Region of Primary Impact
Serving with Commission to Every Nation in Guatemala
The Colop-Xec’s work among the Quiche people of southwestern Guatemala. The Quiches are the largest (numbering two million people) of the 22 indigenous tribes of Mayan descent in Guatemala. Isaias is from the Quiche tribe. There are many churches among the Quiches, but they are making very little impact in the nation. There is much legalism within the church and many mix traditional Mayan beliefs and practices with Christianity. For this reason, the Colop-Xec’s are working to teach and train church leaders so that their churches will become beacons of light in a dark place. They are very encouraged to see Quiches becoming true servants of God. This is the grace of God working in people’s lives.
Coaching Director for SEMBEQ in Quebec
In 1998, François accepted the call to SEMBEQ (Séminaire Baptiste Evangélique au Québec), which trains pastors and lay people within the local church setting. They are trained in the areas of theology, evangelism, discipling, and leadership. He equips local Churches, pastors, and leaders to train new workers so that each pastor has his own “Timothy”. He also encourages Churches to establish a training plan in order to establish the next generation of workers and missionaries. Finally, he promotes the vision of training leaders, mainly with regard to their character, attitude, and skills in order to spread the gospel of Christ in Quebec and the French-speaking world.
Serving with Cru in Massachusetts
Members of Camelback Bible Church since the 1980s, Susie and Kurt were sent out in 2006 to Massachusetts to join the Northeast Regional Team with the campus ministry Cru. Their scope includes all the colleges in New York and New England, with over 2 million students altogether.
Based out of Boston, the area with the highest concentration of college students (including internationals) in the country, Susie and Kurt are privileged to be part of a team which includes several former Crusade colleagues and alums from Arizona State University. Their primary responsibilities include developing Crusade’s nascent embrace of wholistic ministry, referred to as Good News, Good Deeds.
Director of Young Life, Cataluyna in Spain
Jonathan & Elena’s goal is to help establish the Young Life ministry in our area, and to develop and multiply it to the whole of Spain. They want to reach the adolescents in each community where we are involved in the context of the Spanish post-modern culture around them. They recruit, disciple, train and develop leaders in order to be effective tools to reproduce this model and impact the adolescents around them.
Serving with TEAM in Spain
Marie ministers to missionary kids (MKs) in Spain by teaching at the Evangelical Christian Academy, helping them grow closer to God as well as to serve God with the unique gifts they have been given. MKs face certain challenges living between two cultures, but they are also given unique experiences and opportunities that give them such potential to serve God where He has placed them. Marie desires it to be a positive influence and mentor in these kids’ lives. Ultimately, her work supports pastors and other missionaries serving on the front lines in Spain, and allows her to be a witness to her Spanish neighbors and community.
Executive Director of International Needs in Slovakia
Pavel leads national workers in evangelism and church planting. Pavel is personally involved in planting a church in a nearby town. He is also involved in ministry among the Roma people in Cinobana, the translating and publishing of Our Daily Bread in the Slovak language. He oversees a conference retreat center, three community centers, and holds summer English camps for over 300 children, teenagers and adults each year, and English clubs in two locations. Jane is on staff leading the Mother’s Club and the ministry to mothers with small children. They have three children.
Serving with Harvest in Democratic Republic of Congo
Buingo and Esther serve in DR Congo as part of Harvest, a ministry which seeks to mobilize pastors and churches all over the country to begin projects that involve wholistic discipleship. Wholistic Ministry points to God as relevant, loving, and able to transform lives, churches, communities, and nations. It is carried out by churches and individual followers of Jesus who demonstrate God’s compassion to their neighbors.
Serving with Harvest in Rwanda
Simon Nziramakenga and his late wife, Kedress, were both born in Rwanda, and returned there after the genocide to help with the ministry of reconciliation – reconciliation which is only possible through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Simon leads the Good Shepherd Community Church in Kigali and represents Harvest in Rwanda. His ministry goals are peace, reconciliation, and church planting across the country.
Serving with OMF international in the Philippines.
Marlon and Yoyit are engaged in house church ministry among the urban poor, outreach to tribal people groups, and leadership roles at their church in the Phillippines, Greenhills Christian Fellowship. Marlon serves as mentor and coach for the staff, volunteers, and leaders in the house church multiplication movement among the urban poor in Metro Manila and elsewhere, Bukang Liwayway. He also serves as Facilitator for the Magyan Tribal Church Association, encouraging and equipping tribal missionaries on Palawan island and Sierra Madre Mountain as part of wholistic ministry.
Serving with Mission Aviation Fellowship, based in Idaho.
Ministry to Papua New Guinea, Haiti, Mozambique, Lesotho, Congo, & Indonesia.
From their U.S. Headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, Craig and Ruth serve missionaries in the remotest parts of the earth who rely on Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)’s turbine aircraft fleet. MAF brings the gospel to peoples who would otherwise be completely isolated, and facilitates medical assistance, disaster relief, and community development while nurturing local churches in remote outposts. Craig, a maintenance specialist, is the Turbine Engine Coordinator for all of these aircraft. He is on call for those servicing aircraft in the field and coordinates turbine engine overhauls and major maintenance from Idaho headquarters. Craig shares, “Even though I sometimes miss being in Indonesia, from this position at headquarters I can have an even broader influence on the operations and safety of our turbine aircraft fleet.”
Chairman of the Board of International Teams Ukraine, based in Ukraine
Ministry to Ukraine, and to Asia, Europe, and Africa
Doug and Marina are involved in a number of ministries in Ukraine with impact around the world. International Teams Ukraine recruits, trains, and mobilizes Ukrainians as missionaries to serve in 10 countries around the world, including Kenya, Rwanda, Latvia, and elsewhere. Doug is also the president of a Christian organization which coaches churches in youth ministry, where his many years of youth ministry experience has been poured into the lives of pastors and youth leaders throughout Ukraine and nearby countries. Doug and Marina also produce resources to build strong families through a Christian publishing house in Ukraine. A recent project Doug and Marina have become involved with involves transforming a city in western Ukraine with the love of Christ. However, their first and primary ministry is raising two wonderful children.
President of Harvest, based in Phoenix
Ministry to Africa, Asia, and the Americas
Bob has had a life-long desire to see the Gospel lived out in practical terms. He is passionate about seeing the local churches of the world understand and practice their ordained purpose of discipling nations through the intentional and skilled priesthood of every member. Because of this, he is the co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and the founder and president of the Harvest Foundation. The Harvest Foundation trains church leaders across the Two-Thirds (developing) world. The immediate goal of this training is to equip local churches for wholistic ministry. Wholistic ministry reflects God’s concern for all areas of personal and community life. Judy is a professor of Art History, author of children’s literature, hostess to Harvest’s international guests, and a general encouragement to Bob’s ministry at Harvest. Bob is also the author of If Jesus Were Mayor (2004).
Serving with Harvest, based in Phoenix
Ministry to Brazil, and to Africa, Asia, and the Americas
Cleiton and Elly have a passion to teach the Scriptures with a focus in obedience, establishing the Lordship of Jesus in all areas of life, and making a godly difference for individuals, communities and nations. From the Harvest office in Phoenix, they assist their co-workers who share the same passion in 32 countries, with emphasis in Brazil, where Cleiton is the Country Director for their mission agency. Pray for journey mercies and provision for a busy schedule of international trips, and for wisdom and anointing to develop committed servants of Jesus Christ.
Tom was ordained by Camelback Bible Church in 1980. He and Lucy served for 33 years in France with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), where Tom was involved in church-based leadership training. His primary ministry was as Professor of Old Testament at the Geneva Bible Institute in Switzerland, where he taught a variety of courses, including Old Testament Introduction and Biblical Hebrew. He also worked with the churches of the French association “France Pour Christ”, (“France for Christ”), based in Alsace and has worked throughout northern and eastern France. Tom has published numerous courses for the Institute of Applied Evangelical Theology (ITEA), two books in French on the Hebrew Old Testament, and is involved with several other writing projects. He and Lucy are enjoying retirement and are actively involved with us here at Camelback Bible Church.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations.” – Matthew 24:13