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 sending partners who work full-time with varying organizations 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. Why not drop them an email today? All you have to do is click on their picture for more information. Please note that those not pictured are serving in areas where the Christian witness is often resisted or even persecuted. We are not offering their pictures in an effort to avoid compromising their ministry opportunities. If you would like more information, contact Pastor John Foster.
K & C have served among the Nepalese for well over thirty years. Presently they work with small rural “pastor-less” churches. As a “circuit pastor,” K does preaching, teaching, etc. while training local leaders. C has introduced and leads children’s Bible classes. Their greatest focus, however, is on the emerging leaders among the youth who come to their home on weekdays for worship, prayer, Bible classes, guitar and keyboard lessons for leading church worship, and English tutoring as requested. A majority of believers in these rural groups are landless (working the land of others) and marginalized, with lower education and income levels than most Nepalese. In addition, C teaches English—a required subject for accreditation—at the only Bible college in their section of the country.
K, Nepalese by birth, with a Hindu and Buddhist upbringing, came to the Lord at age twenty-one. K & C (Dr. Beth’s sister) met while C was in Nepal doing rural community development. During a season Stateside while launching their three children, they served among refugees and in GEBC’s children’s ministry.
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.
Kyle,Shelly, Logan, and Zak traveled to Durban, South Africa in the summer of 2017 to pursue the dream of reaching and training members of the Durban community preparing for ministry including South Africans and Indians. They are uniquely prepared for the variety of work God has called them to including teaching classes at Durban Bible College. We are proud to be in partnership with the Schaefer family and their sending agency The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). Pray for rapid adjustment to culture, language, and ministry life in this unique setting.
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. Due to a number of challenges, the Byles will continue to minister to Turks but may have a permanent change in location.
Jeff is the executive director of Breaking Ground, a ministry offering transitional jobs and affordable housing to Chicago’s inner city neighborhood of North Lawndale. He is active in reproducing this type of ministry in similar neighborhoods across the country. Jeff is also the coaching US staff who are doing missional enterprises. He is active in coaching staff in Navigator ministry in similar neighborhoods across the country. The importance of outreach and discipling marginalized people through the offering of employment is invaluable. Laura attended GEBC when she taught in the area before marrying Jeff.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can make your business more missional please contact Jeff for information.
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 teaching, discipleship, Christian literature development, and media ministry. Through hospitality and compassion ministry Jenny demonstrates the love of God. Kreg and Jenny also serve to strengthen FCC, an association of churches planted by OMF 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 450 Krung/Brao believers in Cambodia. There are only a handful of known believers among them in Laos.
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
J was born as a missionary kid (MK) in South Korea, son of John & Joyce R, GEBC missionaries. His Aunt, Pearl R, also served in South Korea on behalf of GEBC. His grandparents were long-time GEBC members. J and K serve with TEAM, where J is Director for Northeast Asia. The family presently worships at GEBC.
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.