Welcome to Berean’s Local & Global Outreach!
Our Purpose is to
To bring the love and life transforming power of Jesus Christ to the unsaved person and the unreached peoples of the world.
Christ’s call to make disciples of the nations is the joy-filled responsibility that He has placed within the heart of every born again believer. Christ’s mission – our mission – is the very heartbeat of the Church. God invites us to join Him in His redemptive work of drawing all nations to Himself so that they might grow in Him and exalt His name. It is God’s desire for us all to be involved with Him in this extraordinary task that brings Him joy and us into a closer relationship with Him.
As you explore this website you will discover the many peoples, places, and ministries that we are collectively committed to and you can be vitally involved in reaching with the love of Christ.
Our prayer for you is that you will find the role God has reserved for you in the greatest ongoing movement in history – the spreading of God’s story, the story of His glory to the ends of the earth.
Our mission is God’s mission. Your gifts and abilities count. Please prayerfully consider where they may fit into God’s purposes. We hope that as you read through these pages you will have a clearer vision of where God can use you and your gifts and abilities.
Our Key Verse is:
“… and you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Local Outreach & Partners
- Bethel Seminary
- Converge Mid-Atlantic
- Child Evangelism Fellowship
- Camp Burton
- Food Pantry Ministry
- Love Inc.
- Furniture Ministry
- H20 College Ministry
- Richland Pregnancy Services
- Master Provisions
- KidZone Tutoring
- Youth for Christ
- Other Local Partners
Awakening is a local parachurch organization that seeks to engage college-aged individuals in community, worship, and discipleship.
Awakening has grown to include regular activities like monthly worship nights, two weekly Bible studies (one at our local college campus), weekly social and physical activities, retreats, service projects and various partnerships among community organizations and churches.
Ecumenical in nature, Awakening at its core seeks to unite local evangelical efforts and has been blessed to facilitate several community events, including Light Our City, a community-wide Good Friday service, a community-wide Thanksgiving Eve service, and most recently a very unique Christmas Eve service, among other events.
The name of the group is derived from the verse Ephesians 5:14, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” We thank God that Jesus has shed His light upon us and awakened us from a spiritual death, and we hope to help others see the Lord’s goodness and love so that they may encounter Him in an authentic and meaningful way.
Primary contact: Jonathan Dech
At Bethel University, we’re committed to excellence.
But here, excellence means something more. It means taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
We’ve been a leader and model in Christian higher education since 1871. For generations, our fusion of evangelical faith with top-ranked academics has transformed women and men, preparing them for unique callings in the kingdom of God.
Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel University educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We prepare graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.
Bethel will be the Christ-centered university of choice for this century.
Rooted in faith. Committed to excellence. Bethel will become the leader in Christian higher education by building stronger communities, equipping confident leaders and gracious servants, and preparing passionate world-changers. Through our thoughts, words, and actions, we’ll demonstrate what it means for a university to be centered on Jesus Christ.
Bethel University is a vibrant, Christ-centered educational community. Here, students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds share a common goal: to become whole and holy persons. Throughout this transformational journey, we rely on core values to guide us spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.
First, we are Christ-followers, striving to live out the teachings of Jesus and to emulate His life as revealed in Scripture. We are also character-builders. Through healthy, supportive relationships and a culture of service, we develop the personal strength and emotional intelligence to make right choices in a broken world.
As learners, we are critical thinkers and problem-solvers committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor. At the same time, we are truth-seekers, recognizing that all truth—scientific, artistic, philosophical, or theological—has its source in God.
We have been put on this earth for a purpose: God wants us to use our talents and compassion to be world-changers and reconcilers. As we humbly and honestly engage with our own biases and preconceptions, we grow closer to understanding Christ’s infinite love and selfless mission of redemption.
In this complex and troubled world, we aim to be both salt and light—preserving the good and reflecting the guiding light of Christ. This requires a mature faith that is grounded in a personal relationship with God and able to withstand the storms of life.
St. Paul, MN 55112
Jesus knew what His mission was, and He didn’t waste any time getting around to it. Everything He said, everything He did and everywhere He went was motivated by His life’s mission. Thus, it is no surprise that at the end of His life He was able to say, “I have completed the mission You gave Me….”
As His church – His very Body – should we be any less devoted to fulfilling the mission He left for us? We do not believe so. That’s why everything we do here in Converge is shaped by our mission:
The Mission of Converge MidAtlantic is to Start and Strengthen Churches. That ’s what we do, and we do it Together!
We are a Movement . . . a Network of Christ-centered, Gospel-driven churches that are passionate about seeing individuals and communities, all across our region and around the world, transformed by the power of the Good News of Jesus.
Converge MidAtlantic is one of 11 regional expressions of Converge, a dynamic movement of 1250 plus churches across the U.S., with global outreach in 29 nations worldwide. For more “Fast Facts” on our Converge MidAtlantic movement, http://www.convergemidatlantic.com/files/midatl/resources/docs/2016_fact_sheet_0.pdf
Child Evangelism Fellowship
As the Local Missionary Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®) of MARCK (Morrow, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, and Knox counties) chapter, I would like to invite you to consider partnering with CEF to reach the children.
Our CEF Christian Resource Center is located at 535 Beer Road, Ontario, OH 44906. Feel free to call (419-756-7799) or stop in to see what resources and training materials CEF has that could assist you in reaching children through evangelism and discipleship opportunities to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Lord called my wife, Sue, and I here to Ohio in 1997. We are very grateful for the Lord’s leading in our lives. He has blessed us with two wonderful children, Matt (22) and Sarah (20). We are thankful that our two children love the Lord with all their hearts.
Love for the children
14282 Butternut Rd
Burton, OH 44021
Come and experience an unforgettable week of life-changing relationships, fantastic games, exciting activities, and amazing food. One visit and you’ll want to come back for the rest of your life!
Food Pantry Ministry
200 Ashland Rd
On the 3rd Saturday of every month, we gather as a team to show the love of Christ through delivering food. We have consistently fed approximately 90 families a month for over a decade. We thank the Lord for our delivery teams who go out each month. Currently, we have around 35 people from Berean making these monthly deliveries and are in need of 2-3 more teams to help us in the “sharing of God’s love”. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to deliver boxes or is in need of a box of food, that attends Berean, should contact Sarah DeYarmon at 419/756-3300, ext. 222. Those that are in need that do not attend Berean should contact Love, Inc at 419/566-1432.
The Mission of Love In the Name of Christ is to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.
WHO ARE WE, AND WHAT DO WE DO?
- Each chapter of Love INC is a 501c3 affiliation of local churches working together to minister to people in need
- Each local office functions as a clearinghouse which matches neighbors needing short term help with area resources providing assistance
- The clearinghouse model allows us to network with churches and agencies, minimizing redundant or overlapping services
- We strive to offer a “hand UP”, allowing our neighbors to maintain dignity and empowering them to be able to personally deal with adverse circumstances, rather than being on the receiving end of a “hand OUT”
HOW DO WE DO IT?
- Each prospective client-neighbor participates in a telephone interview with a trained LOVE INC volunteer to discuss their particular situation and specific needs
- The caller is offered an opportunity for prayer with the volunteer at the conclusion of the interview, in order that we might share the love of Jesus and offer God’s hope, strength, and healing for the caller and his/her entire family
- After the individual signs and returns some basic information to the office for verification, we relay the needs requests to partner churches or area agencies who provide a variety of goods and services geared specifically to the needs in question
WHAT DON’T WE DO?
- We do not conduct walk-in interviews at the office.
- We do not have cash on hand to help with rent, utility payments, or other emergency issues
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- We follow up to make sure that our new neighbors have received the help they need to lift them out of their current circumstances
We encourage them to become active in a local church of their choice where they can become part of a worshiping community, continue to experience God’s grace and mercy, and have their spiritual, emotional, and daily living issues addressed on a personal level.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
200 Ashland Rd
Berean’s Furniture Ministry is a great way for the Church to meet our neighbors in Richland County!
The Furniture Ministry is a volunteer group that works out of Berean’s Building 2:16, on Ashland road. Ken Giesige and his volunteers, organize and put into action the pickup and deliveries of furniture. On four or more days each week, they meet the needs of our neighbors by delivering furniture and fellowshipping with them and their families. Our group of male volunteers often pray with the families and asked questions about salvation. They’re able to form friendships and share the gospel of Jesus Christ!
The Berean receptionist, Abby Young, communicates directly with the volunteers, relaying the information on donations. Also speaks with the recipients from Love INC, about their request. If you have an item(s) they would like to donate, call the church and speak with Abby. The receptionist will be able to take your request and inform the volunteers.
Love INC of Greater Mansfield is an amazing partner for the Furniture Ministry. For our neighbors in the community to be placed on the list, they would have to call into Love INC’s office at 419-522-1432 and talk to a volunteer. Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon. Their information will be received and then passed onto the furniture deliverers at Berean.
If you’re a member or committed attendee of Berean and need furniture, call into the church. The receptionist will be able to take your request directly.
Volunteers Needed to help with pick ups and deliveries call Abby at 419/756-3300
H2O College Ministry
The Slack Family
Jason, Lindsay, Carter, Maddy, & Bryce
Jason and Lindsay led a church planting team from Bowling Green, OH to Kent, OH in 2008 to start H2O Church on the campus of Kent State University. Jason serves as the pastor of worship and provides oversight and leadership of the church’s worship teams, the training and equipping of student leaders and staff members and teachers at worship gatherings. Lindsay is actively involved in discipleship and women’s ministry within the church. H2O started with 20 young people in 2008 has grown to include over 200 students and is now positioned to impact the lives of even more students at KSU.
- 8/23 classes start!
- Every Friday for the first month of classes we will be hosting outreach events on Campus – dodgeball tournaments, scavenger hunts, ice cream socials, etc… All with the goal of meeting new students and cultivating new friendships.
- 8/30 – Thursday. Life Groups begin all over campus and around town. Pray that new students would take their involvement a step further by going to a small group Bible Study to build deeper friendships and study God’s Word together!
- 9/28 & 29 The H2O Fall Retreat. This always marks the official end of our “blitz efforts” on campus and provides the space to solidify all of the new friendships we’ve been building. After this retreat students are involved and ready to grow!
- There are many things we do to fill in the gaps, so please be praying for stamina and excitement among our staff and student leaders.
The Asp Family
Our family has been living in Kent – specifically focused on the campus of Kent State University since 2012, working through a mission agency called Reliant. We are joined with H2O Kent and the broader H2O network throughout Ohio (and the still-broader Collegiate Church Network) to reach out to the younger generations. We find many of the students at Kent State University are highly interested in spiritual things, yet they have never really initiated a spiritual journey. With this in mind, we promoted ourselves to the campus as “A Church for Your Journey,” and we focus our ministry efforts on making disciples, training leaders, and sending out missionaries.
Greetings from Kent! Our kids just got their new school schedules for this year (one for middle school + two for high school!). Elliot’s already had two scrimmages with his soccer team this week, and the marching band’s first performance of the year is this evening. I’d say “things are heating up” — but the weather has been pretty hot and steamy in northeast Ohio, ever since we got back from Colorado! I think you know what I mean, though. There’s a feeling that the new school year is surging in, and the summer is drawing to a close.
It’s been a good summer of ministry. The group of 20 who went out to Colorado for the Leadership Training program have been profoundly affected by their experiences in the mountains. There was another group of about 60 young people who stayed in Kent and remained involved with our Sunday worship gatherings, small group Bible Studies, and other informal community-building activities, throughout the summer months. Gospel conversations have continued to happen in both Estes Park and Kent — not to mention all of the conversations with friends and family members of students who went “back home” for the summer. God has been working!
As much as I love the summer, though, things get really exciting this month!
We need lots of prayer for the coming weeks. Here below, I’ve sketched out a rough itinerary of our “Welcome Week” activities with you, to help you understand this season of collegiate ministry a little bit better and to equip you with the means to pray for us and with us. I know I do this every year, and I admit that our August prayer letters lack some of the storytelling I typically prefer to include — but I feel like it’s so strategic to have you guys praying with us, day by day (as much as possible)! Will you, please, pray with us for God to open doors of connection in the following ministry opportunities?
August 11-12 – H2O Network “Blitz Conference” in Bowling Green: Staff and students from across the region getting envisioned and equipped together at this overnight event (back in the place where it all started for me as a freshman in 1995!).
August 13-15 – H2O Kent Staff Summit: Over three days of meetings, our staff team plans all of the strategic outreach initiatives that will play out over the following couple of weeks and months.
August 15 – International Students arrive on campus!
August 16-17 – American Culture and Conversation: We organize an informal learning environment at the University’s Student Center, where students can meet friendly Americans and work on their English language skills.
August 18 – International Friendship Connection Furniture Fair: We offer used furniture to new international friends who need to furnish their new homes in America. This meets significant practical and relational needs for newcomers.
August 19-20 – Incoming Freshmen arrive on campus!
August 19-22 – Welcome Week Outreach Initiatives: We help freshmen move into their residence halls. We hand out information about H2O. We organize various sporting activities and social events to establish connections with new students. Perhaps the four most-strategic days of outreach in our ministry’s entire year. It all culminates with the “Blast-Off,” where the University organizes a massive fair and laser light show, and we make a ton of new connections.
August 23 – The First Day of Classes for all Kent State University students!
August 23 – H2O Kick-Off: At the end of the first day of classes, H2O hosts our first large-scale public event. We’re planning to do this event outdoors this year, on the Student Green, so please pray with us for good weather!
August 26 – H2O Welcome Sunday worship gathering and picnic: From this point, forward, we maintain regular rhythms for our worship gatherings, Life Groups, and such.
September 10 – First night of The Well, our seven-week discipleship experience designed to present a compelling picture of what it looks like to follow Jesus as a student at Kent State University. Every Monday night from this date to October 22nd, we’re expecting a group of 75-100 prospective new members who will learn and grow together.
September 28-29 – H2O Fall Retreat: We go pretty hard all the way up until this retreat. It’s kind of the climax to all our beginning-of-the-year initiatives. Almost every year at our Fall Retreat, we see new commitments to Christ and His community at Kent State.
The next few weeks are going to be a lot of fun — but also a lot of work. Thank you so much for your support, both in prayer and in finances. It’s people like you who allow us to make the most of this opportunity. We’ll be in touch…
Todd & Kelly
After working as a missionary to college students for several years at their alma mater Bowling Green State University, Todd, his wife Kelley and their two children are now part of planting H2O, a campus focused church at the University of Akron! Less than 10% of the young generation know Christ, and through H2O the Schlereth’s are a part of working with the Lord to change that statistic during the formational college years. Their heart is to see students experience new life in Christ and embrace how God has made them to love and serve.
- Thanks to God for changing lives this year at H2O!
- For students going home to difficult home situations.
- My family and the 3 Akron students here at Colorado LT, that we lean in to God’s moving.
- For full provision as I raise support this summer.
Richland Pregnancy Services
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Master Provisions serves God by connecting resources to needs until every physical and spiritual need is fulfilled.
We work in partnership with agencies that directly serve people in need, distributing resources to them. By spending less time and money obtaining resources, these partner agencies are able to focus on their core mission.
For 12 years Berean has provided an after-school tutoring program for Mansfield City School children. For 11 years we worked with Prospect Elementary students and this past year with Malabar Intermediate School students. Our program is 4 days per week for 2 hours each day from October through May. The focus of our program is one on one adult/student interaction. We ask adults to give one hour one day per week to work with a student. We provide a healthy snack, reading practice, homework help, Spiritual Character Quality lessons and free time each day. We have several parties at Christmas, Easter, and the end of the year.
If you are interested in participating please contact Pastor Bill Heaton, 419/756-3300, email@example.com
Youth For Christ
Brian Walls is the Operations Director for Youth For Christ in Cleveland. He is responsible for training and recruiting staff; developing new areas; overseeing Events and Assemblies.
Youth for Christ/USA has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism. In 1944 Billy Graham and Torrey Johnson held a Youth for Christ rally in Chicago. The ministry of YFC spread like wildfire across the USA. Today at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. For more about the national movement of Youth for Christ,
FRIENDS & TEAMMATES at BEREAN –
Thanks so much for being one the biggest reasons I got on the mission field and have been able to stay on the mission field for close to 25 years! I covet your prayers for the following upcoming items:
- Missionary to Cleveland – Did you realize that the crime rate with most stats (murder, rape assault) is 145% higher in Cleveland than the National average (per Area Vibes) and the poverty rate is twice the National and State rate (per the Tallmadge Express). It has been my privilege to battle Satan here in Cleveland for over twenty years by training staff, equipping staff, creating tools, establishing new outreaches and doing outreach myself. Please pray for our outreach at the local jails (county and state lock-ups), our urban west side teen center, and various local schools – and wisdom for me as to try to guide the staff that leads them.
- Indians Game Outreach – On Saturday, September 22nd will be our big annual Indians game outreach that we have been doing for close to 25 years. Last year, God used it to share the Gospel with over 500 young people and 69 made some form of decision for the Lord. I was blessed to interview the players (Cody Allen, Yan Gomes, and Ryan Merritt). Please pray that the Lord uses it again this year!
Appreciative of your partnership in the Gospel since the beginning, Brian Walls; Operations Director; Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ; www.yfccleveland.org
Other Local Partners
Compassion In Action
Contact: Kris Sparks
Emergency Response Team
Contacts: RuthAnn Chirico & Tim Miller
Harmony House, Homeless Services
Local English Camp
Contact: Bruce Dunlap
Local International Student Ministry
Contact: Tom Prendergast
LOVE INC. (Love In the Name of Christ)
Contacts: Tiffany Montgomery & Brenda Schwamberger
Mansfield Salvation Army
Contacts: Brenda Nelson
Nursing Home Ministry
Contacts: Tom Prendergast & Lisa Caldwell
Operation Christmas Child
Contact: Elizabeth Dawson
Contacts: Faith Kidwell & Ted Ryan
Public School Prayer Ministry
Prays monthly over Lexington Schools
Contact: Valerie Hunter
Shared Hope – STOP Sex trafficking
Contact: Susi Maiyer
- Middle East
- West Africa
- Dominican Republic
Jerusalem Baptist Church, Pignon, Haiti
On November 18th, I celebrated 17 years of ministry in Haiti. This is the day that I returned to Haiti after my studies in the United States in 1996. We had prayed that God would glorify himself by using us as an instrument to transform lives in Haiti. Looking back, God has answered every prayer that we asked from that November day long ago.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Jerusalem Baptist mission (JBM) began in 1977 by Rev Sidoine and Mrs. Athenienne Lucien for the purpose of winning souls for Christ. Pastor Sidoine had nine children and in 1996 his son Jephthe (the fifth of the nine children) joined him in the ministry. Pastor Jephthe has a degree from Washington Bible College in Maryland and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois.
Since pastor Jephthe joined JBM, he has been busy continuing the work that his father started by planting sister churches and Christian schools and developing economic structures for local families. Pastor Jephthe seeks training for his pastors and continues to develop businesses through which church members can support their families without being forced to flee to the big city.
The island of Haiti has ten departments and JBM now has a presence in 6 of the 10. We continue to work hard for the Lord, because “we know he is not done with us yet!” says Pastor Jephthe
Jephthe, his family and the JBM staff are working hard every day to continue the work that God entrusted to them. We prayed for blessings and now God is doing above and beyond what we ask or even think of.
Pastor Jephthe and his wife Widmide “Mitoue” Lucien are so thankful that God has put them in Pignon Haiti to serve at such a time as this!
Grace Church – Brovary, Ukraine
Berean started short-term missions with Grace in 1996. For 12 years we have lead Children’s Adventure Camps (VBS). In 2008 we started teaching Conversational English at Pastor Boris Medyanik’s request.
We continue to teach two weeks each summer to about 150 mostly college students and young professionals. In 2012 we were asked to help Grace with their ministry to Families of Special Needs Children. Tanya Kolodey heads up this Grace ministry. We go for two weeks in the summer to help with their Special Needs Family Camp which ministers to about 40 moms and 80 kids. We send teams of up to five to Special Needs Family Camp and up to ten to Conversational English School. Attending both weeks of ministry are possible.
Drew and Sarah
Drew and Sarah R. – Middle East
The R. family are Converge Global Workers currently serving in the Middle East. In partnership with a local church, they are engaging Syrian refugee families with the gospel. The ministry includes a combination of humanitarian aid efforts as well as open and intentional presentations of the Gospel. Drew’s primary responsibility within the ministry is discipleship and leadership development among new believers. This is a vital role in strengthening the local church and establishing local leadership for many years to come. God is actively working among Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East and around the world. Please continue to pray for them and that God would reveal himself to them.
Dr. David & Margalit
Shabbat Shalom friends,
Here is some local news from Israel:
This week, Israel’s Air Force struck a military base in Syria where Iran has been deploying troops and doing R & D (research and development) of military import. Israel will usually carry out such a strike if intelligence shows that weaponry is being manufactured or transported to such a base, for use against Israel. Nine Iranian troops were killed in the air raid. Iran has vowed a revenge attack against northern Israel for this and prior Israeli Air Force attacks on Iran’s growing military presence in the region.
This week PM Netanyahu was in Moscow, not for soccer’s World Cup final game, but to talk about Israel’s ‘take’ on Iran’s presence in Syria. It was reported that Russia will not interfere with Israeli attacks on Iranian troops there, as long as no Russian assets are harmed.
All this makes more sense when we realize that Iran and her allied troops (such as the Hizbullah terror group that rules over Lebanon), were creeping right up to Israel’s northern border with Syria (just over the Golan Heights). Iran and Syria have supplied Hizbullah with about 200,000 rockets which are being deployed in south Lebanon. So the Iranian threat is real. Israel could no longer live with this development, and began efforts, both diplomatically and otherwise, to clear our Syrian border of Iranian and allied troops. Iran has often stated publicly its desire to annihilate Israel, and so Israel is always on the alert about the danger.
Please pray for wisdom for Israel’s government, to know how to deal with the threat on our northern border. Let’s also pray for many people to turn to Yeshua in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. That is the only hope for those nations, period.
God will someday turn the Middle East into an area that leads the world in worshiping Him (see Isaiah 19). But until that day, a great darkness has come upon our area. Yet there are wonderful promises in the Bible about His heart towards us and His plan of redemption.
More Personal news:
David is teaching his seminar in London this weekend. We’d appreciate prayer for safe travel there and that he’d be able to excite his students about studying the Bible.
We got word this morning from our friends in the Galilee – who have been preparing a house/center that will be used for weekly Bible training – are nearly finished with the project. That means we can begin to travel north for this training. We will be taking turns with our son and his wife plus another young couple who will be team teaching with us. We are very excited about all these young families in the north who are serious about studying the Word. Please pray that we can get this very complicated schedule worked out and that we will have the finances to help support this center.
David leaves on Sunday for Ireland and England. Margalit will join him in a weeks time. This is a combination of teaching/family and baseball.
August At the Shalom Conference in Oswiecim, Poland, David will speak about God’s perspective on this very issue. Please pray that he can be sensitive to the emotions and feelings that will be present, and speak with God’s merciful heart. Scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 13 will be at the heart of his talk to the gathered Israeli, Polish and European believers. David will teach that God wants to unite Israeli and Polish believers in love, sympathy, and prayer for each other. This could be a very healing moment for us there, so please pray that God would have His way. This is a yearly conference where 300 or so of us gather to pray for Poland, Israel, and Germany to walk in our God-given destinies.
And from there we are traveling to Romania to teach at the first ever Holocaust reconciliation conference there.
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles
Leadership training and development of pastors, church planters, and seminary students
Cirilo & Dory Doguiles are back in the Philippines after serving 29 years in the United States with Converge Worldwide planting a Filipino church in California. After years of working at the denominational level in the areas of church planting, Filipino ministries, and Intercultural ministries, Pastor Cirilo and Dory decided to solidify the commitment they made 28 years ago to return home to minister in the Philippines. In January of 2014, they left for the Philippines to embark on this new ministry.
Their vision is to see that disciples, leaders, and churches are multiplied by establishing centers for starting and strengthening churches (S2 Centers) in each of the 12 district ministries of Converge Philippines/BCP. They are also involved in leadership training and development of pastors, church planters, and seminary students through teaching and mentoring.
STEVE & BARBARA WILKINSON
John & Jan Baxter
What We Do
Everything the Baxters do seeks to expand missions to and from the millions of people migrating around the globe. This mission strategy is called Diaspora Missions.
Millions of people from unreached and unreachable areas of the globe are moving into contact with the gospel in lands with an evangelical church. Our gospel strategies are working to connect these economic immigrants, refugees, international students, and others on the shores of Europe and in the cities of North America with an opportunity to hear the Good News.
This strategy includes training Christians from the Majority World who are finding employment in unreached lands to be strong in their faith and be effective witnesses to their host population and the other unreached immigrants around them.
This emerging missions strategy has the potential to release millions of lay witnesses into lands where career missionaries cannot go and among unreached people groups that missionaries cannot contact.
Director of Diaspora Initiatives, Converge International Ministries
- Overseeing all Converge work with unreached diaspora groups migrating into North America.
- As the International Leader for the North America Region, John and Jan oversee the work of fourteen Converge missionaries working among unreached people groups in the U.S. and Canada.
- John developed, and is implementing in two pilot cities, a city-wide strategy for Converge and other churches to work together to launch movements of gospel multiplication among unreached immigrant groups.
- Implement diaspora mission strategy within the global Converge IM Initiatives.
- Converge IM structures its work around large initiatives which include specific unreached people group projects. For example, our Spice Island Initiative in Southeast Asia includes ten unreached people groups in Indonesia. John and Jan work with a diaspora champion in each initiative to identify fruitful diaspora connections. For example, Indonesians working in Hong Kong who come to Christ through ministries in that city need to be identified and connected to fellowships when they return home to Indonesia.
- Implement a Converge Global Refugee Strategy
- Converge IM has been invited into a refugee ministry partnership which allows access to all UN High Council on Refugees work sites and funding. John and Jan will be based at this partnership headquarters in Malaga, Spain, for six months per year developing pathways and projects that will allow Converge IM missionaries and US churches to minister to unreached refugee groups around the world.
- This refugee strategy includes helping U.S. churches identify and train members who desire to work short-term in refugee projects.
Director of NextMove Diaspora Ministry
- NextMove is a partnership between Converge and Frontier Ventures (formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission). It is a research and consulting ministry for mission agency leaders with the goal of effectively integrating emerging diaspora missions strategies into each agency’s core ministry focus.
- Currently over thirty mission agencies are partners with NextMove. After three years of research by teams of representatives from the partner agencies, NextMove is offering comprehensive consulting services and tools to assist mission leaders. Diaspora missions have the potential to affect deep and lasting change in how we do missions.
Catalyst, Global Diaspora Network of the Lausanne Movement
- The Lausanne Movement created the Global Diaspora Network (GDN) at the Lausanne Congress in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. The GDN mandate is to embed diaspora missiology and practice within mission training schools throughout the world. John represents GDN in the Western hemisphere.
- John has been working with mission training schools and seminaries in North and South America since 2011. During that period most schools have adopted diaspora missions curriculum at some level.
- John facilitates a council of diaspora mission educators, drawn from mission schools across North and South America. This council creates curriculum and programs for diaspora missions training.
- Some seminaries and colleges desire to begin diaspora mission centers. The Baxters are helping the faculty of the South America Theological Seminary in Londrina, Brazil, develop such a center.
Diaspora Missions Advisor, Missio Nexus
- Missio Nexus is the primary missions network for North America. In a sense, it is the trade association for North American mission groups in which they participate in shared learning and practice.
- Several mission specialists work under the Missio Nexus banner in such areas as mobilization and funding, missionary care, church planting movements, financial and regulatory standards, etc..
- As the Diaspora Missions specialist or advisor, for Missio Nexus, John helps mission agency leaders understand and implement this emerging mission strategy.
GECHAAN was founded in July of 2004 by Art and Dorothy Helwig who chose to do whatever they could about the raging HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria. The Southern part of Taraba State was selected to begin a grassroots-focused approach to making the people aware of the problem and how they may prevent becoming infected. The emphasis on prevention.
The work grew quickly and grew into a full-service NGO that reaches out into the hinterlands in attempts to save the lives of as many people as possible. In 2014 Dan & Tina Gibbs joined the ministry in Nigeria. Today GECHAAN is covering eight local governments in Taraba State.
GECHANN is located in the far southeast part of Taraba State which borders on Cameroon. Having started in Sardouna Local Government Area (LGA), the work has expanded to include Gashaka, Bali, Kurmi, Takum, Donga, Gassol and Ardo Kola LGAs. There are four regional offices with managers who oversee many volunteers who assist people in need in villages
Matt, Audrey & Ezra Pound
Faithful Heart Foundation
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Who We Are
Faithful Heart Foundation (FHF) is an “R&R” ministry…reach and rescue. Our foundation helps break the cycle of poverty by providing orphans with a loving Christian family to ensure that they have adequate food and nutrition, and access to a quality education.
FHF is a Christian orphan care ministry. We seek to serve the poor and disadvantaged people in and around Northern Thailand, whose life circumstances can be improved through:
We strive to match our foundation resources with the greatest needs to have a lasting, positive
impact on as many lives as possible.
The dangers that at-risk children face in Northern Thailand:
Homelessness or Poor Housing and Living Conditions
Family Loss or Neglect
Food Insecurity, Hunger, and Malnutrition
Poor Water Quality and Access
Lack of Basic Hygiene and Increased Incidence of Illness and Disease
Lack of Education or Access to Quality Education
Discrimination and Prejudice
Risk of Trafficking, Kidnapping or Being Sold though Exploitation and Debt
Physical and Mental Abuse
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Orphan and Rescue Care
Pounds in Thailand
Faithful Heart Foundation
Hello Berean Family!
A quick greeting and prayer update from Matt, Audrey, & Ezra Pound in Thailand. Sept. 4, 2018
1. For Audrey and our baby girl. She is due October 28th and we can’t wait to meet her!
2. For our land purchase. Faithful Heart will hopefully be purchasing a piece of land on Friday Sept. 7.
3. For 2 of our orphan girls, Becky and Laura. They are going through some difficulty and we really want them to know God’s love in the midst of it.
4. For our staff retreat September 11th. Matt will lead a special devotion on listening for God’s voice and becoming who God created us to each to be.
Thank you for your love, prayers, and support! May His Kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven!
Steve and Nopaluck Cable, Bangkok, Thailand
Steve and Nopaluck are focused on church planting and evangelism at Peace Fellowship Church (PFC) and Santisuk English School (SES) in Bangkok, Thailand. Since 1995, nearly 700 different short-term missionaries have been involved in 4-week (minimum) evangelistic outreaches at SES that have been instrumental in winning many Thai to Christ.
SANTISUK ENGLISH SCHOOL
SES is both an effective evangelistic tool and a high-quality conversational English educational center. We will use methods that are creative, wide-reaching, relationship oriented, need-based, sacrificial, efficient, and self-sustaining in Thailand that engages and empower Thai Christians to reach the Thai.
We ultimately exist to glorify God by being a significant bridge-building tool enabling God to transform lives and assisting Peace Fellowship Church to reach N.E. Bangkok for Jesus Christ.
Find out more about the Santisuk English School at: www.santisuk.org.
John and Elaine Mehn
John is the Director of the JEMA Church Planting Institute. Their primary ministry is to cross-cultural church planting, direct evangelism and outreach, mobilization and equipping for church planting, leadership development, and spiritual renewal mentoring.
“Advancing God’s Kingdom by mentoring leaders to be part of a movement that is multiplying churches that are multiplying disciples through the power of the gospel.”
The Church Planting Institute is a core ministry of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. Our purpose is to foster a ministry vision for what God has in store for Japan and the world. This is a cooperative effort by missions, missionaries and Japanese leaders and workers to see indigenous gospel-driven church planting movements fostered in this needy country. We welcome you to join us in this adventure of faith and ministry.
To view or download the CPI informational PDF brochure in Japanese click here: jcpi-brochure-jpn.
God has been doing some great things through the Institute since its inception in 1994. It started with 29 missionaries meeting with Dr. Steve Childers–a veteran church-planter and now a professor of practical theology–which gave birth to a vision for CPI. Since that time, nearly 3.000 Japanese and foreign gospel workers serving with 150 organizations and coming from over 20 different countries have been involved. There are also about 180 people from throughout the world using our internet services. Missionaries from Hokkaido to Okinawa have been involved with CPI, touching practically every prefecture in Japan.
There is room for your involvement too!
- Elaine”s new devotional book, More Thoughts Along the Way: Grace-based Devotions for Spiritual Nourishment, is nearly completed and for sale on Amazon. Thanks for your continued prayers.
- We leave for the US on July 16th to visit churches, take care of some business, and visit family. Pray for our preparation, travels, and that we may accomplish much during this trip.
- Summer brings heat and more downtime to work on major projects. Pray that much will be accomplished before September.
Bill and Kathy M.
In a West African capital city.
Paul and Linda McMillan
Our mission is to provide children with an unmistakable inner conviction of who they are, what their life purpose is, and where they will go to in eternity as defined in the irrefutable Word of God.
Our purpose is to prepare citizens to be fully equipped academically, morally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
We help students define and fulfill their life goals by acquiring the intrinsic values of individual achievement, patriotic support, personal independence, family loyalties and productive contributions to the local and global communities.
The benefits of our school include:
- Education with a higher worldview rooted in the Word of God
- The pursuit of excellence above the lower standards of public schools
- Superior English classes, with access to native English speakers
- Caring teachers committed to the spiritual, academic, and personal development of the students
- Computer classes taught in a modern computer lab
- A close-knit community where students are always safe and welcome to play with friends
Students come to know God personally through Jesus Christ
Dave & Stephanie Connell
Future missionaries to the Dominican Republic
David and Stephanie Connell desire to see the transformation of lives, families, and communities across the least reached peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean for the glory and worship of God.
They will recruit and strengthen leaders who will pursue the vision of reaching the least-reached peoples in the region (or across the world).
David, as Converge’s Church Strengthening Team Leader for Latin America & Caribbean, will provide regional strategic leadership, ensure team development/ guidance/health, ensure appropriate resources for effectiveness, and drive collaborative relationships.
Stephanie will home-school their children, teach the next generation of leaders at the local Christian school, and serve at their home church.
They invite you to partner with them through your prayers and financial support on this exciting mission!
To see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture.
To provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative, and educational television services.
We’re making God’s love visible to 21 million viewers across the Middle East and
North Africa through Christian satellite television. A potential audience of 500 million people can hear the Truth in their heart languages of Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish.
- SAT-7 Turk – In 2014, SAT-7 was granted a 10-year license to broadcast in Turkish, the only Christian television channel on the Turksat satellite – available to more than 55 million people. This channel has been on-air since early 2015 with very encouraging response and growth!
- SAT-7 PARS – After a year of prayerful negotiations with a company in the Arab Gulf, the hugely popular Yashat satellite system, SAT-7 PARS was accepted – here too, the only Christian channel on this satellite system. Consequently, over the past 12 months, the counseling centers have seen a huge increase in responses from viewers not only in Iran but especially from Afganistan.
- SAT-7 ACADEMY – In response to an incredibly widespread and acute need for education, and led by the Holy Spirit, doors opened to launch this breakthrough channel. The broadcasts bring the classroom, life skills, hope, and light to 20 million Arabic speaking children not currently receiving any proper schooling. Parents are deeply grateful.
Founded in 1997, globalLead has trained over 15,000 Christian ministry leaders from 50 different countries around the globe. Our mission takes a unique approach of focusing on exponential multiplication of impact by skipping the step of sending a foreign missionary. We focus on developing local indigenous leaders so that they can reach and disciple others in their sphere of influence. This approach has enabled a huge global movement to occur with relatively low financial cost.
The purpose of globalLead is to serve those in ministry through training and mentorship in order to position Christian leaders for multiplication.
At globalLead we offer both heart and skill-based training opportunities for a variety of church ministry leaders. We value the holistic leadership principle from Psalm 78:72:
“With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”
We offer three series of training currently that are designed to provide follow up and multiplication, not just a one-time event. Feel free to contact us about supporting the ministry or hosting an event by using the contact form at the bottom of the home page.
Church Ministry Leadership (for Pastors and Church Ministry Leaders): There is no better example of life and ministry than Jesus Himself. In our Church Ministry Leadership events, we explore the life and ministry of Christ and develop plans and programs for our churches in a team environment (when possible) in order for church leaders to be in sync with one another as they lead in ministry. These trainings offer local pastors and ministry leaders (when possible) the timeless principles from the life of Christ that have worked in a multitude of settings globally throughout history. (Church Ministry Leadership for Pastors and Church Ministry Leaders)
Heart of the Leader: With leaders leaving the ministry at an alarming rate we are tackling the needs of those in full-time ministry head-on with soul care events for full-time leaders and their spouse (if possible). Top leaders need a secure environment to process their life and ministry in a way that re-energizes them and puts them on a life-long healthy trajectory. Utilizing Biblical teaching and engagement as well as group camaraderie, we have seen God do great work in the lives of leaders. Heart of the Leader (Soul Care for Full-time Leaders in Ministry)
Youth Ministry Leadership Trainings: This series of trainings are offered for those leading the youth ministry in their churches. Whether youth pastor, leadership teams or both, participating leaders will be engaged in Biblical and transferable principles with local examples in order to develop a workable one-year ministry plan. Additional seminars enable times for evaluation, mentoring and follow-up. Youth Ministry Leadership Training (for those responsible for leading in youth ministry)
Chris & Penny Davis, Founder of globalLead
“I will answer them before they even call to me.
While they are still talking about their needs,
I will go ahead and answer their prayers!.” (NLT)
The writer of the email article stated that “Sometimes, as God promised in the Bible (Is. 65:24), I learn that the answer to my prayer was set in motion before I even prayed. This happens often…I haven’t yet figured out what makes the difference between slow answers and fast answers. I suspect a lot of it has to do with me and my growth in grace (and patience). But I know this: Whether the answer hastens or tarries, it won’t come until I pray.”
We can be assured that God answers prayer, but there is oftentimes a mystery about how and when. We must learn to trust God and His ways, rather than us trying to dictate our ways to Him. I shared this quote about prayer with someone just moments ago from William Temple – “When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t.” At my church, we call them “God-incidences.”
Please lift up the following prayer concerns and praises, which areGod’s answers, on behalf of globalLead. Let’s pray that God opens our eyes to see His “God-incidences” – it will be exciting to see that He may have already answered some of these requests! Thank you for your continued prayer support of globalLead.
Assistant to the Executive Director
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SOUTHEAST ASIA OFFICE
- Thankful for the 8 mentors/facilitators who committed for HOTL Philippines to be trained by Matt this November.
- Thankful for these partners who are inviting and telling other pastors about Heart of the Leader. There were positive responses of the possible participants for Taste and See this year.
- Praise God for LM for designing promotional materials for globalLead events.
- Praise God for a possible translator to help in upgrading our materials written in another language.
- Praise the Lord for Herman’s leadership and the Assembly of God Youth Alive national for using the globalLead material for equipping youth workers.
- Thankful for faithful financial partners, and for the new supporters of SE Asia office.
- Pray for our individual and group Donor Development plans. Fund is so low these past months. Pray with us, that we may have the right heart, right people, and right timing and strategy.
- Pray for these possible local and international trainings:
- Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
- Malaysia. Pray for partners to set plans and finalize details. Pray for funding for a team to go there.
- Mongolia. Pray that the work started will continue and have an impact on the entire country!
- East Asia. A continued Level 2 and 3 in areas where we have begun an additional Level 1 trainings.
- Pray for possible trainings with partners in Cebu.
- For the possibility of Church Leadership Training with Crossroads Team in February 2019.
- Pray for Heart of the Leader plans for the Philippines. There will be 2 teaser events TASTE and SEE on November 1 in Cebu and November 5 in Manila. Pray for globalLead funding and the facilitator’s individual fundraising for this.
- Pray for the planning stage for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Southeast Asia in August 2019. Pray for a clear purpose, a Jesus-centered celebration, and reunion.
- Continue to pray for our country, our President and this administration. Those who are affected by the successive typhoons and excessive rains, and those who were affected by bombings.
NORTHWEST ASIA OFFICE
- We praise God as we have trained 32 youth leaders in these 2 trainings.
- Level 1 Tikapur – Pastor Kiran Chand
- Level 1 Lalitpur – Jomesh Tamang
- We praise God for giving safety to our trainers and participants for trainings.
- We praise God because Annual General meeting on August 18th, 2018 was a successful program with all of our Board Members, staff and other members.
- Please pray for our upcoming trainings
- Level 3 Bardiya training, September 9-11
- Church Leadership Level 1 at Kohalpur, September 12-14
- Level 2 Training at Harisdhdi, Lalitpur, September 16-18
- Please pray for the Organization Renewal Process.
- Please Pray for the good health and safety for staff, trainers and B.O.D members.
- We Thank the Lord for successful trainings in Nigeria, Osun state, where 86 participants got trained. The team in the west is full of energy, and we continue to pray for them there, their toil in the Lord will bring forth much fruit that will bear fruit and last.
- We thank God for a repeat training at the East Africa bible college, 8 new students went through the level 1 training.
- We also thank God for an ongoing training in Swaziland where Rev. Nick is taking them through the level 1 youth ministry strategy. We pray for a fruitful time.
- Looking to have a ministry director by the end of the year and we are having a few interviews lined up. We pray for the Lord to allow us to get the best fit for the ministry and that we will be a good fit for the person as well.
- We are looking to have a board meeting, please pray with us as we hope to expand the board as well as the ministry.
- Thankful for the local training ministry. I (Chris) will finish up a Ministry Strategy Training at the end of August. A Youth Ministry Strategy Training started with local leaders that will meet monthly from August through Spring of 2019 (Thank you, Doug Taylor, for coordinating this).
- Thankful for the completion of the first online training on Christ-Centered Soul Care. We had 21 leaders attend from 10 different countries. It was great to read their testimonies of life change! (Thank you Lori Lower for all of your help in organizing the course).
- Thankful for the globalLead board and it’s service to the ministry.
- Thankful for the addition of a new board member, Lynn Reinbolt, from Searcy, Arkansas.
- Praise that Heart of the Leader is ministry is going well in both the US and overseas.
- Pray for our financial support as the summer months’ support has decreased.
- For our staff and the international board as they engage in the growth potential of the ministry.
- Pray for an upcoming ministry trip to Nepal.
- Pray for the expansion of our ministry boards and staff.
- Pray for Eric Byrom as he will be representing globalLead’s Heart of the Leader at the Converge meeting in Nepal, October 1-5.
- Pray for Matt Lewis as he will be traveling to the Philippines in October for Heart of the Leader promotional events and also training Filipino mentors for the next Heart of the Leader in the Philippines.
Continued prayers for one of our volunteers who is battling breast cancer.