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.
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 the coast of Chiapas, Mexico to help with the El Faro de Esperanza orphanage and its local congregation. At the end of 2011, they left the coast to pioneer various new works among the marginalized people groups living in the mountainous and jungle regions of the state. Currently, they are back on the coast working together with El Faro de Esperanza, operating an international missions and ministry training center. They now have four sons and a baby girl.
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.”