After serving in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, the Gertsch family moved to the state of Tabasco, where they are working among the Chontal people, with the objective of seeing a strong church established in this largely unreached people group.
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.
Aaron and Mary’s mission is to create strategic opportunities to build relationships with people who need Jesus. They are currently living in Veracruz, Mexico, serving in a church. They plan to relocate back to Valencia, Spain, to create a discipleship movement that will develop into a church planting and church reforming movement.
Dan moved to Sucre, Bolivia in 2003 to intern as youth pastor and worship leader of Piedra Viva Church. There he met Aylín, and they married in 2007. In April, 2011 Dan and Aylín assumed the role of lead pastors of the church, overseeing a vibrant, growing body of believers. Their calling is to see people touched with the life-transforming power of God’s Truth and to mobilize the local church to impact the community. They have four children: Beth and Benji, born in 2008, Caleb, born in 2013, and Annika, born in 2015.
Former dairy farmers from Wisconsin, Wally and Diane joined WIM in 1985. They currently pastor the Rios de Agua Viva church in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. They oversee various churches in the surrounding mountain villages. They also partner with other churches in Ciudad Valles to impart a missions vision in the body of Christ to send out missionaries to the nations. God has called them to train up faithful men, women, youth and children who are able to train others. They have 6 children and 4 precious grandchildren!
Dale and Kathy are charter members of WIM. They lived in Mexico for 17 years planting churches, training leaders, and raising three children.
Since 1998, Dale has served as International Coordinator with WIM. His duties include encouraging missionaries serving on the field, helping with conferences, recruiting new workers and helping to implement the training program.
Since 1997, Kathy has taught Spanish at a Christian school in the St. Louis area. She has taken several of her students on short-term trips. Some of her former students are now full-time missionaries. She travels with Dale when her schedule permits.
In September of 2008, Ron and Ivonne Mouser abandoned all of their earthly possessions that would not fit in a truck and moved to Arriaga Chiapas, Mexico, along with two young sons. In Arriaga, they helped in the administration of an orphanage, shared the pastoral responsibilities of a local church, and built a thriving youth ministry. At the end of 2011, they left Arriaga to pioneer a new work among the marginalized people groups living in the poorest part of Mexico around the city of Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas. Their current vision is to plant a youth-focused church based on a foundation of small discipleship groups in homes and schools that will serve as an international training ground for cross-cultural missions. They now have four sons.
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.
Charlie and Sharon Steffler work as indigenous church planters among a tribal people group in the Sierra Madre mountains of Western Central Mexico. This mostly unreached tribal people group is resistant to the gospel and requires a strategy of love and compassion to win them. Working as “humanitarians,” the Stefflers bring short-term medical and helps teams to the area to break up the hard ground of resitance in order to sow seeds of kindness and trust that will one day enable them to share the Word of Life.”
Gene and his wife Gloria have served as missionaries with World Indigenous Missions for over twenty years. Their first assignment was to Mexico where they moved in 1983 after studying Spanish and Latin American culture. After successfully planting churches in Tampico, they moved to the Philippines in 1987. Gene proceeded to learn Cebuano, the mother tongue of more than 26 million Filipinos. After six fruitful years of ministry, they transferred to Manila. There he started a unique ministry to the Sikhs residing in the Philippines.
Gene earned a Certificate of Inter-Cultural Studies from Asian Theological Seminary in 1995. He later completed a master’s program in Christian studies. He became an instructor for Asian Center for Missions in 1995 and taught missionary anthropology and cross-cultural church planting for three years. Over two hundred Asian students took those classes and many went on to establish effective ministries throughout Asia.
Gene currently resides in Kansas City, Kansas, with his wife Gloria and their four children. He is involved in a mission outreach to the 40,000 Latinos living in his city. He is also the adjunct instructor of Spanish at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri.