Ministry Type: Church Planting

Gertsch, Gene & Isidra

missionary

Bio:

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.

Details:

Missionary Number: 124

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Discipleship

Region(s): Mexico & Central America

Lira, Ruth

missionary

Bio:

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.

 

Details:

Missionary Number: 197

Ministry Focus: Children, Church Planting, Evangelism

Region(s): South Asia

Pugh, Aaron and Mary

missionary

Bio:

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.

Details:

Missionary Number: 204

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Discipleship

Region(s): Europe, Mexico & Central America

Fick, Dan & Aylin

missionary

Bio:

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.

 

Details:

Missionary Number: 214

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Discipleship

Region(s): South America

Cassellius, Wally & Diane

missionary

Bio:

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!

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Missionary Number: 139

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Discipleship

Region(s): Mexico & Central America

Pugh, Dale & Kathy

missionary

Bio:

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.

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Mouser, Ron & Ivonne

missionary

Bio:

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.

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Missionary Number: 265

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Leadership Development

Region(s): Mexico & Central America

Steffler, Charlie & Sharon

missionary

Bio:

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.”

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Missionary Number: 220

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Discipleship

Region(s): Mexico & Central America

Flanery, Gene & Gloria

missionary

Bio:

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.

 

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Missionary Number: 120

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Discipleship

Region(s): US & Canada

Henderson, Travis & Hannah

missionary

Bio:

Travis and Hannah Henderson both knew at young ages that they want­ed to be mis­sion­ar­ies. Before they ever met, God began to pre­pare their hearts for the mis­sion field and for each oth­er. Travis longed for adven­ture in a far-off place, and Hannah want­ed a fam­i­ly to take care of and wom­en to teach what her moth­er had taught her. They have the­se things, along with their chil­dren Thymely and Hugo, in the life God has given them in the Philippines! They are now serv­ing in their two-year train­ing peri­od and are learn­ing to work with teams to accom­plish the goals of out­reach and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment.

Details:

Missionary Number: 249

Ministry Focus: Church Planting, Discipleship

Region(s): East Asia