Jim & Melissa Adkins

Jim is a passionate, effective communicator who's passionate about poultry and loves to teach people about the opportunities with sustainable breeding practices.  Because of the popular demand for local, homesteading poultry, he founded the Sustainable Poultry Network.  He travels the world instructing, coaching and mentoring poultry enthusiasts.  He and his lovely wife are most passionate about the Gospel of Jesus!

John and Lydia Apeh

Dr. John Apeh a graduate of Biola University is with his wife Lydia a native of Nigeria. The Apeh's operate an extensive ministry from a K-8 school in Odu Ofugo with three hundred children enrolled to a bible school/ evangelists training center in the provincial capital of Ayangba with 12 students in a three year program to a proposed pastors training school in Abuja the nations new Capital. In addition the Apehs run a Christian Press providing tracts and educational materials for the Nigerian church.

Cindy Albertson

Cindy and Jeff, her husband of over thirty years, have three grown children and three grandchildren.  In 2000 they went to Uganda on a mission trip.  Since that first trip, Cindy has become a nurse and served in Uganda several times a year and twice in Ghana on short-term mission trips.  God has called her to share the love of Christ to those, especially the children.

Allison Barron

Allison serves the nerd and geek community in Winnipeg, MB.  She has a BA in English from  Canadian Mennonite University and a Certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University.  A geek at heart, she is passionate about combining her love for all things science fiction, fantasy, and video games with her faith.

Jeremy and Tamara Boone

In 2002 Jeremy was standing in the rift valley of Kenya pledging to never work with the tribe who had murdered, raped and pillaged the villagers around him.  This was his first time to hear about the Karamojong Tribe.  In 2009, Jeremy and his wife left for Jinja, Uganda and soon began serving in a refugee camp turned slum called Masese III.  The people who live there fled the high deserts to escape war, child abduction and famine. Decades later, the community still struggles to survive each day and is aid dependent.  Though many of them say they are Christians their community is largely devoid of any tangible evidence of God’s love.  The people who live there…  the Karamojong tribe.  We are sure that God has called and sent us, alongside of others, to share the Gospel in word and deed with the hope He will bring His Karamojong children to Himself.

Today, the Karamojong in Masese Slum are at risk of being displaced again as the town dismantles the community to make room for development.  Nearly everyone is at a loss about where they will go or what they will do. As the community disappears, it is more clear than ever that Jesus’ call to disciple is the only way to make a long-term, eternal impact among the Karamojong tribe.  We currently seek discipling relationships through three platforms.

Financial Training and Job Creation. We seek to provide practical business skills and opportunities that give way for the Karamojong to leave aid dependency and engage the dignity of meaningful work.  We want husbands to care for their wives, Single moms for their children and the list goes on.

Advocacy.  We seek to have honest conversations with the Karamojong in order to help shape the NGO services rendered to the community.  This involves connecting the Karamojong to needed services, preventing abuse of these services or even working to prevent organizations who unknowingly or carelessly promote unethical services - like adoption of children with caring parents.

Church Planting.  We seek to experience and invite the Karamojong into a simple church format that is reproducible for the poor.

Since being in Uganda we've adopted 2 children, Gloria and Evan as well as given birth to two more, Karis and Sam.  For more information about us or our, visit us atwww.boonesinafrica.com or contact us at jeremy@boonesinafrica.com.

Duane Crumb

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God has had me studying and teaching about HIV throughout the US and around the world.  In 2016 I was blessed to facilitate my 74th HIV Educator Seminar.  He has had me travel to 23 countries on four continents with His message of hope and empowering believers to motivate people in their cultures to make choices that will slow the spread of the virus, replace stigma, and bring the Gospel to those living with HIV.  Seminar participants develop creative new ways to present a Biblically based HIV education.  God has chosen to ordain me as a minister of His Gospel and serve in vocational ministry for most of my adult life in the local church, evangelism, and as a missionary.  My wife, Kathy, and I live in Fort Myers, Florida.  We have five children and nine grandchildren.

Website: www.hivhope.net

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David Davis

David grew up in Lexington, SC, where he came to know the Lord at an early age. As s boy he enjoyed the farm, Scouts, and designing projects, not knowing that God was preparing him for something different. He studied engineering at Clemson University and credits FCA, RUF, and Clemson PCA with helping him grow spiritually. In 1991 David responded to God’s call instead of finishing a masters degree and returning to NASA. Since 1995 David has been in Ouro Fino, Minas Gerais, about 100 miles north of Sao Paulo. Through MTW and Equip he’s developing Christian foster homes and vocational training for children from dysfunctional families.  Most of the children accept the Lord when they experience love, the gospel, and a stable home for the first time in their lives. That then opens the door to work with their family and neighbors. Some of the children are back in their restored families, and others have left the nest as productive citizens. The Hope and Life project has averaged 25 boys since 2000.

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Jack Dody

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Jack Dody has studied alternative technologies and has built many houses using those technologies over the last thirty years. Currently, a handyman, Jack continues his study and accumulation of knowledge about ways to provide clean water, reliable power, and comfortable housing for people living all over the world. He also teaches others about these subjects in classes for Equip, Inc. and Mission Training International in Colorado. Visit his website atwww.abundaculture.org

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Andy Eash

Andrew Eash lived in Costa Rica for a year and recently served in Brazil on a mission trip. His passion for resourceful living has led to his experimentation and design in solar, as well as aquaponics and other agricultural methods. Andrew continues to explore this interest, studying Renewable Energy at John Brown University.

Samuel & Zarini Foose

Samuel and Zareni are living in northern India, a region characterized b rich diversity of cultures and religions.  Within a few hours of their location there are Muslims, Hindu’s, Buddhists, tribal animists, and small pockets of Christians, representing several hundred people groups each with a distinct language.  Also within a days journey are several international borders - Nepal, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.  Despit al of this extensive diversity, they have found three unifying characteristics that under-gird every people group and community in their region - agrarian lifestyles, poverty, and a dearth of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  

Samuel and Zareni are seeking to establish a resource and demonstration center both to teach and exemplify Godly stewardship of the land in a way to alleviate poverty and restore abundance to creation, as well as a functional “place of peace” wher: newly converted people can learn more about the Gospel while acquiring practical skills, abandoned children can grow in safety and find hope, abused women can get empowered, and cast out elderly can find rest and acceptance.  Their dream is to empower indigenous ministries by working in collaboration with people from the surrounding people groups and nations to establish this project, nd n this way also encouraging peace between the groups through the common ground of agriculture.  In a phrase, they seek a more holistic approach to Christ-centered missions.

In 2012 Samuel was sent by an international church in South Korea where he had been teaching English for 2 years to an organization in Nepal that focused on outreach to remote Tibetan communities in the Himalaya. Zareni had been working with this organization for 6 years, and the two spent much of the year working together before God made it abundantly clear he had bigger plans for their relationship.  Zareni had managed a ible chool, started a Kids Club of street children she had ministered to in Kathmandu, counseled a number of women caught in human trafficking schemes in the city, and led short term teams to do out evangelism in remote areas of Nepal.  In 2013 they were married in Zareni’s home town of Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, a state bordering Myanmar deep in the northeast regio o India.  In 2014 Samuel received his certificate in Permaculture Design, o ad to his previous experience volunteering for an extended time at ECHO’s farm in northern Thailand.  In 2015 they pursued further training in the USA including seminars at ECHO in Florida, training wit Equip' Jack Dod and hi Abundaculture curriculum in Colorado, well a networking with other like minded Christian farmers along the way.  

Feel free to check out their blog at samuelfoose.wordpress.com, or send them an email at samuel@foosemission.org

Carlos and Yolanda Gomez

Carlos Gomez was born in 1947 in Madrid, Spain. He was converted to faith in Jesus Christ at the age of seventeen through the Christian testimony of his mother. Having sensed a call to the gospel ministry soon after his conversion, Carlos completed a three year course of Biblical studies in Great Britain. For the past thirty five years he has served in Spain as a pastor, evangelist and church planter under the auspices of an evangelical faith USA mission.

Carlos is a very gifted man and has been used greatly by the Lord. Being Spanish, he obviously knows the Spanish mind and culture very well. Being connected with a mission board in the States, married to an American, having studied in England, a good communicator and his love for the Lord and desire that many hear His message qualifies him to minister the gospel in many different cross-cultural situations.

Aside from the many responsibilities Carlos has in ministry, (minister's association of Madrid, President of the Evangelist's Association, a frequent conference speaker, teacher in a Bible School in Madrid, and additional involvement with various ministry projects), he is also very active in church planting in Spain. In the last 27 years, he has started 6 churches in the Madrid area and 1 in Cantabria a Northern region of Spain. Through Carlos' Timothies and his mentoring of them we have seen sixteen new churches be born throughout Spain (not counting the seven mentioned before). Presently, Carlos, along with his wife Yolanda, is working in his seventh church in a city near Madrid called Las Rozas. As he has said many times, "Church planting is where my heart is!" Not only is his heart there, but the majority of his energies are there as well.

Carlos and Yolanda have two precious daughters; Esther married to Fernando Vangioni and mother of four, and Hadassah. Esther and Fernando just returned to Spain after serving a year in Paraguay with an ONG. Hadassah has graduated from CIU.

Jan Jones

Jan Jones is a writer and educator with over twenty-five years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has done graduate work in Christian education. She has combined her interests by seeking the Lord for creative ways to reach all ages with the gospel.

She began her work in Japan by offering English classes that have become Bible studies. This past Christmas, with her students and friends, she produced the biblical account of Jesus' birth (see photos below) on a large stage in Iruma, Japan. Symphony orchestra members and a choral group presented parts of the Messiah as the drama was narrated and acted out. Publicity was aimed solely at non-Christians. Government workers from city hall came and the mayor gave a welcoming address. Close to 700 people attended and five hundred accepted "Jesus" video tapes from Campus Crusade.

Rev. Bill and Sandi McGladdery

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William J. McGladdery was born in British Columbia, Canada, my wife Sandi and I were married in 1968.  We have since raised five children and are presently enjoying four grandchildren and expecting another.  I graduated from Briercrest Seminary with a Masters of Communications.  I have been bi-vocational in electrical and pastoral roles.  Together my wife and I have ministered for twenty years in various pastoral positions.

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Sandra McGladdery was born in 1948 and I graduated in 1972 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I have worked in a variety of nursing positions since then, taking some time out for parenting five children.

Sandi and I represent Equip at mission conferences and Bible Schools on the West Coast of B.C. and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  We also spend time at The Knoll, Equip's teaching and retreat centre on Vancouver Island, where we assist with courses and maintenance.  Together we facilitate the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) course.  Bill also teaches a Small Engine Repair course which he developed and has taken to Liberia and Ghana.

Our desire is to serve the Lord in practical ways wherever He leads.

Josue and Ruth Morales

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Twenty years ago we left our native land, the Republic of the Philippines, where we worked in the Bible school founded by my late father, the Rev. Santos Tuzon, and for over twenty-five years we trained young people for Christian ministry. We thank God for the opportunity to have helped our own country develop mature Christians and leaders who are now 'out in the field' proclaiming the good news of the Gospel to our own Filipino people, not only in the Philippines, but also among the Filipino  communities in the islands of Hawaii.  And the work goes on and we also moved on...

In 1996, we answered the call to go to Brazil and work among the street children.  It was not easy to pack up and leave again.  This time leaving our children here in the US, but the call of God cannot and must not be ignored. From language school in Campinas, Sao Paulo, we left in 1997 to go to Curitiba, Parana, where we joined the work with what was then Casa de Jose that worked directly with street children - going out at night to look for them, inviting them to come and join us in the activites geared for them.  The city government helped us with a bus called "Resgate Social" (Social Rescue), picking up and bringing the kids to the project where we did a lot of activities with them.  The best part was singing praise songs for the Lord and doing Bible lessons with them. Teaching them about God and His love was the most fulfilling endeavor for us, but even more fulfilling was seeing souls saved and left the streets to start a new life in Christ.  So, this was what we did for the length of time we were in Brazil.  During the time we were in Curitiba (1997-2008) we cannot report of hundreds saved, but the Gospel was shared, we "planted the Seed" and whatever child that came to Christ, they were faithfully nurtured to become mature Christians.  Three boys especially inspire us because of the change that happened in their lives through God's grace and mercy - they now have their own respective families, all are working, and faithful in their Christian walk.

In 2008, our agency (Equip) reassigned us to the US.  It was not easy for us to leave Brazil and all the friends and kids that we had bonded with.  We arrived in Florida, but we did not know where we were going to do our ministry, but in our hearts we were very happy for now we can be doing our mission work closer to our family.  Through a very good friend and benefactor, he invited us to visit LaBelle, Florida, a small community with only a few thousand people compared to the million and half people then in Curitiba, Brazil.  But LaBelle is only 103 miles north of Pembroke Pines where our family lives.  It is here in LaBelle where God has blessed us with a cross-cultural community, reaching the different ethnic groups, particularly the Hispanic community.  Being fluent in Portuguese, it is much easier for us to learn the Spanish language - although Spanish is not quite the same as Portuguese.

Volunteering at the Salvation Army Service Center here in LaBelle has brought us closer to our target group.  Helping in interviewing clients to qualify for food assistance, giving out food for them, doing the Bread Day every Wednesday morning with a devotional both in English and Spanish - all these make our mission acitivity very fulfilling.  And visiting clients whom we have shared the Gospel with and inviting them to church, distributing Gospel tracts at the flea market, visiting a nursing home, hosting fellowship dinners, as funds are available - all these add to our mission activity.

Through the years in ministry, it has not been easy for us, but thank God for your prayers and financial support, as we continue to be encouraged and inspired to give our all to the service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Forty-five years in the ministry, we still go on, and as God gives us His strength and wisdom, and as you, our dear friends and readers, continue to pray for us and partner with us, by His grace we keep on doing what He wants us to do - sharing the Gospel and demonstrating His love to everyone!

 

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Charlie & Kara Nichols

Charlie and Kara are from Indiana and will be serving in Belize with their three beautiful daughters Tinsley, Delanie, and Everly. Charlie grew up on a small family farm and has a degree in agriculture from Purdue University.  He is helping an orphanage bring their property into food production by raising animals and gardening using the ‘Farming Gods Way’ curriculum.

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