IM Missionaries

IM missionaries are ministering to people with physical, spiritual, and emotional needs in areas with less than a 5% Evangelical witness.

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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY The Eagletons reside in Campinas, Brazil. Kenneth serves as director of field partnerships. In this role, he serves as the official representative of International Missions in joint projects with the national church in Cuba, Panama, Brazil, India, South Korea, Côte d’Ivoire, and five countries in Central Asia. He also represents IM in joint projects with organizations in other countries. Locally (in Brazil) he teaches at the Campinas Bible Institute, training workers for local churches. Rejane assists Kenneth in translating and editing literature. CONVERSION Kenneth accepted Christ as Savior when he was eight years of age. Growing up in a Christian home and observing the evangelistic efforts of his parents, missionaries Ken and Marvis Eagleton, greatly influenced him and drew him to the Lord. Rejane was born and raised in Brazil. She accepted Christ as Savior when she was 11 years of age. Missionaries Bobby and Sue Aycock and Jim and Shirley Combs had a great influence on her as she sat under their teaching in Sunday school and vacation Bible school. EARLY MINISTRY Dr. Kenneth has been active in Christian service since his early teen years. He often spoke as a lay preacher and taught Sunday school. He was founder and leader of a mission church in São Luis de Montes Belos, Goias, Brazil, for two and one-half years. During this time he also practiced medicine at a Christian hospital in the area. Since her teenage years, Rejane has been active in the work of the Lord. As a Brazilian Christian, she served as a counselor in youth camp, taught Sunday school and worked in vacation Bible school. Appointed as associate missionaries in 1984, the Eagletons worked for a year at Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, before going to France in 1986 for language study. In January of 1988, they returned to Doropo to resume their ministry. Dr. Kenneth treated patients and served as the hospital administrator. In addition, he taught and preached in Doropo and mission churches in the surrounding area. In May of 1998, a milestone was reached when the administration of the Doropo hospital was turned over to African Christians. From 1998 to 2002 Dr. Kenneth was involved in various levels of leadership training. He was appointed as director of the Bible institute in Bouna where he was teaching. He also participated with other missionaries in establishing a community health and evangelism (CHE) program. Kenneth and Rejane were evacuated from Côte d’Ivoire with other missionaries in October 2002 as a result of an attempted coup d’etat on September 19, 2002, and the resulting civil war. After 18 years of ministry in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, in April 2003 Kenneth and Rejane received permission to transfer to Brazil. In March of 2004, they relocated to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to work in the mission church during Jim and Vicki Sturgill’s stateside assignment. Kenneth was also involved in training pastors and other church leaders through Bible institute classes. In 2006 they relocated to Campinas, São Paulo. CHILDREN Kenneth and Rejane have four sons: Daniel, Paulo, David, and Ruben. They also have four grandchildren: Cody, Kiley, Caedon, and Conner. HOME CHURCH First Bible FWB Church, New Castle, IN   Updated December 2017

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the leadership of the churches in Brazil and for the Alliance of FWB churches.
  • Pray for the seminary (ETBL) as we continue training leaders for the local churches in Brazil.
  • Pray for Clóvis and Cristina Leandro of the Nova América FWB Church in Campinas who are serving as church planters in Boa Esperança, state of Alagoas, Brazil. They work in a town with no other evangelical Christian presence and minister to a very poor population. There are no other FWB churches in this part of the country.
  • Pray for the FWB hospital in Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, Africa, and for the Cuban physician, Dr. Katiuska. Her husband is a pastor and is working as a missionary there.
  • Pray for the up-coming presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, Africa, on October 31st. Pray for peace and that the results will be respected.
  • Pray for the church-planting project in Ghana being led by Ivorian missionary Jonas Gnarkité Kambou, under the supervision of the mission’s committee in Côte d’Ivoire. IM partner’s with our African brothers in this project.
  • Pray for pastor Yosvanys, his wife Anita, and their two children, from Cuba, as they revitalize a church in Montevideo, Uruguay. The church is already experiencing some growth and they are trying to reach out to the community and help to reduce the violence in the neighborhood.
  • Pray for the Seminary in Panama as they seek accreditation from the Panamanian government. It is a long process.
  • India is a country of 1.3 billion people. There are still 715 people groups (ethnic groups) that have not been engaged with the preaching of the gospel. Pray that the Lord would help us to increase our “footprint” in the country. We are already partnering with two networks of Indian churches that are working among unreached peoples.
  • As we partner with Bible Mission in Central Asia, pray that the efforts of the local workers in reaching the unreached will be fruitful. Pray also for the training of local pastors.
  • Pray for the seminary that we partner with in Russia as they train pastors for a growing number of churches. In an area that I visited, they have seen an increase from 8 to 50 churches in a little over 30 years.
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Brazil

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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY The Awtreys are pioneering a Free Will Baptist church planting movement in Bulgaria. They work with other members of the Bulgaria team to establish a healthy network of Free Will Baptist churches throughout Bulgaria. The IM Bulgarian team is the only church planting network in Northern Bulgaria. In the last ten years, we have planted four churches. The Awtreys do everything we can to meet people, build relationships and show people that the church is the salt and light they need. They are also actively involved in English classes, programs for children with disabilities, “at-risk” families, a retirement home, etc. CONVERSION Tim grew up in a Free Will Baptist home and church in California, where he dedicated his life to Christ at an early age. His early biblical training came through his father and grandfather, both of whom were Sunday school teachers. Much of his later growth came through his involvement with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an undergraduate student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lydia grew up in Bulgaria within the confines of Communism. Neither she nor her parents had the opportunity to hear the Good News under Communist oppression. It was in 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall that Lydia, at the age of 18, first had the opportunity to hear about Jesus and to read the Bible. The dramatic change brought about by the truth of the gospel in the lives of her friends led to her to attend a small, Christian church in Bulgaria and give her life to Christ. EARLY MINISTRY Lydia and Tim met in Bulgaria while both were involved in Christian college ministry through the Bulgarian Christian Student Union. Lydia led several small group Bible studies with believers and evangelistic Bible studies with non-believers in Svishtov. Tim traveled throughout the country helping pioneer new student groups in various towns. Their work highlighted the desperate need for healthy churches in Bulgaria. Tim and Lydia returned to the United States in 1998 to receive biblical training in church planting. Tim graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with an M. Div. and a Th.M. in Biblical Studies. Meanwhile, Lydia had a much more difficult challenge—raising their two children, Yanna and Alex. CHILDREN Lydia and Tim have two children: Yanna and Alex.   Last Update August 15, 2021

Prayer Requests

  • Thank God for a wonderful Bulgarian national retreat with Bro. Jeff Jones from Hilltop Church in North Carolina. We had our biggest group ever with 130 people and 4 baptisms.
  • Pray for the success of the Alpha Course Bible Study, a study of the Bible for non-believers, beginning on September 21, 2021.
  • We are still praying that God will raise up a Bulgarian pastor for the church in Svishtov. Please pray for God’s provision.
  • Continue to pray for our missions team as we all have extra responsibilities while Josh Provow is in the USA.
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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY Approved as career missionaries to Bulgaria in May 2020, Ken and Jayne Cash are seeking prayer and financial partners for their ministry. The couple anticipates joining Jonathan and Amy in Pleven as they establish a church in that city and reach into surrounding villages. They will help train Bulgarians in the work of the ministry, encourage the existing team, pastor when the missionaries are furlough, and share the Good News with the Bulgarian people. CONVERSION Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ken grew up in Columbia City, Indiana. Ken worked in Pastor Bill Smith’s store as a teen. Bill’s influence and testimony led Ken to recognize his need of Jesus as Savior. A novice Christian, Ken attended Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) where Jonathan Thigpen mentored and encouraged him. Ken graduated with a B.S. in Christian Education. Jayne, born in Marlinton, West Virginia, grew up outside Charleston and accepted Christ as Savior as a result of the church bus ministry of Loudendale FWB Church. At Vacation Bible School, Jayne accepted Christ when Pastor Burt Hall shared the gospel with the nine-year-old. Jayne followed the Lord’s leading to Bible college in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated with a B.A. in Bible and English. Ken and Jayne are both first-generation believers. They met at college and married in 1982. EARLY MINISTRY While in college and after, the couple served Woodbine FWB Church in Nashville. Ken worked with the youth and later as associate pastor. Jayne worked with Randall House Publications and then taught at Woodbine Christian Academy. In 1991, the couple moved to Kinston, North Carolina, where they served under Pastor Archie Ratliff at Bethel FWB Church. They credit Archie and his wife Portia with 15 years of modeling, shepherding, and mentoring them in ministry. During 14 years in Kinston, Ken served as youth and administrative pastor while Jayne served Bethel’s Christian school as bookkeeper and teacher. Over the next 20 years, Ken served as senior pastor in three North Carolina churches: First FWB, Washington; Belvoir FWB, Belvoir; and Trinity FWB, Greenville. Jayne taught and served at two Christian schools: Greenville Christian Academy (2006-2010) and Trinity Christian School (2010-2019). Over the years, the Cashes have participated in multiple mission trips, both together and separately. Between the two of them, they have ministered in Mexico, Kazakhstan, Ecuador (three times), Canada, and Bulgaria (six times). CHILDREN The Cashes have two adult daughters: Rachel and Rebekah. Rachel and her pastor husband Ed serve First FWB in Richmond, Virginia. Rebekah and her husband Jeremy minister at Great Bridge FWB Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Ken and Jayne have two grandsons, Hayden and Hudson. HOME CHURCH New Life FWB Church, New Bern, North Carolina Updated April 28, 2020

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for God’s perfect timing in the process of receiving our visas.
  • Pray for us as we begin the process of learning a brand new language!
  • Pray for us as we prepare to join the missionaries on the Bulgarian field and begin working alongside Jonathan and Amy Polstewaite.
  • Pray that we would remain obedient as God guides us and equips us to do His work among the Bulgarian people.
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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY Approved as a missionary intern to Varna, Bulgaria, in April 2019, Keren is seeking prayer and financial partners for her two-year internship. She plans to teach Spanish as a means of reaching people with the gospel. She will participate in other evangelistic efforts, as well. Keren will work with the Trif and Vanya Trifonov in Varna. CONVERSION Born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, Keren grew up in the home of a Free Will Baptist pastor. Surrounded by Christian teaching, she accepted Christ as Savior as a five-year-old. Her family moved to Panama City, Panama, as missionaries when she was seven. As Keren’s body grew, her faith grew matured and she was baptized in Panama as a young teen. Panama refused to renew the Delgado family’s visas. As a 17-year-old, she and her family moved to Russellville, Arkansas. After months of culture shock and difficulty, Keren found herself where she believes God wanted her—completely dependent on Him and focused on Jesus Christ as both redeemer and friend. EARLY MINISTRY Keren graduated on May 10, 2019, with a B.A. in intercultural studies from Welch College in Gallatin, Tennessee. While in college, she served as a life group leader and president of Global Missions Fellowship. During the summer of 2018, Keren served in Bulgaria through IM’s College Missions Program (CMP). She discovered an opportunity to teach Spanish as a second language. Falling in love with the Bulgarian people and recognizing the immense need for Christian witnesses, she applied to serve as a missionary. HOME CHURCH Connect Church, Russellville, Arkansas Last updated June 21, 2019

Prayer Requests

Praise be to God!
  • I am fully funded, He is faithful.
  • I am in waiting season where I have other opportunities to serve, He is faithful.
Pray for patience while I wait for the visa paperworks. Pray for the Bulgarian believer to grow strong in their faith, and pray for the rest of Bulgarians for them to have access to the gospel. Pray that God may help me as I am learning Bulgarian. Thank you for praying for the Bulgarian people and I. Thank you for bringing to God these requests with a heart surrendered to God’s will.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Keren Delgado [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => keren-delgado [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-15 11:52:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-15 16:52:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=72 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 73 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:30:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:30:49 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY The couple received approval to be missionary interns to Bulgaria and got married in 2019. They arrived in Shumen, Bulgaria shortly before the birth of their son, James. The Driscolls are currently serving at the New Life church in Shumen,world. CONVERSION Born to a missionary family in Japan, Brenton grew up with a mission’s vision and was active in his parents’ ministry, inviting school friends to church and seeing many of them hear the gospel for the first time. Growing up in Bulgaria, Debbie actively participated in her parents’ (the Trifonovs) church through youth ministry, teaching younger children, and ministering through music. EARLY MINISTRY While attending Welch College, the couple was involved in the FWB church plant in Gallatin, Tennessee—Immanuel FWB Church. Both participated in different ministries at Immanuel (such as music ministry, set up team, welcome team, etc.) during services each week. Although the Driscolls spend most of their time raising support on the road these days, they miss seeing their church family in Gallatin, but are thankful to call it “home.” HOME CHURCH Brenton—Satsunae Lighthouse Christ Church, Japan Debbie—New Life FWB Church, Varna, Bulgaria; Immanuel FWB Church, Gallatin, Tennessee Last updated March 31, 2020.

Prayer Requests

We would love it if you prayed for the following needs:
  • Please pray for our family as we lead the church in Shumen.
  • Pray for Brenton as he continues to learn Bulgarian.
  • Pray for the new ministry opportunities and outreach events we have planned for this fall, many of which are once again up in the air due to COVID restrictions.
  • Pray that God would guide us and equip us to do His work among the people in Bulgaria.
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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY Jonathan and Amy were appointed as career missionaries to Bulgaria in December 2010. They arrived in Svishtov in February 2013, joining Tim and Lydia Awtrey in planting the New Life FWB Church. CONVERSION Jonathan grew up with the Christian influence of immediate and extended family members serving in full-time ministry and missions. He accepted Christ’s gift of salvation at a youth camp in Missouri when he was seven years old. The Lord used a Go and Be missions trip to Côte d’Ivoire during Jonathan’s college years to give Him a burden to help take the gospel to those who have never heard. Amy was also raised in a Christian family and, after recognizing her need to be saved from her sins, asked Christ to be her Savior at the age of five. Through the youth ministries of the Donelson Fellowship, the Lord challenged her to grow in a deeper relationship with Him. An E-TEAM trip to Cuba and the story of missionary Jim Elliot helped confirm God’s call to missions in Amy’s life. EARLY MINISTRY After graduating from Welch College, Jonathan moved to Timmonsville, S. C., where he served as a youth pastor at Bethany FWB Church for five years. He then pastored First Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington for over three years. During his time in South Carolina, Jonathan was involved in the leadership of many statewide youth camps and retreats. It was also during this time that Jonathan married Amy and had the opportunity to attend seminary at Columbia International University. Amy’s college years at Columbia International University gave her many opportunities to both learn about and be involved in cross-cultural ministry. She taught Bible clubs in an urban setting and participated in an international student ministry where God gave her many powerful opportunities to share the gospel and disciple new believers in one-on-one relationships. She has participated in ministry with her husband, teaching classes, leading Bibles studies, working with youth and children, and participating in music ministry. CHILDREN They have three children: Anna Grace, Jonna, and Andrew. HOME CHURCH Jonathan—The Free Will Baptist Church in St. Croix, U.S.Virgin Islands Amy—Bethlehem FWB Church in Ashland City, Tenn.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that in our own personal lives we would be fervently devoted to growing in God’s word and to prayer for what He is doing here in Bulgaria.
  • Pray for our family to see steady progress in our language study.
  • Pray for several formal and informal English teaching opportunities we are pursuing as a means of outreach.
  • Pray that God would connect us to people in Pleven who are waiting to hear about him—including many members of society who are often neglected
  • As we “lay foundations” for a new church, pray that God would give us wisdom regarding which steps we would take, the timing in which things should take place, and which opportunities for outreach we should pursue.
  • Pray for growth in our relationships with people in our community and for opportunities to share love and truth in these relationships.
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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY Trif and Vanya were appointed to join the Bulgaria team in April 2014. The Bulgarian couple is planting a church in Varna, a city on the Black Sea. Their efforts focus on engaging the atheistic population through seminars, events that revolve around national holidays, and the innovative Bread House (bread-making classes featuring discussion about the Bread of Life). CONVERSION Raised in communist Bulgaria, Trif and Vanya lived as atheists. Trif encountered the gospel through other students while studying English literature at Veliko Turnovo University. His roommate was a Christian who introduced him to the Bible. Trif began attending a small Bible study and quickly accepted Christ as Savior. Vanya grew up heavily indoctrinated by communism and served in Komsomol, a communist youth organization. While in high school, Vanya was invited to attend a large evangelistic event and gave her life to Christ. After graduation, Vanya pursued a history major at Veliko Turnovo. EARLY MINISTRY The couple met at a church service while attending college and married in 1993. In 1995, Trif graduated with his B.A. in English literature and Vanya graduated with her B.A. in History. While at the university, Trif and Vanya became heavily involved in student ministry. Trif worked with Tim Awtrey and another expatriate missionary to begin the first student-led Bible study in the town. This led to a 20-year ministry with the Bulgarian Christian Student Union (BCSU). The couple worked to establish new student-led groups in colleges and universities around the country. They focused on the discipleship and development of student leaders. Meanwhile, they continued their education. Trif received a bachelor’s in theology (2009) and a master’s in American literature and culture (1996). Vanya obtained her master’s in history and geography (1996) as well as in library science (1996). They moved to Varna, using the city as a base from which they continued to work with BCSU. Trif served on the board of BCSU, eventually also serving as the general secretary, and worked as a youth leader in a local church. Vanya taught history and geography in a private high school, worked as a wedding and party planner, and joined her husband in youth ministry. Trif and Vanya sensed it was time to pass the baton of student ministry to younger workers and begin working as church planters. The Awtreys’ invited them to partner in planting Free Will Baptist churches. With board approval, they joined the effort to plant churches with strong discipleship training. CHILDREN Trif and Vanya have three children: Deborah (1997), Monica (1999), and Stefan (2002). Last update: April 15, 2015

Prayer Requests

Praise God for:
For us being able to have in-person and life-stream Sunday church services and Bible study group meetings during the lockdown.
The youth Alpha group and the non-Christians who came to it and heard the Gospel.
Keren Delgado arrived to Varna! She is studying Bulgarian language at university and is going to serve as an intern at New Life Church Varna.
So far we have been able to hand out more than 100 copies of the Gospel of Luke! 
Six people are currently going through the discipleship program and one person has started the two year internship training program.
The open door to share the gospel with the kids of the village of Nevsha (50 kms away from Varna) through the Christmas Child Operation (CCO)!
The money that was raised by our church for a student who’s mom is having cancer and her dad is unemployed. 
 
Please pray for:
 
Keren’s quick adaptation to life in Bulgaria, her language acquisition and for open doors for her to share the good news with the people she is going to meet with.
God to help us reach out with the gospel to the kids and their parents in the village of Nevsha through CCO. The mayor already expressed a desire to let us start a club for kids afterwards so please pray for a good feedback after the event planned for Dec 22nd.
Flattening the curve of the pandemic and normalization of life in Bulgaria.
Our people to overcome fear and have wisdom and boldness to share the gospel wherever opportunities arise in the Christmas season. 
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Bulgaria

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PRESENT MINISTRY Approved in December 2019, Adam and Carol Duncan are seeking prayer and financial partners for their two–year internship. The couple will work with IM’s partner Jungle Kids for Christ in Ecuador. Adam, a trained counselor, will provide services for children from challenging backgrounds. Carol, a registered nurse, will supply year-round medical needs. CONVERSION Born in Jefferson City, Missouri, Adam grew up with Christian influences but a troubled home life. His grandfather, a deacon in a Southern Baptist church, provided a consistent witness, as well as encouraging church attendance and participation. As a result, nine-year-old Adam accepted Christ as Savior. As an adolescent and teen, he immersed himself in ministry activities as he sought to earn God’s favor. When 17, he began attending Sunday evening services and youth group at another Baptist church—the one Carol attended. Over the course of the next year, through the preaching of two pastors, leading a Bible study at school, working with the youth group, etc. God clarified the role of grace in Adam’s mind. Carol is also a native Missourian, born in Jefferson City, as well. A farm girl, her family was heavily invested in their Southern Baptist church. Saved as an eight-year-old during a revival service, she was baptized a few months later. Carol grew up involved in church activities, hearing and loving missionary stories, and participating in youth group activities. She was a junior in high school when she and Adam began dating. The high school sweethearts weathered a few storms as they sought God’s guidance for their relationship. They married in July 2000, after Adam had completed one year of college. EARLY MINISTRY Adam graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, in 2002 with a B.S. in psychology. Carol worked at a center for people with mental disabilities while taking night classes. During that two-year period, they also served as youth leaders at their church. Growing up with a special needs brother, experiencing the death of close relatives and friends, and God’s providence led Carol to seek to enter a nursing program. The couple ended up packing up their home and moving to Columbia, Missouri. Carol pursued a nursing degree. The young couple worked multiple jobs, church-hopped—trying to find a fit—when they had Sundays off, and pursued training over the next four years. During this time, they found Rejoice Free Will Baptist Church, a mission church begun by former IM missionary to Spain Steve Reeves. While Adam’s police academy training and employment did not allow regular attendance, Carol found a church home. She began teaching the primary Sunday School class. Eventually, Adam drew a shift that allowed regular church attendance and the Christian community he needed. Working with youth—first as a chaperone, then as full-fledged youth pastor—Adam felt additional training was needed and began courses at Moody Bible Institute. He was ordained as a minister in 2007. Meanwhile, he began teaching at the Law Enforcement Training Institute, initially as an adjunct then full-time and, eventually, becoming assistant director. In 2016, he received his master’s in counseling. Carol completed her B.S.N. degree in 2006. Caleb was born around the same time. Seeing Caleb on ultrasound, led Carol to volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center while working at a local hospital. Their daughter Moriah was born about a year and a half later. When the kids were preschoolers Carol stayed at home for a short while. Once they were in school, she began substituting for the school nurse, then went on to work in labor and delivery at a local hospital. Throughout all the changes, the couple worked at Rejoice: in youth ministry; driving vans; leading worship; teaching; landscaping; working on the creative arts team, church website, and media team; counseling; and more. In 2018, they joined a THP team to Ecuador and immediately planned to join the team for 2019. During the 2019 trip, Carol led the medical team and they felt God stir their hearts toward permanent ministry in Ecuador and applied for missionary service. CHILDREN The Duncans have two children: Caleb and Moriah. HOME CHURCH Rejoice FWB Church, Columbia, Missouri Updated January 14, 2020

Prayer Requests

  • PRAY for the people of the Napo Province.  Prior to the Pandemic, there was rampant poverty, little access to education, high incidents of sexual abuse, frequent parasitic illnesses due to lack of access to clean water,  and the highest rate of alcoholism in Ecuador is among the Napu Runas people. The Pandemic has only increased these disparities.
  • PRAY for our partner organization, Jungle Kids for Christ, as they continue distance learning and minister to the people with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.
  • PRAY for more prayer and financial partners.
  • PRAY as Carol continues in family nurse practitioner school, the next term begins April 6. This is her final term prior to Clinicals. She will graduate in December.
  • PRAY for Caleb (14) and Moriah (13) that they may continue to grow in their knowledge of Christ and the burden to reach souls for Him. PRAISE the kids are on track to complete their first year of homeschool next month.
  • PRAY as for us as we continue to learn Spanish while stateside to shorten the time in language school. Doing so allows us to get to the field sooner.
  • PRAY for our many transitions, as we move to the St. Louis area this spring.
  • PRAY for God’s perfect timing on our departure to Eastern Ecuador.
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Ecuador

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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY Jeff and Susana serve as educational specialists, seconded (or officially loaned) to International Training Alliance, a partner organization. IM joins seventeen other evangelical mission organizations in this alliance to offer practical leadership training for missionaries and national workers. As a result, this joint effort has trained more than 3,000 leaders in 40 nations. The training is now offered in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and has been requested in Cantonese Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Arabic. Asked to serve as CEO of the International Training Alliance (ITA), Jeff and Susana took on the challenging role on November 5, 2015. Since 2005, they performed as senior trainers for ITA while working full-time for the Mission. CONVERSION Jeff followed Christ at the age of nine in the local church his father pastored. He sensed God leading him into missions while studying at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee. Susana also accepted Christ as Savior as a nine-year-old under her father’s ministry. About a year later she surrendered her life to God for His service. EARLY MINISTRY The son of Reverend Elmer and Gladys Turnbough (deceased), Jeff was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Welch College with a B.S. in music and Christian education (1977) and a B.A. in biblical studies and missions (1979). Jeff holds a Diploma of Estudios Hispánicos (Hispanic studies) from the University of Madrid and an M.A. in theology and missions from Grace Theological Seminary. He graduated from Biola University in 2004 with his doctorate in missiology. His dissertation focused on a qualitative study of the conversion process for evangelical Spaniards in Madrid. Susana, the daughter of Reverend Milton and Martha Crowson (both deceased), was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where her father pastored at the time. She graduated from Welch College (1977) with a B.A. in biblical studies, Christian education, and missions. She pursued teacher education at Troy State College. Once in Spain, she completed the year program of studies at the University of Madrid. Jeff and Susana married in May 1975. The Turnboughs were appointed to missionary service in April 1981. They went to Spain in June 1982, as church-planters. After completing two years of formal language study, they were used by the Lord to plant the first Protestant church in the growing city of Villalba, just outside Madrid. They served as field leaders for the Spain team, then regional directors for all workers in Europe. Jeff also served seven years as director of field operations, a role that moved the couple from Spain to the States. Susana helped begin an evangelistic outreach to women called “Café y algo más” (Coffee and Something More). Many women came to Christ as a result of this ministry. Susana also worked with youth in Villalba for many years. Jeff developed a discipleship manual and materials related to field and team strategy. They are currently living in and working from Madrid, Spain. CHILDREN The Turnboughs have two adult children: Matthew and Melissa, as well as six grandchildren. Matthew married Brooke (Atwood) in May 2002. The couple has worked with The Hanna Project since 2005, leading a social outreach ministry in Spain. They have three children: Andrew, Caroline, and Daniel. Melissa married Dr. Mason Mandy in 2006. Melissa is an RN and Mason is a surgeon. They live in New York City with their three children, Liam, Sofia and Josué. HOME CHURCH The Donelson Fellowship, Nashville, Tennessee Updated September 1, 2021

Prayer Requests

  1. Please pray for NEW INITIATIVES in 2021:
    1. New LMC Online (virtual modular courses)
    2. Possible residential training events in 2022.
    3. Wisdom for new initiatives in SpanishFrench and Mandarin Chinese.
  2. Funding for ITA – see the 2021 budget here.
  3. Funding for Jeff & Susana – support here.
  4. Pray for ITA (see updated requests on our ITA website).
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Educational Specialists

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PRESENT MINISTRY Appointed to the France team in April 2019, Jonathan and Michelle are working to expand the ministry of the St. Sébastien church located in the greater Nantes area of Brittany. In collaboration with the church council, Jonathan and Michelle plan to develop the church’s evangelistic outreach as well as programs for discipleship and leadership development. English and Spanish classes and organizing discussion groups for non-believers with questions about Christ are some of the methods they plan to use. The church has six young families—about 30% of the congregation—opening a natural door for ministry to families with small children. CONVERSION After her parents separated, Michelle began attending church with her mother in her native Ecuador. She received Christ as her Savior when she was nine years old. Jonathan grew up in a Christian home. His family was active in the Free Will Baptist church in St Nazaire, where Jerry and Barbara Gibbs served. Although he accepted the Lord as Savior as a child and attended church regularly, it was only after he finished culinary school that he made a deep commitment to the Lord. EARLY MINISTRY When she was 14, Michelle and her family moved to Spain, where they became involved in the FWB church in Villalba. She served on the praise team for several years (drums, keyboard, and vocals). After his rededication to the Lord, Jonathan served with Operation Mobilization (OM), first in France with the Nantes team, then for nearly two years on the ship Doulos. They visited ports in Asia to witness for Christ, encourage and disciple Christians, and distribute Christian literature. The couple met in 2006 when Jonathan visited the Villalba church on a mission trip with a group from Nantes. After Michelle finished her Masters in English, they married in 2012. Active in the music and teaching ministries in the Villalba church, they moved to Nantes, France, in December 2014 looking for better economic conditions. In spite of Jonathan’s restaurant job, which only gave him one Sunday off per month, the young couple immediately dived into ministry in the St Sébastien church. They participated in the music ministry, taught Sunday school, and joined the young families small group. In 2017, they and three other couples became part of the newly-formed church council, under the mentorship of Robert and Judy Bryan. Jonathan began preaching regularly and soon emerged as the recognized pastoral leader of the church. Jonathan and Michelle began to sense a strong desire to minister more fully in the church, something the time constraints of Jonathan’s job did not permit. They completed the necessary studies and were commissioned at the National Association meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2019, as the first partner missionaries in France. CHILDREN Jonathan and Michelle have two daughters: Zoé (2013) and Aïnhoa (2017). Updated September 27, 2019[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Jonathan and Michelle Chereau [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => jonathan-and-michelle-chereau [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-15 13:43:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-15 18:43:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=70 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 91 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:48:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:48:53 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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PRESENT MINISTRY Matt and Cristina Price began their forth term of service in France in 2019.  After 13 years in the Nantes Free Will Baptist Church, the Prices moved to Saint Nazaire to aid the Free Will Baptist Church there.  Matt works with the youth and children's ministries while Cristina works with the music ministry of the church. CONVERSION Matt’s father led him to the Lord at the age of seven. Matt was baptized and later answered the call to full-time ministry at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Holly, North Carolina. While a student at Welch College, he realized God was leading him to minister to young people overseas. Cristina accepted the Lord at the age of six and was baptized by her father at her home church in Omaha, Nebraska. While pursuing a music degree at Welch College, Cristina answered the call to foreign missions during her freshman year. EARLY MINISTRY During summer breaks from college, Matt worked in several churches: Goshen FWB Church in Mt. Holly, North Carolina; First FWB Church in Dardenelle, Arkansas; and Bethel FWB Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He served as children’s church pastor at West End FWB Church in Springfield, Tennessee, for five years. He was also a member of the 1997 Go & Be team to Côte d’Ivoire. Matt and Cristina served with Steve and Becky Riggs in Nantes as short-term missionary apprentices for nine months (1999-2000). They completed three years working with the youth at Liberty Bible FWB Church in Gainesville, Georgia, in 2003. The Prices were appointed as career missionaries in the December 2002 session of the Board of Foreign Missions. They left for Albertville, France, in May 2005. After a year of language and cultural acquisition, they relocated to Nantes, where they continued their studies and participated in ministry in the Nantes FWB Church. CHILDREN Matt and Cristina have twin daughters—Madeleine and Emilie—born September 2009. HOME CHURCH Matt – Goshen FWB Church, Mt. Holly, North Carolina Cristina – Maranatha FWB Church, Omaha, Nebraska Updated August 4, 2021

Prayer Requests

Updated 8/4/21
  1.  Despite Covid, God has really been moving in the St. Nazaire Church.  Since September 2020, we have seen over 100 first time visitors attend our church.  Pray that the church can make each visitor feel welcomed so that they can find their place in the church.
  2. We have a number of unbelievers that attend the church each Sunday.  Pray that these attenders will soon make decisions for the Lord.
  3. We have a number of families in the church where the husband is the believer and the wife is the unbeliever.  Pray for these men to show Christ-like love to their wives and that these ladies would come to know the Lord.
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PRESENT MINISTRY David and Mimi completed their internships in November and received career missionary status from the IM board in their December 2019 meeting. They work with the JPense team—Dennis, Carol, Joel, and Lydie Teague—in their outreach ministry. JPense (I think) brings people together in a neutral environment and addresses their pressing questions about life (apologetics) with the goal of introducing them to Christ. Myriam (Mimi) was appointed as a short-term intern in April 2015. David received a two-year internship appointment in April 2016. David and Mimi began dating while she was completing education at Randall University in Oklahoma and raising her support to return to France. They married on July 8, 2017. David and Mimi make new contacts, invite them to JPense events, and organize JPense discussion groups with them. They also assist with a new church plant originating from the JPense events. CONVERSION Born into a Christian family with godly parents, David grew up knowing it was important to serve the Lord and participate in building His Kingdom. Although he accepted Christ as a seven-year-old, he became “comfortable” in his religious stance and gradually moved God to second-place. A gifted athlete, sports and friendships became more important than his relationship with Christ. One night, driving home from a Bible study, the 17-year-old hit a patch of gravel and wrecked, flipping the car three times. He emerged unscathed and knew God had issued a wake-up call. Myriam is extremely close to her older sister, Lydie. When Lydie became a Christian at the age of 18, Myriam began following her to youth group and church. Lydie challenged Mimi to think about why she was on earth and to study the Bible. At the age of 14, Mimi gave her heart to Christ. She determined right from the start that being a Christian meant complete devotion to God. The examples of missionaries, their honest love for the French people, and evident sense of urgency for reaching the lost moved Mimi to mimic their example. EARLY MINISTRY Following his accident, David participated in E-TEAM (a summer missions experience for high school students) traveling to St. Croix, Cuba, and Brazil. He credits the trip to Cuba with giving him “a heart for the lost and impoverished.” After the trip to Brazil, David committed to a life of missions. David attended Lindsey Wilson College on a basketball scholarship. He transferred to Welch College during his sophomore year and graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in business administration and a minor in intercultural studies. During his time in college, David served in various ministry roles (primarily youth pastor, associate pastor, and intern) within his home church in Owensboro, Kentucky; 180 Fellowship in Clarksville, Tennessee; Clearview Church in Clearview, Texas; and The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee. He volunteered at the Nashville Rescue Mission, experiencing both the joy of seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Christ and the heartbreak of praying for people who rejected salvation. He also joined a THP (The Hanna Project) trip to Côte d’Ivoire, assisting in the building of a school and soccer camps for local youth, during spring break of his senior year. Myriam attended Randall University (Moore, Oklahoma) for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to her studies, she toured as a member of the college’s New Life Singers. Prior to her time at Randall, Mimi lived in her home country of France and studied at the Université of Nantes. At age 15, she began helping the Teagues with JCrois (I believe) youth events. Mimi invited her school friends to youth events and shared the gospel with them. After graduating high school, she spent six months working with Operation Mobilization in South Africa. Mimi matured spiritually during her six-month missions experience. When she returned to France, Lydie Teague (her sister) asked her to help with the St. Sébastien youth group. Mimi thrived in this role. She also used her social skills to meet and invite people to participate in JPense events and small groups. Mimi is passionate about seeing scores of French youth come to know Jesus as Savior. HOME CHURCH First Free Will Baptist, Owensboro, Kentucky St. Nazaire Free Will Baptist Church, St. Nazaire, France Updated December 16, 2019

Prayer Requests

1) Please Pray that God will soften the heart of French people.
2) Please Pray that God help our church grow and be a light in France.
3) Please Pay for our growing family and our coming Child. Pray that our child will grow to love and serve the Lord.
4) Please pray that we will be safe during all our travel across the country, and that we can go back to France as soon as possible. If you when more News about this ministry and recent pray request sign up for our Newsletter here : https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1913796/1911707.163132315/?fbclid=IwAR3_6jk_CtKvxKiK1AzAGrKlAoyo6BTHIJ04n5Nj7MW3haCYqeRwIZG-WZ4 And Follow our Ministry page on Facebook for Weekly updates : click here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/817317438360873/
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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY After serving a number of years helping to develop the church in Nantes, Steve and Becky sensed the Lord leading them through a young French couple to begin a new work in Châteaubriant. The Riggs are presently working to establish a church with a viable witness in this area of 60,000 people. CONVERSION At five years of age, Steve trusted the Lord as Savior and has always been satisfied with the decision. His Christian parents, a strong local church and a caring youth director challenged him to totally commit his life to Christ. He answered the call to preach while a freshman in college, and he became burdened for foreign missions as time went on. Becky was also saved as a child. An interest in missions has always been with her but it intensified while her husband, Steve, was a junior at Welch College. EARLY MINISTRY While attending Welch College, Steve served as assistant pastor and then as interim pastor at Good Springs FWB Church in Pleasant View, Tenn. He and Becky served as short-term missionaries in Rennes, France, for eight months in 1980-81. Prior to entering Missionary Internship, they  enrolled at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, to study missions. Becky took the basic courses and Steve did graduate work. In 1982-83 at Central FWB Church, Royal Oak, Michigan, they were involved in evangelism, visitation and establishing new converts. Upon arriving in France in 1984, Steve and Becky worked with a church-planting team in Lorient. Then they served in Nantes, the sixth largest city in France, with an area population of 700,000 until 2008. Steve served as pastor of the Nantes Free Will Baptist Church. Becky was occupied mainly in caring for their four children but was also involved in Sunday school and hospitality outreach. CHILDREN Steve and Becky Riggs have four fantastic children. Their eldest son Daniel (1982) and his wife Gwennaelle teach school in France. Brian (1985) works as a language interpreter. Laura (1992) works in a hospital lab and Johanna (1993) is an RN. HOME CHURCH Central FWB Church, Royal Oak, Michigan

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the new building project.  We praise the Lord for the funds that were given for the purchase of a site in an excellent location in town.   Much of the work will be done by members of the church, so pray for stamina to see it through.
  • Pray for relationships we have made with many friends and neighbors, for God to open hearts to the message of salvation in Christ.
  • Pray for Becky as she teaches English and builds relations with her students.
  • Pray for the Lord to call out leaders for the future of the church in Chateaubriant.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Joel and Lydie Teague were appointed as career missionaries to France in April 2016 after completing a two-year internship. Joel, missonaries Dennis and Carol Teague’s son, grew up in France. He married Lydie, a French national, in 2008. Their ministry focus is reaching non-Christians in France through ministries JPense and discussion groups. CONVERSION Joel was about eight years old when his mother explained to his older brother that he could accept Jesus in his heart, be forgiven for his sins, and go to heaven if he repented and put his faith in Jesus. He did just that. A little bit later Joel told his parents he also wanted to become a Christian and accepted Christ as his Savior. Lydie was converted at the age of 17 through the ministry of Jerry and Barbara Gibbs in Saint Nazaire’s Free Will Baptist church in France. EARLY MINISTRY Joel and Lydie have been involved in youth ministry in France since 2003. Joel and Lydie studied and worked full-time jobs while serving in these various ministries. Through the years, as they were moved by God and experienced hearts deeply broken for the lost souls in France, they realized God was calling them to work full-time for Him and completed the studies required for the Mission. Lydie was part of the team that organized a youth event (Jegnal) in Nantes and gradually began to help with the organization of Jcrois, an annual youth conference that also takes place in Nantes. Joel has been involved in the preparation and organization of Jcrois since the beginning. He is also the MC and drummer during the event. Jcrois’s goal is to equip Christian young people to share their faith with their friends. During each event, a church service designed for seekers is held. An invitation at the end of the service always results in people receiving Jesus. God has blessed Jcrois in an incredible way. In 2011, 10 people responded to the invitation to receive Jesus as their Savior. Joel and Lydie also lead the youth group in St. Sébastien’s Free Will Baptist church since 2007. Joel and Lydie have tried to guide young Christians put Jesus first place in their lives and to serve Him. Young non-Christians also attend the youth group and hear the gospel. Some have welcomed Christ into their hearts. Joel became one of the church leaders in 2009, plays drums, and is in charge of the communication of the church. He created and maintains the church website and makes graphic designs for posters, banners, and flyers, as well as creating videos, etc. Jpense began as small discussion groups about questions such as “If God exists, why is there suffering on earth?” or about passages in the Bible. These groups are for people who are searching for answers to questions about spiritual subjects. In 2008, Lydie started discussion groups with young non-believers. Discussion groups on tough questions readily appealed to the French people,  who do not naturally come to the church (at least not in the beginning) but enjoy discussing hard topics. Young women came to know Christ through this ministry. In September 2011, with Dennis and Carol, Joel and Lydie began training 22 of the Saint Sebastien church people so they can start their own discussion groups with their friends. Joel and Lydie have also discipled new believers. They realized many new believers turned away from God or engaged in a worldly lifestyle because they were not discipled. The coupe believes discipleship is extremely important and have spent more and more time training new believers. CHILDREN They have two daughters, Eva, born February 20, and Alyssia, born May 30, and a son, Derek, born January 22.  

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for our discussion groups as we talk about God with young adults. That they may see the truth and understand the Gospel.
  • Pray for the JPense evangelism events and discussion groups, that they will bring much fruit.
  • Please pray for our impact project. We are in need of donations to support our new ministry. We need to get equipped to be able to have services and outreach events more often. Pray that we will meet our financial need so we will have the resources to carry out our ministry among the young adults. You can give online here : https://fwbgo.com/give/ under Impact JPense and you can send in checks to the FWBIM (memo: Impact JPense).
  • Pray for the new converts through our ministry that they will stand strong and be witnesses to their friends and families
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Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY Dennis and Carol work with the JPense team and converts through the ministry with the goal of planting a new church in the Nantes area. They are also involved in making and following up on contacts in the area. Dennis continues to coach basketball as a way to get to know people, serve the community, and have a positive influence on the lives of the young men he coaches. Additionally, at the request of the St. Nazaire congregation, Dennis recently began serving as their pastor. CONVERSION Saved at age 15, Dennis struggled in his Christian experience until he recommitted his life to the Lord when he was 19 years of age. He felt the Lord speaking to his heart about missionary service during a Sunday night service in his home church. His call to missions service was solidified during a campus revival while he was a student at Welch College. Carol accepted Christ as Savior at age 10 after attending a FWB church since infancy. While not sensing a definite call for herself to missionary service, she submitted herself to the Lord to go with her husband wherever He would send them. EARLY MINISTRY Dennis graduated from Welch College in 1971. He spent nine months in France as a student and two summers as a student missionary. He worked with Joe Haas at the Rennes FWB Church. Teague also spent one year as youth pastor at Ardmore FWB Church, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Carol was active in music and children’s ministry during her high school days. Later, she taught CTS classes in Oklahoma and a junior high class in California. The Teagues were first appointed as missionaries to France in August of 1974. They spent one three-year term in Rennes, France, working along with the Joe Haases and the Rennes church. In 1978 they resigned to further their education and Dennis assumed the responsibilities of youth pastor at Sherwood Forest FWB Church in El Sobrante, Calif. Dennis continued his missions education at the School of World Missions in Southern California. He and Carol were reappointed in November of 1983. The Teagues led the church in Saint-Sébastien (in the metropolitan area of Nantes, France) toward self-support and national leadership. Cathy Crawford and Patsy VanHook worked with the Teagues as part of the Saint-Sébastien team for many years, contributing to the overall strategy to reach the vast throngs of unreached people in the area. Hundreds of residents were exposed to the gospel message for the first time through outreach events. During their last term, they served alongside the St Sébastien church in helping roles and encouragement as Robert Bryan transitioned out of the pastorate of the church. They continue to work with this congregation in the absence of a pastor. CHILDREN Dennis and Carol have three adult sons: Jered, born October 15; Joel, born January 22; and Justin, born July 23. HOME CHURCH Dennis—Maranatha FWB Church, Ardmore, Oklahoma Carol—New Hope FWB Church, Ina, Illinois Current membership—Sherwood Forest FWB Church, El Sobrante, California   Updated June 21, 2019

Prayer Requests

updated June 21, 2019
  • Pray for the spiritual growth and maturity of the members of the St. Sebastien Church. Ask God to give Jonathan and Michelle Chereau, one of the four couples who form the leadership team, wisdom as they assume more responsibilities.
  • Pray God will give wisdom and direction to us as we continue to work with the JPense team outreaches and new church plant.
  • Pray for Dennis as he pastors the St. Nazaire Church. Ask God to help the church to grow. Pray we will demonstrate God’s wisdom as we serve in this congregation.
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France

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PRESENT MINISTRY The Penn Family has been serving with IM for the last five years. They hold a unique ministry to international students at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Almost one-fourth of the 44,000 students are from outside the U.S. Many of the countries represented by these students have no widespread gospel witness. Most students are in the States only a year or two before returning to their home countries to become business, industry, and government leaders. The Penns have been able to connect with a registered student organization called the English Corner. Tyler serves alongside this organization as volunteer staff, running their conversation groups to over 100 different students, and planning and creating opportunities to share American culture with these students. This connection allows the Penn’s to invite these students into all different aspects of their lives from, holidays, to summer activities, to game nights. The whole family is such an active part of building relationships with these students. The kids make such a connection with them, as a matter of fact, we had a past student of 5 years ago wanting to ZOOM with Madden because they had been missing him. It is these relationships that open doors of conversations of faith and invitations of faith. The ministry is ever-changing because the students are always coming and going. Tyler is especially thankful for the once a week set aside times that he gets to teach the scriptures to these students. It does all of the hearts good to be able to teach people about Jesus who really knows very little. CONVERSION Tyler came to Christ as a six-year-old. He began asking his dad questions following a Sunday evening church service. After his dad clearly presented the plan of salvation, Tyler knelt beside the couch and invited Jesus to be his Savior. As a teen, he took greater ownership of his faith, answering the call to pastoral ministry at age 16. Kellie also grew up as an active church member in a Christian home. Eight-year-old Kellie walked from her parsonage home to her father’s church office to talk to him about salvation. She accepted Jesus as her Savior then. Her faith was tested in junior high as she walked with her mother through a two-year battle with breast cancer. Kellie’s mom won the ultimate victory during Kellie’s freshman year of high school. This and other life traumas have solidified her hope in Christ and the assurance of His love and care for her. EARLY MINISTRY Tyler attended Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee, and thrived in the Christ-focused environment. He met Kellie on campus and they were married following his junior year of college. Tyler graduated in May 2001 with a B.A. in pastoral ministry. He began pastoring the First Free Will Baptist Church in Decatur, Illinois, soon after. Tyler and Kellie remained at First Decatur for ten years. In 2010, Tyler and Kellie sensed God directing them to a new ministry. After much prayer, they felt He was leading them to reach international students at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The couple entered into a joint project with the Illinois Mission Board and North American Missions in 2011 with the goal of beginning a community church that ministered to international students. The Penns are the first couple appointed by IM to serve in partnership with Home Missions for the purpose of cross-cultural ministry projects in North America. CHILDREN The Penns have three children: sons, Mason (January 19) and Madden (May 17), and daughter Millie (May 17). HOME CHURCH    

Prayer Requests

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International Students - USA

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PRESENT MINISTRY In July 2005, the Baileys began focusing their energies on a preaching point in the city of Kawagoe (close to the Kamifukuoka train station), a work they initiated in the Shiki area. In addition to leading weekly home Bible studies and Sunday worship services, they provide marriage counseling, lead discipleship classes, and teach English and Bible to children and adults. Ken and Judy continue to strengthen and grow the Kamifukuoka church plant. The couple worked for three years with the Tokyo Team to establish a new church plant—Good News Chapel—in the Sayamagaoka neighborhood. They continue to be involved in the Iriso FWB Church where Ken served as pastor for eleven years. They have begun three preaching points they hope to see develop into new church plants: Higashi Yamato, Shiki, and Saitama. CONVERSION Ken, the son of William and Marie Bailey (both deceased), was saved in Viburnum, Missouri, at the age of 19. He accepted Christ on the way to the hospital following a motorcycle accident. Judy, the daughter of Elmer and Gladys (deceased) Turnbough, was saved under her father’s ministry while just a child. She rededicated her life to Christ at the age of 21. The Baileys committed their lives to the Lord and answered the call to the mission field during a missions retreat in 1977. EARLY MINISTRY While attending Welch College, the Baileys worked as directors of the children’s church at Richland FWB Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Judy also served as church pianist. Following graduation and prior to service in Japan, the Baileys moved from Nashville to Arlington, Georgia., where Ken pastored the Arlington FWB Church. Ken holds a B.A. from Welch College, an M.A. in intercultural studies and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University. During her youth, Judy was active in church music ministries and teaching church classes under the ministry leadership of her parents. Judy attended Pensacola Christian College, Welch College, Ft. Wayne Bible College, and Liberty University. Ken and Judy were appointed in August of 1982, the first couple to be appointed to Japan in nine years. They arrived in Tokyo in November 1983 and began two years of formal language study. Under the leadership of Fred and Evelyn Hersey, they assisted at the Adachi and Iriso Free Will Baptist churches in Tokyo. After furlough in 1987-88, the Baileys returned to Japan to work with the Iriso church. They remained for an extended term due to the lack of national leadership and missionary personnel. The Baileys served as missionaries-in-residence at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore, Oklahoma, in 2010-2011, returning to their ministries in the Tokyo area in August 2011. They returned to that ministry during their 2015-16 stateside assignment. CHILDREN The Baileys have two children: Tracey and Benjamin. Both were born in Nashville, Tennessee. Tracey and her husband Dr. Jeremy Delamarter, a university professor, live with their three children in Renton, Washington. Benjamin graduated from Wheaton College in 2002 and returned to Tokyo to serve two and a half years as a short-term missionary. After receiving his Master’s degree in TOESL, he returned to Japan in 2010. Both he and his wife Ayumi are professors at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. HOME CHURCH Fellowship FWB, Park Hills, Missouri
Last updated January 7, 2020

Prayer Requests

**December 2020: Please pray for the special Christmas and New Year Outreach programs that are taking place this month and the first week of January in our Japan churches. Pray that Christians will invite unsaved family and friends, and that many will hear the message of hope and accept Christ into their lives! **October 2020: We have recently arrived back in the States after serving a four-year term in the Tokyo area and we’re excited to begin visiting churches and individuals. Please pray that we will be able to share our burden for the lost Japanese people with others; pray for added prayer and financial partners for our ministries. Also please pray for Rusty and Brenda Carney and their three children as they continue the ministries at Kamifukuoka Christ Church. Pray that God will be glorified and those seeking spiritual peace will turn to Him! *September 9, 2020: PRAISE! We were able to witness two baptisms this month at the Iriso Christ Church, the original FWB Church in the Tokyo area! We’re grateful for Pastor Kojima, along with his wife Miho, and their leadership and vision for Iriso Church. God is working in the hearts of the Japanese and leading them to Him! We have completed all our necessary legal documentation to leave the country, including some new requirements that just took effect on September 1st. The current world situation has changed the way we travel, with many challenges in leaving and reentering Japan, and we are blessed to be heading for the airport on the 16th with all the necessary paperwork in hand! We arrive in Seattle and will quarantine for two weeks before driving to MO. Please pray for safe travels and opportunities to share our ministry in the States. We appreciate your continued prayer support! *August 11, 2020: Please pray for our preparations as we leave Japan on September 16th to return to the States for our Home Assignment. Pray that the witnessing we’ve done in the last four years will see many turn to Christ! We leave Japan this time with several senior citizens and friends of many years on our hearts and minds, not yet accepting Christ. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in their hearts! Pray that our Home Assignment will be fruitful and our meetings will see others answer His calling to the mission field! Pray for Rusty and Brenda Carney, who are assuming our responsibilities at the Kamifukuoka Christ Church and also Judy’s Iriso Church English and Bible Class. Pray that this transition will go smoothly and that their family will be greatly used of God in their new ministries. *December 2019: Our Christmas Outreach ministries went well this year, with unsaved attending each event! Judy’s Iriso Church English and Bible Class Brunch, our KCC Mommy and Me Christmas parties and our Family Christmas are over, and now we’re preparing for our January 1st New Year’s Day Worship, a common practice for Japanese Christians. Please pray that the gospel that was shared with “seekers” in each of these December meetings will see many accepting Christ! *August 2019: Recently two of our contacts, Mr. “A” and Mrs. “E” have shown a deepening interest in the meaning of accepting and following Christ, and we’ve been very encouraged that the Holy Spirit is clearly working in their hearts. At Bible Study in our home this morning, we actually stayed an hour later than usual as we answered Mr. “A”‘s questions about eternity; we felt that even TODAY he was ready to accept Christ, but he didn’t take that final step of faith…YET! Please keep praying for this dear man in his late seventies to accept the greatest gift! We’ve also continued to have many meetings with Mrs. “E” – for the second time this week, we met her and her two sons at the bakery in front of our apartment building. Today we sat with them as we all ate our lunch and invited them to our Sunday services. She has attended many times in the past, and she and her husband are receptive to the Gospel. Pray for this young family – it would be WONDERFUL to see them raising their small sons in a Christian home! *July 2019: We recently had an older woman, Mrs. Hamaguchi, drop into our church after a disagreement with her son’s family. She left their home and walked around the neighborhood for several hours before seeing the light on at KCC. Ken and I were there a few hours before church began so she came in and talked about her problems with us and agreed to stay for our Sunday morning worship. When she left after church, she accepted a Gospel of John booklet that we give to each visitor, and cried as she told us, “I didn’t know where to go or who to talk to, but then suddenly I looked up and saw the light on in your church and felt led to enter!” We prayed with her and told her that she’s very welcome to return to KCC anytime of the week. She indicated that she wants to know more. Please pray for God’s leading in her life! Please continue to pray for the salvation of the families connected with our two weekly Mommy and Me classes, about twenty-two families currently. Also please continue to keep Mr. “A” and Mr. “N” #2 before the Lord, along with Judy’s Iriso Church English/Bible class members. These women have attended the class for more than thirty years and are all in their seventies now. They’ve studied the Bible many times and still have not felt the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Please pray for them to accept the TRUE GOD! *April 2019: We were blessed to have twenty two Mommy and Me Class families attend our KCC Easter Outreach parties last week! Join with us in praying for their salvation. Our five Kids’ Club students, three junior high and two high school kids, continue to attend Sunday afternoon English and Bible time. All have been members since 2009 and it’s a joy to work with them each week! Pray for the three young brothers’ salvation and for their parents. Pray for each of these kids as they face enormous pressures in their daily lives. Please continue to pray for the 5 unsaved senior citizens we share Bible studies with: Mr. “A” at KCC and Judy’s four Iriso Church Women’s English and Bible Class members. Pray for our April 21st Easter Worship. Pray for more opportunities to share the Gospel! *January 2019: Several blessings and prayer needs for our ministries at Kamifukuoka Christ Church and Iriso Christ Church. We praise God that we were able to move back into our church neighborhood a few months ago when our previous rent contract expired. We have rekindled several relationships with people we knew previously and have been blessed to see some of them attend services at KCC. However, due to the moving expenses, our mission account balance has been dropping and we are now very close to a deficit level. Please pray that this need will be met for us to remain here to follow God’s leading. We were very blessed to have around thirty nonbelievers attend our three Christmas Outreach meetings: two Mommy and Me Class parties and our annual KCC Family Christmas. Pray that through the messages shared, along with Christian books and tracts that were given, the Holy Spirit will speak to hearts and we may see MANY come to know HIM in 2019!” We have requested prayer for salvation for several years regarding Mr. “N” #1, Mr. “N” #2 and Mr. “A”.  Mr. “N” #1 is now rejoicing in Heaven after accepting Christ last Fall; Mr. “A” continues to attend weekly Bible studies, and both he and Mr. “N” #2 attended our KCC Family Christmas. Pray that through the heartfelt message that was given by our son-in-law, Dr. Jeremy Delamarter, they may allow the Spirit to work in their hearts! Please continue to pray for the Iriso Christ Church Women’s English and Bible class. This is Judy’s 31st year of teaching these women, now all in their seventies, and we pray that these many, many years of opening and sharing the Word will have an eternal impact on their lives! *July 2018: PRAISING GOD for the salvation of Mr. “N” #1, a dear friend in his eighties, who accepted Christ this week! Prayers for his salvation have been lifted for close to thirty years, and we now rejoice that he is a Christ-follower! Please pray for his recovery from recent cancer surgery. Also please continue to pray for our two weekly Mommy and Me Classes, where we work with twenty unsaved moms and their toddlers in our church outreach ministries to families in our neighborhood. Please continue to pray for Mr. “A” and Mr. “N” #2’s salvation.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Doug and Miriam completed their two-year internship and were approved as career missionaries in the December 2015 board meeting. They returned to Japan for their first four-year term in May 2017. During their first term, the couple served the Miharashidai Chapel in Ebetsu, which Doug was asked to pastor in April 2019.  Doug worked to build support for local JWFB pastors, and Miriam worked with young families doing outreach at the church while completing language school. Doug, along with the help of many others, has been working on translating Christian literature into Japanese. In September 2020, the first project was completed! They are currently Stateside and are scheduling services. CONVERSION Doug was born in Ebetsu, Japan. He came to faith as a young child through the work of his parents, Dale and Sandra Bishop. He began to feel God calling him to missions while in college. Miriam was born in Ayden, North Carolina, and lived in Greenville, North Carolina. She came to faith in the fifth grade after a special church service. At the age of 12, she felt God calling her to be a minister’s wife. In high school, she developed an interest in Japan as well as missions. EARLY MINISTRY Approved for short-term ministry to Bihoro, Japan, in April 2012, Doug and Miriam completed their two-year internship in November 2015. They were approved as career missionaries in the December 2015 board meeting. During their internship, Doug shared the preaching responsibilities at the Bihoro and Abashiri churches. He co-taught the adult English class at the Bihoro church. Miriam taught preschool English classes and interacted with the moms of the children. They also led a discipleship-focused Bible study in their home. CHILDREN The couple has five children: Oliver, born October 24; Scarlet, born June 16; Hazel, born January 12; Felix, born August 5; and Arthur, born June 24. HOME CHURCH Doug: Koinonia FWB Church, Nopporo, Japan Miriam: Unity FWB Church, Greenville, NC Last Update: September 16, 2020

Prayer Requests

Updated October 19, 2020
  • Pray for our family as we are currently stateside. Pray that churches will be open to receiving us, that the Lord would provide all the funds we need to raise, and for our safety as we travel.
  • Pray for the relaunch of New Life Church. Pray that the Lord would draw people to the work that He is doing there.
  • Pray for the Lord to send short-term workers and teams to serve in the Sapporo area.
  • Pray that the Lord would bless the planning and development of the translation projects.
  • Pray for Miriam and our new baby boy coming in March 2021. Pray for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
  • Pray for the Joy Kids families while we are stateside. Pray that they will come back, and that they will bring their friends/families.
  • Pray for Mr. A, a seeker, that he will accept Christ as his Savior.
  • Pray that we would truly love the Japanese, and that we would open both our hearts and home to them.
  • Pray for the health of all the Japanese pastors and their wives. Especially pray for Mrs. Hirabuki, a pastor’s wife, who has been struggling with cancer.
  • Praise that Miriam finished language school in February! Thank you for all the encouragement and prayers during that time.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Rusty and Brenda Carney returned to Japan on June 8, 2019, after sharing how God has worked through them during the last term in Bihoro in eastern Hokkaido, Japan. The couple has a passion to see many Japanese come to know Christ through Japanese Christians being strengthened, discipled, and empowered to share their faith. To that end, they will spend this term in Tokyo. While working in Good News Chapel (with Donnie and Ruth McDonald and Shannon Little) they will look for creative outreach opportunities hoping to reach larger audiences with the gospel. CONVERSION Rusty, son of Randy and Rhonda Carney, was saved at the age of four in Thompsonville, Illinois. His father led him to the Lord at home one Sunday afternoon. From an early age, he sensed God’s call on his life to be a missionary. He graduated from Ezra Christian School in West Frankfort, Illinois, in 1998. He answered the call to missions at age 19 after attending a service at Pittsburg FWB Church, in Pittsburg, Illinois, in 1999. He then went to Free Will Baptist Bible College where he met his future wife, Brenda Wendlandt, who also felt led to missions. He graduated from Welch College in 2003. He and Brenda were married on April 17, 2004. Brenda, daughter of Dale and Joyce Wendlandt, was saved at an early age in Stigler, Oklahoma. It was at Eureka FWB Church Camp that she gave her life to the Lord and where later she answered the call to missions. March of 1996 she rededicated her life to the Lord at her home church, Lafayette FWB Church in Stigler, Oklahoma, and in June of that same year answered the call to missions. After that, she enrolled at Welch College and started attending in the fall of 1996. EARLY MINISTRY Rusty and Brenda ministered at Unity Free Will Baptist Church in West Frankfort, Illinois, where Rusty’s father, Randy Carney, served as pastor. They were youth leaders and were involved in teaching children’s church, teaching a teen class, music, and missions projects. They received final approval for missionary service to Japan from the Free Will Baptist International Missions Board on April 24, 2007. Rusty and Brenda arrived in Japan in January 2009. They lived in Sapporo while in language school, then moved to the city of Ebetsu where they finished out their first term working with pastor Hirabuki in the Koinonia church. They remained in Hokkaido throughout their second term. They lived in the town of Bihoro and worked with Japanese Pastor Ishii and his family. With teammates Nathan and Linda Snow they endeavored to encourage and strengthen the Bihoro and Abashiri churches. Both Rusty and Brenda taught English classes at the Bihoro church. Rusty also participated in a preaching rotation at both the Bihoro and Abashiri churches. CHILDREN The Carneys have three children: Grace Anne, born February 3; Kelton Roy, born August 28; and Katherine Joy, born July 27. HOME CHURCH Rusty—Unity FWB Church in West Frankfort, Illinois Brenda—Lafayette FWB Church in Stigler, Oklahoma Updated June 17, 2019

Prayer Requests

  • Thank God for answers to prayer!
    • Katherine is now potty trained!!!
    • We are getting to know more of the people in our community.
  • Pray as Grace is finishing out the school year doing “distance learning” from home.
  • As a result of COVID-19 Kelton and Katherine are unable to attend their Japanese Kindergarten for another month. We have been trying to utilize this time by going through a phonics course with Kelton.
  • COVID-19 has changed the scope of many things we were doing. English classes have been halted for the time being, and we are currently making videos for our church services each week. As a result, many who would not normally come to church are viewing the videos as we have been sharing them online. Pray the seeds that are being planted would take root in many people’s hearts!
  • Praise God for Mr. “O’s” decision to follow Jesus! Pray for his spiritual growth, development and discipleship. Also, pray things will settle down with COVID-19 as he would like to be baptized.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Approved as missionary interns to Tokyo, Japan, in December 2017, Daniel and Shelby Culwell are seeking prayer and financial partners for their two–year internship. The couple, excited about the opportunity to serve with Heath and Joni Hubbard and Jack and Ashley Ketteman to start a new church, hopes to be ready to head to Tokyo in late 2018. The three couples plan to begin a bilingual church in the Tokorowaza City area of Tokyo. CONVERSION Daniel grew up in Rose Bud, Arkansas. He was led to Christ after a church lock-in as a 12-year-old. He and his brother were baptized together on an Easter Sunday. Daniel attended Welch College. In 2009, he traveled with a college group to Japan. Graduating in 2015 with a degree in youth ministry and business, Daniel went on to study mechanical engineering at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Shelby grew up in Ashland City, Tennessee. She was led to Christ when she was young and was baptized with all of her siblings on a Mother’s Day. She attended church camp every summer until college. She returned to camp to work as a counselor. She credits church camp for playing a huge part in making her the person she is today. Shelby completed a year at Welch College before transferring to Austin Peay where she earned a degree in graphic design with a business minor. Daniel and Shelby married in March 2014. EARLY MINISTRY Daniel and Shelby have a home in Tennessee but travel to Arkansas to work in the Culwell family business for a couple of weeks each month. With the travel, they work with the youth groups at both of their home churches. The Culwells served as E-TEAM leaders to Chicago in 2017. This experience reminded Daniel of his sophomore year at Welch when he prayed Isaiah 6:8—“Here am I, send me” during a Wednesday evening campus service. CHILDREN They have two boys: Easton (born November 2015) and Barrett (born December 2016).  HOME CHURCHES Daniel: Mt. Bethel FWB Church, Rose Bud, Arkansas Shelby: Bethel FWB Church, Chapmansboro, Tennessee Updated December 12, 2017

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PRESENT MINISTRY Approved as a missionary intern to Tokyo, Japan, in December 2019, Annabelle is seeking prayer and financial partners for her two-year internship. She plans to work with the Hope Alive team headed by Heath and Joni Hubbard, where her focus will be ministering to reach young adults, as well as outreach efforts and leading Bible studies. CONVERSION Born into a Christian home, Annabelle accepted Christ as Savior as a young child. In 2014, the Lord began to cultivate a desire towards missions through her pastor’s sermon on the Great Commission on Easter Sunday, and while participating in E-TEAM. EARLY MINISTRY Over the past ten years, Annabelle has served in her home church in various capacities. During high school, she participated in ETEAMs Jaboticabal, Brazil, and Hokkaido, Japan. After returning from Japan in 2016, Annabelle couldn’t deny that she had to do something to reach the Japanese people but didn’t know how or when. The Lord provided for her to return to Japan in 2018, and that summer, she spent two weeks with missionary Shannon Little in Tokyo. That experience led to serving as an overseas apprentice with Heath and Joni Hubbard and the Hope Alive team through IM’s College Missions Program (CMP) in 2019. Through this, the Lord affirmed His leading her toward serving full-time in Japan, and she immediately applied for a two-year internship. Annabelle attended Welch College during her freshman year and graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in May of 2020. HOME CHURCH New Hope FWB Church, Joelton, Tennessee Last updated May 18, 2020[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Annabelle Ellis [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => annabelle-ellis [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-15 14:00:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-15 19:00:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=77 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:35:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:35:46 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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PRESENT MINISTRY The board reinstated Debbie Griffin as a career missionary to Japan in April 2019. Debbie, initially appointed in 1985, faithfully served 26 years in Japan before resigning to care for her mother in 2011. Mrs. Griffin passed in November 2017. Debbie will rejoin the Japan missionary team to reach the second-largest unreached people group in the world. CONVERSION Debbie accepted Christ as her savior during a Bible class when she was in seventh grade. During her years at Welch College (Tennessee), her interest in missions grew. In 1981, Debbie served as a student missionary in Japan. God placed a love for the Japanese people in her heart and, prior to her 1982 college graduation with a B.S., she surrendered to the call to missions. EARLY MINISTRY Following college graduation, Debbie moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, and served in a home missions church. Active in the music ministry, she also worked with children and youth. In 1984, Debbie returned to her home in Colquitt, Georgia, and taught a women’s Bible study worked in a tape ministry to the elderly and homebound within the congregation. Debbie departed for Japan in 1986. Her first term consisted of language study and working with Ken and Judy Bailey at the Iriso church in a suburb of Tokyo. Debbie taught junior high and adult English classes, Sunday school, a women’s Bible study, and a junior high Bible study. She moved to Hokkaido in 1991, at the beginning of her second term. She worked with Pastor Kawasaki and Don and Ruth McDonald at the Ai no Sato church. Over the next five years, she and Ruth began a women’s ministry, held bi-monthly Bible studies, and sponsored service projects in the church. Responsible for the Sunday school program, Debbie instituted teacher training sessions. She also taught English to approximately 50 students weekly. Debbie’s third term began in March 1998, continuing ministry at the Ai No Sato church. However, she added women’s ministry in other Hokkaido Free Will Baptist churches to her list of duties. After two years, she moved to Ebetsu and began working with the Miharashidai church. Debbie coordinated an English program in area churches, as well. Debbie continued to work in Hokkaido throughout the balance of her time in Japan. She oversaw women’s ministry, served as a liaison and coordinator for ETEAMs and other short-term ministries on the island, taught English classes, and worked with numerous missionaries. HOME CHURCH Bellview FWB Church, Colquitt, Georgia Last updated May 21, 2019[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Debbie Griffin [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => debbie-griffin [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-15 13:59:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-15 18:59:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=79 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:36:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:36:38 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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PRESENT MINISTRY Heath and Joni Hubbard are serving as church planters in the Tokyo area of Japan. In 2019, they along with their team members launched the bilingual Hope Alive Church in the city of Tokorozawa, which is a suburb of Tokyo. Heath serves in the role of pastor for this work, as well as the team leader. Together with their team, they have launched numerous initiatives to reach 99.7% of the Japanese population around them who are lost. These include various English speaking opportunities, meeting people at train stations, one on one and small group Bible studies for the lost and new believers, and internship programs for students to be able to experience missionary life and assist in outreach, among other things. Their purpose in all of the outreaches is to meet people and give them opportunities to hear and respond to the life-changing story of the Gospel.  Most of these people have never heard anything about the Bible in their entire lives. Hope Alive Church saw 6 people baptized in 2019 and many more who have indicated they want to start a relationship with Jesus! These are some of the other projects associated with the Hope Alive ministry. Click below to give towards one of our IMpact Project.   CONVERSION Heath, raised in a minister’s home, was saved at the age of five. In the year 2000, he went to Brazil and, catching the vision for the Great Commission, saw the need to be personally involved in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. Heath graduated from Welch College in 2006 with a degree in International Business. Daughter of Danny and Bobbie Thomas, Joni accepted Christ as a five-year-old and, as the daughter of a full-time minister, grew up actively attending church. From an early age, Joni felt an interest in missions. She participated in two mission trips during her high school years. In 1997, she enrolled in Welch College and felt her calling to missions confirmed through her interaction with Missionaries-in -Residence, missions conferences, and a six-week trip to Côte d’Ivoire as part of the Go & Be team her senior year. EARLY MINISTRY Heath served as a missionary in Kazakhstan for a year immediately following graduation from college in 2006. In 2008, he began working at Welch College as director of recruitment. He continued there until August 2010, when he and Joni began deputation ministry with IM. Upon graduating college, Joni accepted the call to serve a two-year, short-term assignment in Japan. She taught English and worked with IM’s church plants in the Sapporo area. In July 2006, she began working as the student missions coordinator at IM, coordinating the work of E-TEAM and CMP full time until her first child was born in November 2010. She continued assisting until she and Heath left for Japan in 2013. Heath and Joni were married in November 2007. Together, they served as college ministry leaders at The Donelson Fellowship from 2008-2010. Heath and Joni Hubbard were approved as career missionaries in April 2010. They attended language school in the Sapporo area for the first two years of their term and worked in Miharashidai Chapel. The couple moved to Tokyo in 2015. They worked with the Kamifukuoka Church, begun by Ken and Judy Bailey, while the Baileys were on stateside assignment. CHILDREN The Hubbards have two sons and a daughter: Eli, born November 24; Micah, born October 7; and Emma, born August 28. HOME CHURCH The Hubbards are members of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee. Updated 4/28/2020

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for us as we continue the work of the new church plant, Hope Alive Church, in the Tokyo area. Pray that we would see people come to Christ and lives changed and that Christ would be glorified in our work here.
  • Pray for the one-on-one Bible studies we are doing with some non-believers and one on one discipleship studies we are doing with new Christians.
  • Pray for the outreach ministries of Hope Alive Church to bring more people the opportunity to hear the Gospel.
  • Pray for a continued ability to speak Japanese
  • Pray for Eli, Micah, and Emma as they are in elementary school that they can learn and thrive in a different culture and that they can make good friends and understand Japanese. Pray also that we can be an effective witness to the other parents at their schools and for their growth as believers in Christ.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Approved as missionary interns to Tokyo, Japan, in December 2017, Jack and Ashley Ketteman are in the middle of  their two–year internship. The couple headed to Tokyo in the fall of 2018. They  work with Heath and Joni Hubbard and Daniel and Shelby Culwell, planting a bilingual church in the Tokorozawa City area of Tokyo. CONVERSION Both Jack and Ashley were raised in faithful Christian homes in Nashville, Tennessee. After seeing a friend baptized and asking questions, Jack’s parents, Greg and Jill Ketteman, explained the significance of baptism and the way to salvation to him. They prayed with him as six-year-old Jack asked Jesus into his life. Jack attended Welch College, where godly friendships, the eye-opening teaching of God’s Word, rich times of corporate prayer, timely encouragement and mentoring, and more served to strengthen his Christian walk. He graduated with a degree in youth ministry and music in 2001. As a four-year-old, Ashley attended an evangelistic event in downtown Nashville with her parents, Johnny and Martha Carter. Seeing large numbers of people kneeling in prayer prompted questions her parents answered on the drive home and once home. Ashley prayed that evening, confessing sin and asking forgiveness. In middle school, Ashley read Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. Challenged by Corrie’s faith, Ashley says her personal relationship with Christ really began then. E-TEAM trips to Cuba (2001, 2003) and Spain (2002) birthed a burden for the world. Ashley attended Welch College for two years before transferring to Aquinas College and obtaining a degree in nursing in 2006. Jack and Ashley married in 2004. EARLY MINISTRY Jack has served as family pastor at First Free Will Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia, since 2012. Prior to that, he served as youth minister at Cross Timbers FWB in Nashville, Tennessee. Ashley serves in her church in various capacities and teaches in Good News Clubs and Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Bristol. The couple has participated in mission trips to Jamaica, Japan, Illinois, and France during the last four years. CHILDREN Jack and Ashley have three children: daughters Jane (10) and Callie (7), and son Carter (2). HOME CHURCHES First FWB Church, Bristol, Virginia Cross Timbers FWB Church, Nashville, Tennessee   Updated December 18 2019[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Jack and Ashley Ketteman [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => jack-and-ashley-ketteman [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-15 13:57:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-15 18:57:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=83 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 85 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:40:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:40:21 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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PRESENT MINISTRY Shannon Little serves on a church planting team at Good News Chapel located just outside of Tokyo, Japan.  Shannon oversees the children’s Sunday School program and the English program.  Through English conversation and Bible study in Japanese, Shannon has the privilege of sharing God’s love to people who have never heard the name of Jesus before.  Most Japanese people have never entered a Church before and have never met a Christian.  Shannon will return in October for a one-year Stateside assignment. CONVERSION Shannon received Christ as Savior at the age of five at New Hope FWB Church in Joelton, TN. EARLY MINISTRY Shannon graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and worked for several years as a Registered Nurse. During this time, she was very active in her home church, taught children’s Sunday school classes, and was one of the leaders of the single’s group. In August of 2000, Shannon left the middle-Tennessee area for two years as a short-term missionary in Hokkaido, Japan. She worked at the Hokkaido International School as the school nurse and helped at the Miharadashidai Church. It was during this time she felt God’s call to return to Japan as a career missionary. Upon returning to the States in August of 2002, she made arrangements to attend Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Shannon graduated in May of 2004 with a Master’s degree in missions and intercultural studies. Shannon was approved as a career missionary to Japan in April of 2004. She departed for Hokkaido, in January of 2007. She spent her first term in Hokkaido learning Japanese language and culture and ministering at the Miharashidai Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Ebetsu, Japan. In December 2011, she returned to Japan and began ministry in the Tokyo area at the Good New Chapel Free Will Baptist Church working alongside the McDonalds. HOME CHURCH New Hope FWB Church, Joelton, TN Northwest FWB Church, Chicago, IL

Prayer Requests

  • Praise the Lord that I arrived safely in Japan and have started the process of re-acclimating to life in Japan
  • Ask God that I will continue to grow closer to God.
  • Pray that my relationships with Mrs. H and Mrs. Y continue to grow strong and that I am able to share the gospel with them clearly.
  • Pray for my Mom as I leave her for the first time without the support of my Dad.
  • Pray for the missionaries in Japan as they are experiencing a lot of transition.
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PRESENT MINISTRY The McDonald family is currently working with the Good News Church in Tokyo area.  Their goal is to help this church plant develop national leadership and a permanent building in the near future.  They are actively involved in Bible studies, outreach concerts, preaching, and ministry to young families in the area. CONVERSION Reared in a Christian home, Donnie was saved at six years of age as he recognized the awfulness of an eternity in hell. Missionaries visiting his home and the impact of a missions conference during his sophomore year in high school influenced him toward a commitment to missionary service. Ruth grew up as part of a home missionary family. She was saved at five years of age after having experienced several weeks of conviction as a sinner. She gave her heart to the Lord following a revival service. Her commitment to God and His will led her to submit to the leading of her husband-to-be as a missionary candidate. Her own vision and burden then intensified as she studied to meet missions requirements. EARLY MINISTRY Donnie served for three years as a dormitory supervisor at Welch College and worked as bus captain for Cross Timbers FWB Church in Nashville, Tenn. Following graduation from Welch College, Donnie and Ruth went to Flagstaff, Ariz., to work with home missionaries Mark and Louise Vandivort. Donnie was in charge of the youth ministry and helped in a jail and rescue mission ministry. Ruth was active in music and in ministries to women and youth. The McDonalds were appointed to career missionary service in Japan on November 27, 1984. They began their first term in 1986, attending language school in Tokyo, Japan, for two years. Following language school Donnie and Ruth moved to the island of Hokkaido to work with Pastor Kawasaki at the Ai No Sato FWB Church. Donnie and Ruth began their second term in Japan in June of 1991. They worked with pastor Toshikazu Kawasaki and missionary Debbie Griffin on the island of Hokkaido in establishing the Ai No Sato Free Will Baptist Church. Donnie also served as missionary advisor for the Kita Hiroshima FWB Church, which was without a pastor or full-time missionary. In addition, he taught Bible classes to believers from the Sapporo area churches. Donnie and Ruth also were responsible for English classes, Sunday school, music and women’s ministries. In 1996 the McDonald family settled in the Sapporo area to begin a new church plant. The Miharashidai Chapel was established during this third term of service. They initiated an English program and women’s and children’s ministries. The McDonald family relocated to Tokyo upon their return to Japan for their fourth term of service. Working as members of the Tokyo Team (Ken and Judy Bailey and Mirial Gainer), and in cooperation with the Iriso church, the Good News Chapel was begun. Donnie was active in the preaching ministry of the church and follow-up with new believers. Ruth worked with church music and neighborhood evangelism. A huge interest in gospel music among unchurched, unevangelized Japanese prompted the McDonald family to participate in a community gospel music choir. Opportunities for sharing the gospel were provided when explaining the songs to Japanese participants. The McDonald family served as the missionary-in-residence (MIR) for Welch College for the 2004-05 school year. They returned to Tokyo in July 2005 to continue working with the Iriso and Good News churches in reaching the lost in the Tokyo area. CHILDREN Donnie and Ruth have four children: Leah Katherine (Katie), born May 29; Evan Benjamin, born January 10; Amy Hope, born April 14; Caroline Grace, born September 26. HOME CHURCH Cross Timbers FWB Church, Nashville, Tenn.

Prayer Requests

 
  • Praise God for the adult son of one of the Good News Chapel members who recently contacted the church with questions about Christianity. He committed himself to reading the entire Bible by this summer’s end. Pray that this seeker ( Mr. Hiro . . . )  would be touched by the truth of the God and open his heart to Christ. 5/16/2020
  • Pray for both the believers and non-believers viewing the worship videos of Good News Chapel. Church believers are expressing their need of spiritual encouragement during this time of medical emergency restrictions. Non-believers are viewing the broadcasts with a sincere desire to know more about Christianity. 5/4/20
  • Praise for Good News Chapel believers who are inviting their non-believing friends to view the Good News Chapel Sunday worship video tapes, now uploaded on the church’s Facebook page and on YouTube. 5/3/20
  • Pray for God’s special blessings on the weekly video messages being delivered via YouTube and on the new Facebook page for worship services for Good News Chapel. Missionary Rusty Carney has edited the weekly worship services during the Covid-19 virus outbreak and provided a weekly broadcast to deliver to those connected to Good News Chapel. 5/2/20
  • Praise for our new FaceBook page for Good News Chapel: 福音チャペル ( Fukuin Chapel ). It has already served as a great tool for sharing the ministry of the church. IM missionary, Shelby Culwell, worked to setup the FB page and designed a set of logos for the church plant. It has given an immediate connection to many contacts to the Good News Chapel ministry during this time of the Covid-19 outbreak. 5/1/20
  • Prayers for the the proposed church property for the Good News Chapel building have been greatly appreciated. However, the pathway to purchase the desired local house (below) to renovate into a church building was shut down by a community vote and earthquake proof restrictions. Please pray in 2020 that God would open up a new pathway for a property purchase to serve as a church building for the ministry of Good News Chapel.
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Approved as a missionary intern to Tokyo, Japan, in December 2020, Emily is seeking prayer and financial partners for her two-year internship. She plans to work with the Hope Alive team headed by Heath and Joni Hubbard, where her focus will be ministering to reach young adults, as well as outreach efforts and leading Bible studies.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for Emily as she finishes her masters program before she leaves for Japan
  • Pray for Emily as she pursues Gods’s guidance while preparing for her ministry in Japan
  • Pray for the Japanese people and that their hearts will be prepared for the Good News of the Gospel
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PRESENT MINISTRY Nathan and Linda Snow and family minister in Abashiri, a city in the gospel-remote region of Eastern Hokkaido, Japan. Japan is the second-largest unreached people group in the world. The majority of their ministry takes place through informal community meal gatherings in their home, small group meetings in neighboring areas, English classes, pastoral care, connections through the Japanese schools their children attend, and other natural community connections. The Snows share they have found that the most effective method for reaching our community is by building trust relationships. It does take a lot of time and effort, but it is vital to being able to earn the opportunity to speak to listening ears and open hearts, so they use hospitality as one of their major tools in sharing the gospel. While pastoring the Abashiri church through a revitalization period, they are also seeking to establish other core groups of new believers in surrounding towns and cities where there is no gospel presence. They are the only Christian missionaries within three hours drive of their region. Linda spends much of her time in keeping everyone functioning well and facilitating life and ministry for the family – kids to school, teaching English outreach classes, cooking for large gatherings, being host to our kids’ school friends that visit regularly … not to mention the “normal” full-time work of a busy mother. She also finds time to spend time listening to and praying with mothers as they share their hearts over tea, cooking, and visiting our home. In addition to pastoring and church planting, for the last several years Nathan has served as the President of JEMA (Japan Evangelical Missionary Association). CONVERSION Nathan was led to the Lord at the age of five by his father in Decatur, Georgia. His parents have had a major influence on his life. Linda was converted at the age of 10 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. EARLY MINISTRY Nathan graduated from Welch College with a B.S. degree in 1991. While a student at Welch College, Nathan was active in public relations and student recruitment. He served as Minister of Music at Cofer’s Chapel FWB Church for a period of time before his missionary appointment. He also has taught music at Franklin Road Christian School as well as music and physical education at Joelton Elementary School in the Nashville area. Nathan married Linda Boone on July 28, 1990. While a student at Welch College, Linda was involved in public relations and student recruitment. She participated in ministries at the women’s mission and women’s prison. She also worked in Sunday school and bus ministries. She has had extensive experience working in day care ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. In December 1991, Nathan and Linda were appointed to a two-year term of service in Japan. Linda taught and supervised students from kindergarten through grade twelve at the Hokkaido Christian Learning Center which was started in the fall of 1990. The center was an alternative to home schooling and allowed the missionary parents to devote their time to their ministries rather than teaching their own children. Nathan taught physical education and music and worked with Dale Bishop. Later, the Learning Center was closed and the Snows taught the MKs at Hokkaido International School. CHILDREN The Snows have seven children: Daniel Curtis, born November 23; Megan Ruth, born September 3; Andrew William, born January 31; Jacob Charles, born November 19; Noah Silas, born June 4; Josiah Luke, born March 2; and Isaac James, born December 1. HOME CHURCH First FWB Church, Albany, GA   Last updated 5/27/2020

Prayer Requests

  • We are currently working in Eastern Hokkaido. Our children attend Japanese schools in the area. Linda teaches English part time at two elementary schools. Pray for our children, and pray that they will be lights in these schools.
  • To my knowledge, none of the approximately 20 English students that are in our outreach classes taught at the Abashiri church are Christian. We are teaching four classes there: kindergarten, two elementary and one adult class. Many mothers also attend the childrens’ classes. Most have never heard the gospel story. These are classes that have only started recently. Pray that through these many would come to know Christ.
  • We are prayerfully looking at the many cities and towns around Abashiri and Bihoro that do not have any gospel preaching church (of any kind). Pray for God’s direction as we seek to reach these new areas.
  • Pray God will supply the financial needs of the Snows. Japan is an extremely expensive country in which to minister
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PRESENT MINISTRY Daniel and Kate departed for Japan for their second internship in Tokyo on February 26, 2019. Their first internship ended August 2017. However, their daughter Audrey’s battle with bacterial meningitis and other critical health issues, as well as Katie’s health struggles, complicated the last eight months of internship. They will work at Good News FWB Chapel with Donnie and Ruth McDonald during this internship. Their goal is to become career missionaries with IM. Keep up with them through their monthly email. CONVERSION Daniel was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but soon moved with his family to Milan, Tennessee. He trusted in Christ at a young age during a church service and was baptized shortly thereafter. His testimony since is that God has been gracefully sanctifying him as He continues to work in him toward His good purpose.
Kate was born in Tokyo, Japan, the first daughter of missionaries Donnie and Ruth McDonald. She trusted in Christ as a young child and was baptized at Cross Timbers Free Will Baptist Church at age seven.
EARLY MINISTRY Daniel grew up in Dickson, Tennessee, and graduated from Welch College in 2007 with a B.A. degree in English and Bible. He and Kate were married in 2008. Kate completed her studies at Welch, graduating with a B.S. in vocal performance and Bible in 2010. Prior to their first internship, the couple served in ministry at Cross Timbers FWB Church. In addition to teaching young adult Sunday school classes, the musically-talented pair were members of the praise team and planned Sunday evening worship services. Approved for a two-year internship in April 2013, the couple arrived in Tokyo, Japan, in August 2015. They worked primarily with Kamifukuoka FWB Church, assisting Heath and Joni Hubbard with the music program. Kate began a gospel choir ministry, a good evangelistic tool in Japan, at the Good News Chapel FWB Church. Daniel began informal language training with a Japanese tutor. The last eight months of the internship were characterized by health-related issues, the foremost of which involved their daughter Audrey. God, in His goodness, chose to heal their daughter completely of these illnesses, including a mass/tumor in her head, bacterial meningitis, and a possible bone infection. Daniel and Katie testify Jesus was their sure hope in the middle of the intense difficulty. CHILDREN Their daughter, (Leah) Audrey, was born in August 2013. Their second daughter, Analeigh (pronounced On-Ah-Lee), was born in Tokyo in April 2017. HOME CHURCH Cross Timbers FWB Church, Nashville, Tennessee   Updated 2/28/2019

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for Audrey as she continues on at school.
  • Pray that we will soon be able to get into a good routine for ministry.
  • Pray that we will all remain healthy in the weeks to come.
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Approved as a missionary intern to Tokyo, Japan, in December 2020, Abby is seeking prayer and financial partners for her two-year internship. She plans to work with the Hope Alive team headed by Heath and Joni Hubbard, where her focus will be ministering to reach young adults, as well as outreach efforts and leading Bible studies.

Prayer Requests

  • Ask God to help Abby manage her time and responsibilities as a nurse and missionary through these difficult times.
  • Ask God to give Abby the patience and wisdom as she continues to learn the language and culture of Japan.
  • Pray for the people of Japan, that God will use Abby and her team to reach those who are lost and lonely by building relationships with them.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Appointed as career missionaries in April 2015, Eddy and Amanda Simmons work among the Samburu people group of Kenya. Kenya is located on the eastern coast of Africa and is touted as 40% evangelical Christian. However, at least 30 unreached people groups numbering close to 5.4 million individuals populate the country. The Simmons live in an isolated region of the country and use chronological Bible storying to share the gospel with the unreached, semi-nomadic Samburu tribe. The Simmons have significant experience working among the Samburu using orality as the basis of their methodology. They also seek to meet some of the physical needs of the Samburu among whom they work. Amanda took a missionary medicine intensive class to be better equipped to handle medical needs. CONVERSION Eddy describes his childhood as Norman Rockwellian: church, family meals, and joyful holiday celebrations. His mom hosted Child Evangelism Fellowship Bible clubs in their yard. These led to him recognizing his need of salvation. He was eight when he accepted Christ. After rebellious teen years followed by marriage, Eddy and Amanda moved to Texas and became part of a church that practiced discipleship. There his love for the Lord and the Word grew and his faith matured. Amanda grew up in an entirely different scenario—a tumultuous home life with alcohol, strife, and a workaholic father as the hallmarks of her non-Christian family. Even though unsaved, Amanda’s mom encouraged her and her sister to attend whatever church they lived near. In her teens, that congregation was Episcopal. During a church youth retreat, the priest led her to understand she could never be good enough for God. He explained that Jesus bridged the gap between her sin and a holy God. Amanda accepted Christ as her Savior that evening. After meeting Eddy at age 18, and many theological debates, she began attending church with him. Eddy and Amanda married at age 19 and were baptized—together—the same year. EARLY MINISTRY Eddy and Amanda were married in 1982 and soon moved to south Texas. After several years in various churches, they became members of a Southern Baptist church that stressed discipleship and personal Scripture reading. Eventually, Eddy recognized a call to ministry and discovered God had been working in Amanda’s heart as well. They moved their two sons to Wake Forest, North Carolina, and he attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Eddy began pastoring in 1995. In 2002, now with four sons, the Simmons felt led to the mission field. They served the Samburu people from 2003-2007 under the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2006, they returned to the States to address Eddy’s health issues that were a result of their time in Kenya. After months of medical solutions, and uncertainty concerning the future, they resigned from IMB. The Simmons returned to the pastorate. During the following years, Eddy and Amanda’s study and practice of reading through the Bible each year led them to question their understanding of eternal security. As a result, they found Free Will Baptists. Eddy pastored Faith Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church in Matthews, North Carolina, October 2011 to August 2015. After several short-term mission trips to Kenya, the Simmons agreed they needed to return to full-time ministry among this people they love. More than 600 Samburu have come to faith in the last few years through their ministry. Discipleship and leadership training are needed for the work to blossom into a reproducing church among the Samburu people. CHILDREN The Simmons have four adult sons—Nathan, Josiah, Seth, and Micah, and one granddaughter, Selah. HOME CHURCH Faith Fellowship Free Will Baptist, Matthews, NC   Updated September 21, 2016

Prayer Requests

 
  • PRAISE THE LORD: We have had 275+ people get saved in 2019. 
  • Praise the Lord for life-giving rain. The rains started in March of 2019 and it has rained every month since. They are currently, Nov 2020, having good rains during the “short-rain season.”
  • For our 4 boys and their families that we are missing. Third grandbaby, Nolan, born Sept 14, 2020
  • For growth in the lives of the new followers of Yesu
  • Against spiritual darkness – witch-doctors, non-biblical traditions
  • For leaders to gain confidence in sharing w/ others
  • For men to surrender to discipleship and become leaders of worship/discipleship groups. The need is great. We could start 10 worship gatherings tomorrow if we had men. 
  • For the women in Victoria’s Community Health Evangelism classes. That they will share the biblical and medical information that they are learning. Eunice has continued to disciple these women weekly since Victoria left for the US.
  • For Eddy’s health. He has had a few medical challenges already in 2019. For full restoration of health and strength.

    The joy of baptism.

     
    Mama Lilibo, on of our first converts and baptisms. The wife of the local chief. She loves to tell others about Yesu (Jesus)!

    Mama Lilibo, on of our first converts and baptisms. The wife of the local chief. She loves to tell others about Yesu (Jesus)!

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PRESENT MINISTRY Anthony and Lea Edgmon work in the town of Alpedrete, a town that has more than doubled in population in the last decade. When the Edgmons and Johnsons began their work, no evangelical church of any kind existed. That is no longer the case. The Alpedrete Church is growing. The Alpedrete team opened an Outreach Center in December 2005, beginning with activities for children, women, and families. The Outreach Center served Alpedrete and helped strengthen ties to the community during its ten years of existence. The Alpedrete Church continues its community involvement through drama and music presentations, ministry in a nursing home, and working alongside local social services. The first regular worship service was held on Sunday, February 5, 2006. Since then, a vibrant congregation with a desire to reach others with the gospel has grown in Alpedrete. The church seeks to reach out to friends and neighbors in the community but also has been very involved in giving to send the gospel around the world. The Edgmons are currently working to train leaders in the church and prepare them for their role as part of a church-planting movement in the country of Spain. CONVERSION Anthony was saved at the age of five and baptized in 1976 in Pine Bluff, Ark. Through the influence of his mother, who is very missions-minded, Anthony developed a burden for missions. He answered the call to missions while a student at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee. Lea was led to the Lord by her children’s church teacher. She answered the call to missionary service during her sophomore year at Welch College. EARLY MINISTRY Since his graduation from Welch College in 1994, Anthony has served as associate pastor at Calvary Chapel FWB Church in Hollywood, Fla. He served as a student missionary to Panama during the summer of 1994. He was also active in music at Welch, including four years on the Rejoice ministry team. Lea graduated from Welch College in 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education and Missions. She has been active in children’s ministries for several years and was part of the Go and Be Team that traveled to Côte d’Ivoire in 1993. The Edgmons were appointed as career missionaries to Spain in April 1997. They arrived on the field in October of 1998. Following language study, they worked in the areas of teaching and preaching in the Villalba work. CHILDREN Anthony and Lea have two children: Emily Hope, born August 9, and Marc Andrew, born April 7. HOME CHURCH Anthony—Cross Timbers FWB Church, Nashville, Tennessee Lea—Lyon Park Fellowship, Arlington, Virginia Updated December 14, 2017

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for Anthony and Lea as they train and equip local believers to reach others with the gospel.
  • Pray that hearts would be receptive to the Gospel in this society that increasingly rejects God.
  • Pray for spiritual breakthroughs in the relationships that we have had with numerous people over a period of several years.
  • Pray for efforts to plant churches among the 10 million people who live in towns where there is no Gospel witness.
  • Pray for Anthony and Lea as well as Tim and Kristi Johnson as they work with the Alpedrete Church to train leaders and lead the church in planting a new work.
  • Pray for Anthony and Lea as they parent Emily and Marc in this cultural context.
  • Pray for the small federation of Free Will Baptist Churches in Spain.  We need more leaders in each work – Alpedrete, Galapagar (formerly Villalba) and Alcalá de Henares.
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PRESENT MINISTRY As members of the Alpedrete team, Tim and Kristi are involved in church-planting efforts in the Madrid area. They live in the pueblo of Alpedrete, a town of 15,000 people, where they planted the first evangelical church in the town’s history. The Johnsons’ children are an important part of their ministry, allowing them to meet many new people. CONVERSION Tim was saved in junior church at seven years of age after realizing his need for Jesus Christ as his Savior. He surrendered his life to Him then and answered the call to missions as a freshman at Welch College. Kristi was saved in her home church at the age of seven. She committed her life to full-time Christian service at youth camp when she was 15 years old. EARLY MINISTRY Tim graduated in 1993 from Welch College in Nashville, Tenn., with a B.A. in Missions. In 1994 he received a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. Tim traveled with the Evangels drama team at the Bible college. He has been to Côte d’Ivoire twice and Kazakhstan on student missions trips. Tim worked in children’s church at Cofer’s Chapel FWB Church in Nashville, Tenn., and worked with the church’s youth in various capacities following graduation. Kristi also graduated from Welch College in 1996 with a degree in Secondary Education and Missions. She traveled with the Rejoice ministry team at Welch College and worked at the Nashville Union Rescue Mission. She has been to Japan as a student missionary and Cote d’Ivoire with the Go and Be team from FWBBC. Kristi has taught Sunday school and has been involved in youth and music ministries at Cofer’s Chapel. Tim and Kristi Johnson were appointed as career missionaries to Spain in May 1997 and arrived in Spain in September 1998. After one year of study in Eurocentres and one year at the University of Madrid, the Johnsons began ministering in Villalba. CHILDREN Born in Spain, their children Alejandro (2000) and Ana (2003) have been a vital part of their ministry. HOME CHURCH Tim—North Warren FWB Church, Michigan Kristi—Westside FWB Church, South Carolina Updated August 20, 2018

Prayer Requests

  • Pray God will call more workers to Spain.
  • Pray for the Alpedrete church as they prepare for their Christmas musical.
  • Pray for the new outreach efforts that the Johnsons are spearheading as they are in the beginning stages of a new church plant.
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PRESENT MINISTRY The Morgans live in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, where they assist pastor José Manuel in the Esperanza Church. They also teach English classes through the University of Alcalá and encourage and help the church with multiple outreach opportunities. After serving one term in Uruguay, the Board approved a transfer to Spain for Neil and Mandi. CONVERSION Mandi was saved as a small child during the final night of Vacation Bible School at Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church. When she was 12 years old, she attended a missions service conducted by Carlisle Hanna. During this service, she first became aware of the need for world evangelization and began to feel God’s call for her to enter full-time missionary service. Her desire for world evangelism and God’s call has only grown since this time. At the age of seven, Neil was saved during a service at Pamplico Free Will Baptist Church. As Eddie Riddick gave the invitation, Neil realized he was a sinner and in need of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He went to the altar and Mrs. Carolyn Riddick prayed with him. Later, under the pastorate of Sherwood Lee, Neil began to realize God’s desire for all nations to know Him. After several missions trips and especially during his missionary internship in India, his call to career missionary service was confirmed. EARLY MINISTRY Neil and Mandi attended Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee. While finishing his last year at Welch College, Neil served as the interim pastor at Richland Free Will Baptist Church. Mandi taught the teen class and helped in the nursery. She also began teaching high school English during this time. After graduating, Neil and Mandi moved to Timmonsville, South Carolina. Neil pastored Bay Branch Free Will Baptist Church from 2004-2006. Mandi taught high school English, taught Sunday school, and lead youth nights. She also introduced the young people to the National Youth Conference’s Bible, music, and arts competition. Neil and Mandi were approved as career missionaries to Uruguay in April 2008. The Morgans spent their first year in language school and arrived in Uruguay in 2011. CHILDREN Neil and Mandi have three daughters, Emma Catherine, born April 10; Aubrey, born August 13; and Sofia, born July 25. HOME CHURCH Neil—Sand Hill FWB Church in Coward, SC Mandi—Horse Branch FWB Church in Turbeville, SC Updated September 21, 2017

Prayer Requests

  • The Morgans are working in the Esperanza church in Alcalá de Henares. The church is growing. Praise the Lord for the growth and pray for the continued growth of the church.
  • Pray for a new location and larger facility for the church.
  • Pray for the growth of our children’s ministry.
  • Pray for the English classes that the Morgans teach at the University of Alcalá.
  • We are planning an Easter event in our community. Please be in prayer for this opportunity to build relationships.
  • We are preparing for a women’s event on April 27. Pray for the event and for many unsaved to attend.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Approved as missionary interns to Spain in December 2019, Sam and Lauren Riggs are seeking prayer and financial partners for their two–year internship. CONVERSION Both Sam and Lauren were raised in Christian homes. Sam, son of former missionaries to Spain Mark and Juli Riggs, was born in Spain. Sam accepted Christ as Savior and was baptized in Spain. His family returned to the States when he was 11. His parents’ ministry, relationships in and outside the church, and home life cultivated his desire to serve on the mission field as well. Lauren (Strickland) grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She grew up in church and attended a Christian school. Her family enjoyed a vibrant, practical Christian life. As a result, she made the decision to accept Christ as Savior and place her identity in Him. Sam and Lauren met at Welch College in 2014, and got married in July of 2017. EARLY MINISTRY After Sam’s family returned to the States, he became a bit reserved. His shyness led him to retreat into the Word and develop a stronger spiritual life. Sam attended University of West Alabama in 2013 for his Freshman year of college, but after, he decided to transfer to Welch College. While at Welch College, his background as a missionary kid led him to attend a mission trip Welch College hosted. He traveled to Panama in 2015. The following year, he participated in IM’s CMP mission trip to Brazil. Sam graduated with a B.S. in exercise science in 2017. As a teen, Lauren participated in ETEAM Tokyo (2012) and ETEAM France (2013). She decided to attend Welch College to pursue a career in missions. In 2014, she participated in a trip to Uganda with Kirby Church (Michigan). She taught English at an orphanage and loved it. She found that God could use her love of teaching on the mission field. She decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree in English and Theology while minoring in intercultural studies and English as a second language (ESL). While at Welch, Lauren served in Tokyo, Japan, as an overseas apprentice during the summer of 2016. Upon graduating from Welch in 2017, she decided to further her education by pursuing her master’s in education, graduating from Lipscomb University in 2019. Lauren has taught in Metro Nashville public schools with immigrant children. Sam and Lauren got married July of 2017. In July of 2020, they welcomed a beautiful little miracle into their family, Emilia Charlotte. They love to share their story of God’s faithfulness in their lives; they would love to tell you how God moved mountain after mountain to allow their family to reach the mission field. HOME CHURCH The Donelson Fellowship, Nashville, Tennessee Updated September 17, 2021

Prayer Requests

-Pray for the hearts of the people we will meet and interact with while in Spain. Pray that God will prepare their hearts for the seed of the gospel. -Pray for the Alpedrete Church to continue to grow and flourish. -Pray for the new church plant we will be working in. -Pray for our family as we transition to this new ministry.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Jerry and Barbara Gibbs transitioned to the States in 2014. They continue serving the Mission as development associates. Jerry implemented and plans GO Global conferences, designed to introduce groups of churches to the biblical basis for missions, missionaries, and God’s work overseas. They continue to represent the Mission in conferences and churches, seeking to help pastors, churches, and individuals embrace a Great Commission perspective of life and ministry. CONVERSION Jerry was converted in a revival at age 14. While at Welch College, the Lord spoke to him about summer missionary service in France. During his summer in France, Jerry accepted God’s call to full-time missionary service. Barbara was only seven years of age when she was converted in Heiskell, Tennessee. She claims she led a mediocre Christian life until she entered Welch College. While there, God spoke to her heart about missions and she surrendered to His plan for her life. EARLY MINISTRY Jerry and Barbara Gibbs were appointed to France in August of 1972. They arrived in France in March  1974 and began their first term working with the young people of the church in Rennes under Joe and Barbara Haas. When the Haases returned to the States for furlough, Jerry took on the responsibilities as pastor. This proved to be a “first” of many experiences for Jerry: first wedding performed, first occasion to supervise summer missionaries and first time to become a father. The Gibbs started the St. Nazaire church during their second term. The church grew through the use of literature and individual Bible studies. Land was purchased and a building was constructed in 1988. They continued to place emphasis on discipling believers and adding families to the church. This resulted in a growing ministry and an emerging group of potential leaders. In 1995 an adjoining property was purchased and a multipurpose building was constructed by a team of men from the First Free Will Baptist Church of Newport News, Virginia, and the men of the St. Nazaire church. Barbara assisted in the ministry through teaching Sunday school, helping the music ministry, and conducting Bible studies with ladies. She showed hospitality to the unsaved, church members, and visiting missionaries. She also provided secretarial help, when needed. CHILDREN Jerry and Barbara have three sons: Marc, born July 20; Joël, born January 9; and Ryan, born April 2. HOME CHURCH Jerry-Liberty FWB Church, Durham, N.C. Barbara-Faith FWB Church, Knoxville, Tenn.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the Gibbs children and grandchildren. Marc and his family, reside in the Saint Louis area; Joël and his family in Nashville, Ryan and his family who live in also in Nashville.
  • Pray that God will grant Jerry and Barbara wisdom as they lead the church through the pastoral transition from missionary pastor to French pastor.
  • Pray for the church as they seek to win the lost in St. Nazaire and the surrounding area.
  • Pray for the pastoral team of the Saint Nazaire church, Bruno and Sylvain, that God will give them wisdom and protect them and their families.
  • Pray that God will guide, protect, and bless Bruno, the interim pastor of the Saint Nazaire church, and his family.
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PRESENT MINISTRY Currently, the Lancasters are currently involved in a new church plant in the Carrasco neighborhood of Montevideo. According to a 2012 survey Uruguay was the sixth least religious country in the world with 29% being considered religious. Many identify themselves as Roman Catholic but it has little effect in their daily lives. Jaimie and Tammy are involved in the community and participate in different clubs and organizations. Their main goal is to be out and about (#outandabout) in the neighborhood in order to stay in touch with the community and its needs. One of the needs is a place for people who have learned English to actually use those skills. Conversation Corner is a program that involves coffee and conversation. Tammy also hosts a ladies English group that is used primarily for friendly interaction and teaching. The desired result of all of these activities is to find creative ways to engage people in Gospel conversations and the formation of a church. CONVERSION Jaimie grew up in a Christian home and became a believer at the age of eight. He enjoyed meeting the missionaries who visited with his church during missions conferences. In 1985, after his sophomore year at Welch College, Jaimie served as an overseas apprentice in Japan. Tammy was saved on her tenth birthday during vacation Bible school. As a teenager her awareness of missions grew through the many missions sermons and missionary testimonies at the First FWB Church in Russellville, Ark. During this time Tammy submitted her life to God but didn’t yet feel directed to a specific field. In 1995, upon hearing Dennis Owen describe the spiritual needs of the Uruguayan people, both Jaimie and Tammy knew God was burdening their hearts to serve in Uruguay. EARLY MINISTRY The Lancasters served on a church-planting team in Michigan from 1987-90. They then moved to McShan, Ala., where Jaimie pastored for three years at Mt. Moriah FWB Church. While there, Tammy began and coordinated the children’s church and taught the nursery Sunday school class. CHILDREN Jaimie and Tammy have two children: Jonathan Cole, born December 12; and John William, born June 2. HOME CHURCH Jaimie-Mt. Moriah FWB Church, McShan, Ala. Tammy-First FWB Church, Russellville, Ark.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for our various outreaches in the community that they will be fruitful.
  • Pray for unity among the national church and leaders.
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PRESENT MINISTRY The Torrison’s ministry in Uruguay has two main focuses: to support the existing FWB churches through Bible institute classes and other teaching and to team with Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster to plant a new church in our neighborhood of Montevideo. Uruguay, although located in South America, is very European in culture. Around 40% are atheist/agnostic. It is also a very expensive place to live, so they are having to think out of the box as far as what a “normal” church plant might look like. They cannot rent or buy a building and put out a sign.  So they are focusing on the “body” of the church first, trusting that in time the building will come. The Torrisons want to be “out and about,” building relationships, striving to help the community and share Christ’s love. They do this in many creative ways like English conversation, craft days, local classes, and helping out at the girls’ school. CONVERSION As an eight-year-old, Steve was saved during church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He rededicated his life while in the U.S. Navy, and shortly thereafter felt called to preach. During his third year at Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma, Steve specifically felt and surrendered to the call to the mission field. Lori was saved at the age of five. After a moving sermon at church, she informed her parents “she wanted to get saved,” and knelt with them by the couch at home. Lori first felt the tug towards missions in seventh grade but did not surrender to the call to missions until a student revival during her second year at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. EARLY MINISTRY Steve and Lori Torrison were appointed as career missionaries to Panama in July 2004. Following a year of language school in San Jose, Costa Rica, they moved to Chitré, Panama, in April 2006. The Torrisons assisted Stan and Brenda Bunch with the rapidly growing new church plant in Chitré. They were also involved in area studies to determine areas with the most need for future churches. After a year of stateside assignment, the Torrisons returned to Panama in 2010 and began work on a church plant in Penonomé, Panama, working with Osvaldo Ortega, a 2011 graduate of the Panama Free Will Baptist Seminary. Steve and Lori left the church in his care when they returned for stateside assignment in 2014, anticipating the transition from field missionaries to a partnership with the Panamanian association in January 2015. In April 2014, the Board approved a transfer from Panama to Uruguay for the Torrisons, since the Panamanian work no longer requires full-time missionary staffing. While on stateside assignment, they also served as missionaries-in-residence during the 2014-2015 academic year at Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma. On May 31, 2015, the Torrison family departed for Montevideo, Uruguay, to begin their new ministry. They worked to foster leadership development, teach Bible classes, and spearhead discipleship training. They also began the process of building relationships as the first step toward a new church plant in the greater Montevideo area. CHILDREN They have two daughters, Melanie Joyce (December 13) and Abby Elizabeth (October 14). HOME CHURCH Woodward FWB Church, Woodward, OK Updated May 16, 2018

Prayer Requests

August 2019 PRAISE!
  • We were given financial clearance to return to Uruguay on July 4!
  • The Lord provided a house within walking distance from the girls’ school, and cheaper than the one we had before!
PRAY:
  • Pray for wisdom and safety of travel for Steve and other Bible institute instructors. Pray the students would be diligent and willing to
  • Pray for the people of Uruguay to see that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Only 6% of the country claim to be Christian.
  • Pray the Lord would guide us to those who are searching.
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