Wesley and Suzanne are serving in the central highlands of Honduras. In January 2017, they are opening Casa de Nain — a newly established home for boys. Their vision is to minister to abused and abandoned boys and raise them to be godly men. Wesley and Suzanne are also involved in community outreach and with the girls of Project Talitha Cumi.
Stephen and Celeste met in 2004 while she was serving her 3rd year in Malawi, teaching at Central Africa Bible College, located in Chitipa, Malawi. This is where Stephen was attending his 2nd year. He is now an associate pastor, campus pastor and teacher, and serves as zone pastor over several churches. Christian Academy Mission Starter School, which they have founded, is due in part to the Lord leading through their son Andrew who is now 9 years old. This school is providing much-needed quality education and spiritual training for children and also provides parenting classes for students’ families. Within four short years of these classes, the parents have now become the Board of Directors of the School, and the school is thriving under their leadership. In a country where 46.8 % of the population is under 14, but is highly overlooked, reaching this people group is vital to a National positive change.
Benjamin and Rachel were both born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where they currently live. They were married in September of 2013 and have a passion for missions, especially children and youth. They joined WIM in 2014 and are currently serving in the inner city of Cleveland planting churches and training others to do the same. They are also serving by starting and leading ministries that reach out to the youth and children, exercising their passion to see the next generation reached for Christ. Benjamin and Rachel hope to continue church planting in Cleveland over the next several years, as God begins to opens doors and provide opportunities for others to come to know Christ.
Ruth ministers at a children’s center which offers help in schooling, food and health. She shares the living Gospel with them by practical means to impact their lives and give them the opportunity to embrace the Christian worldview. She also uses radio broadcasting to evangelize several unreached people groups. This has led to church planting among these groups.
Matt and Crystal are working in children’s ministry in Oaxaca, Mexico. They work with indigenous churches to raise up strong and lasting children’s ministries. These ministries will train up the next generation to be empowered to impact the Kingdom of God.
Roberto and Maury began Children’s Club Bolivia in 1995. This ministry has three main aspects: Sunday school teachers’ seminars, children’s crusades and a dynamic radio program. They are also in the process of adding a lively children’s television program. Their vision is for God to touch and change many lives.
Mission work brought Tim and Jenni Jarvis together in 2009. Jenni had just returned from her first short-term trip to Kenya when Tim began emailing her saying that he had felt God’s call into mission work and was waiting on His guidance. After getting married in 2011, they mutually agreed they felt led into full-time ministry in Kenya. They joined WIM in January 2012 and moved to Kenya that August. They currently work as missionaries in the Kisumu area of Kenya with their two children. Originally, their focus was on discipling and caring for the 41 children at United Hope Children’s Home. God later revealed the need to teach and disciple local pastors and to train leaders to become disciple makers in the surrounding areas; this has now become part of their ministry. Jenni, who is a nurse, also provides basic medical care for the children.
Jessica Briles was born in St. Louis, Missouri. When she was six years old, her family moved to Altotonga, Veracruz, Mexico. She lived there for nine years and then moved to New Braunfels, Texas. After graduating from high school in May of 2011, she was pretty sure God was calling her to missions. She decided not to pursue college immediately and went instead to Oaxaca, Mexico, to work and minister at an orphanage for a few months. She now lives and serves full-time at the same orphanage, Casa Hogar Benito Juarez.
Rebecca Brandt felt the Lord call her to be a missionary when she was 14 years old and started right in her backyard in Wisconsin. She worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) reaching children for Christ through 5-Day Clubs and Good News Clubs for four years. While working with CEF, the Lord gave Rebecca a heart and passion for reaching children for Christ, especially children overseas. In 2007, the call was specifically to children in Haiti. In 2010, she went on a short-term trip to Haiti to share the love of Jesus with orphans, and it changed her life forever.
Rebecca was led to World Indigenous Missions in August 2011. She completed an internship from January to May of 2012 and hopes to serve the orphans in Haiti full-time when her apprenticeship is finished. She is excited to see how the Lord’s plan unfolds for her to disciple and love on orphans!