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 under their names.
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. These orphanages help impoverished children and their families, if any, by providing food, education, and job training. 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 help with “economic orphan prevention” which includes learning about good hygiene through hand washing, toilet habits, etc., and good nutrition through prepared lunches. Email a message.
ECHO, the 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
The name, L1025inc, comes from Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Since 2010, the Erwins’ focus has been mainly in the DR, supporting Good Samaritan Orphanage (GSO), networking with dozens of pastors and working closely with four specific churches. Email a message. Please see the “Kingdom Partners” for more information.
For GSO, the Erwins partner with Pastors Rafael and Ariel Calderon (27th Street Revival Center in Camden, New Jersey) to care for about 40 children, ages 3-18. The orphanage is located in the small town of Vallejuelo. With the support of many friends at New Hope and the NJ church, the Erwins have made major improvements. For the future, we look to provide more stable funding for GSO’s managers, David and Marta Morillo, to upgrade the facility and to create opportunities for further education. Construction of a chicken house was started and later completed by Pastor Rafael Calderone. New Hope’s Circles of Friendship donated the funds in 2012 to re-build the back-up/nighttime electrical power supply system so GSO could have electricity at night. New Hope is taking a team to the DR June 8-15 to help with improvements to GSO and our church partners. Contact Jeannie McGalliard or Krissy Bashor 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 hosting its annual “Ends of the Earth Bike Race”; a 300-mile cycling journey from Fort Myers to Key West. The event will take place March 1-6, 2014, so there’s plenty of time to train in advance. Proceeds to benefit Adam & Kristy. 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 our friends and neighbors there, and that they can encourage and build up the national church. Email a message.
Bud, an irrigation engineer, and Ruth, a public health nurse, provide 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.
Kelly’s primary ministry is to refugees from all over the 10/40 window who come to this (intentionally unnamed) Middle East country. With her group of volunteers, Kelly works with the refugees providing medical care, basic educational skills, crafts, and other activities. She is working toward a license as a “doula” (a type of counselor who gives emotional and physical support during pregnancy). James focuses primarily on discipleship and teaching. He meets 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. James’ classes are often the only time the Muslim students have had to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel.
Jon and Kristi minister 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 work. Prayer is greatly needed for their work and for transformation of the lives of the people there.
Irving & Donna
Irving and Donna serve with Mission to the World in Acapulco, Mexico. Irving was born in Acapulco and started working with MTW´s street child outreach in 2001. Donna, as a physician assistant in pediatrics, started working in Acapulco in 2003. Together they disciple children living in Casa Hogar del Niño de Acapulco, an orphanage supported by the local Presbyterian church. They have three small children, Micah is four years old, Joshua and Jonathan are twin three-year-olds. Email a message.
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.