“However I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace”Acts 20:24
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28
Campus Crusade for Christ’s goal is to build movements of evangelism and discipleship throughout the world, both on campuses and in communities. Gary’s ministry focuses on helping national (Eastern European) staff members gain a firm biblical foundation for their ministries. Most of CCC staff come from atheist or nominally religious backgrounds, so it is imperative that they receive a firm theological grounding.
Kim has been involved in the International Christian School of Budapest, where she has served in various capacities. The School was founded primarily to serve the educational needs of missionary children in Central and Eastern Europe. Schooling, or lack thereof, is one of the main reasons that missionaries leave the field. Kim’s ministry helps keep missionaries on the field. It is also provides an outreach to non-Christian children (from countries around the world) who attend the school.
Why we're here
I (Gary) was in Romania at a time when it was not allowed to meet openly as Christians. One day our team shared the gospel with a young woman. After we finished she said to us, “If you had not come here, I never would have heard this.” That kind of experience showed me the great need overseas for someone to go tell them about Jesus.
My wife, Kim, was also committed to go wherever God wanted her to go. There are many needs in the world. not everyone is willing to go; she was willing to go. We want to be true to Christ’s command in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go and make disciples of all nations.”
Our main goal is that business people in the Munich area would be reached for Jesus and become His growing disciples. In addition, we want to help people overcome hindrances to their growth as reflected in Elizabeth’s work with Open Hearts Ministry (befreit leben).
Both Elizabeth and I are serving as International Representatives for Campus Crusade for Christand report to its German office in Giessen, but most of our ministry to business and professional people is through an indigenous organization, the International Association of Christian Business People (IVCG), which was founded in Switzerland about 60 years ago.
Why we're here
During my last year at seminary I contacted about a dozen mission organizations which offered some combination of vocation and ministry. At that time Campus Crusade for Christ was looking for people with a business background who could travel frequently and reliably behind the Iron Curtain to do ministry. This matched my desire to serve as well as my business background, as before going to seminary I had been working for 12 years in sales and marketing of scientific instruments and computers.
The Seed Company is a partner with Wycliffe in the Bible translation movement throughout the world. Jeremy ill travel from time to time to Nigeria (that’s in West Africa) to work as a translation consultant.
Jim and Barbie Murphy - serving with The EPC's World Outreach
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, ...he will come to save you. Isaiah 35:3-4
Our Mission: to provide pastoral care and to mobilize resources to insure that every EPC missionary thrives in the ministry to which God has called them.
Rev. Dr. Jim and Barbie Murphy are the first Member Care Coordinators for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Beginning in the fall of 2011, their ministry has three main dimensions:
Visit missionaries on the field, and encourage others to do so as well. Top priorities are those workers in their first term, those who haven't had a visit for a long time, and those who are struggling with the challenges they face. The goal is that every EPC missionary will be visited at least once a year by someone from the EPC. Jim especially wants to motivate churches to send their pastors and missions committee members to visit missionaries those churches support.
Host missionaries on Home Assignment in their home in Colorado. This may just be for R&R in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, or for a more intentional and extensive debrief, so the workers can return to the field better equipped to cope with the stresses of missionary life.
Train local church missions committees in the EPC to better care for the missionaries they support. The Murphy's will be learning from those churches that do it well and passing on the best practices to others.
Barbie also continues to be actively involved with KidZ At Heart International.
KidZ At Heart International exists to equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture. Did you know that 95% of all resources and training for children’s ministries are aimed at North America, where only 5% of the world’s children live? it’s time we shared!
"The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2
“These things I have written to you who believe on the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life..." 1 John 5:13
As part of the Bee World team, we train Christian leaders in countries within the 10 / 40 window so they can train others.
Why we're here
Many countries of the world are not as fortunate as we are in the US. We are responding to God’s call to evangelize the world. We have realized one of the critical needs is to is to reach and train national pastors, especially those who have difficulty accessing Christian training and material.
"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may know your name." Psalm 86:11
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8, 9
Lou Ann and I have a strong vision for reaching tomorrow’s leaders today on the college campuses. Our roles include . . .
1. We are "generalists" on the Leadership Development team...meaning that we help with coaching, training and development of all of our staffed campus teams around our five state region of Iowa-Wisconsin-Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota. We have about 16 staffed campuses in the Uppermidwest Region of Cru.
2. We are International Campus Staff coordinators. This role means that we are part of the mobilizing, preparation, resourcing, and receiving back (once they return from the field) campus staff who go overseas to serve. Some of this is done face to face and some of it virtually.
3. Our third role is that of Ministry Partner Development coaches for new and senior staff working on initial development of their team of ministry partners.
"Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:38
Our specific mission is “To build and nurture transformational communities of young adults who passionately pursue Christ and make him known”. The Denver Metro area has a population of 2.5 million. Of these nearly 300,000 are men and women between the ages of 20 and 30. According to surveys, only 1 in 10 attend church, leaving a population of over 250,000 young men and women who are largely un-churched.
We are committed to helping people here in Denver do ministry together wherever God has placed them. We believe that God's kingdom most commonly advances through communities of believers who are living out the truth and grace of Jesus where they live, work, study and play.
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
About my mission
Matt is currently serving YWAM at its base in Montana.
Why I’m here . . .
Since a very young age God has placed missions in my heart. Throughout my life God has been preparing me for what I am doing now, and He is still preparing me for what is to come. For the past 5 years, I have been working with the Foundations in Community Development department with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I have also been able to work in certain places in Africa, Central America as well as Asia. I have spent more of my time in Asia. Something that really attracted me to missions was the different cultures, and really seeing how we as believers can preach the Kingdom of God, as well as truly, disciple nations.
Nzash and Christine Lumeya - Lumeya International Ministries - Fresno California
Through the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord was declared to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4b)
Our Threefold Purpose:
Congo and Beyond;
Working through the Kinshasa School of Mission in Congo are training local people to be Pastors and Evangelists that can reach local residents in the city, mountains, forest, river and plateau.
In addition we seek to provide help with local farmers to bring their crops to the city for sale and provide benches for local school children. Several trips are made to the Congo each year to meet with church and community leaders.
We have recently added Haiti to our mission field and are coming along side teams to help the local church and community leaders.
Fresno School of Mission;
Fresno School of Mission is a non-denominational academic institution that equips Christians called to local/global evangelism and Christian counseling. The vision of Fresno School of Missions is to further God's Kingdom beyond spiritual, social, cultural, geographical, and ethnic barriers.
We partner with local churches to respond to the physical and spiritual needs of people in local apartment complexes, economically depressed areas and troubled neighborhoods.
We come along side church leaders to facilitate a focused approach to community participation thru food distribution programs, and community activities as a means to introduce the Gospel.
Paul & MaryAnn Slayton - Serving with Africa Inland Mission (AIM, Intl)
About Our Mission
Africa Inland Mission (AIM)Africa Inland Mission (AIM) had its beginning in the work of Peter Cameron Scott (1867-1896), a Scottish-American missionary of the International Missionary Alliance who served two years in the Congo before he was sent to Scotland in 1892 because of a near-fatal illness. While recuperating, he developed his idea of establishing a network of mission stations which would stretch from the southeast coast of the continent to the interior's Lake Chad.
Our Current Involvement
Paul and MaryAnn are currently based in Loveland, Colorado. While here Paul has been ministering to foreign students at UNC as an ESL tutor and helping them work toward US Citizenship. Paul and MaryAnn are seeking the Lord's guidance for their next assignment with AIM.
Peter and Rebecca Schug - Serving with Wycliffe Associates
Peter and Rebecca Schug have returned to the US from Papua New Guinea and are currently based in Orlando, Florida. Peter provides infrastructure support to Wycliffe mission initiatives worldwide. They have been serving as missionaries since 2006, first with SIM, then JAARS and now as a part of Wycliffe Associates. They have 3 children: Isaiah (Feb 2007), Susannah (Aug 2008) and Zeke (Dec 2010).
Wycliffe Associates (WA) was created to recruit, mobilize and send teachers, managers, construction crews, IT professionals, administrators, and businessmen and women into the field as short-term and full-time missionaries. WA staff and volunteers fill critical roles in the progress of Bible translation around the world.
Why we're here – Peter will be using his skills as an electrician to support local Wycliffe projects around the world, including installation of solar power and water pumping systems, among other things. This allows those whose gifts are Bible translation, evangelism, church planting and such things to be free of the hassle of bad wiring, broken pipes, household repairs and focus on bringing the Good News to people groups who have never heard about Jesus before.
Jesus answered,“I am the way and the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
About Our Work:
Ryan and Kelly are associated with the EPC World Outreach team. Ryan has been directing and teaching some programs at a language center that offers English and Arabic classes. Kelly has continued her work in Midwifery.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
To see multiplying leaders for multiplying churches.
To multiply church leaders through accessible, locally owned, reproducible training systems.
Dr. Alan Weaver has two major passions: 1) the growing numbers of pastors in poor and non-Christian countries who have no opportunity for either training or support and 2) the need for pastors to understand and release the power of God’s people whom they shepherd. In most of the world, pastors do all the ministry themselves and don’t understand their role in building their people up so that they are released to impact their churches and communities for Christ.
Alan is one of the vice-presidents providing leadership to the Entrust organization. Among his responsibilities are liaison between Entrust and its African sister organization, More Than a Mile Deep (MMD), training systems development, and counsel to the Entrust president. Alan has worked at the International School of Leadership with Campus Crusade, written a course on mentoring for use with pastors in Africa, consults in areas of culture and leadership, and works with doctor of missiology students at Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. He travels extensively.
Over two million people in Ethiopia are infected with HIV. The Ethiopian Church (6 million members) has a program that provides practical and spiritual care in its HIV/AIDS ministry. In partnership with Serving In Mission, the local churches are trained to respond to HIV/AIDS in their community by caring for the sick, the orphans, and providing education. This high impact, low cost program is also an effective gospel outreach.
Bob and Jane lead the Urban Peoples Team in Ethiopia. The cities of Ethiopia are growing and the people are increasingly exposed to Western media and secularization. The Urban Peoples team works with the Ethiopian church and we focus on three people groups: the urban poor (including HIV), youth, and the urban elite. There are 5 subteams, a dozen missionaries and 20 Ethiopian staff. One immediate task is to develop an outreach to youth on biblical sexuality through the Church Response to AIDS team. As a team, we look to God’s leading for new Kingdom opportunities and work for the development of new leaders.
Our daughter Amy and her husband Kent are preparing to serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).
Our son Matt is a student at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (Luke 1:46b-47, NIV)
About our mission
Today about 350 million people speaking over 2200 languages do not have the Bible in their own language.Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. To make this vision a reality, Wycliffe also focuses on community development, literacy development and church partnerships.
Why we're here
In order to be understood, a written Bible must not only be in the language of the people, but it must be in a script they can read. Bible translation teams face special technical challenges when complex scripts are needed for the project: computers, having been designed primarily by and for Westerners, do not always support the alphabet and script needed by the translator.
Bob is part of an international team developing computer fonts and software that enable translation projects in some of the least-evangelized parts of the world. The primary emphasis for Bob's work is Arabic script which is used by hundreds of minority languages around the world. For more information see http://scripts.sil.org/
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV)
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25
Wycliffe Bible Translators estimates 2000 of the world’s 6,800 languages have no Bible in their own language. These languages represent about 349 million people.
Wycliffe’s vision is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language they understand best. To make this vision a reality, Wycliffe also focuses on community development, literacy development and church partnerships.
Wycliffe's goal is to have a Bible translation program started in every language that needs it by the year 2025.
Brett and Marla are Resource Coordinators with Wycliffe’s Member and Care Resources team.
Resource Coordinators (RCs) are Wycliffe’s link with their missionaries. As missionaries themselves, RCs know the unique challenges and stresses that missionaries and their families confront. Distance from family, dependence on the voluntary giving of friends and churches for financial support, cross-cultural life and ministry, language barriers, violence and political instability, health problems, children’s needs, aging parents in the home country, overwork, the vast needs of the people to whom they are giving their hearts, spiritual warfare—all these are issues that RCs help fellow missionaries address. RCs actively build a relationship with missionaries. They connect them with resources to help them confront the challenges they face while on the field or when in their home country due to crisis, furlough, or transition. Through a trusting relationship, debriefing and ongoing communications, encouragement, connecting, advice, planning, and accountability, RCs guide missionaries through transition, and help care and equip them to press on in the work to which God has called them.
Brett and Marla work out of their home in Duncanville Texas as Resource Coordinators connecting with and supporting fellow Wycliffe missionaries who call Texas home while on home leave from their overseas assignments.
Caleb & Anna Redfield - Serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Oregon
About Our Mission
As members of Wycliffe Bible Translators, our goal is to bring God’s Word to everyone in the world in the language that is most meaningful to them. We will accomplish that goal in whatever way God leads us. Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as literacy, ethnomusicology, scripture use, and video and oral presentations.
Our Current Involvement
Once we are fully funded, Caleb will begin work as a translation assistant, supporting work in Mexico, Central and South America.
Dan and Christi Vander Wal - Serving with All Peoples' Church
"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed." Luke 4:18
We work in San Diego, California and are part of the outreach ministry for All Peoples Church. All Peoples Church is a multi-ethnic church in one of the poorest areas of the city and we have many people who come into our community who need restoration and a fresh start in life.
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
About Our Work:
Dave and Wendy are associated with the EPC World Outreach team. They have been working in Asia since 1993 helping to facilitate men's and women's conferences. They have empowered many local leaders/believers to continue the work of God's kingdom and to overcome broken homes and families. Many families are divorced and abuse is prevalent. Up to 90% come from broken and or abusive homes. Dave and Wendy have mastered several Asian languages.
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:15-17
During 2012, Hanna and I made a change in our Wycliffe assignments to become Resource Coordinators for Wycliffe USA. This is a relatively new personnel role, resulting from Wycliffe's restructure of its Personnel function. We will be available as advisors for those Wycliffe missionaries returning to the US for various reasons.
Why We’re Here
We got involved in Wycliffe because of the need for people worldwide to know and understand the Bible in a language that speaks most directly to their hearts.
In this new role, we will help Wycliffe missionaries through their adjustments common to those returning “home”, and to help them navigate the organizational procedures that can feel overwhelming at times. We will do that by meeting face-to-face with those assigned to us if at all possible. In lieu of that, we will connect with them by computer or telephone.
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9
To send and sustain workers around the world with a special concern for the hard to reach areas.
Tom serves as the Director for Staff Development for NavMissions. In this role he helps staff be intentional in their personal and ministry growth. Tom also provides leadership throughout the US Navigators for leader and staff development. The Navs work hard in assisting all our 2800+ staff become all God designed them to be so they can most effectively advance the gospel.
Lisa serves as the Support Development Coordinator where she coaches new appointees through the process of raising support. She serves as an ongoing distant mentor to many of the younger Navigator staff.
Did you know...
The Navigators are a multi-faceted organization. Our group sends and sustains international workers (missionaries) in over 60 countries, many are considered least reached nations. There are great people resources available to help churches with discipleship through the Church Discipleship Ministry and print resources through NavPress.