Our vision is to be instruments of Christ to see Guadalajara and the greater region transformed with the “Living Water,” which is life through Christ. We want to come alongside Mexican leaders and step forward with them in confidence to see the Kingdom of God advance. We want to see lives transformed in such a way that it brings change to the surrounding communities. Our calling is to focus on outreach, evangelism, discipleship, mentoring. We will be working with a “core group,” using Marriage Encounter type ministries to impact marriages, men, women, and youth– bridging through relational opportunities. These ministries equip people to minister and serve with confidence and effectiveness. We will be mentoring emerging leaders and pastors to work with the team in planting five new churches and establishing five new core groups in surrounding areas by 2025. These relational bridges will reach out in an Acts 1:8 fashion which is to take the message “to the ends of the earth.”
Don and Toni were introduced to WIM by a missionary couple while temporarily living in Houston, Texas and remained in contact with them after moving back home to Kentucky the following year. Over time, their interest in WIM grew and in 2016 they attended orientation and continued to pursue membership as full time missionaries. They officially joined WIM in 2017 and are currently in the WIM training program and are attending Spanish language school in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Don is an experienced diesel and equipment mechanic. Toni is an RN and studied missions at Rhema Bible College.
“Our goal is to use our professional skills to serve in whatever capacity is needed on the field.
Our vision is to be involved in evangelism, discipleship, and eventually church planting.” – Don and Toni
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.