Shortly after retiring from a 20-year career with the US Navy (Seabees), I met Louise while she was working as a travel nurse on Martha’s Vineyard. We married in January of 2003. A mutual love for the Lord and His Holy Word spawned an interest to pursue missionary work. I currently teach children with special needs while Louise works as a dialysis registered nurse. Louise enjoys visual hobbies such as painting, gardening and cooking whereas my interests include doing physical work, raising farm animals and attempting to play different musical instruments. We both enjoy meeting new people and developing lasting friendships.
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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Enid Nazziwa is a rural health worker in Uganda who lost her husband to HIV/AIDS sixteen years ago. Through the Good Samaritan Clinic, she spiritually and medically attends to poor HIV/AIDS patients, their families, and the elderly. Enid lives in Budo with her children Isaac, Psalms, Vickie, Catherine and Caroline.
Ben and Emily Okello serve in their native Kenya and in the neighboring countries. Ben is a school teacher with a BA in business from Messiah College (Daystar Kenya campus) Ben has had extensive experience as an evangelist and church planter and currently oversees about 15 churches that he started. Ben is frequently invited to speak in Tanzania and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the past few months Ben has personally led over 300 people to Christ.
Dr. Tom Rach holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education and Extension. His wife, Nancy, has a B.S. in Rural Sociology. The Rach's serve in one of the poorest states in Mexico, the southern state of Chiapas. They minister to the poor using agricultural & community development projects (sanitation and water technologies) combined with Bible studies and kids clubs. They work in partnership with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico and other local Christians.
We partner with local believers to develop Biblical resources for use within the church, and for evangelism to the many diverse people groups within Myanmar. Our latest big project has been producing The Jesus Storybook Bible in the Burmese language. We are passionate about seeing the news of Jesus made accessible to all people, across racial, political, and socioeconomic divides. To that end, we live and raise our daughters in the midst of a diverse local community, sharing our lives and our hope with our neighbors at every opportunity.
You can follow along with our journey at our blog. (http://burmachronicle.com/theblog/#blog)
Or follow our life in photos via Breanna’s instagram account (http://instagram.com/br_randall/).
God is doing some big things at Managua Christian Academy and the ministry surrounding it, and we want to share them with you. We have been very busy this year and really since the old school property flooded out for that matter. For this reason we fail at times to connect with you, our supporters, and keep you up to date on the ministry. We apologize for this and thank you for sticking with us and believing in God’s work of MCA.
Dr. Gary Vanderkooi is a biochemist who serves the Lord in Ethiopia as the director of the Soddo Christian College. This ministry, to develop a Christian four-year college for the Wolaitta people was started back in the 1990's. Gary served as both as the project leader and bricklayer.
Dr. Mary Vanderkooi is the author of "The Village Medical Manual" and the designer of the MMI course which has been developed around that publication. Mary operates clinics among the Walaitta and a feeding program for those most affected by famine and poverty and a home and school for orphans.
Mark & Michelle Wise met while in college in California. Mark is from North Carolina and Michelle from British Columbia, Canada. They were married in 1987 and have three children: Alexis, Brittany and Joshua. They are members of Grace Community Church in Marion, NC and are serving in Uganda. Blog
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We are Matt and Ellen Zell and have been with Equip since 2010. We are serving in Honduras in the district of La Paz, and are purposing in Biblical discipleship done hand in hand with practical helps. It's never one over the other but always both.
One of the things that we appreciate in Equip as we started out was the Community Health Evangelism training (CHE) that we took before going on the field as it has shaped our mission methodology.
Early on in serving here in Honduras there was a major faith moment, or a big “ah-ha”. It was based on Rom 11:36 and Col 1:16. The thought was that if everything was made from, through and for Jesus, then I should be able to see Jesus in everything and therefore use anything to point to Jesus.
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16
This has been powerful basis in providing the confidence to look at any lesson, anything, as a means to present Christ.
One of the things we have learned is that we are not looking for a perfect project, but rather it's whatever project that will allow us to practically bless the people and to share Christ.
We have taught many different lessons in churches and in the government agricultural school and it has been anything from heat retention cooking, making compost, raising black soldier fly larva, building an aquaponic system, even a lesson using blowguns, and much more. No matter what we are teaching we are sharing Christ.
We have a puppet ministry which gives us two ministry targets: the audience and our team of puppeteers. We use the puppets to tell stories that relate to the children’s lives. After each drama we asked questions about what they saw and share a memory verse. With the puppet team we place a priority on starting every practice with a devotion, and everybody gets to lead a devotion, and then we share prayer requests and pray.
The Lord has really put on our hearts to try to help the people in income production and this has led us the work in developing an agricultural training center. It will be an organic, all natural, agricultural training center for small land holders. The initial project will be raising pigs using the Asian method of natural farming.
While the training center is still under construction, we have already started training with about 30 pastor's and church leaders from several denominations. We have partnered with a ministry that brings seminary level training to areas where pastors have no access to such training.
We are excited and feel blessed to be able to help people practically and share with them the amazing love and truth which is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.