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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Meet Kenneth and Rejane Eagleton, IM Missionaries in Residence (Randall University)

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We, Rejane and Kenneth, have lived in Campinas, Brazil, since 2006. Our ministry is focused on leadership training and the development of the Alliance of Free Will Baptist Church in the country. Kenneth teaches at the Escola Teológica Batista Livre (FWB Theological School) and began expanding the availability of the training of leaders to satellite centers in other churches where we have worked. We have also been busy developing training manuals and translating FWB books into Portuguese. Previously, we served as missionaries for 18 years in Ivory Coast, Africa. We have accepted the temporary position of Missionaries in Residence at Randall University in Moore, OK, helping to develop future missionaries.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="187" image_size="cover" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Eagleton's story

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Our ministry assignments have changed considerably over the more than 37 years that we have been with IM. Over time, it has become evident to us the real need of preparing national leadership to assume more and more responsibilities in carrying out the ministry in their country and the expansion of evangelism and church planting. Missionaries will not remain on the field forever and national leadership needs to be adequately prepared to give the work sustainability and foster multiplication. While we ministered in remote areas of the Ivory Coast, it was quite exciting to enter villages that had never heard a gospel presentation, preach, and see people come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, what proved to be a challenge was the process of discipling these new believers, many of which were illiterate. A discipler needed to come live in the village or be there frequently to nurture these believers and guide them in reaching out to other villagers. We did not have trained leaders that could do this work. Through this situation, the Lord called me (Kenneth) to devote myself to the training of leaders. This strategy has paid off in Ivory Coast, permitting the national Church to assume all responsibilities for evangelism and church planting in that country. We are currently doing the same thing for Free Will Baptists in Brazil, preparing them to sustain the work that was started in the country without needing the presence of resident North American missionaries. During the 2021/22 school year, we are on Stateside assignment. We have accepted the temporary position of Missionaries in Residence at Randall University in Moore, OK, helping to develop future missionaries.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Leadership training"]Kenneth has written several manuals in Portuguese on different subjects related to Bible teaching and ministry development to be used in leadership training in Brazil.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Teaching in Theological School"]Kenneth has been teaching several courses at Escola Teológica Batista Livre in Campinas (FWB Theological School).[/sc_step][sc_step title="Translation of books"]Rejane has worked in the translation of books and Bible studies from English into Portuguese.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Bringing unity to the denomination world-wide"]Kenneth has worked with leaders of our churches to bring them together into an Alliance of Free Will Baptist churches for fellowship and to work together to advance Kingdom work.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Eagletons

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  • Pray that the Lord of the harvest would call more leaders to be involved in ministry and pray for their training.
  • Pray for pastor Marcelo Baço as we prepare him to be our replacement in leading the training program in Brazil.
  • Pray for unity of vision and purpose for our churches so that they will work together.
  • Pray that the Brazilian Church would have a vision for outreach, multiplication, church-planting, and missions.
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Meet the Awtreys, IM Missionaries to Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Здравейте! Hello. We are Tim and Lydia Awtrey and we have been serving in Bulgaria for over fifteen years. Tim grew up in a Free Will Baptist Church in California and Lydia grew up under the communist regime in Bulgaria. While Tim started attending church one week after being born, Lydia didn’t see a Bible or hear the name of Jesus until she was twenty years old. We start churches here in Bulgaria to make sure that never happens to anyone again. We have two children; Yanna and Alex who now live in the USA.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][sc_video ext_video="DB7KxuJA60w"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78275" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Bulgaria?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]More than a thousand years ago Prince Rastislav of Moravia sent out the following appeal, “Many Christians have arrived in our midst, some Italian, some Greek, and some German, and they have spoken to us in their different ways. But we Slavs are simple people and have no one to teach us the truth... Therefore, we pray you to send us someone capable of teaching us the whole truth.”  It was from this appeal that the Bulgarians were given a very precious gift – the Bible in their own language. And, yet Rastislav’s petition, one thousand years later, remains largely unanswered.  Bulgaria is one of the “forgotten” countries of Europe. There are very few missionaries, few believers, and even fewer churches. Less than one percent of the Bulgarian people have heard a concise presentation of the gospel, been to a protestant church, or have ever read the Bible. For this reason, Tim and Lydia have been called to Bulgaria. We help to establish Free Will Baptist churches in cities and towns that have few if any, healthy Bible-believing churches. With the help of our team, our goal is to fulfill the call of Prince Rastislav and the call of the gospel – that no one will grow up in Bulgaria without having seen and heard the gospel in action.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="purple"]

8 Unreached People Groups in Bulgaria

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How they are ministering to the people in Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Alpha courses"]Alpha courses are Bible studies we do with the "not-yet" believers.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Bible studies"]We do weekly Bible studies to build up and encourage those who already follow Jesus.[/sc_step][sc_step title="English classes"]We provide English classes to build relationships with those outside the church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Social outreach"]To connect to the community with the love of Jesus we regularly visit the local retirement home, the hospital, and are involved in programs for children with disabilities and with “at-risk” families.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Sunday worship"]On Sundays, we come together to worship Jesus and serve one another in the local church.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How can you pray for Tim & Lydia

  • Pray for God to provide the church in Svishtov with a faithful Bulgarian pastor.
  • Pray for the training of new leaders in Bulgaria. We are in desperate need of leaders in the local churches who will lead and care for new believers.
  • Please pray for new missionaries who will help us in Bulgaria as we hope to plant three new Free Will Baptist churches within the next five years.
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Meet Ken and Jayne Cash, IM Missionaries to Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Approved as career missionaries to Bulgaria in May 2020, Ken and Jayne Cash serve in Pleven, Bulgaria with Jonathan and Amy as they establish a church in that city and reach into surrounding villages. They help train Bulgarians in the work of the ministry, encourage the existing team, pastor when the missionaries are on furlough, and share the Good News with the Bulgarian people. Language acquisition is a big part of their lives right now. Ken, a natural extrovert, loves people and isn’t afraid to try out his new language skills.  Jayne, a natural introvert, works very hard at learning the language and equally hard at engaging people to actually speak the language![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78275" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Bulgaria?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Bulgaria is less than 2% evangelical. Under the influence of communism for so many years, people were encouraged to reject any type of faith.  This left a great void in the hearts and lives of the people.  Each time we traveled to Bulgaria, we interacted with respectful, friendly, people who lived with no hope.  We finally came to the point when we realized that God was calling us to move to Bulgaria to share the gospel with the many people who lived there with no hope.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="purple"]

8 Unreached People Groups

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Ken and Jayne's story

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Jayne and I are both first-generation believers. I was led to the Lord by my bi-vocational pastor who was also my boss. His influence and testimony led me to recognize my need of a Savior. As a new Christian, I attended Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) where I graduated with a B.S. in Christian Education. Jayne grew up outside Charleston, WV and accepted Christ as Savior as a result of the church bus ministry of Loudendale FWB Church. Jayne followed the Lord’s leading to Bible college in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated with a B.A. in Bible and English. We met at college and married in 1982 serving at Woodbine FWB Church in Nashville before moving to Kinston, North Carolina in 1991. There we served under Pastor Archie Ratliff at Bethel FWB Church. We credit Archie and his wife Portia with 14 years of modeling, shepherding, and mentoring us in ministry. Over the next 20 years, I served as senior pastor in three North Carolina churches. While serving as senior pastor, we met Tim and Lydia Awtrey when they were new missionaries.  A friendship and partnership quickly formed, and I traveled to Bulgaria for the first time in 2006. Over the next twelve years, we would return to Bulgaria six different times.  Each time we went to Bulgaria, our hearts were impressed with spiritual darkness, a people with no hope, and the great need for the gospel.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to the people in Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Village Outreach"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Language"]Language study and teaching gives a unique opportunity to share Christ with teachers, language helpers, and students.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Discipleship"]Discipleship opportunities with new believers[/sc_step][sc_step title="Administration"]Assisting in the administration of The Hanna Project – Bulgaria[/sc_step][sc_step title="Preaching and Teaching Opportunities"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Mentoring Bulgarian Nationals"][/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for Ken and Jayne

  • Pray for us in our language study that Christ will be glorified even while we are learning.
  • Pray for us as we adapt to life in a new country and a different culture. May our hearts, minds, and spirits be willing to accept a new normal, and may we always let the light of Christ shine to the lost around us.
  • Pray for our children and grandchildren and for us as we are separated from them. This is a new thing for all of us, and I know we will have seasons of grief. Pray that God will give us the peace that we need during this process.
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Meet Keren, IM Missionary to Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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 grew, her faith 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. Approved as a missionary intern to Varna, Bulgaria in April 2019, Keren is currently in her two-year internship serving at the New Life Church in Varna alongside Trif and Vanya Trifonov.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78275" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Bulgaria?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]During the summer of 2018, Keren served in Bulgaria with IM's College Missions Program (CMP). She discovered many opportunities to serve and share the Gospel. Falling in love with the Bulgarian people and recognizing the immense need for Christian witnesses, she applied to serve as a missionary.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]8 Unreached People Groups in Bulgaria[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][sc_video ext_video="31Ww_iWbF9c"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Keren's Impact Through Language School

Listen to this story of the "Skinny Cow" and how God used Keren's language school as an opportunity to share a story from the Bible with others who have never read the Bible.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="video_aside" video_id="5dr4B01IXw8" video_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Keren shares why she gives to missions and the joy it brings her to be obedient financially. She is not only ministering in Bulgaria, but she is financially contributing to ministries around the world through giving![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How she is ministering to people in Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Outreach ministries"]Keren is currently involved in outreach ministry at a Rehab center.[/sc_step][sc_step title="English classes"]Keren is building relationships with non-believers that we meet through the English classes.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Teen club"]Keren is working with the teens at church by leading a teen club where they talk about life questions and she gets to share what the Bible has for them.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Bulgarian language studies"]Another big part of her ministry is learning the Bulgarian language, because while she learns, she gets to share the gospel with her Orthodox teacher by using the Bible and the sermons in Bulgarian for language studies.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for Keren

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  • Pray for patience while I wait for the visa paperwork. In my first year in my internship, I had a student visa and this expired in November 2021, now I am applying for a visa that will allow me to stay longer in Bulgaria.
  • 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. Pray for my teacher as she hears the gospel through my homework and our conversations.
  • Pray for the teen club that we just started. Pray for the teens to grow in faith and for the other teens that have been invited but haven’t come.
  • Pray for the friendships that I have with the non-believers that their hearts may soften and their eyes may be open to the truth.
  • Pray for the addicts at the Rehab center, that they may break free from addictions and that they may accept the truth of the gospel and allow God to change their lives.
Thank you for praying for the Bulgarian people and me. Thank you for bringing to God these requests with a heart surrendered to God’s will.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78512" image_size="contain"][vc_column][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="6.84" after="MM" desc="Total population of Bulgaria" color="magenta"][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="1.98" after="%" desc="Evangelical" color="magenta"][vc_column_text]You can partner with Keren to reach people in Bulgaria with the Gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to Keren" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2F0SiKPHRggTk|target:_blank"][/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] => 2021-11-09 14:07:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-09 20:07:52 [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 width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Meet the Driscolls, IM Missionaries to Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Brenton and Debbie Driscoll were approved to be missionary interns to Bulgaria shortly before they got married in 2019. They arrived in Shumen, Bulgaria less than a month before the birth of their son, James (2020). The couple is currently awaiting the arrival of their second child. The Driscolls are presently serving at the New Life church in Shumen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][sc_video ext_video="wRUjcyh1c4k"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78275" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Bulgaria?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We were both blessed to grow up in an intercultural setting and in families that were very much involved in missions. Brenton was born and raised in Japan, and Debbie was born and raised in Bulgaria. Long before we met each other, we felt the Lord’s call to serve Him cross-culturally, wherever that might be. After we met, we started praying for our future together and for the place where the LORD was going to send us to serve. It did not take too long for us to know that He was leading us to go to Bulgaria, so we said “Yes, Lord!” and ventured on the journey to Bulgaria. God was faithful and brought us to Shumen less than a month before the birth of our first child, and He has been faithful to this very day. We are humbled to be serving in a country where only 1% of the whole population truly know Jesus, and we are fervently praying that our Lord will make His name known here, in Shumen, and in all of Bulgaria, as it is in heaven.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="purple"]

8 Unreached People Groups in Bulgaria

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How they are ministering to the people in Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Bible studies"]We do weekly Bible studies where people can encounter the truth of God’s Word.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Discipleship"]We also do weekly discipleship lessons.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Ladies' book study"]We also do a ladies’ book study on the topic of biblical womanhood.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Sunday worship service"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Translation"]We do the translation of Christian literature from English to Bulgarian.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach"]We also host special events in order to befriend new people and invite them to come to our Bible studies and church services.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Driscolls

  • 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 events and ministry opportunities that the LORD has blessed us to do.
  • Pray that God would guide and equip the believers in Bulgaria to do His work, and that He would use us as He sees fit to help in this process.
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Meet the Postlewaites, IM Missionaries to Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Jonathan and Amy have served as church planters in the country of Bulgaria since 2013. They currently live and with their three children in the city of Pleven, which is in the north-central part of the country. The church planting work which the Postlewaites are a part of includes ministering to people in the city, people living in the surrounding region, international students from the medical university, and minority groups. In all of these efforts, their mission remains the same: making disciples who are grounded in God’s Word and are eager and equipped to make disciples themselves.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78527" image_size="contain" white_bg="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Postlewaite's story

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We want more people in this country who have never had an opportunity to hear the Good News to find hope, security, and purpose in Jesus Christ! After placing our faith in Jesus Christ at an early age and growing in our personal relationships with Him (before we knew each other), both of us started to become aware of how many people in the world had little access to the Gospel which had changed our lives. This burden pierced our hearts. The Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) helped us understand that the hope we had found in Christ was not something we could keep for ourselves.  We both knew that God was calling us to commit our lives to bring the Gospel to those who have never heard. After getting married in 2007 and serving in FWB churches for several years, we were appointed by IM in 2010 to be church planters in a part of the world we had least expected to find ourselves—eastern Europe![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78275" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Bulgaria?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Lord quickly opened our eyes to gain a sense of the great spiritual needs which exist in the beautiful country of Bulgaria. Even though Orthodox Christianity is the official religion of the country, faith, Bible reading, and association with the church were strongly discouraged when the country was under Communist rule from 1946-1989. As a result, many Bulgarians now consider themselves atheists or practice Orthodox traditions without a full understanding of their meaning.  Superstitions play a big role in the lives of many Bulgarians, as does fear.  Because of challenges in the economy, many Bulgarians are leaving the country to look for work overseas. Lack of trust and unity have a major effect on many personal and professional relationships. In the city of Pleven, where we currently live, less than 2% of the population are Evangelical believers. The villages in our region are other places where people have had little access to the Good news. In the majority of them, there are no existing Protestant churches. We have a desire to see that change! We are grateful for every opportunity that the Lord is giving us here to tell the story of Jesus, watch lives being transformed by Him, and equip others to proclaim His salvation to all of the world.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]8 Unreached People Groups in Bulgaria[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Leadership of New Life churches"]The Postlewaites provide leadership for the New Life Church in Pleven and the New Life Church in the village of Odarne.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Discipleship"]They are providing one-on-one and group discipleship opportunities in the city and in villages.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach events"]They are organizing outreach events, usually in conjunction with holidays and special days.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Partnering with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)"]They are partnering with the Child Evangelism Fellowship team in their regions to minister in children’s homes, orphanages, and youth camps.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Teaching English"]They are building relationships through English teaching.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Christian values clubs"]They are leading Christian values clubs for children.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Postlewaites

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  • Pray that the believers we disciple would become grounded in faith and equipped to share the Gospel with others
  • Pray that God would open doors for us to minister in creative ways among population segments in our city and region who have never heard the Gospel
  • Pray that barriers of spiritual opposition would be overcome and that those who hear the Gospel would respond with true faith in Jesus Christ
  • Pray that a spirit of trust, unity, holiness, and love would characterize our churches, our personal walks with the Lord, our families, and our IM Bulgaria church planting team.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="6.84" after=" MM" desc="Total population of Bulgaria" color="magenta"][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="1.98" after=" %" desc="Evangelical" color="magenta"][vc_column_text]You can partner with the Postlewaites to reach people in Bulgaria with the Gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to the Postlewaites" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2FE6J9gqgoQS4|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Jonathan and Amy Postlewaite [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => jonathan-and-amy-postlewaite [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-08 14:26:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-08 20:26:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=90 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 92 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:50:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:50:01 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Meet Josh Provow, IM Missionary to Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hi! My name is Josh and together with my five kids, I am one of your church planters in the country of Bulgaria. I have been serving in Bulgaria since July 2015, most recently serving in the city of Shumen and the surrounding villages. Even though our lives got turned upside down in June 2021, one thing remains clear: God has big plans for our family in Bulgaria! The best is yet to come![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78275" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Bulgaria?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]My family and I relocated to Shumen in June of 2018. The reason was very simple: the Shumen Province has a very large Turkish population, among which only about .01% know Christ as Lord. If you venture outside of the city, you will find scores of Turkish villages, almost none of which have any sort of Christian presence. Almost everyone in these villages considers themselves to be Muslim, but when the daily calls to prayer go out over the mosque’s siren, no one stops and prays. The mosque sits empty and the imams are mainly called on for holidays, weddings, and funerals. The spiritual literacy is so low, that many people believe that the Koran is the Turkish translation of the Bible and that Mohammed is the Turkish name of Jesus Christ. Praise God, little by little, conversation by conversation, the light of the gospel is reaching into some of these dark places![/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]8 Unreached People Groups in Bulgaria[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78170" image_size="contain"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Provows

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  • My teammates Brenton and Debbie Driscoll, as they lead the church in Shumen.
  • The church in Shumen, as they continue to reach out and grow despite numerous challenges.
  • The Bible study in the village of Vehtovo, that they would resume meeting and reading stories about the life of Jesus.
  • My family, as we continue to heal and prepare for our return to Bulgaria.
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Meet the Trifonovs, IM Missionaries to Bulgaria

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Trif & Vanya Trifonov have served as church planters with IM since 2013 in Varna, Bulgaria when they planted the New Life Church. They both had been atheists and came to the faith after the democratic changes in the country in 1989. Trif and Vanya got married in 1993. They have three children and one grandchild. Vanya likes cooking and dancing Bulgarian folk dances. Trif likes watching soccer and tasting Vanya’s culinary specialties![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78275" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Bulgaria?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]After coming to the faith, we both served for 20 years as student staff-workers (the last 5 years we were also youth pastors). We loved our ministries but felt God was already leading us to "pass the baton" and leave student and youth work. So we started to pray and ask God what He would want us to do next. Soon after that Tim and Lydia Awtrey invited us to join IM as church planters in Varna. God had been preparing us for this transition as we saw the great need for more Bible-based churches in Bulgaria. So, we had already church planting on our hearts. Tim and Lydia’s invitation came right on time! There are only about 1% of newborn Christians in Bulgaria. The biggest chunks of the population are nominal Eastern Orthodox (about 75%) and Muslim people (10%). Most people worship the gods of materialism, sex, and entertainment. The ignorance about the Bible and Christianity is staggering. There are evangelical churches in the country but many of them do not teach sound doctrine and the full gospel of Jesus Christ. The city of Varna is the third-largest city in Bulgaria with a population of about 330,000. 85% of people in Varna are Bulgarian. The biggest minority groups are the Russians (8%) and the Turks (4%). Some 20% of its population are students in various educational institutions, four of which are higher. 30% of adults have higher education. Both students and people of higher education (altogether 44% of the total population of the city) are the main target audience of New Life Church Varna.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]8 Unreached People Groups in Bulgaria[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][sc_video ext_video="bVBn6IvaRwc"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]

IMpact Bulgarian Freedom Project

The New Life Church in Varna, Bulgaria is growing! We thank God we were able to buy the church property. We are still fundraising to pay back the remaining loan of $100,000. We are also going to need $100,000 more for the remodeling and renovation.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Learn more about project" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fiminc.org%2Fimpact-projects%2Fimpact-bulgaria-freedom-project%2F|target:_blank"][sc_button text="Give to IMpact Project" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2F5sTVgWl77kU|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Bulgaria

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How you can pray for the Trifonovs

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  • Please, pray that God would help us reach out to more people in Varna and make a difference in their lives through the gospel and the resources He’s given us.
  • Pray that we would be able to build disciples of Christ who would be willing to commit themselves to take up responsibilities and ministries in the New Life Church.
  • Pray for us to be able to send out church planters and found more local churches in the Varna region.
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Bulgaria

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Meet the Duncans, IM Missionaries to Ecuador

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Adam and Carol Duncan are native rural Missourians. They have two children: Caleb and Moriah. Even though Adam had a troubled home life growing up, he had the consistent witness of his grandfather, a deacon (SBC). Adam accepted Christ as Savior at the age of 9. Carol accepted Christ as Savior at age 8; her family supported the local church and missions. Her father, a deacon, and her mother teaching G.A.s. Adam and Carol met in high school and have been married for over 20 years. Adam has a background in law enforcement and police teaching (B.S. in psychology and M.Ed. in Counseling). Carol has been a nurse (BSN and MSN emphasis in family nurse practitioner). The Duncans became involved at Rejoice Free Will Baptist Church (their current home church) in 2003, a mission church planted by former missionaries to Spain: Steve and Linda Reeves. Adam later became ordained in 2007. Adam worked bi-vocationally as the assistant pastor at Rejoice, Carol in the creative arts and media team, teaching youth and other age groups from 2004-2020. In 2018, they joined The Hanna Project team in Ecuador. In 2019, Carol led the medical team, and they felt God stir their hearts toward permanent ministry. In December of 2019, they were approved by the IM board to go to Ecuador.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78496" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Ecuador?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Ecuador has a population of 17 million, of those 1.1 million are indigenous. This is the group we are trying to reach in the Amazon River basin. Of the 14 indigenous groups in Ecuador, the Duncans will focus on two unreached in the jungle: the Lowland Tena Quichua (2%) and the Lowland Napo Quichua (6% reached). These people groups are diverse in their exposure to the outside world and the gospel. In the area we will be located, there are 39 communities and only five have an ongoing biblical Christian influence. Some communities are only accessible by foot or by riverways. The impact of reaching people with the gospel is only effective with lasting trust relationships made possible through IM's partner Jungle Kids for Christ (Antioch Christian Academy). Their mission is to empower children in the jungle of Ecuador so that they can break the cycle of poverty and abuse and share the gospel message of transformation with their family, community, country, and world.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]1 Unreached People Group in Ecuador[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Ecuador

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Pastor, Counseling, and Discipleship"]Adam, an ordained pastor, and a counselor will provide services for families and disciple new believers.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Medical-needs"]Carol, a registered nurse/nurse practitioner, will supply year-round medical needs at the school and community.[/sc_step][sc_step title="After-school programs"]Our teens, Caleb & Moriah, will offer assistance in the after-school programs and the residential girls' home.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Duncans

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  • Pray for the people of the Amazon basin.  The Pandemic has created job issues, supply, and medication shortages.
  • Pray for our partner organization, Jungle Kids for Christ, as they minister to the people with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.
  • Pray for Caleb and Moriah that they may continue to grow in their knowledge of Christ and the burden to reach souls for Him.
  • Pray for our language learning (Quichua and Spanish).
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Ecuador

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Meet IM Missionaries Jeff and Susana Turnbough

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="404" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why International Training Alliance?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The real why that keeps us motivated is seeing leaders across the global Body of Christ be equipped and encouraged through 21st-century training programs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Story of International Training Alliance

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In 2004, Susana and I asked the Board of IM to change our status from church planters to leadership development. We began working with workers in France and Spain to develop a new training program. We interviewed French and Spanish leaders, asking them what kinds of training they needed to be successful in the 21st century. At that point, we attended the Leadership Matters Course. Immediately we realized this was precisely what our leaders said they needed. In 2005, IM sat at the table in Atlanta, Georgia and the International Training Alliance (ITA) was born. Susana and I began representing IM by serving as trainers, along with many others from other ITA partner organizations, two times per year, as we continued serving in Spain. I became the regional director for Europe, then the deputy director of IM over field operations, continuing to serve with ITA. In 2015, the boards of ITA invited us to become the CEO of ITA, and the IM board voted unanimously to second us to ITA.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][sc_video ext_video="Ud4M8jmuVQI"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Check out other videos to learn more about the Leadership Matters Course, International Training Alliance, and other events.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Subscribe to the ITA YouTube Channel" color="magenta" icon="vc-material vc-material-airplay" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUCOa-nhVbwXWItufKo6pcicw|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]How Jeff and Susana serve through ITA[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Jeff as CEO and International Director of ITA"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Susana as senior trainer"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Jeff serves as chair on the ITA Council of 15"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Both serve on the ITA management team"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Work with 17 different partner organizations"][/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How can you pray for Jeff and Susana

  • Please pray for patience and wisdom to know when and where we can resume residential training, hopefully in 2022.
  • Pray pray for our team as we continue to develop LMC Online—our training carried out virtually.
  • Pray for financial support for Jeff & Susana and for ITA.
  • Our participation in and through our local church in Madrid (we believe it is important to be involved globally and locally).
  • Our family (spread out around the world)
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Educational Specialists

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Meet the Chereaus, IM Missionaries to France

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Appointed to France in 2019, Jonathan and Michelle are working to expand the ministry of the St. Sébastien church located in the greater Nantes area of Brittany. Jonathan was born in Nantes, grew up in Saint Nazaire, and attended Free Will Baptist Church in Saint Nazaire with Jerry and Barbara Gibbs from a young age. Michelle was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She moved in 2003 to Madrid, Spain with her family. Since her arrival, she attended Free Will Baptist church in Villalba with Jeff and Susanna Turnbough as her pastors. They have two children: Zoe and Ainhoa (pronounced « I-know-a » ) Fun fact: We were born in three different countries: Jonathan and Ainhoa in France, Michelle in Ecuador, and Zoe in Spain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78274" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why France?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When we moved to France from Spain with Michelle, we were not thinking about ministry, we thought it wasn’t for us. Our plans in 2015 were to find a good job for me and live in the Nantes area, attend a church where we could feel welcomed, and serve there the most we could. I eventually found a job quickly as a waiter and we found an apartment and we also found the Saint Sebastian church where Robert and Judy Bryan were. After some advice from friends, praying, and the need here in France, we felt that God was calling us to serve here in France. When you look at numbers, you may look at 54% of Christians in France, but it’s less than 1.5% of evangelicals. The rest claim to have a catholic background. When you talk to people in the street, they may say they are catholic but they do not practice it. Several polls estimate that 40% of French people consider themselves atheists, which places France in fourth place in the world on this criterion.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]37 Unreached People Groups in France[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in France

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Bible study"]We have started our Bible study in September of 2021. We are thrilled to see that people want to seek God by learning more about His word.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Connexion Kidz"]Every Wednesday, we read a story, make activities, and do a craft in English. God is working! Just the fact that these activities are being carried out in a church, makes people ask questions about who we are and what we do.[/sc_step][sc_step title="School outings"]Participating in different outings with Zoe and Ainhoa’s school: I (Michelle) always enjoy participating in different outings with their school to meet new parents.[/sc_step][sc_step title="American Football"]Jonathan is helping and train to become a football coach in a team that is 10 minutes away from our church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Family games"]We organize an afternoon with board games in our church where everybody is welcome one Saturday per month.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach"]We have the privilege to serve in a multicultural church with young adults with children. Through some outreach activities, we try to reach the young families to welcome them so they can feel like a family.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Chereaus

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  • Please pray for our members that they feel encouraged in their faith and being the church.
  • Pray for Connexion Kidz and the opportunity to meet non-Christians around our city.
  • Pray for new contacts we can make to reach people
  • Pray for our ministry in France. We seek good ways to be part of the France team and help Free Will Baptist to expand in France.
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Meet the Prices, IM Missionary to France

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We are Matt, Cristina, Madeleine, and Emilie Price. We live and minister in St. Nazaire, France. We have been in St. Nazaire since 2018 after spending 12 years in Nantes, France. We are currently working with IM missionaries, Dennis and Carol Teague. Matt grew up in North Carolina while Cristina grew up in Nebraska. Madeleine and Emilie are twins and were born in Nantes. Matt loves college basketball. Cristina loves to read. Madeleine and Emilie both enjoy soccer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78274" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why France?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In 2000, the opportunity arose to work with Steve and Becky Riggs in Nantes for a school year. During that school year, we attended university classes in Nantes while helping the Riggs with student ministry in the church. During that year, God confirmed to us that He was leading us to work full-time in France.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]37 Unreached People Groups in France[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in France

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How you can pray for the Teagues

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  • Pray for wisdom and discernment as we see God's hand move in our church.
  • More than 50% of the French population consider themselves atheists today.  Pray that God would reveal himself to the French people as never before.
  • Pray for Madeleine and Emilie as they begin to navigate the teen years.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="65.19" after="MM" desc="Total population of France" color="magenta"][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="1.23" after="%" desc="Evangelical" color="magenta"][vc_column_text]You can partner with Matt and Cristina Price to reach people in France with the Gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to the Prices" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2FTcAjwZkBx6M|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Matt and Cristina Price [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => matt-and-cristina-price [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-09 13:47:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-09 19:47:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=91 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 93 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:54:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:54:17 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Meet the Reeves, IM Missionaries to France

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hello we are David, Myriam, and Jade Reeves. We are a Franco-Britannico-American family who loves the outdoors and all things nature. We enjoy board games, sports, and just spending time together as a family. We have been serving in France with IM for the past 5 years. Here are some fun facts about our family: Myriam has citizenship in three different countries(France, Great Britain, and the USA). Jade never meets a stranger and has a God-given gift to say "Hi" to exactly the person who needs to hear it the most. David is ambidextrous and proud. At first glance, France and the U.S. would seem quite similar in how life is like. Healthcare is good, jobs are available, and there are even McDonald’s in many cities now. However, there are some differences as well. France has hands down the best bread you have ever eaten in your life if you don’t believe me plan a trip and see for yourself. If you come to France you have to try the cheese even though it’s a little different than you're used to. Also and most importantly, there are still towns in France with zero churches. Think with me for a moment about the number of churches in your city and then compare that with France. Pray with me that God continues to send workers into the harvest and that France would be transformed by the Gospel![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78274" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why France?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]France still needs people willing to leave family and country to engage her with the Gospel! It won’t be easy; it will more than likely be very hard. You will miss your family, you will be made fun of and perhaps not taken seriously. But the God who has called us has the power to do far more than we can ask or think. He has called you. He will sustain you. He is with you and for you. The goal among Christians in France is to have a church for every 10,000 people so that every person in France will at least have access to a local community of believers. We need more teams of church planters to make this vision a reality. If God is calling you don’t hesitate, it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]37 Unreached People Groups in France[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="205" image_size="contain" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Reeves' Story for "Why Missions?"

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I, David, can remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting in a chapel service at Welch College when veteran missionary Jerry Gibbs would change my view of missions forever. Since I was a kid I was intrigued by missionaries. My parents would regularly read me biographies of missionaries such as Hudson Taylor, Gladys Alyward, and Jim Elliot. We even had missionaries come to our house and tell us stories of what it was like on the field. So you can say from an early age I was very much fascinated by life as a missionary. However, the day Jerry Gibbs spoke in chapel he spoke about the “Forgotten People” of France. I was shocked; for the longest time, I imagined missions being in areas of the world that are hard to live physically (mud huts, lack of food and water, poor healthcare). Jerry Gibbs presented me information about a first-world country with exceptional living standards, however, the people are dead spiritually and with very little access to local churches in their area. I began to re-examine why we send missionaries to faraway places. Do we do it because they have physical needs? Yes, we meet physical needs but first and foremost we go to engage the Spiritual need for the Gospel. That is what Jerry Gibbs reminded me of that day. The gospel is for everyone and no people group is forgotten in the eyes of the Savior.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to the people in France

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Discussion groups"]We host discussion groups for seekers with questions in regards to the Christian faith.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Creative ways to engage locals"]We make efforts to find new and creative ways to engage people with the Gospel.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach church events"]We organize events to help our church engage seekers and nonreligious contacts in an effort to build Gospel relationships.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Church ministries"]We are part of a church plant south of Nantes in a city called La Haie Foissiere.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Host JPense events"]We help host the JPense events.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Reeves

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  • Pray for the hearts of the French people to be transformed by the power of the Gospel.
  • Pray for fruitful discipleship and more churches to be planted in France.
  • Pray for new contacts and open hearts for gospel conversations.
  • Pray for Jade and her adjustment to French life and culture.(Pray God will draw her close to Himself)
  • Pray for our family and that God would use us to show his goodness to the people of France.
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Meet Steve and Becky Riggs, IM Missionaries to France

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hey everybody! Our names are Steve & Becky Riggs and we serve in France. I (Steve) was born in Nashville, TN, and Becky in Highland Park, MI.  We both grew up in the Central FWB Church at Royal Oak, MI (presently Central Oaks Community Church) where we were part of a strong youth group and had a constant influence of missionaries in our lives. In some ways, it was almost normal when we attended Welch College that our hearts were already turned towards serving Christ in an unreached area of our world. It was while serving a year as short-term missionaries in France in 1980 that the Lord opened our hearts to see the needs of France for the gospel. We love the French people and consider it a real privilege to serve the people in Châteaubriant. Pray with us that the church family will grow in number and be a strong witness for Christ in this area of France. And while we have loved serving in France, our greatest joy in life is still our four children, Daniel (wife Gwenaëlle and children Bleuenn and Maëlic), Brian, Laura, and Johanna![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78274" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why France?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]People don't tend to think of France as a place that needs the Gospel but in reality, it is perhaps one of the most unevangelized countries in the world. After further training at Columbia International University, we came back in 1984 as career missionaries. It has been our privilege to be part of teams starting works in Lorient, Nantes, and presently we are helping to see a church established in a city called Châteaubriant. Recently, with the generous help of Christians like you, our small church family was able to purchase and renovate a building for a visible place of worship. To our knowledge, it is the first time in nearly 500 years that a Protestant church has owned property in this town. [/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]Only 10% of French people attend a church of any kind and less than 2% would consider themselves to be evangelical.[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in France

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Pastor and Teaching God's Word"]Presently, I (Steve) serve as pastor of the church family in Châteaubriant. I think one of my greatest joys is teaching God's Word in French.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Teaching and tutoring"]Becky is involved in teaching English and tutoring students through a local association.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Building relationships"]We spend a lot of time one and one with friends we have made through different activities such as golf, nordic walking, or helping out at the Croix Rouge (Red Cross).[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for Steve and Becky

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  • For believers in France to be encouraged and faithful as they live in an increasingly atheistic society.
  • For the church family in Châteaubriant to grow and be a strong witness for Christ in this area.
  • For our personal witness to many friends who God has brought into our lives.
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Bio

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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Meet Dennis and Carol Teague, IM Missionaries to France

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We, Dennis and Carol Teague, minister in France and have for 36 years. Dennis is from Ardmore, Oklahoma and Carol is from Ina, Illinois.  We met in Nashville at Welch College.  When we met Dennis had already been to France several times and then went back for a year to work with the Haases. During his stays in France, Dennis saw that there were few Protestant churches and the Catholic churches were struggling with mainly older attendees. Doing life together for us meant missions and going as a team to the country of France. We came to France as a team of two. We are thankful that we have three sons added to our team who are involved in the JPense ministries. We also have the privilege of having three French daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78274" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why France?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Since our arrival in the country, there have been many changes just as there have been in most parts of this world. The country is much more modern with a lot of technological advances. The spiritual context has also greatly changed. When we first arrived 90% of the population claimed to be Catholic. Today that number has been reduced to around 40% and still dropping. The other big change has been in the number of people claiming to be atheists or simply not believing in God. About four years ago a nationally known sociologist estimated that around 40% of the French people would claim to be atheists. A recent survey claimed that 50% of people interviewed said that they did not believe in God. Some people say that the percentage of evangelicals in France is around 2%. Many of us believe it is more likely to be around 1%. However, our IM ministry is located in the western part of France which has an even lower number of evangelicals. Estimates run around one-half of one percent.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]37 Unreached People Groups in France[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in France

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Planting churches"]Our first effort was to start an FWB church in the city of St. Sébastien with teammate Cathy Crawford. Also about three years ago we also became involved in the church at St. Nazaire that was going through a crisis. God has blessed and is now reaching out to many dissatisfied Catholics and people who are looking for spiritual answers to their questions. Currently, as a follow-up to the JPense event, our same team is starting a church called Mosaique. Like JPense, the church is designed to reach out to non-believers.[/sc_step][sc_step title="JPense ministry"]When we first came, we started a weekend ministry called "JCrois" which was designed to equip young people to defend their faith. The St. Sébastien church has been turned over to French leadership, and JCrois has evolved into "JPense". We are part of the JPense team, which is an event specifically designed to speak to non-believers.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Teagues

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  • Pray for the spiritual growth and maturity of the members of the St. Sebastien church. Ask God to give Jonathan and Michelle Chereau wisdom and direction as they lead the church.
  • Pray that God will give wisdom and direction to us as we continue to work with the JPense team outreaches and the new church plant. Ask God to speak to the hearts of the many contacts that have been made.
  • Pray for us as Dennis pastors the St. Nazaire Church and that we will demonstrate God’s wisdom as we serve in this congregation. Ask God to help the church to reach non-believers.
  • Please pray that God will continue to grant us good health to continue in these ministries.
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France

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Meet the Penns, IM Missionaries at the University of Illinois

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Tyler and Kellie and their three children, Mason, Millie, and Madden live out a role of loving, serving, and reaching the international community that is dwelling among us in the United States. The specific group of internationals they work with is international students. They presently serve in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois at the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois is host to thousands of international students from places like China, Japan, Indonesia, and so many more. It is their initiative to reach a community, who can reach a student, who can reach the world through their ministry at the University of Illinois. They are a part of a Free Will Baptist church plant, The Bridge Church, that will join alongside their ministry to help love, serve, and reach out to this international student community. "We desire to bring the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus to these students that they too can follow Christ. It is our hope and desire that these students can return to their home country not just with a degree, but also with the light of the gospel within them." - The Penns[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78559" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why the University of Illinois?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Kellie and I made the decision in 2011 to begin a ministry that could reach international students who are studying at our universities here in the United States. We were shocked to find out that our local state university here in Illinois was a leading university in the area of international students, with nearly 15,000 international students representing over 100 nations. There are a few things to share about these students. First, they are some of the brightest walking our earth. They are working on technology that hasn’t been invented yet. Second, although they are very smart, many of them have very little knowledge when it comes to Jesus, the Bible, or the Christian faith. For example, we have been asked by a couple of students that we took to a Christmas play the questions, “Why was there a baby on stage?”. They had no idea that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]Another statistic about international statistics is also somewhat shocking and disappointing. 85% of international students will never step foot inside an American home. What this means is that all these people who have no knowledge of Jesus are often surrounded by people who do have this knowledge and yet the two groups seldom get together.[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to international students

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  • English Corner - We have partnered with an international student organization called the English Corner that provides international students with help in speaking English, and navigating American culture.
  • Conversation Groups - These are small groups that take place throughout the week that allow the students to practice their English.
[/sc_step][sc_step title="Invite - Inviting international students into our lives"]
  • Home - Our home is a major tool for ministry as it serves as a place to invite international students too. We invite for cookouts, dinners, game nights, and such.
  • Holidays - We invite international students to share holidays with us like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter.
  • Hobby - We also invite international students to partake in some of our favorite hobbies like fishing, camping, kayaking, and boating.
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  • Gospel Conversations - Our process of connecting to inviting leads to create these moments of gospel-filled conversations. They are the moments where we get to exchange the knowledge of Jesus with those who do not know.
  • Bible Study - We will invite these students to attend a bible study for the first time.
  • Church Service - Most of the time when we bring a student to a church service it is their very first time to ever step foot into a church service.
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How you can pray for Penns

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  • Pray for the Bible Studies with the international students that the students will come to believe these words as truth and place their faith in Jesus.
  • Pray for the English Corner that it can grow and provide a doorway to the faith for more and more international students.
  • Pray for the Bridge Church that it will grow and become a major tool in helping provide the gospel to the international community here at the University of Illinois.
  • Pray for the Penn family that the students they become a part of will see their hearts and become followers of Christ.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78538" image_size="cover" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]You can partner with the Penns to reach international students in Illinois with the Gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to the Penns" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2Fyyc39tpbbmc|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Tyler and Kellie Penn [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => tyler-and-kellie-penn [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-22 12:08:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-22 18:08:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=88 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )

International Students - USA

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Meet the Baileys, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Ken and Judy Bailey, Tokyo, Japan, were both born in the state of Missouri. Ken came to know Christ at the age of 19, and Judy accepted Christ as a child but later rededicated her life at age 21. They have been with IM since 1982 and have lived and ministered in the Tokyo area since that time. Having lived in the country for more than half of their lives, they truly feel Japan is their “home.” The greatest thing about ministering in Japan is seeing people’s lives changed when they turn to the only true and living God! Ken has a Ph.D. in Education and is a marathon runner and has climbed Mt. Fuji; Judy has taught children for more than forty years, studied tea ceremonies, and enjoys kabuki theater.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We felt God leading us into international missions when we were attending Welch College, and we surrendered our lives to His will at a 1977 mission retreat. Our hearts were broken and challenged when we learned that Japan was one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. We were led by the Holy Spirit to dedicate our lives to witness to the Japanese. Our ministry emphasis in our current work, Kamifukuoka Christ Church, is working with young families and senior citizens. We have different outreach programs involving both as we witness and share the gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]The evangelical Christians represent less than one percent, with the vast majority of the one hundred twenty-six million Japanese choosing Buddhism, Shintoism and/or materialism.[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Japan

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How can you pray for Ken and Judy

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  • Pray for more Japanese pastors and national workers.
  • Pray for national pastors and their families, many of who are living sacrificially for their calling.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who have heard the Word but not responded.
  • Pray for spiritual strength for Japanese Christians and missionaries, trying to be a "light" in the darkness.
  • Pray for prayer and financial support for missionaries working in the expensive Japanese economy.
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Meet the Bishops, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Doug grew up as a "missionary kid" in Hokkaido, Japan, and Miriam grew up in North Carolina. We were appointed for a two-year internship in 2012 and served in Bihoro, Japan for two years. In 2015, we were approved for career status and served our first term in Ebetsu, Japan from 2017-2020. Currently, we are starting New Life Church, alongside the Speer family, in Ebetsu. Our goal is to launch New Life Church in 2022! Hokkaido is known for having lots of snow and is famous for its ramen. We have six kids, and they love riding the taxi to their small elementary school each day. They are Oliver, Scarlet, Hazel, Felix, Arthur, and Linus.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]As a college student, Miriam visited Japan for the first time, and while she was there they went to a 3,000-year-old shrine. It was at the top of a mountain, and it took a lot of effort to get to the top. When they reached the top, she realized that this shrine was here when Jesus was walking the earth. Today, people are still worshipping gods there, because they don’t know that the true God has already come to earth and dwelt among us. He is living today, and He is closer than a brother. Japan is the second-largest unreached population in the world, despite having complete freedom of religion and having the Bible in Japanese. Doug grew up there and understands both the culture and the language, but both he and Miriam have a heart for seeing many Japanese people come to New Life in Christ.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="video_aside" video_id="Y2snzgLTcj4" white_bg="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Learn about Japan and the need for the Gospel and the Bishops share about their ministry and the launch of a New Life Church![/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Learn more the project" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fiminc.org%2Fimpact-projects%2Fimpact-japan-new-life-church-fund-project%2F|target:_blank"][sc_button text="Give to IMpact Project" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2FvH3y9oub9qQ|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="video_aside" video_id="v_cn_Ja-a64" video_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

IMpact JFWB Translation Project

This project raises funds specifically for the translation efforts of Free Will Baptist literature, history, theology, etc. in Japanese. Your financial gift makes it possible for discipleship and leadership training to continue in Japan![/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Learn more the project" link="url:http%3A%2F%2FThe%20IMpact%20Japan%20JFWB%20Translation%20Project%20raises%20funds%20specifically%20for%20these%20translation%20efforts.%20Your%20financial%20gift%20makes%20it%20possible%20for%20discipleship%20and%20leadership%20training%20to%20continue%20in%20Japan!|target:_blank"][sc_button text="Give to IMpact Project" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2F3duPnx6axFQ|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to the people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Church planting"]We hope to launch New Life Church in Ebetsu in 2022! Find out more, and give here.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Hosting short-term groups"]We will be hosting short-term groups to come help with renovation and outreach.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach"]We are planning to host a weekly kids’ outreach, as well as various community outreaches and a weekly Bible study.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Translation projects"]We will be working on getting FWB doctrine and discipleship materials into Japanese. Find out more, and give here.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Bishops

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  • Pray for the launch of New Life Church. Pray for God to open the hearts of the people that we meet, for our team to have a spirit of unity, and for many to come to New Life in Christ.
  • Pray for the spiritual, physical, and emotional health of our family.
  • Pray for the Japanese pastors and JFWB churches in Hokkaido and Tokyo.
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Meet Rusty and Brenda Carney, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Rusty Carney (IL) and Brenda Wendlandt Carney (OK) both grew up in pastors’ homes and were saved at an early age. God began dealing with both of them independently about surrendering to His call to be missionaries. They ended up meeting at Welch college to study missions. They were married after graduation and have been serving in Japan as missionaries with IM since 2009. Their first two terms were in Hokkaido, and they are currently serving in the Tokyo area at the Kamifukuoka Christ Church. Rusty enjoys playing piano, spending time with people one-on-one, and observing the beauty of God’s creation. Brenda enjoys cooking, gardening, and socializing. They have three children: Grace—a scheduled, passionate teenager. Kelton—an outgoing, spirited creative. And Katherine—a kind, nurturing helper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]While in college we didn’t know much about Japan. We both took Spanish as our foreign language and Brenda actually had an interest in ministering to Muslims. However, after graduation, Brenda ended up coming to Japan as an Overseas Apprentice (after the door was shut to going to a Muslim country) and was struck by the overwhelming need for the Gospel to be shared among the Japanese people. She later returned for a 2-year internship. I (Rusty) also had the opportunity to come to Japan as an OA after graduation (while Brenda was doing her internship) and was blown away by the masses and masses of people who didn’t know about Jesus. After we were married and began to pray and seek the Lord about where He wanted us to minister—the people of Japan kept coming back to our minds… We were invited to come back to Japan on a vision trip, and through God miraculously providing the money and the time off from our jobs to go, He confirmed that Japan was indeed where He wanted us to be. So, we started the process of signing up with IM and have never regretted it! Yes, there have been many hard and challenging days, but knowing that we are sowing seeds of the Kingdom, as well as watering, and occasionally reaping, makes it all worth it!   We are working at the Kamifukuoka Christ Church trying to reach families for Christ. Ministering to children, their parents, and the elderly. We are also trying to reach out to the hopeless by passing out links to videos of how other Japanese have found hope in Jesus![/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Japan

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  1. IMpact Japan Bible Project
  2. IMpact Kamifukuoka Christ Church Building Project
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How to pray for the Carneys

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  1. Revival for the Japanese Church
  2. The movement of the Spirit along with the preaching of the Gospel.
  3. Many Japanese lives to be set free from depression, anxiety, and fear.
  4. Boldness to step out of our comfort zone as we minister.
  5. Protection for our children at their various schools.
  6. Provision and encouragement for Japanese pastors.
  7. A new generation of “on fire” believers!
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="125.97" after="MM" desc="Total population of Japan" color="magenta"][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter=".57" after="%" desc="Evangelical" color="magenta"][vc_column_text]You can partner with Rusty and Brenda to reach people in Japan with the Gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to the Carneys" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2F2VJu8D_21Ac|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Rusty & Brenda Carney [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rusty-brenda-carney [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-09 14:16:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-09 20:16:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=68 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 71 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:29:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:29:17 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Meet the Culwells, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Daniel and Shelby Culwell serve on a church-planting team in Tokyo, Japan. In 2019, this team launched a bilingual church called Hope Alive. Daniel serves in many areas including construction, maintenance, English outreach, youth ministry, finances, and more. Shelby runs the website design, slides, graphics, social media, and toddler classes. They have three children:  Easton, Barrett, and Lily. Through group and individual Bible studies with adults and kids and meeting new people at many different Hope Alive outreaches, Daniel and Shelby have the privilege of introducing Japanese people to Jesus for the first time![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When less than 2% of a nation’s population are Christians, that nation is considered unreached; less than half of a percent of Japanese are Christian, making Japanese people the second largest unreached people group on earth. Along with their culture being deeply rooted in Buddhism and Shintoism, Japanese people live in a high-pressure society. Suicide is the number one cause of death for high school students, young adults, children ages 10-14, and men ages 20-44 in Japan. In fact over 25,000 people a year take their own lives in Japan. More than 2 million people do not leave their house due to stress, depression, and anxiety that has caused them to disengage from all social interactions.   The need for people to know the hope of the gospel is great, and where the need is great, the opportunity for impact is greater![/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]127 million people live in Japan, and 99.7% of Japanese people are lost, many having never even heard the Gospel. [/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78472" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The story of Hope Alive Church

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hope Alive was planted in January of 2019; since then, we’ve seen God move in astounding ways daily, providing opportunities for the gospel to be shared, softening hearts toward the message of Christ, and bringing Japanese people into a relationship with Him. Almost every Sunday new people walk into church, hear a clear presentation of the gospel, and receive a Bible – all for the first time. That is why Hope Alive exists: to tell people that Hope is alive in Jesus! Hope Alive exists to lead people to freedom, purpose, and fulfillment in Jesus Christ. ホープ • アライブ はあなたにイエスキリストにある自由と生き甲斐、充実感を知っていただくためにあります。[/vc_column_text][sc_video ext_video="mvoT-34SEKk"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Outreach events"]The Culwells meet many new people while serving with English outreach events and many other Hope Alive Church outreaches.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Digital media"]Shelby runs the church's website design, slides, graphics, and social media.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Construction and Maintenance"]Daniel serves in the construction and maintenance of the church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Handling Finances"]Daniel assists in handling the finances at the church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Kid's ministry"]Daniel serves in youth ministry and Shelby serves in the toddler classes at church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Group and individual Bible studies"]Through these Bible studies, the Culwells are able to introduce people to Jesus for the first time.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Culwells

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  • Pray for our kids as they adjust to America and a new school.
  • Pray for us to be fully funded by July 2022 so we can return to Japan by August.
  • Pray the Lord leads us to the right people and the right churches as we travel to fundraise.
  • Pray for us as we continue to adjust to America. As we start to fundraise pray for giving hearts and for us to represent IM and Hope Alive in a way that will break the hearts of Americans for the millions of lost Japanese people. 
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Meet Debbie, IM Missionary to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hi! I am Debbie Griffin. From the quiet dirt roads of a South Georgia farming community to the bustling streets of Japan, I am amazed where the path of following Jesus has led. An introvert who is content to find adventure in the pages of a book, moving to Japan in December of 1986 was definitely outside my comfort zone.  Yet through all the struggles and joys, I found it an honor to serve for 25 years. I worked with church planting teams in Ai No Sato and in Ebetsu on the Northern island of Hokkaido. My path took a u-turn in 2011 when I was led to resign from IM and return to Georgia to care for my aging mama. After her death, I was reinstated for ministry in Japan by the IM board in April 2019.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Most Japanese people don’t know who Jesus is, have never read the Bible, or even met a Christian. As a Bible College student, I was gripped by the disturbing injustice that millions have never once heard of God’s love while I have lived my entire life in His presence. I began to earnestly pray that God would send someone to tell them. Before long, I began to feel a stirring in my spirit that I should be one to go. A summer mission trip to Japan deepened my love for the Japanese and confirmed God’s leading. Less than 1% of Japanese know Christ and this number is shrinking as the Christian population ages with few young people coming to faith. If this trend continues the Japanese church could disappear.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How she in ministering to people in Japan

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How you can pray for Debbie

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  • Please pray that I will be led by the Spirit to recognize open doors of opportunity to share the gospel with hearts ready to receive His word.
  • Please ask the Lord to help me to communicate effectively.
  • Please pray for Japanese believers to grow in faith and boldness to share their faith with family and friends.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="191" image_size="contain" reverse="true"][vc_column][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="125.97" after="MM" desc="Total population of Japan" color="magenta"][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter=".57" after="%" desc="Evangelical" color="magenta"][vc_column_text]You can partner with Debbie to reach people in Japan with the Gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to Debbie" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2FEK6bl8DUHI8|target:_blank"][/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] => 2021-11-08 11:58:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-08 17:58:01 [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 ) [5] => 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]

Meet the Hubbards, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Heath and Joni were appointed as missionaries in 2010. They have three kids. Eli, Micah & Emma. They work in Tokrozawa, Japan right outside of Tokyo. The Hubbards were a part of a team that helped to launch the Hope Alive Church in 2019. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When less than 2% of a nation’s population are Christians, that nation is considered unreached; less than half of a percent of Japanese are Christian, making Japanese people the second largest unreached people group on earth. Along with their culture being deeply rooted in Buddhism and Shintoism, Japanese people live in a high-pressure society. Suicide is the number one cause of death for high school students, young adults, children ages 10-14, and men ages 20-44 in Japan. In fact over 25,000 people a year take their own lives in Japan. More than 2 million people do not leave their house due to stress, depression, and anxiety that has caused them to disengage from all social interaction.  The need for people to know the hope of the gospel is great, and where the need is great, the opportunity for impact is greater! [/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]127 million people live in Japan, and 99.7% of Japanese people are lost, many having never even heard the Gospel.[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78472" image_size="contain" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The story of Hope Alive Church

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hope Alive was planted in January of 2019; since then, we’ve seen God move in astounding ways daily, providing opportunities for the gospel to be shared, softening hearts toward the message of Christ, and bringing Japanese people into a relationship with Him. Almost every Sunday new people walk into church, hear a clear presentation of the gospel, and receive a Bible - all for the first time. That is why Hope Alive exists: to tell people that Hope is alive in Jesus!  Hope Alive exists to lead people to freedom, purpose, and fulfillment in Jesus Christ.  ホープ • アライブ はあなたにイエスキリストにある自由と生き甲斐、充実感を知っていただくためにあります。[/vc_column_text][sc_video ext_video="mvoT-34SEKk"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Hope Alive Church Planting IMpact Project"]Hope Alive Church has grown in both facility space and numbers. In 2020, God opened an opportunity to double our church building space in size as we obtained and renovated the first floor of the current building from which we are renting. Almost immediately we saw how this helped our church host more people for outreach and created a street-level view and signage for our church. To continue to rent and maintain the church and to facilitate ministry in Japan, we are looking for partners to keep Hope Alive in Tokorozawa and near the train station. As we raise this money over the next three years, we hope to be in the position to buy the current building we are renting.   Hope Alive Church Planting Fund: $96,000 a year for the next three years.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Hope Alive Building IMpact Project"]As God leads our church to become independent and self-supporting, we are pursuing the option of buying the building we are currently in. This will be one of the largest steps to establishing a long-term footprint in our community. It will provide a means to bring possible income from renting out other areas of the building. Ultimately, this building will become a launching pad to plant more and more churches in Japan. With only about 7,700 Protestant churches in all of Japan, every church that can be established is so important. Hope Alive Building Purchase - $2 million project [/sc_step][sc_step title="Gravestone IMpact Project"]Iriso FWB Church in Sayama, Japan is spearheading an effort to bury people who are Christians who do not want to be buried in a Buddhist grave or their family will not allow them to be buried together because of their religion. This project is targeting specifically those people in our Free Will Baptist Kanto area churches. The church has purchased land and is working together with the other three area churches to secure funding for the gravestone. This gravestone marker will be a testimony to all the people who come through the graveyard, but more than that, it will be a comfort to those who are reaching the end of their life and are in need of a place to secure their burial. Recently it was said by pastor Kojima that in Japan “more people are more worried about the details surrounding their burial and getting those things in order more than they are actually worried about death.” This graveyard is within 5 miles of all four of the Kanto area Free Will Baptist churches and is easily accessible to all the area churches and members. The churches in Kanto area hope to gather $10,000 of the needed funds and the goal is to raise $10,000.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can financially partner with their ministry efforts

[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to Hope Alive Church Planting Project" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2F7eGicKVLYeQ|target:_blank"][sc_button text="Give to the Hope Alive Building Purchase Project" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2FOiu8N6c_HbQ|target:_blank"][sc_button text="Give to Gravestone IMpact Project" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2Fz2JulHFp_3E|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="192" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Hubbards

  • 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. Pray that most importantly they would grow deep roots in their own faith in Jesus.
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Meet the Kettemans, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Jack and Ashley recently completed a 2.5 year internship and have been appointed to return to Japan as career missionaries. After 14 years of youth/family ministry in the States, they moved to Tokyo near the end of 2018 to join the Hope Alive church-planting team, helping establish a bilingual church in Tokorozawa. The Kettemans hope to return to Japan in the Summer of 2022. As new career missionaries, they will begin the next term in a full-time language school for 2 years, still participating at Hope Alive on a smaller scale, then re-entering full-time ministry better equipped to share the Gospel in the Japanese language. The Kettemans have three kids: Jane, Callie, and Carter. - Jane loves reading and playing percussion, piano, and basketball. Her favorite Japanese snack is ume boshi (pickled plum). - Callie also loves reading, playing flute, singing harmony, and running. Her favorite Japanese snack is onigiri (seaweed-wrapped rice balls). - Carter is learning to read, loves Legos ®, dinosaurs, and vehicles of all kinds. His favorite Japanese snack is Hi-Chew ® candy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We’re serving in Japan for two reasons: God’s call and the immense need. The Japanese people are considered the 2nd largest Unreached People Group (UPG) on the planet. Less than 1% of Japan’s population of about 126,000,000 is made up of Evangelical Christians. There is only 1 church for every 16,000 people, and many Japanese people have never even met a Christian. Depression, stress, social disorders, and other mental health struggles are widespread, and suicide is the leading cause of death for those from age 44 down to 10 year-olds. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in suicides among mothers. Japan needs the Good News of Jesus and the Living Hope that only He provides[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="video_aside" video_id="wLnmyNhP4Vo" white_bg="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

A few years ago (thanks to IM Missionaries to Japan), God used this powerful video to help spur us toward serving in Japan.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="409" image_size="cover" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]God also called us to this ministry through a variety of experiences and interactions, as well as prayer and Bible study. The Lord brought Japan into our lives in a number of ways:
  • Through longtime family friendship with IM Missionaries to Japan.
  • Through short-term trips that allowed us to explore the culture, participate in ministry, and have our eyes opened to see how many are walking in darkness without Christ.
  • Through God’s weaving of Japan into our daughter Jane’s life from a young age.
  • Through the Lord directly impressing obedience to His call on Callie’s heart.
  • and through an immediate open door to be part of a new church-planting team, just at the time we said “yes” to serving overseas.
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Learn more or give to the Hope Alive Church Planting Japan IMpact Project

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Learn more or give to the Hope Alive Building Purchase Japan IMpact Project

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How they are ministering to people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="1-on-1 Evangelism and Discipleship"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Small Group Kids' Bible studies"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Establish and lead children's ministry"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Develop/lead worship music ministry"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Nurse at kids' school"]Ashley is also a registered nurse and gets to serve as the substitute nurse at the kids’ school in Japan.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Occasional preaching"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Music meetup outreach"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Bi-Monthly Discovery Bible Study Groups"][/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Kettemans

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  • Spiritual growth, deep roots for new Japanese believers
  • Opportunities to meet seekers and invite people to Hope Alive
  • Continued growth of Hope Alive Kids ministry
  • Our kids to thrive through the constant transitions of life between two cultures and to develop deep, flourishing relationship with Christ
  • Open Doors (Colossians 4:3-4), Open Hearts (Ephesians 1:17-18), Open Mouths (Ephesians 6:19)
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Meet Shannon, IM Missionary to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I am Shannon Little and I minister in a suburb of Tokyo, Japan at Good News Chapel. I came to Japan in August of 2000 as a short-term missionary and served as a school nurse at an international school. During my 2 years of short-term ministry, God worked in my heart and I felt called to full-time ministry. I spent 5 years in America preparing and raising support and returned to Japan as a career missionary in 2007. I teach English classes with a short Bible study to adults and children to build relationships with Japanese people and introduce them to Jesus. I am always amazed when my students read a very familiar passage of the Bible and comment that they have never heard that story before. But it is the highlight of my work to see them interested in the Bible and wanting to hear more! I also teach Sunday School in Japanese to the children of our church. Many of the Japanese Christians first heard about Jesus either in a Christian kindergarten or at a Sunday school class.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Japan is the 2nd unreached people group in the world and most Japanese people have never heard the gospel. Most have never even met a Christian! It usually takes a long time for a Japanese person to come to Christ. There are many social and cultural hindrances that are difficult to overcome. But God is at work in Japan, and we are seeing more and more people coming to Christ.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How she is ministering to people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Church Planting"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Teaching English"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach events"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Youth Ministry"]I am involved in the youth ministry Awana IMpact Project.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for Shannon

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  • Pray that the hearts of the Japanese people will soften to the Gospel.
  • Pray for boldness as I share the love of God with my Japanese friends.
  • Pray for unity in our small church plant as we look toward buying a building and expanding our footprint in the community.
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Meet the McDonalds, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Donnie and Ruth McDonald have been living and ministering in Japan since 1986. They have been involved in planting churches on both the northern island of Hokkaido and in the greater Tokyo area, where they currently serve. The McDonalds raised four children in Japan but are now empty nesters. Three of their children live in the US, and their daughter Kate and her husband Daniel Speer serve with IM, Inc. as church planters in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Donnie and Ruth provide leadership for the Good News Chapel in the greater Tokyo area. Their responsibilities include preaching, leading Bible studies, and spearheading a variety of evangelistic outreaches. They also serve as the Japan Field Leaders, a role that involves providing logistical help and encouragement to the 24 IM, Inc. missionaries serving in Japan. Some of their favorite things about Japan include the food, the baths, and the Seibu Lions baseball team.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We enjoy Japan’s safe and modern society with its excellent educational opportunities and amazing technological advances. However, we also know all too well that Japan is a spiritually dark nation. Most Japanese people do not know a Christian, and only about 0.5% of the population claim Christianity as their faith. Sometimes people ask us if there are any unreached people groups in Japan, to which we reply: Japan IS an unreached people group! As a matter of fact, Japan is the second-largest unreached population in the world. The traditional religions of Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, but many people identify as atheists. Many Japanese struggle with emotional and mental health issues. Cultural pressure to act strong and ignore real struggles contributes to an alarmingly high suicide rate. As we share the hope of the Gospel, we find an openness across age groups. Through preaching, Bible studies, hospitality, and various events, we are seeing the power of Jesus change individuals and families.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Japan

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How you can pray for the McDonalds

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  • Praise God for several seekers who are studying the Bible with Ruth via Zoom. These ladies began in Genesis and have been “good soil,” soaking up the truths of Scripture. As 2021 comes to a close, they have made their way to the study of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Please pray that they will take the definite step of faith and follow the Lord in baptism soon.
  • Pray for the McDonalds as they are currently shouldering the church plant by themselves. Missionary Shannon Little is in the U.S. for a one-year Stateside Assignment and Japanese co-worker Etsuko Asahi is taking a leave of absence due to a series of family hardships.
  • Pray that God would bring in funds for the purchase of a permanent property for Good News Chapel. As Shannon Little travels, she is presenting the IMPact Project with the goal of raising $350 thousand toward this vision.
  • Praise God for the faithfulness and excitement of the church members who are thankful to be meeting in person after several declared State of Emergency periods that prohibited doing so. Pray for them as they continue to share their faith with their families, friends, and co-workers. Most of them are the sole believer in their sphere of influence.
  • Pray for Donnie as he serves as Japan Field Leader. Ask God to give him wisdom and discernment as he provides leadership, encouragement, and logistical help to the 24 adults and 25 children in Japan with IM, Inc.
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Meet Emily, IM Missionary to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hey everyone! My name is Emily Petty, and I am twenty-four years old! I was born and raised in the exciting state of Illinois. Illinois has always been home, but I will soon be calling Tokyo, Japan, my home as I will be doing my two-year internship there with the Hope Alive Church.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Japan caught my eye back in 2013 when I went there on a mission trip at sixteen years old. This was eye-opening because I saw the devastating reality of meeting someone who had never heard the name of Jesus or experienced the Hope of knowing Him. Once I accepted the call to the missions, the alarming statistics about Japan have kept me aware of the great need for Christians to go to Japan. Less than 1% of Japanese people are Christian. This means that out of 127 million people, only 300,000 might attend church. So, a young Japanese child could go from kindergarten all the way through their dying day having never met a Christian. There is a great need at Hope Alive for a young adult ministry. Young adults need to see other young adults in church, otherwise, they do not think they belong.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="video_aside" video_id="6tUJqZRXwEU" white_bg="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Emily shares about her internship in Japan and how she has previously witnessed the Japanese culture's hopelessness first-hand.

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How she is ministering to the people in Japan

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How you can pray for Emily

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  • Pray for the hearts of the Japanese people to be open and prepared for the Gospel. The Holy Spirit has already moved mountains in people’s hearts. Let’s pray that God continues to do so!
  • Pray for Japanese leaders to emerge in the church. There are Japanese people who are growing in their faith and learning to take over positions. Let’s pray for the continuation of these discipleship efforts.
  • Pray for the effects of Covid-19. Japanese borders have stayed closed during all of 2021. Let's pray for numbers to stay down so that missionaries can come and go, and ministry can stay active.
  • Pray that God is glorified in every ministry at Hope Alive. Every day the Spirit moves. Pray that we see His guidance and power in our lives.
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Meet the Snows, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Nathan and Linda Snow, serving on the north island of Hokkaido, Japan since 1992. Hokkaido is by far the largest (geographically) of Japan's 47 prefectures (like States). It is known for its harsh winters, beautiful scenery, delicious ramen, and fresh seafood. Of our seven children, only our youngest three are still with us at home. Our children attend Japanese school. Isaac is in the 7th grade and Josiah is in the 9th. (Fun fact: in Japan, school grades are always referred to as Elementary 1-6, Junior High 1-3, and High School 1-3. If you said 7th, 9th, or 11th, for example, they wouldn't understand). Noah is in the 11th grade. School years in Japan start at the beginning of April and go through the following March. Here are some fun facts about our family: Isaac enjoys Track and Field, mostly running and jumping events. Josiah has become an avid and talented skateboarder, and Noah competes regularly in Track and Field throwing events: shot put, discus and hammer throw. Linda enjoys reading, purses, and is an amazing cook - it's a good thing because eating is one of our teenage boys' and their friends' favorite hobbies. Nathan enjoys riding motorcycles with friends and family, camping, coffee, tools, and keeping all things running smoothly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Japan remains the second largest unreached people group in the world. It is steeped in centuries of Buddhist, Shinto, Animism, and Spiritism, and seems incorporated into every aspect of the culture. Our challenge and goals are to introduce Christ into people's hearts and allow the work of Christ to create a new culture. A new culture that is birthed from within, that has its foundations on the truth of the Scripture, is fueled by the life-changing power of the Gospel, and honors and preserves the dignity and uniqueness of the culture of Japan. To facilitate Christian Community that is culturally relevant, God-honoring, and that empowers Christ-followers in a very Japanese context. To see changed lives change communities. The areas of Hokkaido where we work still have many cities, towns, and villages with zero gospel witness, and no Christian church anywhere within even a few hours' drive. Currently, to the best of our knowledge, there are no other Christian missionaries within a three-hour drive of us.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Pastoring"]Nathan is the pastor of the Abashiri Free Will Baptist Church and is currently leading it through an important revitalization.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Gatherings in our home"]We regularly hold Informal and impromptu gatherings at our home. This is a very effective way to build trusting relationships necessary that lead to Gospel conversations and later, discipleship.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Teaching classes"]Teaching classes on subjects of interest (like cooking and English) to both build Christian community, serve the neighborhoods where we are, and share the gospel with participants as part of the classes or events.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach events"]We regularly host bonfire gatherings, cookouts, camping, music, and holiday or other themed events as ways to reach out and spread the Gospel.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Get Involved in the Snow's ministry

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]There are a number of ongoing opportunities to be involved in our ministry. If you would like a name of a person or family to "adopt" as an ongoing prayer project, please let us know.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="mail" color="purple"]We would love for you to help make a difference here! You can contact us for these names or real-time prayer requests at nsnow@iminc.org.[/sc_icon_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="purple"]You can also follow Linda Snow's Facebook account if you are a Facebook user. She regularly posts updates there as well.[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="209" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Snows

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  • There seem to be many Japanese people who are genuinely seeking. So many desire real hope, a peaceful heart, and a purpose for their lives. Japan annually has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Pray for these that begin seeking to not be dissuaded, but to have the courage to embrace the grace of the gospel with an eager and active faith.
  • We would like to facilitate more children, youth and family ministries as time, opportunity and workers allow.
  • Please do pray for our financial needs. We are always appreciative of those God leads to financially partner with us in.
  • Pray for wisdom to know God's timing and leading in what kind of work to do where. We desire to work in sync with what God is doing here, and to be used of him to make the biggest impact for his kingdom in our time here.
  • Pray for our children. They are likely the only Christian teenagers in our city at the moment. As parents, we realize how cultures influence young hearts and minds in particular. We desire to see each of our children growing in the Lord. Thank you for praying for our family.
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Meet the Speers, IM Missionaries to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Daniel and Kate Speer met at Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) in the Fall of 2006. They were married in 2008 and were called to Japan to share the gospel with Japanese people in 2011. Since then, they have had three kids: Audrey, Analeigh, and Owen…and now have a fourth one on the way! Kate grew up in Japan as the child of veteran missionaries Donnie and Ruth McDonald, who has served the Lord with IM for over 35 years. The Speers are returning to serve in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. The climate there is often cold and snowy, yet the island is also home to Japan’s fifth-largest city: Sapporo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Japanese people in Japan are still yet considered the second-largest Unreached People Group in the world, with only 0.3% identifying as Evangelical Christian. Unreached People Groups are defined as “a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance” (source: The Joshua Project). There is still yet a great need for the global church to send missionaries to help Japanese Christians share the gospel with the rest of their people. Jesus is limitlessly glorious, and God the Father’s great Mission in the world is that His Son’s glory be shared with all peoples, nations, and languages. We must continue to give and go so that the Japanese can find freedom, hope, and ultimately everlasting life in the Kingdom of Christ that is breaking in now and will soon come in everlasting fullness. Daniel 7:13-14 – “I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]24 People Groups Unreached in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Language"]We have intensive language study for the first two years. Speaking the language of people you are ministering to is important.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Re-launch a church"]Help Doug and Miriam Bishop with the restart of New Life Church, formerly Miharashidai Chapel, just outside of Sapporo, Japan.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Music"]We assist with weekly church music and worship at New Life Church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Outreach"]We reach out intentionally by living missionally in our community and neighborhood.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Prayer"]We pray that the Lord will go before us and that our work will be done in His strength, not in our own.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Speers

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  • For the Lord to go before us and prepare the way, working in hearts that are searching for answers that only He can satisfy.
  • For Japan to open its borders again to international workers, and that they would stay open for a long time.
  • That our hearts would be continually receptive to the Holy Spirit, who is shaping us to look more like Christ, and that we would be fluent in the gospel in every aspect of our lives.
  • For our team as we serve together, that we would have unity and would be sensitive to the movement and direction of the Spirit.
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Meet Abby, IM Missionary to Japan

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Abby was born in North Little Rock, AR, and moved to Washington, NC, when she was 11. She was raised in a faithful Christian home with the majority of her family being involved in ministry in some way. Abby attended Welch College for two years and then in 2019 transferred to Cumberland University to receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Abby worked as a nurse for two years in Gallatin, TN. Even though starting her nursing career during a pandemic proved to be difficult, she enjoyed the growth in her knowledge of healthcare, the friendships made, and the ministry she was able to have with coworkers and patients. Abby also attended Rejoice Church in Antioch, TN, and played the drums in worship. Abby was appointed as a missionary intern in December 2020 to Tokyo, Japan, and will be joining the Hope Alive church-planting team in Tokorozawa.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78273" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Japan?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]After graduating from nursing school, Abby went with IM's College Missions Program (CMP) to Tokyo, Japan for six weeks. While she was there, she was able to see first-hand just how lost and hopeless the Japanese people were without Christ. Suicide and depression overwhelm the Japanese people every day, with more people dying from suicide than they did from Covid-19 in 2020. Less than 1% of the Japanese people are Evangelical Christians and Japan is considered the 2nd most unreached country in the world. Most of the Japanese people have never even heard of the name of God, but many showed interest in learning. After meeting these people, hearing their stories, and knowing the great need for the spread of the gospel, Abby’s burden for the Japanese people grew and she knew this was the Lord’s plan for her.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]24 Unreached People Groups in Japan[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="video_aside" video_id="azPDvC9tYKo" white_bg="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hear Abby's heart for the Japanese people and her role in ministry at Hope Alive Church in Japan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How she is ministering to the people in Japan

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Establish young adult ministry"]Abby’s primary role will be to help establish a young adult ministry so that Japanese college students and young adults feel like they have a place for them within the church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="New Bible studies and small groups"][/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for Abby

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  • Pray for me as I transition into a new culture and learn the Japanese language.
  • Pray that starting small groups and Bible studies will go smoothly and that young Japanese adult will see this as a place for friendships and fellowship.
  • Pray that we will see people come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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Japan

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Meet Eddy and Amanda Simmons, IM missionaries to the Samburu People in Kenya

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We are Eddy and Amanda Simmons. We are privileged to serve among the Samburu people who live in a remote arid area of Northern Kenya. We have ministered in Kenya off and on since 2003. When we first came to Kenya, we had our four sons with us, and we served with a different mission organization. We left for a few years due to medical issues that Eddy developed. We returned to serve the Samburu full-time in 2017 in a new area that was unreached. Hard living conditions here, but soft hearts toward the Gospel! We are blessed to serve with IM![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78457" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why the Samburu people group in Kenya?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We are serving among the Samburu people because they have little to no exposure to the gospel. Although there have been missionaries among the Samburu for decades, the work has been limited geographically and has not produced indigenous or reproducing churches. The Samburu are a “Nilotic” people. Their history recounts that they were in Egypt at the time of the Hebrew Exodus. They traveled to Mt. Sinai with the Hebrews and have retained some Hebrew/Old Testament practices, such as sacrifices and circumcision. Unfortunately, they also have added witchdoctors and animism to their religious practices. Their language has only become a written language in the last few years. They are predominately non-literate, so we do our ministry in oral form. They are able to memorize 10-15 verses of scripture after hearing it just one time! Because they cannot read, we are seeking to give them an oral “Bible in their hearts.”[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="magenta"]

32 Unreached People Groups in Kenya

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Meet IM missionaries Eddy and Amanda Simmons

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We are Eddy and Amanda Simmons. We are privileged to serve among the Samburu people who live in a remote arid area of Northern Kenya. We have ministered in Kenya off and on since 2003. When we first came to Kenya, we had our four sons with us, and we served with a different mission organization. We left for a few years due to medical issues that Eddy developed. We returned to serve the Samburu full-time in 2017 in a new area that was unreached. Hard living conditions here, but soft hearts toward the Gospel! We are blessed to serve with IM![/vc_column_text][sc_video ext_video="eOPcoKlY5vQ"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to the Samburu people

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Disciple-making"]We are primarily disciple-makers who are seeking to make disciples among the Samburu people, who will then make disciples among their own people and among other surrounding unreached tribes.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Worship gatherings"]I, Eddy, do not pastor any churches or baptize any new believers. We are seeking to have an indigenous, reproducible ministry that will look, sound, feel, etc., like the Samburu. Samburu men that we have discipled lead our four worship gatherings.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Oral Bible teaching"]We use an oral method of Bible teaching that is chronological.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Solar MP3 players"]We have recorded 143 New Testament passages in the Samburu language. We have loaded these files onto solar MP3 players that we distribute to new believers that do not live near our worship gatherings. We have an active IMpact Project to procure these units. $30 each.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Medical clinic"]Amanda runs a medical clinic on our porch four days a week. She is able to show the love of Jesus to the Samburu people by meeting their physical needs. Each patient is prayed for and hears the Gospel.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Clean water"]We have also been blessed to have drilled three wells to provide clean healthy water to the local people. The clean water has significantly decreased health issues among the Samburu people. Their traditional source of water was a dirty river.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for Eddy and Amanda

  • Rain – this is a dry and weary land, semi-desert. Rain means healthy animals which means milk and meat for the people.
  • Men – pray for more Samburu men to surrender to the work of the gospel.
  • Health – our many years in Kenya have been very difficult on Eddy’s body. Pray for sustaining grace and health so that ministry can continue.
  • Evil spirits – pray that God will remove the controlling evil spirits from this area. That the Holy Spirit will rule and reign over Sesia and over the people’s hearts.
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You can partner with Eddy & Amanda to reach the Samburu people in Kenya with the Gospel.

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Samburu People

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Meet the Edgmon, IM Missionaries to Spain

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We are Anthony, Lea, Emily, and Marc Edgmon, and we have the privilege of living and working in a truly gorgeous corner of the Madrid province. Our town, Alpedrete, is situated in the shadow of the Guadarrama Mountains. It is a very family-oriented place with friendly neighbors. Our family has ministered in Spain for 23 years, with the last 15 years spent in planting and growing the Alpedrete church alongside our teammates. Anthony is the gourmet chef for our family and Lea is an avid book lover. You may find Emily on stage singing or acting while Marc is usually either shooting hoops or making music.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78272" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Spain?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We came to Spain in order to help plant churches that could reach into their local communities. 92% of towns in Spain have no evangelical church, so the task is tremendous. Although Spain has traditionally been known as a Catholic nation, many people in Spain these days identify themselves as agnostic, atheist or indifferent towards religious matters. In our day-to-day interactions, we find that there are still plenty of people who wrestle with spiritual uneasiness and have no one to share the simple truth of the gospel with them. Small towns like ours with no evangelical witness surround the area where we live and work. The Alpedrete church is making an impact in its community and we want to see that happen in neighboring towns as well.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]16 Unreached People Groups in Spain[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to people in Spain

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How you can pray for the Edgmons

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  • Pray for Spaniards who live in towns and villages with no evangelical witness
  • Pray for the Lord to use believing Spaniards to impact their families, their neighborhoods, and their country
  • Pray for outreaches into new areas
  • Pray for our family as we are entering a new phase—the empty nest for us as parents, and university studies and discerning futures for our children
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="46.66" after="MM" desc="Total population of Spain" color="magenta"][sc_data_counter icon="people" counter="1.60" after="%" desc="Evangelical" color="magenta"][vc_column_text]You can partner with Anthony and Lea to reach people in Spain with the Gospel.[/vc_column_text][sc_button text="Give to the Edgmons" icon="vc-material vc-material-attach_money" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fppay.co%2FO9sl0T1RaRM|target:_blank"][/vc_column][/vc_row] [post_title] => Anthony and Lea Edgmon [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => anthony-and-lea-edgmon [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-09 14:03:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-09 20:03:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://imincsc.wpengine.com/?post_type=missionaries&p=76 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => missionaries [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 81 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2021-04-26 12:37:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-26 12:37:36 [post_content] => [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Meet Tim and Kristi Johnson, IM Missionaries to Spain

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We are Tim and Kristi Johnson, and we’ve been serving in Spain for more than 20 years. We are church planters who’ve worked in the pueblo of Alpedrete, where we helped begin the town’s very first Gospel-preaching church in its 500-year history. (Yes, Alpedrete was founded before Christopher Columbus “sailed the ocean blue” in 1492!) Our children, Alejandro and Ana, were born in Spain. They have also been an integral part of our family’s ministry over the years, as our focus has been on helping families know Christ and serve Him with their whole hearts. While Spain will always be a part of our story, we are currently transitioning to a new ministry in the States. Tim will be heading up the Missions program at Welch College in Gallatin, Tennessee, and we are serving as the “Missionaries in Residence” there this year. We are enjoying getting to know students and helping train future missionaries who will be going out to serve all around the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78272" image_size="cover" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Spain?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Alpedrete is a typical town in Spain, with its cobblestone streets and bakeries on every corner. But the town is famous for its rock quarries, which have produced stone for some of the most famous monuments in Spain. The monastery in El Escorial and the Royal Palace in Madrid was built with granite from Alpedrete.  Because of this rich heritage, Alpedrete is known as the town with the “Heart of Stone”. God called our family to begin a church in the town with a “Heart of Stone”. We have watched stone-cold hearts turn to hearts of flesh as they were softened to the Gospel. Alpedrete’s spiritual condition mimics the condition of many other towns all across Spain. There are still over 7,000 cities and towns with no evangelical church…with no Gospel witness available to them. We are so thankful that IM is sending missionaries to Spain, where those who are heavily influenced by a Catholic heritage and a secular post-modern culture can be exposed to the Word.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]16 Unreached People Groups in Spain[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they minister to people in Spain

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Planting churches"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Bible studies"]Teaching individual and small-group Bible studies[/sc_step][sc_step title="English"]Hosting English conversation times[/sc_step][sc_step title="Discipleship"]Mentoring and discipling new believers[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Johnsons

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  • Pray for the Alpedrete Church as they minister to families and reach out to unsaved contacts
  • Pray for a church plant in a new target area, that God will give wisdom for outreach activities
  • Pray for our family as we make the transition from Spain to Welch College as we train future missionaries
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Meet the Morgans, IM Missionaries to Spain

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Morgan family includes their fun-loving gymnast, Sofía, and their two Brazilian jiu-Jitsu-loving daughters, Emma and Aubrey. They are led by their "greyed-too-early" father, Neil, who loves going to the gym, and their book-enthusiast mom, Mandi, who enjoys trying out new projects on her Silhouette Cameo. The Morgans have served with IM since 2008. After one term in Uruguay, they arrived in Spain where they are serving in the Alcalá de Henares region.  This city, which is the birthplace of the author of Don Quijote, offers exposure to famous soccer clubs, the tasting of delicious tapas, and walks along stretches of cobblestone streets laid by Romans in the 1st century.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78272" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Spain?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Growing up in small towns in South Carolina meant everyone knew everyone and there were churches on nearly every corner. The church per capita ratio there is very high, and in many ways, the strong beliefs of our communities shaped us into who we are today. However, in Spain, 92% of small towns have no evangelical church. This is a huge motivation for why we have a passion for Spain. Corresponding to the few churches is the fact that less than 2% of the population in Spain claims to be evangelical. Though the majority of the population still claim to be Catholic, this is largely in name only, and the number of those who identify as atheists continues to rise. We have the heart to reach the Spanish people. We desire to find creative ways to build bridges into their lives and into these communities with no church so that we can connect them with the hope and truth of the Gospel of Jesus.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]16 Unreached People Groups in Spain[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to the people in Spain

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="Working with their church pastor"]We are working alongside Pastor José Manuel and his wife Carmen to strengthen the Esperanza Church.[/sc_step][sc_step title="English classes"]We are teaching community English classes at the University of Alcalá.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Hosting women's paint night events"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Organizing Nerf outreach events"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Teaching at a local International School"][/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How you can pray for the Morgans

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  • Pray for the encouragement and growth of the Esperanza Church.
  • Pray for open doors to minister within the community and surrounding areas.
  • Pray that the Morgan family will have wisdom to know God´s will in all things and the courage to follow it.
  • Pray the Morgan´s financial support will stay strong and stable.
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Meet the Riggs, IM Missionaries to Spain

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hi! Welcome to our ministry page. We are Sam, Lauren, and Emilia Riggs. We live and work in a small city outside Madrid, Spain. We work in a church in Alpedrete, Spain, and we are helping plant a new church in the surrounding area with our teammates the Edgmon family. We have been here since November 2021, and we will be working here for a two-year term. A few fun facts about us: Sam doesn’t have a middle name, but he does have two last names! All Emilia needs to survive is a bottle of milk, cheese, and some BubbleGuppies! The first chapter book Lauren remembers reading is The Hobbit because her dad read it to her.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78272" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Spain?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Lord opened many doors to get us where we are, but it all stems from Sam’s connection to Spain. Sam was born in Spain to missionary parents, Mark and Juli Riggs. Sam’s mom is Spanish, and his dad met her when he went on a mission trip. They fell in love, got married, and became missionaries to northern Spain. Sam grew up around and in the Spanish FWB church, and as part of the culture. His desire to go back to his home country is ultimately what led us to where we are. Lauren spent her high school and college summers doing ETEAM and CMP trips. When we met in college, we were both open to missions and felt a strong calling that God had placed on each of us to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Spain is less than 1% Evangelical Christian. The rising number of agnostics/atheists in Spain is alarming. They are people in great need of something to believe in and are searching for answers in all the wrong places. We are working to plant a new church in the surrounding area of Alpedrete through lots of relationship building and community outreach. During our two-year experience, we are most excited about learning more about what ministry looks like in Spain, learning from our teammates, who have been career missionaries for over 20 years, and learning more about God’s global purpose for His church.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they minister to people in Spain

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How you can pray for the Riggs

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  • 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 into this new ministry.
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Spain

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Bio

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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Special Assignment

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Meet the Lancasters, IM Missionaries to Uruguay

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Jaimie and Tammy Lancaster have served in Uruguay for almost 22 years. During their last term, they have worked to plant a church in the Carrasco neighborhood of Montevideo. They have participated in conversational English classes, ladies English gatherings, community outreach events and participated in community activities. They also work alongside the Uruguayan national church in order to encourage, train, and partner with national ministries. 2022 will mark the 60th anniversary of the work in Uruguay. Jaimie grew up in the small town of McShan, AL, and is from the Mt. Moriah Free Will Baptist church. Tammy was born in Conway, AR, and her home church is Connect Church in Russellville, AR. They have served in Uruguay for 22 years. They have two sons: Jonathan and Liz live in San Diego, CA, where he works as a Senior Software Developer and Liz is a Designer Manager. John William is a 3rd-grade teacher while Claire is a Financial Relationship Specialist and is pursuing a nursing degree. They live in Nashville, TN. One fun fact: per-person consumption of beef is 95.61 lbs annually.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78485" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Uruguay?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We both graduated from Welch College in 1987 with the idea that we would be cross-cultural missionaries. There was no doubt that we would be on the field in a year or two. After a move to Detroit to help with a church plant, we returned to Alabama, and I (Jaimie) was interim pastor of my home church. One night, Dennis Owen came and left a booklet about the ministry in Uruguay. We read it, prayed and studied it, and felt God calling us to Uruguay. We were appointed in 1997 and begin our overseas journey on February 26, 1999. Uruguay has a very European feel. There are many immigrants who settled here from Spain and Italy. 25% of the residents are of Italian descent. Yerba Mate is a customary tea infusion. It uses a gourd, a metal straw, and boiling water. Once someone sips all the water from the gourd, it is filled with water and passed to another friend. Once you get used to the taste, it provides a perfect time for slowing down and having conversations.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]1 Unreached People Group in Uruguay[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to the people in Uruguay

[/vc_column_text][sc_steps_carousel][sc_step title="One-on-one meetings"]They have tried to begin to start a church plant in the Carrasco neighborhood, but COVID-19 has limited their movement and activity to Zoom and one-on-one meetings.[/sc_step][sc_step title="Conversational English classes"][/sc_step][sc_step title="Community outreach and events"][/sc_step][sc_step title="National partnership"]They are also working with the National church, partnering with them to provide training and resources that they need.[/sc_step][/sc_steps_carousel][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How to pray for the Lancasters

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  • Pray for the friendships that we have formed.
  • Pray for National leadership as they form and cast their vision.
  • Pray for wisdom as we continue our ministry.
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Meet Steve and Lori Torrison, IM Missionaries to Uruguay

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Steve and Lori Torrison were appointed as career missionaries to Panama in 2004. Following a year of language school in Costa Rica, they moved to Panama in 2006. In 2014, the Board approved a transfer from Panama to Uruguay for the Torrisons, since the Panamanian work no longer required full-time missionary staffing. The Torrisons arrived in Uruguay in 2015, where they work to foster leadership development, teach Bible classes, and spearhead discipleship training. They also continue to build relationships as the first step toward a new church plant in the Carrasco neighborhood of Montevideo. Steve and Lori have 2 daughters, Melanie and Abby, who were both born in Panama but now speak with a Uruguayan accent![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="image_aside" row_image="78485" image_size="contain" image_align="right" reverse="true"][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why Uruguay?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When the time came to leave Panama, we prayed about what our next step should be. We strongly felt that the Lord wanted us to continue with IM. After a visit to Uruguay in 2014, it was obvious that there was a great need for the Gospel. Only around 6% of the population claim to be Christians, and there is a strong atheistic sentiment among the society. In our neighborhood, the people are well off financially, so it is often hard for them to see a spiritual need when all their physical needs are met. While they are quick to be friendly and polite, deeper relationships take years. We can only come alongside them, speak truth into their lives, and trust the Holy Spirit to do His job.[/vc_column_text][sc_icon_text icon="people" color="green"]1 Unreached People Group in Uruguay[/sc_icon_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

How they are ministering to the people in Uruguay

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How you can pray for the Torrisons

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  • Pray for the people of Uruguay to see that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Only 6% of the country claims to be Christian.
  • Pray for opportunities to speak truth into people's lives.
  • Pray for the Uruguayan pastors and leaders to be encouraged in their calling.
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