Our Missionary Families

mike-debbie-abbs-112013 Mike & Debbie Abbs

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – Great Lakes West Regional Office
786 Carriage Dr 
Batavia, IL 60510 
Debbie_abbs@comcast.net

Website:   www.ivcf.org

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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, Indiana, Wisconsin and parts of Michigan.  She does online recruiting and phone interviews with potential campus staff. Debbie and Mike have 2 sons Brandon (Oct. 5, 1999) and Luke (Aug. 21, 2004) and live in Batavia, IL.  

Bubs BormanBubBorman-7.25.14

CofaNews
December 2013

As the snow falls outside I think back over the last sixty Christmases–some in the U.S. , one in Guatemala and many in the jungles of Ecuador with our friends, the Cofans. We may have missed the snow but we had the joy of sharing God’s first Christmas with them. Ron is doing it this week, in Dureno, Dovuno and Sinangae. It would be fun to be with him to share with the Cofans about how much God loved them. But they now have the Cofan New Testament, and a quarter of the Old Testament to read and they can listen to the narration of the New Testament on the Proclaimer. Yes, God now speaks Cofan.

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

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Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc., P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200

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Rick & Sue Borman bormans

I-Teams
2815 Moore Road
Bailey, MI 49303
rsborman@gmail.com

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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 BurklinBurklin-102013

China Partner – Colorado/China
8191 South Park Lane #12
Littleton, CO 80120
Email:   erik@chinapartner.org

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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, China Partner has conducted over 79 pastoral training seminars in 29 different cities in China and has trained over 6,810 pastors and Christian leaders.  In addition, CP has provided mini-libraries to students, faculty, seminaries and Bible schools — over 47,000 theological study books have been distributed since 1991.

China Partner exists to serve the Church in China through the following four strategies:

• Training  current and future Chinese Christian leaders with needed ministry insights and methods

• Providing  Christian literature to Chinese leaders, churches, and ministry training centers

• Learning  about China’s culture and policies, the Chinese Church, and how to partner with God’s work there

• Building  new training locations and churches with the Chinese through partnership and financial assistance

 

He and his wife, Tammy, reside in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  They have two grown daughters, Brittany (married to Kameron Knox, June 2011) and Briana.

Chrissie Cheney Brian & Chrissie
MoveIn
Toronto, Canada
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Our adventure into MoveIn began when the founder of MoveIn (Chrissie’s
brother, Nigel) encouraged Chrissie to move into a slum in Indonesia.
She moved in and was welcomed into a community full of Muslims,
fun-loving children, challenges, and learning experiences in
discussing her faith with others. After living there for a year, she
moved to join a MoveIn team in Toronto. I (Brian) also moved to
Toronto to continue our relationship, a year passed, and we got
married (August 2012).

Now we live in a 16-floor apartment building full of immigrants from
Bangladesh, Iran, and Afghanistan and people living below the poverty
line. We pray weekly with a team, and together seek to befriend, love,
and share Christ with our neighbors. “I work with MoveIn full-time, and Chrissie works part-time, to mobilize more teams of regular people to do this same thing in
unreached, urban poor neighborhoods in Toronto and around the world.
So far, 240 people have “moved in” mostly in Canada, though several
teams are present in the UK, Germany and Chicago.

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MoveIn Vision Team
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Anita Deyneka Anita Deyneka

Russian Ministries – Illinois/Russia
PO Box 496
Wheaton, IL 60189
mail@pdrm.org

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 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. 

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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

Phone:   630.262.3939

Website:   www.kanecounty.younglife.org

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Matt & Michelle Harrison MattHarrisonfamilyMay2010

Young Life – Kentucky
1020 Industry Road #78
Lexington, KY 40505

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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). 

Art & Dorothy Helwig Helwigs-3-2014

Converge World Wide HIV/AIDS Ministry – Nigeria
17 Dabon Warwar St.
Gembu, Taraba State, Nigeria 663002

Email:  gechaantntp@gmail.com
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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.

Paul & Anna Hill Hill_Family

Converge Worldwide – Argentina – Church Planting 
C. de C. 359
4200Santiago del Estero
Argentina
sgohill@hotmail.com
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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). 

Trevor and Betsy HollowayHolloway Family

602 W 6th St. Apt 6
Los Fresnos, TX 78566
Betsy grew up in FBCG from the time she was in the nursery all the way through her college years. Trevor and Betsy Holloway currently reside in the southernmost tip of Texas where they are part of To Every Tribe Ministry at the Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP). This is a two year program focused on training missionaries to go to unreached people groups (those who have no access to the gospel) around the world.  The Holloway’s ministry is multi-faceted. First and foremost they are preparing to be missionaries to the unreached indigenous tribes in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Trevor is also on the CPCP staff as the Mentoring Coordinator where he oversees the life/ministry mentoring component in the training program as well as teaching Bible exposition. As they prepare to go to the unreached people in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Holloways are leading a church planting team doing ministry in three small villages in the state of Tamaulipas, located in Northern Mexico. Trevor and Betsy have been married for 9 years and currently have four children – Ethan, Titus, Nora and Ellie. 


Trevor Holloway
To Every Tribe Ministries
Center for Pioneer Church Planting – Mentoring Coordinator

Eric & Janet JohnsonJanet and Eric July2014

Converge Worldwide 
732 N. 6th St., DeKalb, IL 60115
Email:  ericjohnson18@gmail.com  and janetjohnson72@gmail.com

Blog:   johnsonsmex.wordpress.com

 

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.  

Josh & Allie Johnson Johnson-Family

1011 W. Healey St
Champaign, IL 61821
josh.johnson@uscm.org
alliej07@gmail.com

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Josh and Allie are the new campus directors with Cru at Arizona State University.  They were both involved in Crusade as students and were grateful for the way they grew in their relationships with Jesus, as well as how well-equipped they were to share their faith with their non-believing friends and help them grow.
Allie grew up at FBCG, and this is where she first learned about Jesus.  They both love working with college students and feel that they are strategic to reaching tomorrow’s leaders on today’s college campuses.  Most of their time is spent on campus following up with students who want to know more about a relationship with God and helping them grow in that relationship. 
Their hope and goal is that believers would be sent to  “Every nation, every occupation” until Christ returns.
They live in the Phoenix area with their two sons, Charlie and Joey.

Yohanna and Dina Katanacho Katanocho_Family

Bethlehem Bible College – Jerusalem

P.O. Box 163
Greek Orthodox Neighborhood
Nazareth 16100
Israel
email: katanacho@yahoo.com

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Yohanna serves as an academic dean at Bethlehem Bible College in Israel.  He teaches theology, in addition to writing and translating books. 

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)

Ed & Jan Kotynski

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Wycliffe Bible Translators - SE Asia

Email:  ed_kotynski@sil.org

The Kotynskis recently returned from 6 weeks in Indonesia 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.

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c/o Youth World
Casilla 17-17-691
Quito, Ecuador
South America
brock.luginbill@iteams.org
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Update from May 2014:

  • Praise that work on the expansion of the La Roca skatepark has started as a result of our Serve the World partnership!!!  The project has already created a buzz in the national skate media, not only mentioning the expansion, but also referencing La Roca’s mission.  Here’s a link to that coverage, as well as a few photos:
  • http://skateboardingecuatoriano.com/ampliacion-de-la-roca/
  • Security issues have plagued our team recently.  Please pray that God will continue to keep our family and team safe from harm.
  • Prayer for a young man named Raul Sandoval who is sponsored skater and La Roca regular.  God has radically saved him recently from many things, including a ten-year habit of drug abuse.  He has been fearless, thus far, in sharing his faith.  Please pray that God will keep him strong and use him to impact the Kingdom in a mighty way.  Here’s a link to a recent video of Raul, put together by his clothing sponsor, 8 Pernos: Bienvenido a la Familia RAUL SANDOVAL
  • Thanks so much to our FBCG Family for your support and prayers!  We believe that the Lord is rewarding your faithfulness by giving us meaningful work to do and impacting lives for the Kingdom. We can’t thank you enough for the privilege of serving as your hands here in Ecuador.  We love you guys!!!

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 Chris-McKinney


Campus Crusade –  University of Missouri

1610 Telluride Lane
Columbia, MO 65201
email:  chris.mckinney@uscm.org
 

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Elizabeth grew up at FBCG!  She went to college at Miami University in Ohio and became involved with Campus Crusade 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 Campus Crusade staffers.  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 10 years at Mizzou for Campus Crusade and is currently Campus Director.  Elizabeth has served 12 years with Campus Crusade, working at Miami, of Ohio, Macedonia, Butler University and Mizzou. 

Chris and Elizabeth live in Columbus, Missouri, with their 1-year-old daugher Ginger. 

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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!

Gideon Family 2013 Gideon & Funmi Para-Mallam

Regional Secretary, IFES-EPSA 
Grace & Mercy Manor
Gutville, Rayfield
IFES-EPSA
P.O. Box 1917
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria 930001
email: ifesepsa@gmail.com
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Emily HolehanEmily Scatterday Holehan

Young Life -Dominican Republic

Unit 3029 YLDR
3170 Airmans Drive
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946

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Email Address:  emily.holehan@gmail.com

Emily’s website:  dominicanholehans.blogspot.com

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Emily grew up in Geneva and began attending FBCG with her family when she was a freshman in high school (2002).  In 2004, she whent on her first international mission trip the the Dominican Republic with a group of women from FBCG.  She witnessed extreme poverty and the experience began to shape her heart, giving her a love for the Dominican people and culture. 

Emily was involved with Young Life in high school, and when she went to Hope College in 2005, she became a leader with them.  While at Hope, Emily had the opportunity to return to the DR a few times and with each time, she felt more and more called by God to international missions, specifically in the Dominician Republic. 

After college graduation, Emily went to the DR with Young Life.  She is working to develop programs for middle school and high school students, so that these at-risk youth can enjoy a safe place to have fun and learn about God. 

The ultimate goal is to convey to kids that they are loved by the Young Life leaders and by God, and to give them hope. 

Bryan & Rachel Smith

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HOPAC/ East Africa – Tanzania / Language Translators

C/O SIL International, P.O. Box 60368
Dar ex Salaam
Tanzania, East Africa
brian_smith@sil.org

Bryan and Rachel are serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tanzania.  Wycliffe Bible Translators’ mission is to translate the Bible into every language in order to have a Bible Translation started in every language that needs it by the year 2025.  Right now, Bryan is teaching at HOPAC, a Christian International school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  He’s providing quality education to students of missionaries so they can focus on their jobs and not worry about the safety and education of their children.  Local Tanazanians send their children there, as do other expats who are living in Tanzania on business.  It is an opportunity to reach out to the Muslim community, as well as children of missionaries. 

But really they want to translate the Bible. Bryan was able to fill the need for a History/Geography teacher since he has his MA  in teaching.  Their real passion is for training Tanzanians to translate the Scriptures into their Mother Tongue, so the Scriptures will leave a lasting impact as people understand the Bible in their heart language.  

Bryan grew up near Chicago and attended FBCG and Rachel grew up near Portland, OR.  They met at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Eugene, OR, in 2000.  They were married in 2003.  Their son Caleb was born January 27, 2009 and Nathaniel was born February 27, 2011. 

John & Carrie Smith

Samaritan Aviation

Visit their webpage at:  https://pngsa.webconnex.com/smithfamily

Visit their blog at:  http://smithfamilymission.blogspot.com/

Email:  smithfamilymission@gmail.com

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 GuineaJohnis 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. 

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Matt and Sara Titus and their children work with International Teams Mission in Czech Republic and do church planting, evangelism, and discipleship training.  Pray that their Ladvi church plant will be able to rent a building soon.  They now meet in a restaurant.  Matt and Sara recently became official members of the church plant.  Pray for their two “English camps” this summer to project the gospel well and draw many to the Savior.  Over 200 are already registered to attend.

Praise God that Isabela, Samuel and Lucie are adapting well to school, learning language and making friends.  Little Evangeline and baby Theodor will grow up knowing Czech from the beginning!

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Director, World Agape

www.WorldAgape.org

Please keep us in your prayers. Thanks for your support, love and prayers for us and our ministries.

Update from 7/1/14

Tri has just returned from meeting with the Leadership Team from Vietnam and Cambodia. PRAY that these leaders will be encouraged and led by the Holy Spirit to carry out the strategy for church multiplication and enrichment and micro finance projects. PRAY for the summer VBS training project being held this month to have spiritual impact on .the young people .PRAY for an International Conference of Leadership Development and Training for hundreds of Pastors from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to be held SEPT. 15-20. PRAY for finances needed to fund these programs and the Bilingual OUR DAILY BREAD (Just completed and printed) an on-going crucial project to provide devotional food.
PRAISE FOR 40,000 lbs. of meals donated for the churches, and orphanages of Cambodia.

walton Richard & Gerry Walton

SEND International
 

12 Colchester Place, Newtown, PA 18940 
sendrgwalton@verizon.net

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Thank you for praying for us & for your faithful giving that this ministry can continue.

WrightFamilyPhoto20101 Joel & Barb Wright

Converge Worldwide
US- Brazil/ Church Planting Coordinators

2172 Niagara Court
Elgin, IL 60123
joelbarbwright@yahoo.com

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The Wrights have served in Brazil for over two decades largely through theological education, church planting, leadership development and evangelism. 

Currently, four Brazilian churches in the U.S. (Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, San Diego) are within Converge Worldwide, with other churches nationally in various stages of development and/or affiliation.  The Brazilian churches are furthermore engaged in mission projects among difficult access and unreached people groups.


NOTE: Mission partners serving in limited-access countries are not identified by their full names or exact locations in order to protect their security.

Leina
Middle East Media
Serving in a Muslim country

P.O Box 2033
Westfield, NJ 07061
email: tc@mem-usa.org

Jason and Tracie K.
ITN – serving a Muslim country

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Heightened awareness of God’s presence and power. All we are doing depends on God’s constant help and leading. (Ps 63:7,8…You have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.)
  • Preparation ahead of time for all those we’ll be meeting. At least 15 meetings are now scheduled. More are almost certainly to be added. Pray for the right people and the right timing. (1 Cor 12:18…as it is, God has arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.)
  • Confidence and clarity about any next steps that should be taken to further a Turkey-Ukrainian (maybe China) partnership. (Ps 25:4…Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.)
  • Safety and health. Also cover my associate Andy Jackson with whom I will be traveling and working for most of this trip. (Ps 40:11..O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love an your faithfulness will ever preserve me.)
Hussam and MartinaHussam F. and Martina Q
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) – serving in a Muslim country

Nat & Abby W

Church Planters
Christar – serving in a Muslim country

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