Derek Bass - The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
European Christian Mission
Tyndale Theological Seminary is a robustly evangelical and confessional seminary in the heart of secular western Europe—Amsterdam, providing theological education to students from all over Europe, Asia, and Africa (see my prospectus). Their students come from places like Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, India, China, Rwanda, Ethiopia, The Congo, Serbia, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Almost all of the students will return to their home countries to pastor or church plant, whereas others will teach in Bible schools or seminaries (the track record is significant). Derek’s role is to teach all of their Hebrew courses (they all take a minimum of 3 Hebrew courses, many take at least 4), as well as OT Introduction, OT Biblical Theology, and other exegesis courses of the OT. With a church planting past, he may teach some practical ministry courses as well. Derek’s passion is to help these brothers preach Christ rightly and clearly from all of Holy Scripture.
Cara Strauss Contreras – Bolivia
Word Made Flesh Bolivia seeks to offer abundant life in Christ to those affected by prostitution in El Alto, Bolivia. In community, they see to practice and proclaim the Kingdom of God among women in prostitution and their children. WMF offers a ministry of presence, therapeutic and rehabilitation opportunities, and dignified employment to survivors of prostitution allowing them to realize their full potential. In the last 12 years the ministry has grown from bi-weekly visits to the Red Light District, to a fully functioning ministry day center, to a sewing social enterprise that offers quality products both locally and internationally. They also continue to accompany each woman in their spiritual journey through discipleship and mentorship.
Dr. David Geisler - US and in South Asia and East Asia
As President, David is responsible to keep their whole team (35) focused on their mission to help church leaders, ministries, seminaries, and lay leaders around the globe to develop new paradigms in pre-evangelism which more effectively supplement evangelism training globally and further strengthen the Christian church, to implement their global strategy of getting their training resources integrated in to the curriculum in seminaries, Bible colleges, mission organizations, and targeted churches, in strategic countries around the globe.He is also responsible for finding new staff and financial resources and plant them in strategic countries around the globe to teach and then disciple others using their evangelistic resources more effectively, for pioneering the teaching of our materials in different countries around the globe and doing it in culturally and personally sensitive ways working with their staff and key volunteers! Finally, to model before Christian ministries, seminaries, and church leaders how to reproduce evangelist and apologists of a different kind is a role that he plays with his ministry.
Konstantin Goncharov – West Palm Beach, Florida
The Goncharovs will partner with Family Church in West Palm Beach. Family Church is committed to reaching their city through church planting, and they have the infrastructure in place to support the Goncharovs in reaching Russian-Ukrainian speaking people. The Goncharovs vision and passion for evangelism fits perfectly in the Family Church strategy and with the task of reaching the lost in this largely un-churched region of our country. The strategy is simple: personal evangelism, missional communities (small groups) and church planting in all cities and big towns.
Jim Hughes - US and short term internationally
The mission of Peregrine Ministries is to guide and inspire men on their life journey, to help them pass on a life-giving legacy. The vision of Peregrine Ministries is to see a growing community of men who
- Understand their identity in Christ
- Embrace their role as men
- Live out the personal calling God has for their life
Peregrine Ministries exists to help men turn from a small, self-centered life to a life that focuses on others and that passes on a powerful legacy. They help men identify their highest priorities and deepest values—and then live that way.
Milt Jones - West Africa and Asia
The Seed Company is a 20-year-old organization founded by Bernie May of Wycliffe Bible Translators to accelerate Bible translation. This is accomplished by training local people to translate Scripture into their own language. Since our founding, we have launched roughly 1000 different language translations, and we add well over 100 new languages projects each year.
His role in this ministry is to work with indigenous translation teams around the world. This includes teaching Bible translation workshops, coaching translation teams, and checking their work for accuracy, clarity, and naturalness. He is predominantly working with the Mwaghavul in Nigeria to complete their Old Testament. In addition, he is also teaching and helping check Scripture in India and Nepal among unreached people groups.
Marny Ketcham - Louisville, KY
Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
Youth With A Mission International desires to know God and make Him Known. At YWAM Louisville, they are a family of missionaries who train, equip and launch faithful leaders to fulfill the great commission. Their desire is to mobilize youth to be confident in who they are in Christ and take His name and power to the nations. They run training schools 3 times a year where youth from all over the world come to grow in their relationship with and knowledge of the Lord and share that in Louisville, surrounding states and overseas. Marny is a part of recruiting, teaching, discipling,leading and feeding the students that come!
Alyssa Miller - Thailand
Alyssa has been attending Carmel for over 4 years and she is following God's calling on her life to go and serve people in Thailand through SIM. The Sports Friends ministry stimulates a vision for local churches to use sports as a platform for reaching youth with the gospel. They come alongside each church and train Christian leaders to coach, live, lead and minister for the glory of God. Once each leader completes our training, they go into their communities to form youth sports teams. The relationship between a player and coach is powerful and transformative. There is currently no formal girls sport ministry in Bangkok so she has the opportunity to help create and lead that program.
Trent Post - Ethiopia
Trent works to build, equip and disciple youth through mentoring, serving projects and biblical training, to provide the needed resources for inner city at-risk youth to overcome the many life challenges they face while coming alongside the children’s families to meet basic needs and help them get engaged in the ministry and local church. He helps to carry out the needed programs for street kid rehabilitation, orphan prevention and empowering the local church and people to be the solution.
Jai Ramnauth - Guyana
International Celebration Association
International Celebration’s desire is to reach Guyana for Christ and to help Christians mature and serve. God has moved us in a few directions to accomplish that. We do a shoe ministry where we present the Gospel presentation for children and prisoners and then wash their feet and talk to them one on one. Then we give them new shoes. We also have Celebration Services that are for the entire family where there is praise and worship and the Gospel message is shared. We also put Christian libraries in churches in towns, villages and prisons. That provides a way for Christians to read good books and grow in their faith and Christian walk.
Craig & Daisy Tippie - Peru
Craig & Daisy started with outreaches and Bible studies in the university and in the skate park 5 years ago. They live in a city that has over 2/3 are youth and have now grown into a full ministry church as some of these young people have grown up and got married and have children. They also have a full service ministry in their church with children’s church and youth group, men’s and woman’s bible studies and discipleship. They currently have 5 days a week that our church is open and have approximately 50 people in the church.
Bob & Cathy Watanabe - Albania
Bob & Cathy have served the Lord at the Bethany Shtepia e Foshnjës (House of Babies) for almost 10 years. Their primary focus is to be the presence of Jesus to the children and staff at the orphanage. They do this by spending one-on-one time with the children, doing activities with them, playing with them, teaching them music, reading the Bible with them and praying for them. With the staff they build relationships, serve in a variety of ways, and share the gospel in the context of our relationships. Professionally, they provide medical/nursing assistance, training for the staff, and social work and medical assessments of the children. Bob & Cathy also support the community based programs of Bethany with their professional skills and by supporting the Bethany clinic staff professionally, personally, and spiritually.
Paul and Holly Zwierzynski - Charlotte, NC
Wycliffe Bible Translators
We work at the JAARS center in Waxhaw, NC. Paul is a solar power and computer networking specialist. He supports missionaries who need to run their computers using solar power by designing power systems for them. He also builds custom solar battery packs we have designed specifically to support translators. Paul also helps translators set up and protect their Internet connections, sometimes using satellite or radio links. The inexpensive technology we deploy allows translators to collaborate with team members from anywhere in the world.
Holly is a project assistant in the translation office at JAARS. She's part of a team producing Old Testament translation guides. The reference materials they produce help Bible translators to understand the original Hebrew texts and produce accurate and understandable translations.
R & C - East Asia
G & S - Middle East