church is in the community.
Izabela, Samuel, Lucie, Evy, and Theo are all learning Czech and making Czech friends. Pray for God’s protection over them.
There are many opportunities for short term workers to help with the Titus’ ministry. They do ministry in English, with children and adults. Contact them for more information, if interested in helping and using your gifts to serve the people of Czech Republic.
Director, World Agape
Please keep us in your prayers. Thanks for your support, love and prayers for us and our ministries.
Update from 7/1/14
12 Colchester Place, Newtown, PA 18940
Thank you for praying for us & for your faithful giving that this ministry can continue.
New Missions Systems International, Ukraine
US- Brazil/ Church Planting Coordinators
2172 Niagara Court
Elgin, IL 60123
The Wrights have served in Brazil for over two decades largely through theological education, church planting, leadership development and evangelism.
NOTE: Mission partners serving in limited-access countries are not identified by their full names or exact locations in order to protect their security.
Middle East Media
Serving in a Muslim country
P.O Box 2033
Westfield, NJ 07061
Jason and Tracie K.
Serving with ITN in a Muslim country
Pray for ITN as it works alongside local church leaders in these key areas: