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.
Around the time she graduated college with a degree in fine art, Kathryn felt God’s call to missions. Shortly afterward, she was offered a staff position at WIM headquarters where she was privileged to serve for almost seven years. In early 2016, during a WIM regional prayer meeting in Mexico, God confirmed that it was time to begin taking steps toward international service. She is currently in the WIM training program and studying Spanish.
After retiring as a nurse practitioner, Pam moved to Kenya in January of 2016. Following many years of short term missions involvement, she is now dedicated to full time missions work, focusing on discipleship and teaching, networking with existing ministries. She also desires to expand her ministry in healthcare in the future.
David and Lily have a heart to minister in Hispanic countries. They have spent time doing short-term missions in Mexico and now plan to be full-time missionaries. The first step will be attending language school in Oaxaca, Mexico, in August of 2016. They plan to teach, disciple, and evangelize to expand the Kingdom of God. God has also placed in their hearts to open an orphanage and Christian school.
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.
Philip’s vision is to facilitate revival atmosphere and help people walk in the presence of God through unity, kingdom strategy and foundational Christian training in the body of Christ. His heart is to see this in local churches, beginning in Kursk, Russia, then city-by-city, region-by-region, nation-by-nation, to the very ends of the earth! He desires to carry the message of grace, the goodness of God, and the teaching of faith to the Russian people and beyond.
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.
Cody and Anna work with the youth at their church, helping with Sunday night youth group, summer camps and events. They co-lead an outreach Game Night. This started as part of a Bible small group, but has become a way to connect Christians with friends and coworkers in a fun, non-confrontational way. Anna volunteers at World Impact Now (WIN) Ministries, working with video editing, resource design and filming. Their long-term goal is to go back to Japan as a full-time missionaries. They believe the best way to prepare for that is to be involved in the ministry of the local church.
Edgar and Pamela have lived and ministered in Kursk, Russia since 1998. In 2002 the Lord teamed the Norrises with medical students from Africa and Asia to start an English language church, Word of Christ Church Internationl (WCCI). Their vision and that of WCCI is giving foreigners a heart for Russia and giving Russians a heart for the world. Walking in unity with several Russian churches gives the Norrises and WCCI a unique opportunity to be a blessing to Russians as well as foreigners. As members of the church graduate (as doctors & various business professionals) and leave Kursk, they take with them more than just a degree. They take training in the things of God and the tools to become leaders and to influence their societies.