How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
As a Christian church, we consider it a privilege to partner with people around the world as they do God’s work. Please take some time to read about our friends and partners and their ministries.
*Websites are linked in green under the Missionary’s name.
DeMeij, Ann Elizabeth (“Annie”)
Republic of Madagscar
Lollie and George Peckham’s daughter, Annie, is devoted to helping orphanages and other programs through her ministry, Aid to Orphans of Madagascar, on this island off the coast of Africa. AOM serves the very poorest children, who have no birth certificates and, therefore, are not entitled to an education or any assistance. This small organization has made significant improvements to help children, including creating a vegetable garden for an orphanage in the highlands of Madagascar that now provides fresh fruit, beans, squash, corn, and greens to supplement their meager diet of dried beans and rice. In addition, AOM has started three pre-schools (for 3-8 year-olds) to teach, among other things, literary skills, good hygiene (through hand washing, toilet habits, etc.), and good nutrition (through prepared lunches.) One of these preschools has expanded into a primary school in order to serve more children! Email a message.
Lee County and the world
ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organizations) a non-profit, inter-denominational, Christian organization located in North Fort Myers, is dedicated to providing agricultural solutions around the world. New Hope gives scholarship money for interns and volunteers at their annual conference. The interns then go to various parts of the world to help impoverished communities learn how to be self-sustaining through agriculture. ECHO exists to equip people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor. ECHO’s vision is to honor God through sustainable hunger solutions. Email a message.
Lance and Elizabeth are NMSI’s Regional Directors for Southern Africa and are continuing their work in Zimbabwe through a variety of ways. Lance’s expertise and experience benefits many ministries as he consults with other missionaries in Africa who are interested in developing agricultural project(s). Lance also assists local ministries, one of which is Precious Life, in planning and building agricultural structures and gardens. In addition, Lance and Elizabeth are participating in a new church plant in Zimbabwe. Elizabeth has enhanced her garden and raises funds through the sale of the fruits of that garden. As a result, many people have visited their property so that it feels more like a teaching and demonstration farm. Email a message.
Erwin, Kevin & Andrea
Faith Partners International
Faith Partners International’s mission is to provide a conduit to connect people of faith, those who have needs with those seeking opportunities to engage in outreach and mission work. They specifically (1) support the Good Samaritan Orphanage, (2) network with dozens of local pastors in the Dominican Republic, (3) work closely with many churches in the DR, including New Hope’s four supported churches, and (4) serve as liaison with our new sister church, Asemblea de Dios en Central.
For the Good Samaritan Orphanage, Faith Partners works with Pastors Rafael Calderon (in the DR) and Ariel Calderon (27th Street Revival Center in Camden, New Jersey) to care for about 40 children, ages 3 to 19. The orphanage is located in the small town of Vallejuelo. With the support of many friends at New Hope and the NJ church, we have made major improvements. For the future, the Erwins look to provide more stable funding for the Good Samaritan Orphanage’s managers, David and Marta Morillo, to upgrade the facility and to create opportunities for further education. Email a message. Please see our Church Plants for more information.
Griffith, Adam & Kristy
Chiang Mai, Thailand is 99% Buddhist. Each school year, a new group of students (as young as 8 or 9) are sent there to study. Their tribal families want a better life for them, but, unfortunately, most of these youth end up living in youth hostels/homes which feel like orphanages. Graduation rates are low and often the youth get caught up in drugs and/or sex trafficking. Chiang Mai has more brothels per capita than any other city in the world. It is into this environment that Adam and Kristy have come from our congregation. They work with the local church to minister to these at-risk youth, mentoring and tutoring them, and showing them that the love of Christ is real. Email Adam or Kristy.
NMSI is sponsoring the 2014 Key West Bike Ride (“To the Ends of the Earth in Jesus’ Name”) on March 1-6. This is a 300-mile trek from Fort Myers to Key West. The proceeds will benefit Adam and Kristy. The bike ride is not just for seasoned marathon-ers, but for anyone who has a heart (and a bike) for missions. Several New Hope members are planning to participate. Click HERE for details and registration.
Holsten, David & Natalie
David & Natalie have been serving with MAF in Indonesia since 2001. David is a pilot-mechanic serving MAF’s operations in the province of Papua. MAF serves in this area to provide safe transportation in support of the indigenous churches and missionaries there, as well as transport cargo and to perform medical evacuation flights. They enjoy a unique opportunity to be “salt and light” there in the world’s largest Muslim nation. Pray they continue to be faithful witnesses to their friends and neighbors there, and that they can encourage and build up the national church. Email a message.
Group 1 provides discipleship to professors and students in agricultural universities. Many people in Central Asian countries feel hopeless in the face of political transition, repression, joblessness, corruption among the powerful few, degraded environments and broken-down education systems. This is especially true among the 50% of the population employed in agriculture. Their work includes working with these people to improve the environment, while sharing Christ along the way.
Group 2 ministers to refugees from all over the 10/40 window who come to this (intentionally unnamed) Middle East country. With the aid of volunteers, Group 2 works with the refugees providing medical care, basic educational skills, crafts, and other activities. Group 2 is working toward a license as a “doula” (a type of counselor who gives emotional and physical support during pregnancy). Group 2 also focuses on discipleship and teaching. They meet regularly with differing groups, believers and seekers (several of whom are practicing Muslims), to study Scripture and discuss how to “walk the walk” in a country largely opposed to Christianity. The classes are often the only time the Muslim students have had to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel.
Group 3 ministers to the youth of Mekelle, helping them find wholeness in their lives by investing in them holistically and encouraging them toward faithful living.
These missionaries are in a very sensitive area in South Asia where planting Christian churches can be a dangerous activity. In addition to church plants, they are involved with building relationships with a wide variety of people in the city where they live. They are able to help the people in their communities to be more economically self-sustainable through their ministry. Prayer is greatly needed for their work and for transformation of the lives of the people there.
Weinman, David & Susan
David Weinman, former Director of Missions at New Hope, is a high school instructor teaching U.S. History and the Life of Christ at Black Forest Academy, founded in 1956. The school primarily serves the children of international Christian workers and some international businessmen and women. Over 150 of the high school students board at the school, with parents serving in over 52 countries. Most students have spent very little time in the United States. The school uses a North American curriculum, incorporating a Christian worldview to equip students to influence their world through biblical thought, character, and action. Since their arrival in August of 2012, David, Susan, Christina, and Daniel are adapting to life in the village of Kandern, located in the SW corner of Germany at the southern tip of the Black Forest. Email David or Susan.
World Partners are part of the Missions Ministry at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, FL.