Because God brings transformation, we want to be obedient in our posture of participating with Him in reaching the lost through word and deed. For this reason, we expect outreach to be a normal expression for every believer. We also support several individuals and families who are working full-time with varying organizations all across the globe. Below is a small glimpse into the lives of these folks, so take a look and see how God is at work! While we may not all be called to serving in the field, we can all be in earnest prayer for those He has called for this specific and important task of reaching the lost. We can also partner with them through short term trips and a variety of other methods.
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Alison is brand new to GEBC partnership. She completed raising support and is now on location going through culture, language, and final ministry preparations for her new assignment with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). She is joining a church planting group in ’ AREQUIPA, PERU as a Children’s Ministry Specialist. Alison is yet another home grown GEBC Sending Partner whose family is active in our church. Please pray for Alison’s support, growth in ministry, language acquisition, adjustments that are challenging on the first year in a new culture, and her personal walk with the Lord.
Beth is the director of El Camino Academy, a bilingual, interdenominational, international Christian pre-K through 12th grade school with about 300 students. About half the families are involved in full-time ministry, while the majority of the other families are lay leaders in their churches. The student population is about 80% Colombian, 10% American and the remaining 10% from Korea, Europe, and other Latin American countries.
Rafa is the director of Fundación Internacional Maranata (Maranatha International Foundation) which is an organization focused on impacting Colombia with God’s message of hope by bringing in special speakers, organizing special events and supporting other on-going outreaches to the needy. A daycare center for elementary-aged students serves 20 at-risk children each afternoon.
Rafa and Beth have two adult chidlren (Rodrigo and Viviana). Beth grew up at GEBC.
Becky works as a 4th grade elementary school teacher at El Camino Academy in Bogotá (where Beth Afanador works). She began her 1st year of teaching in August 2014 and is already gaining plenty of experience for her students. She is excited to impact a generation ready to reach Colombia. Pray for Becky and her teaching so that this can be a mosaic to enlarge the gospel.
Kyle is Director of Ministry Development with G.O. Ministries in the Dominican Republic. Dariana serves tirelessly with sports teams and with short term teams. G.O. seeks to empower passionate, local leaders serving inside their cultures to redeem people, renew communities and restore creation. We are part of many dynamic international partnerships that minister with the Bradleys working toward mutual transformation.
Since having to leave Turkmenistan in 1999, the Byles have been in Turkey, where they’ve been working with the Bible Correspondence Course (www.bccturkey.org). Thousands of Turks join the BCC each year as a result of its national newspaper ads, websites, book fairs and Christian music concerts. David’s ministries include coordinating personnel and development, leading a weekly street evangelism team, and chairing the BCC’s leadership team. They Byles are long-time GEBC partners.
Jeff is the executive director of Breaking Ground, a ministry offering job training, affordable housing and youth outreach to Chicago’s inner city neighborhood of North Lawndale. He is also active in reproducing this ministry in similar neighborhoods across the country. Laura attended GEBC when she taught in the area before marrying Jeff.
Brian and Bekah Farber’s vision is to see a movement of churches throughout Ayutthaya Province, Thailand, characterized by MISSION (Maturing, Indigenous, Self-supporting, Servant-led, Interceding, Outward-reaching, Nurturing). The Farbers are involved in discipleship and outreach at local markets, as well as continuing their language and culture studies. Other responsibilities include supporting local leaders, as well as outreach into nearby districts. Brian grew up at GEBC.
Marc and Sandy serve with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) at its Agape Community Center, an inner city ministry located in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. Outreach activities include children’s Bible clubs, spring break and summer service programs for college students, after-school children’s program training at area churches and seasonal distributions to the homeless and poor. Sandy attended GEBC while studying at Wheaton College.
The Mallows serve with OMF International in northeastern Cambodia. They seek to strengthen the emerging Krung/Brao hilltribe church to enable a people movement to Christ among this people group. Kreg serves through Bible training, one-on-one discipleship, and Christian literature development. Through hospitality and compassion, Jenny demonstrates the love of God. Kreg and Jenny also serve to facilitate the effectiveness of other missionaries in Cambodia. Kreg and Jenny have two sons named Sammy and Tommy.
The Krung/Brao/Laveh are an unreached people group comprising around 40,000 people in northeastern Cambodia and 50,000 in southeastern Laos. Until 1993, there were no believers among them. Today there are around 250 Krung/Brao believers in Cambodia. There are no known believers among them in Laos.
Dennis serves as the Senior Pastor of St. Paul Union Church, an international church in Antalya, located along Turkey’s SW sea coast. Antalya is a city of 1.5 million and sees about 10 million tourists each year. Turkey is primarily Muslim but allows for freedom of religion. This calling presents an opportunity to preach, teach, shepherd, and evangelize people from many cultures and backgrounds. In spite of the challenges, Dennis meets with constant encouragement and fruit.
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Mboligihe and Mbolifulani (Yoana) are working in their home village of Dungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They spent two years at GEBC where Mboligihe, a pastor in his home denomination CECA 20*, obtained his masters in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College. They are working to establish a Christian school containing a nursery, elementary and vocational school. They are focusing on women’s ministries, training pastors, counseling, and establishing a ministry via radio.
*CECA 20 = the 20th Evangelical Community/Church in Central Africa
Jim was born as a missionary kid (MK) in South Korea, son of John & Joyce Rathbun, GEBC missionaries to Korea. His Aunt, Pearl Rathbun, also served in South Korea on behalf of GEBC. His grandparents were long-time GEBC members. Jim works with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) as Director for Northeast Asia. Kimberly remains active in Women’s ministries with TEAM missionary women at their summer conference. She also cares for their two younger children, Caleb and Abigail. Their oldest child, Hannah, is at Taylor University. The family presently worships at GEBC.
Ed and Jane are the national children’s representatives for New Tribes Mission. Their vision for ministry is to educate and challenge the next generation of missionaries! Since 1996, they have challenged thousands of children for missions. The Skowrons share from the wealth of their experience—over 30 years in missions. 10 of those years were in Panama, where they did church planting with the Latins and Guaymi. Their presentations are great for children’s clubs, Sunday Schools (grades K-5), VBS, children’s church and Christian schools. They also do complete children’s missions conferences for Christian camps and churches. Currently, the Skowrons are based out of Florida.
Heiko teaches Old Testament at the Freie Theologische Hochschule (FTH, an interdenominational seminary) with about 140 students. He also is involved in teaching in other countries like Austria. Besides his teaching, he pursues a PhD in Islamic Studies to become a resource person primarily for the German-speaking countries in Europe.
Mirjam is involved in mentoring women who study at the seminary or are married to a student. She also serves in the local church. GEBC became the home church for Wenzel family when they lived in the Wheaton area for three years.