Welcome to Berean’s Local & Global Outreach!

Our Purpose is to

To bring 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 heart beat 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 extra-ordinary task that brings Him joy and us into closer relationship with Him.

As you explore this web site 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

Awakening

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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

Learn more about Awakening on their website

https://www.awakeninggeneration.com/

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
Dale Baer

cefofmmark.com

 

 

 

 

 

Food Pantry Ministry

 

 

Building 2:16

200 Ashland Rd

Mansfield, OH

 

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”.  Any one 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.

Furniture Ministry

Building 2:16

200 Ashland Rd

Mansfield, OH

 

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 into 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 9:30am 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 teaches at worship gatherings. Lindsay is actively involved in discipleship and women’s ministry with 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.

reliant.org/jason.lindsay.slack

 

 

  The Asp Family

                                                                                                                                    Eric, Marci, Elliot, Olivia, & Cor

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 promote 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.

ericasp.com

 

 

 

The Schlereths

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.

reliant.org/todd.schlereth

Richland Pregnancy Services

1560 West Fourth Street
Mansfield, OH 44906

info@richlandpregnancy.com

All of our services are free of charge and available regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or income.

Pregnancy Testing

Limited Ultrasound Exam

 STD Testing/Treatment

After Abortion Support

Support Services 

Free Support Services at Richland Pregnancy Services include:

KidZone Tutoring

Berean has for 12 years 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 end of the year.

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If you are interested in participating please contact Pastor Bill Heaton, 419/756-3300, bheaton@bereanfamily.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,

visityfc.org

Other Local Partners

Compassion In Action

Contact: Kris Sparks

Websitehttp://www.compassioninactionohio.org/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/compassioninactionohio/

Emergency Response Team

Contacts: Ruth Chirico & Tim Miller

Harmony House, Homeless Services

Website: http://harmonyhousehomeless.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Harmony-House-Homeless-Services-108697389174177/

International Caring

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

Website: http://mansfieldlinc.org/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/mansfieldloveinc/

Mansfield Salvation Army

Contacts: Brenda Nelson

Websitehttps://neo.salvationarmy.org/northeastohio/mansfieldnew

Nursing Home Ministry

Contacts: Tom Prendergast & Lisa Caldwell

Operation Christmas Child

Contact: Elizabeth Dawson

Websitehttps://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes/

Prison Ministry

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

Websitehttps://sharedhope.org/

Haiti

PASTOR JEPHTHE LUCIEN

 

 

 

 

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 through 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.

Daniel 2:21

Jerusalem Baptist mission (JBM) began in 1977 by Rev Sidoine and Mrs. Athenienne Lucien for the purpose of wining 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!

Ukraine

 

 

 

Grace Church – Brovary, Ukraine: Berean started short term missions with Grace in 1996.  For 12 years we 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.

Philippines

Cirilo & Dory Doguiles

 

Leadership training and development of pastors, church planters and seminary students

 

 

 

 

 

 

cirilod@convergeww.org

facebook: cerdoguiles77

 

 

 

 

STEVE & BARBARA WILKINSON

Steve and Barbara Wilkinson minister in the Philippines. Steve teaches at the Baptist Theological College / Cebu Graduate School of Theology preparing young men and women as new workers for the harvest.

Dear Ministry Partners,

It’s been a very good year of home assignment full of accomplishments. We drove from
California to Pennsylvania in July in the car that was given to us in California, visiting churches, friends, and family during our three-week journey.

Ÿ We enrolled Paul in Grove City College and moved him
into the dormitory. He finished his freshman year. He got
a job with a company providing in-home health care
service. Now he is enjoying the summer break at home with
us, working three days a week and taking a summer class.
Ÿ Barbara and I were wonderfully blessed with a two week
trip to Jordan and Israel in November. We visited
Petra, Galilee, Jerusalem, Qumran, and Masada.
Ÿ Timothy played soccer on four different teams and had winning teams in each case.

During the year, we visited each of our twenty churches and many of our ministry partners. We gave messages, taught Sunday school classes, reported to small groups and participated in missions conferences. We were able to raise our support level to meet the budget set by Converge.  So the home assignment has come to an end for me. I depart on Friday, June 8 and arrive in Cebu on Sunday, June 10. My first class begins on Monday evening and I speak in chapel on Tuesday morning.

Please pray for the following needs: my travel and the beginning of school on Monday. This school year I will fill the position of acting Dean of Cebu Graduate School of Theology while Dr. Boyet Lisbe, the regular Dean, takes a long overdue sabbatical. Converge in the Philippines has reorganized and has put me in the office of field treasurer. Please pray for me in these added administrative duties. 

Please pray for Barbara as she remains in Pennsylvania for a while to be with Paul and to help him transition into a new living situation for the next school year.

Pray for Paul as he prepares to remain in the USA to continue his college as the rest of his family
returns to the mission field this year.

Pray for Timothy as he participates in a mission trip to New York City with others in the youth
ministry program of First Baptist Church of New Castle.

Pray for our parents who are dealing with more and more physical challenges.

Thank you all for your continued partnership and for the encouragement you have been to us this
year and over the past 17 years as we have served with Converge in the Philippines!

Warmest regards in Christ,
Steve Wilkinson, for Barbara, Paul and Tim
Converge
Philippines

Donations for Steve and Barbara Wilkinson (using Donation ID #101181) can be sent to:
Converge Worldwide — 2002 South Arlington Heights Road — Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Donations can also be made online at http://www.converge.org/give/101181

Orlando

John & Jan Baxter

In his role of Director of Diaspora Initiatives, John is helping Converge missionaries and churches to work effectively among least-reached, migrating people groups in North America and abroad.

The primary ministry objective of Diaspora Initiatives is evangelism and discipleship of members of unreached people groups wherever they reside by training Christian workers from the Global South (non-Western) who live and work in the 10/40 Window countries, and by assisting churches and mission agencies to evangelize least-reached immigrant groups that reside among them.

Formerly involved with leadership development and missionary training in the Central Philippines, John and Jan saw the mission potential of Majority World Christians seeking employment in Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist lands and responded to this great mission opportunity.

John also directs NextMove, a research and consulting ministry that helps mission executives solve the major issues that hinder their agency’s involvement with migrating people. (See www.NextMove.net)

In addition, as an international representative for the Global Diaspora Network of the Lausanne Movement, John works to equip schools around the world to promote diaspora missiology.

Nigeria

 

Art & Dorothy Helwig, GECHAAN Founders.

 

 

 

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.

Dan & Tina Gibbs, Current Directors of GECHAAN

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand

 Matt, Audrey & Ezra Pound
Faithful Heart Foundation
Chiang Mai, Thailand

matthewdavidpound@gmail.com

faithfulheartfoundation.org

 

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.

Our Vision
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:
Financial Aid
Family Care
Education Training
Counseling
Support Services
We strive to match our foundation resources with the greatest needs to have a lasting, positive

impact on as many lives as possible.

Orphan Rescue

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

Child Labor
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

 

 

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 engage 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.

Japan

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 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!

 

 

 

Senegal

           

 

Bill and Kathy Martin

In Senegal West Africa, Bill works in university outreach teaching English.  Kathy teaches Art at Dakar Academy.

Lebanon

Minister to Syrian refugees in Tyre, Lebanon

Dominican Republic

Dave and Stephanie Connell

 

 

Future missionaires 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!

converge.org

 

 

Paul and Linda McMillan, Fountain of life Christian School, Juan Tomas, Dominican Republic

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
  • 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