Joel & Annie Sengoga
Divine Destiny Ministries | Rwanda
ABOUT JOEL & ANNIE
Our goal is to raise and multiply Christ-centered disciples who transform their communities through the proclamation and demonstration of their faith in Jesus Christ for the glory of God.
Joel was born and raised as a refugee in the jungles of Uganda. After the devastating Rwanda genocide in 1994, he moved back to Rwanda to bring Jesus to the unreached people. Joel surrendered his life to Jesus in 1986 at the age of 21, which marked a drastic turn in the direction of his life.
He felt the call to ministry and was encouraged by his church leaders to be a part of evangelical outreaches where he shared his testimony, led Bible study classes and other growing opportunities. He was encouraged in his personal devotion, prayer and Bible study that enhanced a steady spiritual growth in his life. This fed an irresistible conviction to serve the Lord and His people. It was those convictions that lead him to start Divine Destiny Church in November 2005.
In 2015, Joel and his wife and their four children lived in Little Rock as Joel completed the church plant residency program with our partner, Fellowship Associates (FA). Joel is back in Rwanda using what he learned to help him live out his dream of planting a church in each of the thirty districts of Rwanda by 2020.
For the first class of four residents that God would work in their lives, equip them and give them a clear vision to go out and impact their districts with the Gospel.
For partners around the world to come alongside of their vision and the ministry to help support them both prayerfully and financially.
That on a personal level, Joel would be sustained in his efforts with local partnerships, and for strength and energy as he networks and builds into his family, congregation, church staff and residents.
Pastor Charles Mugisha
Africa New Life Ministries | Rwanda
ABOUT AFRICA NEW LIFE
Africa New Life exists to transform lives and communities through preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and acts of compassion.
Educational Sponsorships – Africa New Life believes that, when given the opportunity to receive an education, children can escape the cycle of poverty.
Stable Homes – Africa New Life works to empower families so they can rise out of poverty and have hope for the future.
Growing Faith – A truly transformed life happens in relationship with Jesus Christ. Africa New Life is committed to spreading the gospel of Christ in Rwanda.
Healthy Body – To be successful in school and live a full life, children need to be healthy. Africa New Life’s medical programs are ensuring the healthy future of children and families in Rwanda.
Community Development – It takes a thriving community to transform the lives of individuals. Africa New Life strives to create opportunities to invigorate communities across Rwanda.
Pray that many children will be sponsored this year. Pray that many families will come to know Christ as Africa New Life spreads the gospel. Pray for the efforts towards community development. Pray for the staff of Africa New Life. Pray that the medical programs will continue to ensure healthy families in Rwanda.
Women Serving God | Texas & West Africa
About Gaynelle & WSG
Gaynelle serves as the Women Serving God (WSG) Regional Coordinator in French speaking Africa. WSG is a ministry through the missions arm of Denton Bible Church. It is a ministry for women, by women and to women. We work alongside local churches around the world to develop and train servant leaders among key women in order that they can in turn disciple, counsel and teach other women to think and act Biblically and theologically. We train women to love and nurture each other, their families, and help provide for widows and orphans. Our work in West Africa is active in five countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Togo with new countries being opened this year.
Pray for the women in Africa who are being trained by Women Serving God. Pray for financial support of Women Serving God.
Howard & Aileen Ostendorff
Freedom in Christ Ministries | USA & Africa
About Freedom in Christ Ministries
Freedom in Christ’s goal is to equip pastors and church leaders with effective
discipleship tools so that their churches develop fruitful, multiplying disciples. The core teaching deals with our identity in Christ and how to win the battle for our minds by believing and living God’s truth. Our primary task is to find FIC national leaders for each country and to assist them by mentoring, training, and helping in developing locally printed FIC materials in needed languages. FIC is now in six continents and Africa has 54 countries. We are personally building the Kenya FIC ministry while seeking a national leader.
Due to the economic issues of African countries, local fundraising is difficult and materials need to be affordable. Pray for God’s provision and funds for developing new countries. Pray that God connects us with potential African leaders for each country who are able to volunteer their services and lead the ministry or are able raise support to provide for their salaries and ministry needs. Pray for wisdom as we lead and safety as we travel.
Cru | Africa
Local Initiatives for Education (LIFE) is a global missions center dedicated
to providing clean drinking water, food, agricultural support, educational
resources, and medical care in Africa. As a relief and development organization we are dedicated to helping children, their families and communities reach their full potential. We seek to work with community leaders and families to set goals that can be achieved by working together. By promoting access to education, people discover and develop their own vision, skills and resources to move from dependency to self-sustainable livelihood. We desire to be a change agent by assisting people in their area of need and thus facilitating transformed lives.
I’ve only been in East Africa for a short time, so I am still learning what my days will look like. Most mornings I will have a language lesson for a few hours. In the afternoons I will volunteer at a school for street kids or visit local women. Inthe evenings a few days a week I hope to teach a conversational English class. I will interact a lot with the locals as I will be living on a major street in the city and taking public transportation.
Please pray that the Lord will prepare me to begin the ministry year in the fall. Pray that he will give me wisdom in where he would have me invest my time and lead me to women that want to hear about Jesus. Pray for my language teacher. She is not a believer, but she has heard the gospel many times. Pray that she will see Jesus in me and desire to know him. There is a lot of spiritual darkness in this country and spiritual attacks can be intense. Please pray that I will walk closely with the Lord and put on his armor every day.
The Evangelical Alliance Mission | Zimbabwe
Stacy works as a surgeon at Karanda
Mission Hospital, serving the underserved northern part of the
country of Zimbabwe. In the morning, rounds begin with floor patients and postoperative patients. I go to the pediatric ward where I am in charge of the neurosurgical unit with many hydrocephalic babies requiring
surgery. After tea, “operating theatre” begins and I perform around 10-15 cases while seeing patients between cases.
I traveled back to the US in August 2016 to be married in September 2016. Please pray as we complete support raising and await clearance from TEAM to return to the field. Pray also for our adjustment to marriage and our jobs in the United States as we wait to return to Zimbabwe.
Maranatha University College
About Maranatha University College
MUC began life as Maranatha Bible College (MBC) in 1972, a joint venture of leading Ghanaian believers and Serving in Missions (SIM). The founding fathers' vision for MBC was to bring into being an institution of excellence that would champion innovative tertiary education with evangelical Christian conviction. The evangelical Christian consciousness was to be characterized by integrity, scholarship and competence. These three virtues have been the hallmarks of Maranatha University College training since its establishment and our alumni the world over are our proof.
Jim & Judy Burrows
Family Life Global | Little Rock & Asia
About the burrows
Our family moved to Asia in January 2010. We remained for four more years after our children’s departure. After four years we were able to see FamilyLife
obtain a 30 year business license. Another objective was to train Christian
couples to teach our marriage seminar
material. Over the 6.5 years, we
conducted over 36 marriage seminars across the country, saw thousands attend (roughly 100 each seminar), presented the gospel of Jesus at each conference, and trained over 46 speaker-couples. Presently we are coaching the five active speaker-couples to present the material to their own countrymen. We are currently in transition. We returned to Little Rock and are moving both of our mothers in to live with us. Pressing family needs were a huge factor in our move back to the U.S. So Judy is currently at home, communicating with her women network in Asia from her home. I am currently working at the FamilyLife office in Little Rock. We see ourselves primarily as trainers of nationals to serve their own countrymen.
Pray for our emotional, spiritual, social and mental transition back to the U.S. Even though it was what we wanted to do, we left part of our hearts in Asia. Readjusting to the U.S. has many gains for us but we are experiencing some grief and losses as well. For wisdom in serving our family but also in having knowledge of our limitations and seeking help as needed.
K & BP
For All Mankind Movement | Throughout Asia
FAMM exists to initiate, nurture and facilitate oral outreach strategies that result in disciple-making and church planting movements. In 2009, we started The For All Mankind Movement. We were moved by God’s Spirit to take our 15 years of ministry experience working with churches and international equipping in over 50 countries to focus on the Middle East and South Asia. The mission of FAMM is to reach and equip the immigrant workers in the Middle East labor camps and send them back to their homes as missionaries to their own people. In 2009, that was just a dream. By the end of 2014, just six years later, that dream was a reality as the Lord paved the way for us to see:
- 11,833 story groups and house churches planted
- 14,737 leaders trained in the FAMM strategy
- 20,417 new believers baptized
- 57,280 Compassion Kits distributed
- 65,000+ people currently meeting in weekly Bible study
- Approximately 100 full-time missionaries in four countries
Compassion Kits play a big role in how we engage unreached people for disciple making and church planting. These hygiene kits are distributed to men, women and families all year long. They are a loving gift given in Jesus’ name accompanied with the compelling message of the Gospel.
Fellowship’s specific partnership with FAMM is in the West Bengal state of India, where the Christian population is less than 0.06% of the 90 million living in the state. Our mission is to move the needle by coming alongside of local leaders to assist in evangelism through Compassion Kits. Pray for FAMM as we continue to grow and transition.
About STUDENT MOBILIZATION
Student Mobilization is a non-profit college campus organization that exists to build spiritual leaders for Christ from the college campuses of the world. Our passion is to build up student laborers into future leaders. The students of today will be tomorrow’s business men and women, church leaders, missionaries, educators and community leaders, pastors and teachers, and moms and dads. Our desire is to equip them to live for Christ wherever they may go.
The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out laborers into his harvest field.
Running for Him 24-7 | Honduras
My mission call in Honduras has remained the same since 1999: to work alongside and serve within the deaf community. I established and ran a deaf ministry my first 15 years where hundreds of deaf Hondurans came to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and deaf Christian leaders were discipled and engaged in long-term training. A deaf church as well as a Christian school for deaf children was also established and continues to thrive. In God’s grace, love, and providence, this ministry was turned over to full Honduran ownership in 2014.
I began my second season in Honduras with the goal of encouraging and equipping Christian leaders in the deaf community. The majority of my time is spent working with a core deaf team to translate portions of the Bible into Honduran Sign Language (LESHO). Additionally, I consult with the current Honduran deaf ministry and other organizations, offer training courses to deaf leaders and hearing persons seeking to work with deaf people, and engage in writing projects.
For my daughter who will always need 24-hour care and has recently experienced some health issues. We need both discernment and God’s provision as we move forward with tests and doctor visits.
Pray that my team and I will continue to work in unity and that the goals we have for translation work will not overshadow the fact that deaf Hondurans will be able to understand God’s Word in their native language.
Daniel & Odi Bran
Fellowship Espanol | Little Rock & Central America
About Daniel & Odi
Our vision was born in zone 17 of the City of Guatemala, which led us to plant a church called Fellowship Guatemala (La Comunidad). As Fellowship Guatemala, we now make disciples who live out biblical principals and have the calling to multiply into other disciples and congregations in Guatemala and around the world. We disciple and train our congregations and leaders through a Bible-based process of discipleship. We also plant churches and partner with other congregations who share this same vision.
Please pray for strengthening as we have much work and ground to cover in the areas the Lord is calling us to go. Pray for our team’s overall health (Guatemala, Cuba, Venezuela, and Little Rock). Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us as we go about finding strategic locations and strategic leaders in Guatemala and the world. Pray for God to grant us peace and comfort, as we will be leaving our home in Guatemala to serve and begin with the Fellowship Español campus in Little Rock. Please pray that Paola’s (Bryan’s wife) US visa is processed quickly and smoothly.
Mike & Lyn Ferguson
World Gospel Outreach | Honduras & Belize
ABOUT WORLD GOSPEL OUTREACH
Much of the work is accomplished through short-term Serve Teams that meet a physical need such as medical care or construction projects while sharing the Gospel. We have over 100 full-time missionary and national staff and over 1000 short-term team members that work together to accomplish this work.
We work to impact the faith of Christ followers through serving and evangelizing children and the poor in Honduras and Belize for Christ. We give long-term care to displaced or abandoned children and provide opportunities for the North American Church to experience the joy that comes through serving.
In my 16 years of living in Honduras and serving as its President and CEO, no two days have been the same. I enjoy a wide range of opportunities to serve the Lord. A day usually involves sharing with team members about God’s movement in each of our lives and how a week of service away from home can impact their lives in significant ways on their return home. Often I have the opportunity to listen to people share how God is calling them into a new season and how WGO played a role in that.
With the expansion of the ministry into Belize we have needs for additional missionaries and national staff there. We are also in the process of raising funds for the one remaining building that is needed on the Belize campus. Pray for us personally, that we find a good balance to the demands of a growing ministry and our family life, and that the Lord continues to provide for us like he has so faithfully for 16 years.
Robert & Jennifer Butts
World Gospel Outreach | Honduras
ABOUT WORLD GOSPEL OUTREACH
WGO exists to do three things well:
To serve and reach the poor for Christ in Honduras and Belize, to provide care for displaced or abandoned children, and to offer discipleship to local church leaders. We also provide opportunities for the North American Church to experience the joy that comes through serving.
WGO in Honduras has a children’s home for at-risk children (Rancho Ebenezer). As those children become young adults, they have the opportunity to move into a transition house (Bridge House) to learn life skills such as how to get a job, start college, budget their money, get around a big city safely, improve social skills, etc.
Our son, Rudy is starting his final year of high school. In Honduras, all seniors work to help local public schools with beautification projects. They plant, paint and work on minor repairs. He also helps translate for medical teams that come to serve on short-term mission teams. spend days meeting with staff to ensure that all areas of ministry run smoothly. I sometimes even gets to meet with government officials to discuss how government can better work with organizations that are in Honduras to help the people. Jennifer teaches art to 7-11th graders at a local Christian school where our son attends. When she’s not teaching, she helps out at WGO as needed.
Pray that we honor God in all we do: family, work, relationships. Pray that we spend time regularly with God to enrich our relationship with him, as well as to recharge. Pray that Robert manages his responsibilities well as the ministry continues to grow. Pray that Rudy seeks to be a responsible young man with a heart to follow God. Pray that Jennifer teaches well, encouraging students to honor God in all they do.
Amos & Meredith Anderson
WorldVenture | Albania
WorldVenture is currently focused on reaching the “uns” of society: the unreached, unengaged, unwanted and the unchurched. Our vision is to see people and communities transformed through the power of the gospel in partnership with the local church.
We have been living in Albania for the last four years. After an initial season focused on language learning, our recent ministry efforts have been focused on church planting, discipleship, and leadership training in the Korce region.
We like to describe life in Albania as living in a reality of 21st century expectations with an infrastructure 30 years behind that. It seems that since the start of democracy in 1991 after 50 years of Communism the only constant in the culture change. That, and coffee.Coffee is the other constant of the culture. You’ve got to drink lots of coffee if you want to live in Albania.
We are currently in the United States on home assignment. Upon return to Albania we will be moving to the capital city. There are a lot of details to fall into place as we make this move. Pray that God would be in the details and would order our steps.
About Austin & Beverly
We moved back to the United States in December 2015 to help take care of our father. We have continued to serve in both of our organizations, but we have changed focus. In Albania, Austin taught in several Bible schools, training Albanian pastors and mentored many young men preparing for church planting and leading their churches. Beverly mentored many Albanian young women and was a founding board member of an anti-trafficking organization for at-risk teenage girls. We are now working in “member health,” which is pastoral care for missionaries.
We are in contact with missionaries on almost a daily basis through both email and Skype. Our goal is to spot problems and help them through challenges of missionary life. We are particularly involved with stress management and counseling with the missionaries. We also anticipate that we will have some travel in order to meet with the different teams we work with in Eastern Europe, Turkey and India.
The biggest prayer request for us right now is to learn how to best do our new job, identifying the missionaries in most need of pastoral care, helping them stay healthy and effective and on the field.
Clay & Lauren Kannard
World Venture | Italy
About Clay & Lauren
The Kannard Family serves the local church through:
Preaching, teaching, and a Great Commissional lifestyle
Clay preaches and teaches in church and in small group settings. Lauren teaches in Sunday School for the elementary aged children. We intentionally seek to share our lives with the people around us in order to share the gospel and make disciples.
Clay is collaborating with student ministries in Rome and local churches in order to reach the Roma Tre University. This university is currently unreached
The Kannard family’s long-term desire is to aid locals in the planting of healthy, sustainable communities and churches.
Clay provides technology services and consulting to local providers who need online training solutions, social-networking strategies, and advice for using technology to spread the gospel.
Pray for a sustainable movement of the gospel and new churches in Italy. Pray for our church and other churches in Rome to grow in their understanding of the gospel and how to serve our city as Christ has called us to. Pray for the university students at Roma Tre to be impacted by the gospel so that we can have an established group of believers on campus. Pray for the relationships we are building with non-Christians, that they would come to know Jesus. Pray for our children as they attend the Italian public school system. Pray for our marriage and our parenting. Pray for God to provide the needed additional financial support through faithful partners as we transition to full-time status with our mission.
Evangelical School of Theology
Evangelical School of Theology (EST) in Poland is the only non-public, interdenominational, theological school accredited (2006) by the Polish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The mission of EST is to “equip Christians for effective ministry to strengthen the evangelical movement in Poland.”
In 2009, EST began transforming from a traditional theological school into an educational center that serves churches, Christian organizations and Christian individuals regardless of their theological level and background. EST now operates via its Educational Center, which trains and develops Christian leaders and the Christian community in Poland through three main areas: 1) Bachelor of Arts program (academics), 2) Institute of Church Development (for churches), and 3) Intercultural Academy of Third Age (for seniors).
Pray for the EST 2016/17 recruitment campaign. Every weekend EST faculty and leaders preach, lecture and promote EST in churches and conferences. We are talking about possible promotion of EST from Ukraine. It may be an important source of students in the future. Pray for the changes in Polish educational law as it compels EST to transition from a professional school of an academic profile to a professional school of a practical profile. Pray for the Institute of Church Development (ICD) as we open three centers in various, vibrant churches of Poland, organize conferences and a retreat for couples. Pray for our work with Polish Senior adults as they grow to become one of the largest groups in the near future. Pray for our upcoming library series of meetings with different Christian authors to discuss not only theological issues but novels, Christian life and other topics.
Dr. Wojciech Szczerba, Rector
Marek Kucharski, Chancellor
Marek & Agnieszka Kucharski
Evangelical School of Theology | Poland
I am the Chancellor at Evangelical School of Theology in Poland and my main responsibility is to oversee the operations of the school through administration and finances. Our mission is to equip Christians for effective ministry to strengthen the evangelical movement in Poland. I work closely with the Rector and Academic Dean to develop programs and strategies that support the ministry and goals of EST.
EST has a unique mission because in our times the Polish Christian community is splintered into many groups. EST addresses this problem by bringing people from different churches together, building unity. We offer an accredited B.A. in theology and other programs that benefit the churches and society in general. I have always been passionate about leadership, motivating others to work together to solve problems. One of the unique things about me is that I have a true concern for people, not just the business aspects of the institution I work for. In 1994 after graduating from a seminary, I became a pastor. I led an evangelical church for eight years, and developed many good people skills. We initiated many social projects, including bringing food weekly to poor rural families, listening and helping them in any way we could. I love seeing good things happening in others’ lives.
Please pray for our boys and our family condition. We believe that our Lord brought us together, and our energy for life and ministry comes from family harmony. Please pray for the Institute of Church Development initiative. This is the second year of a ministry I am in charge of, and after the first year we are amazed by God’s blessings.
World Venture | Poland
My primary ministry focus is Evangelical School of Theology in Wroclaw, Poland. I’m also involved in a women’s ministry and Bible study. EST trains and develops Christian leaders and the Christian community through Bachelor of Arts/ academics, Institute of Church Development, and programs for seniors. My job title at EST is Coordinator for International Projects and my responsibilities include English related activities: newsletters, website, promotional materials, fundraising projects, coordinating the translation of student applications and reports from Polish to English, communications, preparing for study tours, mission trips, and visitors from abroad.
Also, for many years I was involved in coordinating English women’s camps and meetings in cooperation with teachers and leaders from the Wroclaw Language School. As a result of friendships developed at the camps, I began leading a Bible study in my home with mostly Catholic women.
Pray that I will be in the center of God’s will every day and for wise use of my time. Pray as I cooperate with people at EST and that I will be an encouragement to each person I work with. Pray for creativity and insight so that I can be effective and faithful to God’s calling for my life. Pray for the women’s Bible study that will resume in the fall and as a result of studying the Bible that each of the women will draw closer to God and believe that he loves them deeply. Pray for my friendships with the woman in the Bible study. Pray for my relationships with Polish Christians who are committed to Christ and willing to share God’s love with those around them. Pray for my involvement with the International Church of Wroclaw. Pray for additional monthly financial support.
B & JP
Previously I worked with Fellowship of Christian Students, but have recently transitioned to the senior pastor of a new church plant launching in 2017. We will be gospel-centered and committed to making disciples of all nations to bear witness to Christ and his gospel in this strategic city and in the region. As we move toward planting this new church my days are quite varied. I am involved in raising support, setting out founding documents and principles for the church, casting vision for people from the sending church(es) to join us, and making plans for the first few months in the life of the new church.
I am participating in a church plant training program in Washington, DC from August until December and then we will return to the Middle East to step “full-steam” into gathering a launch team and beginning to meet in anticipation of our first official church gathering. Please pray for my marriage in all this transition. Pray that God would prepare us well for this new step of faith in ministry. Pray for God to provide the launch money and the location where we could meet weekly.
ABOUT D & G
We planted the church in 2010 (we have 1000 people from 65+ different nations). We’ve also planted two other churches and are planning for three others. We’ve started a pastoral training center and seminary where we hope to raise up more pastors and leaders for the 10/40 window. Our hope is to see more churches started in places that have no churches in languages like Arabic, Farsi, English, Hindi, Urdu, and Tagalog.
Pray that many least-reached would come to faith in Christ in the coming days. Pray that more pastors would be trained up and sent out to launch new churches in places where there is no witness. Pray for us as we work on our three current church plants. Pray that our family would treasure Christ together
M & LB
Center for Mission Mobilization | Middle East
About M & L
We mobilize the global Church to reach the unreached. We focus on sending mobilization teams to countries/regions in the world where the Church is big in number but small in their mission sending, (at least small relative to their sending potential). We lead the Catalytic Strategies Division of the CMM, providing oversite of the four catalytic field teams (SE Asia, East Africa, Latin America, and Middle East/South Asia (MESA). I’ll also be leading the MESA team to mobilize churches in this region to send out more workers to reach the unreached.
Pray for our team to be warmly welcomed to the network of evangelical churches in the UAE and for open doors to partner with local church pastors. Pray that our team will focus on loving God, loving each other, learning a new world and launching a mission mobilization movement.
Caleb & Debbie Lucien
Hosean International Ministries | Haiti
By focusing on education, life skills training, and economic growth him Haiti is building the foundation to help Haitians have a healthy infrastructure to make wise choices for Christ.
Many families cannot afford to send their children to school, as Education is not free in Haiti. HIM Haiti is committed to helping every child receive the education they need to succeed in leading a healthy, well-rounded life.
Life Skills Training
In addition to helping provide basic needs, it is important to provide mental, spiritual, and social resources as well.
To be successful in changing lives, him Haiti reaches beyond just providing basic needs for people in the community. him Haiti is dedicated to creating jobs, teaching job skills, training leaders, empowering people, and encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit.
Caleb’s daily focus is on overseeing outreaches and moving specific projects forward to fulfill HIM’s vision. He has established administrative staff for the campus but maintains a presence there to be a resource for them. His daily schedule varies depending on appointments he may have with parents, community leaders and government representatives. He oversees many tasks and projects including the development of a business center, where he will spend about 1-2 hours daily coordinating purchasing, and supervising builders and volunteers. Caleb typically works 10-12 hours a day and speaks/preaches in various communities in Haiti about twice a month. His responsibilities also take him to the capital city weekly.
Pray for health and safety for us and our staff in Haiti. Pray that our young adult daughters will continue to develop as they study at universities in the U.S. and France this year, especially for their spiritual walks. Pray that our business development structures can be initiated this fall (2016) to create jobs for community members and a source of income for the ministry as a whole. The school ministry needs support to continue to pay our staff.
Teach Beyond | United States
I work with our 450+ staff around the world and all the incoming staff to help them be fully funded on the mission field. I handle everything from one-on-one coaching to resource development with the goal of helping every staff member achieve maximum ministry through God’s provision.
One of my biggest prayers is changing the culture of TeachBeyond. My position is new as of a year ago and there are a lot of misconceptions and skewed perspectives when it comes to living and raising support. There is overwhelming support for what I do, but actual change takes time.
e3 Partners | United States
ABOUT e3 PARTNERS
e3 Partners is serving in over 50 countries and partners with international believers in each country to advance and establish the global church. Every year thousands of Christians from all over the world join us on hundreds of expeditions to share the gospel and transform communities.
In the Middle East, we focus on partnering with local believers to share the hope and good news of Jesus Christ with Muslims. The Muslim world is open to the hope of the gospel in a tangible way. We establish churches designed to reproduce within their culture. In doing this, we institute ongoing cultural change within the region. Our mission trips are the launching point for these new churches. Even amidst war, heartache, danger, and persecution people in the Middle East are ripe for the harvest and eager to hear the Gospel.
Pray for open doors to share the gospel with Muslims, both locally and in the Middle East. Pray for God to raise up long term ministry and prayer partners to join my support team. Pray for strength and peace of mind for my family and friends as I work in the Middle East.
International Friendship Outreach
IFO seeks to provide believers from local, like-minded churches with the opportunity to befriend internationals and demonstrate the unconditional love of Christ in word and deed. We desire that, through our witness, the international students will come to know Christ as Savior and Lord, grow in their faith, and return to their countries as ambassadors for Christ.
We are state-side missionaries to international students that study at UALR, UAMS, Philander Smith, UCA, and Hendrix. We also serve with like-minded churches within Little Rock and Conway to encourage believers to be actively engaged in building the Lord’s kingdom as they reach out to international students with the love of Christ. We offer many ways believers can serve international students by assisting with the practical and spiritual needs of the students.
WAYS TO SERVE WITH IFO
- Conversation Club
- Airport pickup
- Friendship Partner
- Help with transportation
- Holiday Hospitality
- Host Family Weekend
It’s our greatest desire that every international student have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Pray that we’ll be strong in our love and bold and clear with our words. Pray that the strongholds built in false religions and gods will be broken. Please pray that God would bless the work of our hands and the desire of our heart that international students come to know Jesus for who he is ... Savior and Lord of all. Pray that Jesus will fill their lives with his peace, that their lives will be forever changed, and that they will go home and tell of his great love.
Larry & Karen Ragan
CultureLink, Inc | United States
Not only is CULTURELink currently consulting with Fellowship Missions, we have trained leaders from various churches and mission organizations facilitating teams and projects in over 120 nations. Specifically CULTURELink partnerships include: India, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Kenya, Hungary, and Romania.
No two days ever look the same. I or our staff could be meeting and consulting with churches on missions vision, strategy or short-term teams one day. The next, we could be overseas serving our global partners. Some days are simply spent doing the necessary administrative details to organize our training conferences or preparing for a trip. 8 to 12 times a year we conduct training weekends in churches across the United States. Each day and activity is spent fulfilling our mission to “make disciples of those who will make disciples of all nations.”
CULTURELink has more opportunities then we have time and resources. Pray for constant wisdom on how to respond to what God places before us. Personally, over the next nine months, we will be walking our son through the college selection process. Lastly, pray for me to guide the ministry and my family with clear grace-filled vision.
A & SN, M & HC
The Center for Mission Mobilization
About the Center for Mission Mobilization
Our organization’s focus and vision is to raise up more laborers for the harvest through frontier mobilization. We seek to empower and equip believers in the Church to find their most strategic role in the Great Commission. We focus on raising up mobilizers—people who love Jesus and his heart for all tribes and nations and who multiply their lives to see mission movements emerge from their house churches and networks.
We are launching in Fall 2016, so we aren’t quite sure yet what our days will look like. But we will be students at a local university where we will spend our mornings in class. This is a way for us to be very intentional with learning the language. In the afternoons and evenings, we will have small group Discovery Bible Studies, Xplore studies, and will “model and invite” believers to live a lifestyle with us that reflects a desire to see God’s kingdom come among peoples who do not know Jesus yet. This will hopefully involve mobilizing prayer movements for unreached people and cross-cultural discipleship relationships with unreached national minorities.
Pray for our language learning, that God will give us a passion to connect to people in their heart language. Pray that we would be learners and observers of culture and people, and that we would mobilize with humility. Pray that we would find intimacy with Jesus amidst new rhythms and a lot of transition. Pray that God would lead us to people of peace and give us amazing times of team prayer.
J & KS
We live in a city of over 20 million people that has surprisingly few healthy churches. Our goal is to be a gospel-centered, Christ proclaiming, Bible-teaching church that reaches, shepherds, and equips expats and helps to network, resource, train, and support local house churches as well.
Please pray for our visa situation. We are currently awaiting government approval for a work visa. Regardless of the outcome, we’re wanting to start up our own company after we get a Band-Aid on our current visa needs. The company will provide counseling services to expats in the city (my wife has her Masters in Biblical Counseling).
Please pray for an upcoming church plant that will probably launch September 2016. We’re excited about the vision for this church plant, but it will be bittersweet as we’ll end up sending about half of our members to the plant. Pray for the emotional toll from such a time of transition (for adults and kids!). Please pray for provisions for us to get a vehicle. With a family of six, taxis are no longer an option; we now need to get a van. Vehicles are not cheap here and the license plates are outrageous.