Africa

4001-960-Armand, Georcelet

Josy and his wife, Ana, have been key ministry partners in Madagascar since 1999. Josy and Anna have been consistent leaders in the initial phases of outreach followed by church planting/growth in the remote region of Mahabana on the northwest coast. This region traditionally was the hub for ancestral worship and was taboo Jesus and the Bible for the Sakalava people group. In 2006, Eden Reforestation Projects began planting mangrove propagules in the remote village of Mahabana. Josy led this initial effort and through the years, has graciously stepped into leadership. Today, Josy is the National Director of Eden Reforestation…
July 7, 2020

4000-627-Requadt, Tom and Laura

The Requadts’ Story Thomas Thomas’ childhood consisted of a family life juggled between two separated parents, all over northern California. In his senior year in high school, he ended up in a foster home and thanks to the faithful witness of a classmate and the grace of God, he put his faith in the Lord Christ Jesus on March 27, 1976. In making this life commitment, Thomas gained eternally a heavenly Father, and a rather large extended forever family. Laura Laura, in contrast to Thomas’ unstable childhood, grew up in one home in Arizona. Her life was lived in a…
May 1, 2020

4000-319-Hansen, Antoinette

About Me: I was born and raised in California and came to know the Lord at an early age. As a high-school student, God filled me with a love for his Word and his world, and a desire to see his beloved children from every culture worshipping the King of Kings and empowered to live the life God has called them to. Through short-terms mission trips over the years, God has given me a love for the country of Rwanda and a desire to be part of the story he is writing in this beautiful country. I recently completed my…
February 25, 2020

4000-329-Walton, Evans and Jeanette

We have been charged with three areas of ministry in Ghana: 1) Facilitate church leadership development and training, 2) Conduct small group discipleship and mentoring in the Upper East Region of Ghana 3) Coordinate various mercy ministries (water projects and justice) within the Navrongo communities Our major challenges will be garnering support among national churches in Ghana and adjusting to living conditions in northern Ghana. We are praying that the unreached will come to know Christ through this ministry. We are praying that God will use our gifts of discipleship and teaching to reach many with the truth of the…
February 12, 2020

4000-004-Mabiala, Sublime and Rachel

Teaching Missiology and Business for Gospel movements within and from Cote d'Ivoire! The Mabialas joined WorldVenture on August 15, 2017 with a missionary background and cross-cultural teaching experience. Sublime was born and grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but moved to California many years ago. He was given the name of his grandfather, a local evangelist who helped western missionaries to plant churches in the southwestern DRC during Belgian colonization. Carrying this legacy, Sublime has previously served as a missionary in West Africa, Arab World and in America with three US-based mission agencies. He pursues a PhD…
February 12, 2020

4001-958-Mario, Manuel and Joice Armando

Manuel and Joice ‘s mission is to serve, equip and empower the church in Mozambique, discipling and mobilizing its members to live the call of God for their lives. Their goals are to encourage the Mozambican church to praise and worship God in ways that are culturally relevant and biblically correct, to provide biblical training and missiological practices that enable national leaders to develop their ministry with excellence, to develop church ministry and mission through contextualized preaching and teaching of the gospel, and to connect and disciple artists through contextualized worship arts. In Mozambique, music plays an important role in…
February 12, 2020

4001-944-Butati, Michael

Michael works at the mission Hospital doing out- patient consultations, surgery, and in-patient care, always seeking opportunities to share the Gospel with the patients. In addition he serves in leadership positions in the local church including preaching when needed and leading worship. Michael and his wife are from the East of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Rwanguba city, they have 3 children. The Butatis came to Cote d’Ivoire in Ferkessedougou in 2007 barely one month after their wedding because the Hospital was in need of a Christian Doctor. Michael came to work as a doctor, but upon his…
February 12, 2020

4000-230-Pearce, Laura

I am serving in Kigali, Rwanda with New Creation Ministries, a nonprofit that provides training and resources for Rwandan pastors and leaders. I support the school's staff and teachers by taking care of behind the scenes administrative details and freeing them to focus on their areas of gifting. I also help with long term strategic planning and with developing administrative systems that can scale as the training center grows. Close to 90% of Rwandan pastors have less than a 6th grade education. NCM is uniquely positioned to serve these pastors by providing training in Kinyarwanda that emphasizes the basics... What…
February 12, 2020

4000-246-Hansen, Hal and Terrie

We serve alongside local churches in Northern Uganda in a supportive role through discipleship and economic development of tradesmen and communities, helping with strategic planning and outreach with pastors. Our ministry includes administration of pastoral education and providing fresh water to communities through installation of shallow wells. Major challenges: - General lack of education in Northern Uganda affects the community, congregation and Christian leaders. The basics of being able to read and study God's word bring great challenges to move toward spiritual growth and maturity. - A combined lack of capital and lack of understanding how to use it; lack…
February 12, 2020

4000-954-Kendall, Glenn and Kathy

By prayer, presence and persuading, Glenn and Kathy Kendall seek transformation by the power of Jesus Christ in Dakar, Senegal. They pray and host individual and small group Bible Studies. Grandson, Philip, lives with them attending English high school, Dakar Academy, allowing his parents to continue ministry in Guinea, West Africa, also with WorldVenture.
February 12, 2020

4000-278-Masters, Troy and Gerri

The Ghanaian church is in desperate need of unity, accountability, and maturity as a spiritual body. Although churches in Ghana are numerous, many people suffer from a distorted view of the fundamental truths found in Scripture. Our passion is to come alongside the existing church in community with Doctrinal teaching. We engage in both individual and group discipleship. We have a an existing ministry building to use as a platform for a variety of strategic ministries designed to promote spiritual health, and a passion for the lost in the community. With multi-level bible classes, community development and outreach projects, and…
February 12, 2020

4000-223-Hoad, Ty and Heather

Our primary ministry is serving Christ by assisting WorldVenture's business-as-mission initiatives in Mozambique; helping with business development and discipleship of employees while encouraging those who want to start businesses to do so, encouraging these entrepreneurs to build their businesses with a heart towards Kingdom significance and lasting impact to the Glory of God. Our goal is to help each business-owner enter into a personal relationship with Jesus that burdens their heart for their fellow Makua-Nahara. Long-term, we want followers of Jesus to embrace the Great Commission for themselves - building a community of worshiping believers of Jehovah God! The whole…
February 12, 2020

4000-236-Smagacz, Caleb and Suz

Serving through family-focused, holistic, and relational leadership development in the 750 churches of Southwest Uganda. We desire to see Ugandan leaders equipped to create uniquely Ugandan expressions of ministry to children, youth and family. Fifty-one percent of the population of Uganda is under the age of 15.5 and only seven of the 750 BUU (Baptist Union of Uganda) churches of Southwest Uganda have a children's or youth ministry. The children and youth of these churches have no one discipling them. The Ugandan church leaders have recognized this need and have identified the development of children and youth ministries as their…
February 12, 2020

4001-936-Kognon, Keo

I teach the students at Bethel Bible School, and work with local believers and church leaders. I was born in an unbelieving family in the north of Côte d’Ivoire in 1969. I became a Christian in 1984. I was married in 1998 to Lydie and we have 3 children (Stephane, Michael and Prisca). I have been the director of the Bethel Bible School (IBB) in Korhogo since 2001. As director, my main responsibilities lie in the guidance of the Bible school. My duties also involve the recruitment of new students and the encouragement of churches already supporting students in training.…
February 12, 2020

4000-663-Sharp, Linda

Serving at the Baptist Mission Hospital in Ferkessedougou, Cote d’Ivoire. The dispensary ministers to a mainly poor, illiterate, agricultural population. Believing strongly in the power of the spirit world, they are also deeply committed to family and show special respect for older family members. Because of their belief in spirits and curses, the people often feel that illness is caused by a curse. Rather than seeking medical help, they try to find someone with stronger powers to counteract the curse. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open people’s eyes to see that Jesus has the ultimate power and that he…
February 12, 2020

4000-192-Wohlgemut, Josh and Christy

Serving the Great Physician in Cote d'Ivoire God has been preparing Josh and Christy for this ministry since they were kids. Having both grown up overseas, they saw, firsthand, the physical and spiritual needs of the unreached and under-served people who live far from the amenities and infrastructure of the western world that most of us enjoy. With a background in accounting and a love for working with his hands, Josh will be busy providing financial and technical assistance to the hospital and nearby missionaries. With Christy's compassion for the hurting and experience in the medical field, she will be…
February 12, 2020

4000-175-Baldwin, Erik and Julia

We will be responsible for the administration and maintenance duties of a national and missionary conference/retreat center in Senegal. We will ensure the center is prepared and available for Christian leadership modules, evangelism camps, and community trainings, while seeking to develop this facility to its highest potential for reaching the Senegalese people for Jesus Christ. Senegalese people are loyal, insightful and outgoing. There are over 20 different ethnic groups in Senegal, the Wolof people being the most dominant. In this country of 13.6 million people, 5% of the population is Christian, 1% have indigenous beliefs, and 95% are Muslim. Pray…
February 12, 2020

4000-179-Eliason, Diane

Providing medical care at the Baptist Hospital in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). We serve the 60 ethnic groups of Côte d’Ivoire, including the Fulani, an unreached people group. The major religions are: 39 percent Muslim, 29 percent Animist, and 1.25 percent evangelical Christians in the north. Two of the major challenges are poverty and HIV/AIDS. There are inadequate funds for health care and proper nutrition. Also HIV/AIDS affects 10 percent of population. Pray that the people will turn from other objects of worship to the living God, so that they will understand his saving grace. About me: Diane Eliason enjoys…
February 12, 2020

4000-593-Powley, Jane

Serving through evangelism in Senegal. Jane Powley grew up in a Christian home and attended a church that gave her an early exposure to missions. Her first overseas experience was in Côte d’Ivoire where she served for two years as a school secretary at the International Christian Academy with WorldVenture. In July 1984, WorldVenture appointed Jane as a career missionary. She served her first two terms in Senegal as an elementary school teacher at Dakar Academy, a Christian missionary children's school. Since 1996, Jane Powley has been serving through full-time evangelism outreach in Senegal, West Africa. For Jane, this meant…
February 12, 2020

4000-126-Pisney, Sarah

Building relationships and discipling high school girls. Pray that God will give people a heart for Uganda and a desire to become a part of His work there. About me: I accepted Christ at a young age but did not become serious about my faith until my junior year of high school. God started putting Africa on my heart my second year of college and opened the door for me to visit after graduation. During that trip, God poured His love for the people of Africa through me. Another trip to Africa and a Seminary degree later, God gave me…
February 12, 2020

4000-041-Bentley, Barbara

Teaching Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in Guinea Please pray that having a long-term teacher on site will encourage more families from all the mission agencies present to consider serving in and around Kankan. Please pray for wisdom as we think through the myriad of details required to set up a one-room schoolhouse. Please pray for discernment to know how best to be involved with the nationals. Challenges: Lesson preparation and teaching will take a major portion of my time. Language learning is always a daunting task, and I will be learning a bit of the indigenous language for the area…
February 12, 2020

4000-014-Allen, Brenda

God drew me to himself at a young age. He used my family, my local church, and camping to further my spiritual formation during my growing up years. After attending Biola University, involvement in various ministries and work experiences, it was easy to step through the open door to medical work in Cote d'Ivoire in 1990. Ministry and missions were a step-by-step journey of saying yes to God when opportunities presented themselves. After a civil war in Cote d'Ivoire in 2002, I have been living and loving people in Guinea. I am building relationships, showing God's love, and doing health…
February 12, 2020

4000-162-Flaa, Eric

My journey with WorldVenture began after I finished college. Like many new graduates, I didn’t really know what was next for me. God used WorldVenture to give me the space to explore what that “next thing” would be. I was appointed as a mid-term missionary and spent one year serving in Rwanda at the New Creations Ministry school. I became an English teacher for that year and I fell in love with Rwanda and the work WorldVenture is doing there. In spite of that, I felt God leading me away from Rwanda. God was leading me to the next step…
February 12, 2020

4000-139-Hoglund, Karen

Strengthening the church through mentoring, discipleship, and short-term teams. About me: I grew up in a great Christian home and at an early age I learned about Jesus and my need for a Savior. I gave my life to Him when I was very young and ever since have been growing in both my faith and my understanding of that decision made with child-like faith. Missions has always been an important part of our family. My grandparents served in northeast India for 30 years, and I have enjoyed getting to know missionaries and hearing their stories my whole life. In…
February 12, 2020

4000-187-Escher, Marilyn

Serving through Wolof Bible translation in Senegal. The Wolofs’ main values are peace, hospitality, and self respect. They make up the majority of the population and are nearly 100 percent Muslim. The translation must be both faithful to the original text and clear to the audience. A high rate of illiteracy in areas outside of Dakar creates the need to disseminate the word in other forms than the printed page. Pray that God would use his Word to bring people to see that they need a Savior, and that Jesus, the Messiah, is the only Savior. About Marilyn: Little did…
February 12, 2020

4001-940-Barros, Wellington and Tatiane

We have served as missionaries in our home country of Sao Paulo, Brazil, for many years, were we have worked with underprivileged children and their communities at Restoration Ministries. Both of us came to Christ as children through the Ministries' outreach and our lives were transformed, motivating us to become full time missionaries. As singles, we served with Restoration Ministries as Global Partners with WorldVenture. In 2012, we were married and continued to serve the ministry as a couple. We have three children: Victor, Isaac Jorge, and Caleb. While serving with Restoration Ministries, we worked with many children and had…
February 12, 2020

4000-066-Laine, Anne

Anne is discipling and encouraging hurting and often forgotten women-at-risk in Uganda. Pray that Anne will continue to pursue and trust the Lord’s leading as He prepares her for the tasks ahead! About me: Anne Laine was raised in a Christian home and accepted the Lord as a young teenager. However, frustrated and seeking answers, she ran from God for a season during her college years. The Holy Spirit continued to work during that time to draw her back to the Lord. After returning to church, she recommitted her life to the Lord and has been on a faith-filled journey…
February 12, 2020

4000-173-Shattenberg, Jamie and Alissa

"Red Island Restoration is a response to God’s leading in our lives to see Madagascar restored in health, forests and hope in Christ. We are partnering with Malagasy teammates to serve the least of these–the impoverished, the jobless, the at-risk, the widows, the single mothers, and the pregnant women and their babies–all of whom are mighty in the power of Christ. Please pray for our family and ministry partners– that we would walk closely with the Lord, follow His leading in all matters and that we would glorify and serve Him faithfully as an expression of our love for Him."…
February 12, 2020

4000-134-Pirolo, Nick and Krystal

We train church leaders and medical professionals in Rwanda to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, that the Church in Rwanda would operate as the Body of Christ. Challenges: Learning Kinyarwanda, the heart language of all Rwandans Remembering to keep Christ at the center of all we do: working at the clinic and NCM, worshipping at church, serving our spouses, raising our children. About us: Nick was raised a Christian and felt a call to be a missionary from an early age. Developing skills in teaching, he knew that this would open doors in any country. Krystal grew…
February 12, 2020

4000-159-Dirksen, Phillip and Zana

Dr. Phil and Zana Dirksen served with WorldVenture in Zaire from 1977 to 1988 with the purpose to equip local physicians and surgeons with knowledge, skills and experience to help the suffering people who have no hope. During their years of service, they helped open two hospitals, two nurse-practioner training institutes (although one has been destroyed), 33 health-posts and health-centers; and served as the primary physician and surgeon at Rwanguba Hospital. As "International Resource Specialists" with WorldVenture, the Dirksens continue their association with two hospitals in Goma, Congo, through annual six-week medical mercy trips with a spiritual emphasis. Dr. Phil…
February 12, 2020

4000-163-Halter, David and Sarah

Training, mentoring, and discipling Tanzanian surgeons while providing surgical care to the poor. About us: Imagine you had appendicitis and needed life-saving surgery. and the nearest surgeon was two days away. That is the reality for millions of people across Africa. In Tanzania, there are roughly 200 surgeons of any kind for 50 million people. That's like 20 surgeons for the entire Detroit metro area (our hometown), where just one hospital system has ten times as many surgeons. Dave is a general surgeon and is training Tanzanian surgeons in order to fill that gap. God tells us in Micah 6:8…
February 12, 2020

4000-654-Schneidermann-Kone, Sherri and Gozie

Partnering with national churches in developing and strengthening evangelism and spiritual growth ministries among children and youth in Cote d’Ivoire. Forty-eight percent of the population is 18 years-old or younger. About us: God is bringing us 360 degrees back to where we started—life and ministry in Cote d’Ivoire (RCI), West Africa. Gozie grew up in northern RCI where he taught elementary school for 30 years. Sherri served as a registered nurse at the Baptist Mission Hospital in Ferkessedougou from 1989-2003. We both enjoyed teaching Sunday School and helping with children’s camp. I spent much time in the Kone’s courtyard as…
February 12, 2020

4000-138-Brown, Drew and Michele

I (Drew) knew my life had changed forever when I couldn't put the Bible down. Although I had accepted Jesus as my Savior three years earlier at Scioto Hills Camp, it wasn't until my freshmen year in high school that I began to crave God's Word non-stop and teach it to whomever would listen. This passion led me to Cedarville University, where I served in every ministry I could, especially on many short-term mission teams. During one of those trips, to the Amazon of Brazil, two key events happened: I met my wife, Michele, and saw the need for leadership…
February 12, 2020

4000-157-Burnette, Daryl and Leah

Kids clubs in our community and surrounding areas that teach Bible basics while incorporating Scripture memorization. Starting businesses to employ locals and help boost the local economy with the ultimate goal to make disciples of our employees. The Makua Nahara people are very hospitable and welcoming but are one of the largest unreached people groups in all of Southern Africa. 50% of the population in Mozambique is under the age of 15 years old giving us a large audience to work with in children’s ministries. About 90% of the population lives off the land and has simple concrete or grass…
February 12, 2020

4000-151-Van Wart, Matt and Elizabeth

We serve the people in Western Uganda struggling with disease and poverty. Pray for us as we learn Runyankore and navigate life in a new culture! About us: I, Matt, grew up as a pastor's kid. God was always a big part of my life. I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of four and a few years later was baptized by my Dad. I continued to be active in church as I grew. At the age of fourteen, I surrendered my life to foreign missions during an invitation given at the end of our church's missions conference.…
February 12, 2020

4000-165-Sass, Bill and Janet

Serving children and widows affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic through community development. Malawi is the poorest country in the world. 1 in 9 adults is HIV positive. 500,000+ children are considered orphans, having lost either one or both of their parents. Nearly 25,000 children in Malawi each year will be diagnosed having HIV/ Aids themselves transmitted either through birth or sexual transmission. About us: Bill and Janet currently reside in Mesa, Arizona, and are members of Mission Community Church. They have been in Arizona since October 2004 when the Lord called them out into the desert from their home in…
February 12, 2020

4000-656-Scheer, Gary and Laurie

Serving with WorldVenture in Rwanda. Gary and Laurie Scheer committed their lives to Christ while students at the University of Denver. This changed the direction of their lives from a career in the business world to Denver Seminary and missions. God gave them a desire to live and work in parts of the world where the people are in desperate need of the Word of God. Gary's spiritual gift is teaching. God has augmented that with a knack for Kinyarwanda, the heart language of the Rwandese. He has a burden for spiritual change and is not satisfied with someone merely…
February 12, 2020

4000-095-Campbell, Charles and Sherry

Training Christian leaders at the Evangelical Theological Institute of Senegal (ITES). The church in Senegal is slowly growing. Although only 1% of the population is evangelical Christian, Senegalese Christians thirst to know God better and know his Word. Charley & Sherry Campbell help Christians grow through their ministry at The Evangelical Theological Institute of Senegal (ITES.) Pray for strength and encouragement and that the Spirit would teach students and their teachers deep spiritual truths that can be put into application in daily life. Charley teaches Old Testament courses on the undergraduate level, where students can earn a degree in theology…
February 12, 2020

4000-110-Chinn, Lloyd and Jan

Leading international workers toward strategic gospel engagement across Africa and developing the leadership skills of the international workers we serve. We serve as International Ministries Director (IMD) for Africa. Our responsibility is in three areas: strategic planning, leadership development and organizational leadership. As IMD, some of what we are responsible for: providing pastoral care, leadership and supervision for international workers in Africa; assuring that WorldVenture personnel in Africa are being cared for and challenged toward ongoing personal and professional development; addressing personnel and field crises in Africa; and calling and leading international workers in Africa to spiritual, relational, and organizational…
February 12, 2020

4000-121-Columbine, Bo and Michele

Bo and Michele serve Senegalese families needing assistance in discovering ways to provide for their basic needs. Since 92 percent of the Senegalese follow Islam, much of the Senegalese identity comes from being Muslim. Bo and Michele Columbine minister to African families in predominately Muslim Senegal. Bo, who is a mechanic, welder and machinist serves men through teaching them these vocational skills. Michele ministers to the wives and children so they can reach whole families for God's glory. Michele accepted the Lord in 1993, after her brothers had shared the gospel with her many times. In 1996 she felt the…
February 12, 2020

4000-502-Nelson, Wayne and Melody

Every time we heard a missionary speaker during our early years of marriage, we would ask ourselves, "Could God use us in that ministry?,’” say Wayne and Melody Nelson. Finally an opportunity fit, and WorldVenture appointed the Nelsons in 1983 for ministry in Cote d’Ivoire. In July 1985, they arrived in France for language study and a year later in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to work with the Centre de Publications Evang_liques. After several terms of ministry doing literature production, field administration, and administrative support for the missionary children’s school, the Nelsons began looking for another field of service. Their route…
February 12, 2020

4000-510-Newkirk, Steve and Laura

Roughly 16 million people live in Senegal, about one-fifth of them live in Dakar, the capital city. Since 95% of the Senegalese population claim Islam as their religion, we hear the Muslim call to prayer five times a day. We love watching God work in Senegal! For many years it has been our hearts desire to see a church planted in the city of Dakar. Not just any church, but a church lead by nationals, using one or two of the heart languages of the people and characterized by what would be seen as sacred to the Senegalese. A lack…
February 12, 2020

4000-550-Paden, Bruce and Anita

Compassionate ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country in the throes of reconstruction after a bloody civil war and unrest that claimed the lives of some five million people, occupies Bruce and Anita Paden. Bruce seeks to strengthen the church, while the focus of Anita’s ministry is to help grieving children, teens and former child soldiers who have lost parents and other family members. The Padens were appointed by CBFMS (now WorldVenture) in 1983. In 1986, they arrived in Congo (then called Zaire), where they both taught at the Bible Institute at Rwanguba. They returned to the United…
February 12, 2020

4000-575-Penney, Dan and Ester

Field leadership and leadership training in Senegal. The Senegalese people are open and friendly. They freely talk about religion, sometimes asking us why we are not Muslims. But as soon as the conversation turns to the importance of Jesus and who he is, walls go up. In this Muslim society it is a very long road from curiosity to faith in Jesus Christ. Challenges: Balancing priorities is one challenge. Another is maintaining a heavenly perspective on the importance of consistent field leadership, because team administration can feel mundane and unimportant compared to more direct ministry with nationals. Also there is…
February 12, 2020

4000-594-Powell, Darl and Jill

Senegal is 95% Muslim, 3% hold to their indigenous beliefs and 2% Christians. Even with the large population of Islam, we have religious freedom. We have witnessed hundreds come to Christ during our evangelical campaigns during outreach weekends. We are overwhelmed with delight when someone tells us the words we shared from our book (the Bible) came to them in their dreams. We praise Him when a non-believer witnesses to others that our God listens and answers prayers; he has seen it. We have witnessed the growth of His church. We are blessed to be part of it. Our desire…
February 12, 2020

4000-623-Ragsdale, Rod and Angelika

TAGLINE: Leadership Training and Community Development In 1990, we started our ministries in West Africa - initially separated from each other as singles. God brought us together in 1999 and in 2000 we started our joint service in Cote d'Ivoire. OUR FOCUS IN MINISTRY Leadership Training and Community Development We work with a church organization with about 500 local churches. There is a shortage of trained pastors. Rod has been helping with the training and education of pastors at the Bethel Bible Institute (IBB) in Korhogo in recent years. Angelika has taught the women of future pastors in hygiene and…
February 12, 2020

4000-628-Renner, George and Linda

Teaching at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya. Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology prepares emerging African leaders from about 20 different African nations. NEGST educates students from a wide variety of denominations. George Renner is a pastor and a New Testament scholar. Linda's gifts shine especially in showing compassion and providing encouragement, particularly in serving women and children. Since they first set foot in Africa in 1991, God has been using them to partner with African Christians and empower African churches. George really "finds his groove" when he's teaching God's Word to groups of Africans at Nairobi…
February 12, 2020

4000-354-Kendall, Nathan and Becky

Serving in evangelism, church planting and leadership training in Guinea, home of the Maninka people. The Maninka are the proud descendants of ancient West African empires. Since those times, they have mixed Islam with traditional beliefs. Most Maninka are rural farmers living in village clusters or in several larger cities. Maninka associate their religion with their cultural identity so much that to change their faith is to be without a cultural identity. Pray that God would move in power to show himself to the Maninka so that they can't help but follow and worship him. About us: Kankan sprawls along…
February 12, 2020

4000-260-Harkins, Gerald and Alice

Translating the Bible into the heart language of Wolof speakers in urban areas. The Wolof people, known for being entrepreneurial and also strongly Muslim, are the dominant people group in Senegal. They say, "To be Wolof is to be Muslim". Pray that He will call Wolof speakers to the knowledge of Himself through His Word. In Senegal on a two-year mission term translating, recording and sharing stories from the Bible, we met the Wolof Bible translation coordinator. Having already read And the Word Came with Power, by Joanne Shetler, we had a picture of the difference God's Word in one's…
February 12, 2020

4000-034-Frazee, Jeff

Preaching, teaching, and making disciples through community relationships, children’s ministry, and media. Through more than 18 combined years in Africa God has convinced us that a simple, biblically obedient disciple-making process is the best way to serve in Africa. My wife first moved to Africa with her parents when she was eight years old, and she has had the opportunity to see this region from many different perspectives. I grew up in California. My parents said in hindsight they could see that God was raising me up to serve him since I was very young. We met and fell in…
February 12, 2020

4000-038-Bennett, Gary and Barb

Serving in church development, leadership training and developing a children's music ministry in Rwanda. Rwandans come from three ethnic groups: Hutu (84 percent), Tutsi (15 percent) and Twa (Pygmoid) (1 percent). About 90 percent of the people are involved in agriculture and everyone speaks the same language, Kinyarwanda. Pray that God would raise up and strengthen church leaders who can radically impact the lives of the people in their churches by faithfully teaching them God's Word. About us: How does a single missionary in Japan meet a single widower missionary in Rwanda? The simple and short answer is "The Internet."…
February 12, 2020

4000-056-Boese, Glenn and Linn

Focusing on the Nyarafolo, a least-evangelized people group in northern Côte d'Ivoire, using church development, Bible translation and compassion ministries. Glenn has turned over his directorship of the Baptist Hospital laboratory to the trained nationals, and functions as a consultant both to them and to the hospital administration. In particular, he is doing financial programming that will enable the hospital to keep track of data while conforming also to the French accounting system. He is also field treasurer and part of the leadership team, and manages the business end of the Nyarafolo Translation Project. Linn directs and is Hebrew exegete…
February 12, 2020

4000-140-Davis, Jon and Jenny

Jonathan is the founder and director of The Ideas Workshop, a ministry that is Giving Hope and Changing Lives through Discipleship, Vocational Training and Business. The Davises mentor and disciple Ugandan youth, specifically young men between the ages of 18 and 30 who do not have opportunity to attend university. Many young people in Uganda do not have godly role models or hope for their future. When we put a tool in a young mans hand and engage him with the Word of God a transformation takes place. His problems don't go away, but he sees them differently, he has…
February 12, 2020

4000-711-Thompson, R

Global Muslim Initiatives Coordinator Every Muslim should have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus! It's hard to fathom that in today's modern, globalized age there remain billions who have not been given that opportunity. In fact, by religion, Islam has more unreached people groups than any other faith. Of the estimated 7.59 billion inhabitants of planet earth, more than 1.8 billion are Muslims almost 85% of whom have few, if any, believers and church planting efforts among them. Consider some of the below statistics: 2,115 The total number of Muslim Unreached People Groups (MUPG's)…
February 12, 2020

4000-712-Turner, Darrie and Debbie

The Turners work with church leaders of rural Uganda who struggle with poverty, disease, hunger and war, making Bible training available to pastors in rural areas. A few of the ministry's challenges are: traveling throughout the country on poor roads to train local pastors, instilling a new hunger in pastors who have lost their appetite for God's Word, and finding others to help train rural pastors. Pray for revival for those leaders who know yet struggle with the truth, that they would have a hunger for God's Word and would remain faithful in the midst of trying circumstances. About us:…
February 12, 2020

4000-125-Meyers, Brian and Megan

Serving in medical/musical ministry and leadership development, through teaching future doctors and developing ethnodoxologists. Brian and Megan Meyers work in Beira, Mozambique, the second largest city in the nation. Brian teaches medicine at a Catholic Medical School (one of three medical schools in Mozambique), training future doctors, and works at the Central Hospital in Beira. As an ethnomusicologist, Megan partners with a local worship ministry, ACAC (Christian Alliance of Creative Artists), teaching worship workshops, mentoring worship leaders, and developing indigenous hymnody. Both are also busy training up the next generation of missionaries by raising their four daughters. Missions work is…
February 12, 2020

4000-123-Coon, Catharine

Click Here to visit Hope Alive! online. About Catharine Raised in a Christian family, Catharine Coon gave her life to the Lord as a child. She was active in her home church, moving over the years from assisting Sunday school teachers to serving as youth intern. But she never anticipated a call to the mission field. "The idea scared me," says Catharine. "When I finally gave in and said, 'Okay, Lord, I'll do it if that's what you want,' I was amazed at the transformation in myself. Dread disappeared to be replaced by deep joy. God was confirming the rightness…
February 12, 2020

4000-658-Schmidt, Rodger and Lynne

Serving in church planting and leadership development in Mozambique. Mozambicans are amazing people who have survived years of colonization, 30 years of war and economic annihilation. They are now emerging and finding their way in the world. Mozambique is a poor county with arguably 90 percent of the population living off the land and living in simple concrete or grass homes. Mozambicans, when given the opportunity, are extremely hard working industrious and entrepreneurial people. Fifty percent of the population is under age 15 and desire an education and better way of life. Mozambicans are overwhelmed with the confusing pseudo Christian/animistic…
February 12, 2020

4000-681-Slater, Kirk and Laura

Kirk was born in Cote d’Ivoire to medical missionaries, and sensed a call to serve God in missions as a child, while Laura found her call after high school. We first came to Uganda in 1997 and spent 12 years in fruitful church planting and leadership development in a rural town. Our 4 sons were born and grew in those early years. We saw ministry grow as well through very difficult situations, and saw young leaders equipped to shepherd the church with skill and earnest faith. In 2010 we entered urban ministry and began to see the growing crisis in…
February 12, 2020

4000-684-Sorensen, Skip and Ruth

New churches are springing up all over Uganda. Having suffered during the reign of Idi Amin and several wars, many Ugandans are receptive to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Christians of Uganda are making great headway in sharing the good news with their people, winning many of them to Christ. However, this explosion of conversions has fomented a crisis in the churches — there are not enough mature leaders to disciple all the new believers. The equipping of pastors and workers to meet this crisis has become the greatest challenge facing the church of Uganda. For the past 28…
February 12, 2020