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Missions We Support

Taking the Great Commission very seriously, we love having a part in missions all over the world. About a third of our budget is for missions. We support the following:

 

INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES

We helped a village install stoves and lights as the inside open fires were damaging so many lungs

Louise Barnard – ABWE/Asia Biblical Theological Seminary – Michigan
Travels to Thailand as needed to teach courses at ABTS or help with administrative training; works from U.S. by remote access with ABTS, ordering textbooks and counseling/processing students near graduation.

Jonathan & Heidi Brockman – 3rd Person/Ten Thirty-Three – Middle East
Involved in a variety of economic, sports, and personal growth endeavors as they live the Gospel and disciple people, both in their neighborhood and among refugees.

Wright & Dori Doyle – China Institute/Global China Center – Texas (home)
Direct ministry to Chinese people both in the U.S. and abroad, in the form of personal & mentoring relationships and small group Bible studies; writing/translating theological & academic articles and biographies of Chinese Christians for publication or for the organizations’ websites. 

Konstantin & Angela Goncharov – North American Mission Board – South Florida
Personal evangelism & personal evangelism training, Bible study, discipleship, and church-planting, primarily among Russian-speaking people. 

Randy & QB Kennedy – Ripe for Harvest – central/south Florida
Coming alongside newer/smaller Hispanic ministries and investing in the lives of bi-vocational Hispanic church pastors and leaders—discipling, coaching, counseling, encouraging.

Hassan Kodi & family – Virginia
By God’s grace & through the efforts of individuals in the U.S., Pastor Hassan was released from prison in Sudan and brought, along with his family, to live in this area. Several churches have joined together to give them assistance.

Andreas (Andy) & Bethany Maier – Crossworld – Germany
Discipling students at Black Forest Academy and people in the local community; using humanitarian aid & community development to open doors for the Gospel in a Central Asian country, plus discipleship and pastor training for believers there; ministry to Middle Eastern refugees in their area of Germany.

Ilse Maier – Crossworld – Germany
Originally involved with her late husband in church-planting, she now teaches children, teenagers, and women in her church; has a women’s ministry outside of her cluster of churches, speaks at retreats, and does personal counseling. She and her German co-worker Judith print and distribute Bible Study guides written by her husband. They also translated a Sunday school curriculum from the U.S., which they print & distribute in Germany and German speaking countries. (Ilse is Andy’s mother.)

Kyra Marken – TeachBeyond – Romania
Teaches high school humanities and an elementary English course, and is the secondary coordinator at Bucharest Christian Academy. BCA serves a mix of Missionary Kids, local Romanian ESL students, and Third-Culture Kids. While some of the students come from Christian homes, others enroll simply because of the appeal of a western education. She has many opportunities to model Christ’s love as she interacts with students. (Kyra is Jon & Sherri’s daughter.)

George & Hanna Miley – Quellen /Antioch Network – U.S. & Germany
Quellen, the German word for “sources” or “springs,” expresses the purpose of this ministry – “Sources for Restoration.” The Lord has given to the Mileys and their German co-workers a three-fold calling: reconciliation, discipleship, teaching & mentoring (“Healing the past…Transforming the present…Guiding the future”). George also writes and teaches about living as a disciple of Christ and maturing toward Christlikeness.

Kirk & Emily Ogden – South America Mission (SAM) – S. Carolina (international office)
Kirk is Executive Director of the Mission, whose ministries in South America include church planting in both urban & tribal settings; providing theological education and leadership training in the churches & in a Bible training center; flying pastors & missionaries to remote places; holding conferences; and many other efforts.

Dave & Sue Rodman – Ethnos360 – South America
Having served for many years in a village, putting a tribal language into written form and then translating the Bible into that language to bring the Gospel to the people, their ministry is now located in a town where they welcome groups of people from the tribe into their home for extended periods of Bible study and discipleship.

Dr. Justin & Helen Woolsey – Christian Veterinary Missions – Mongolia
Justin works in a small animal clinic, advises/trains veterinarians, and participates in V.E.T.Net conferences in which Mongolian vets are exposed to the Gospel as they receive vet training. The family seeks to build meaningful relationships & be light to the lost people around them. They are involved in Bible studies with the clinic workers and also have a ministry to university veterinary students. We support them directly and also through the Erica Geary Fund.

Mike & Kris York – InterVarsity/IFES–OSCER – Romania
Their main focus is discipleship and evangelism among Romanian university students; training them to walk with Jesus, engage their friends with the Gospel, be involved with the local church, and graduate with a desire to serve the church and  their colleagues. They also seek to challenge students to engage their communities and to respond with integrity at work and with Christlikeness to social injustices like trafficking & poverty.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

In addition to regular support for the Pregnancy Support Center, we also help at the annual Walk for Life

Ariel Ministries – U.S., Canada, + other locations around the world
Their purpose is to evangelize Jewish people—to reach them for Messiah—and to disciple both Jewish and Gentile believers through intensive Bible teaching from a Jewish perspective.

L’Abri – Switzerland, U.S., + other locations around the world
Residential study centers provide a place where people can be part of an extended family, seek and receive honest answers to honest questions about God and the significance of human life, and cultivate or pursue the truth of Christianity

The Bridge Ministry – Buckingham, VA
The Bridge Ministry works in Central Virginia to transform the lives of troubled men and their families through a faith-based program grounded on the tenets of  historic Christianity, and to provide the mentoring, vocational skills, education, and relationships they need to “bridge” the gap from bondage to productive community and family life.

Cogito – Hampden-Sydney College – Missy DeRegibus, Jarrett & Amanda Knight
By means of reading groups, individual meetings, and talks – usually by academics or professionals speaking on topics in their area of expertise—students both Christian and non-Christian are challenged to think hard about issues of faith and reason, in a safe and civil setting.

Gideons International – Nashville, TN (headquarters)
The Gideons place or distribute Bibles & New Testaments, and share the Gospel, in high schools, jails & prisons, hotels, and on college & university campuses all over the world. Many also reach out to local pastors to encourage and pray for them.

InterVarsity – Longwood University – Blake Phillips
Students are welcomed into a caring, diverse community where they can build friendships and explore Christian faith through small group Bible studies, large group meetings, personal relationships, special events, and conferences, that they might be drawn to Jesus as Savior and Lord and that believers may grow in  responding to God’s Word.

Patrick Henry Family Services – various Virginia locations
Works with children and families who find themselves in troubled or challenging situations. By working to equip and facilitate strong, loving families and homes built around faith-based principles, they strive to fulfill the mission of keeping children safe and families strong. Includes Boys & Girls Homes, Hope for Tomorrow counseling centers, Safe Families for Children program, Hat Creek Camps & Conferences, Expanded Families, and Homes of Hope.

Pregnancy Support Center of Southside Virginia – serving Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, & Prince Edward Counties
An outreach for women, and their families, who are faced with an unexpected pregnancy. “By meeting a woman’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and affirming the value of human life, we enable her to carry her child to term and to plan constructively for her future…through the application of sound life principles, providing accurate information, expressing compassion and practical care, always mindful that there is no greater need than the need for the saving grace of the Lord Jesus.” 

We gave a major donation to the Pregnancy Support Center to help them purchase their new building. Elder John Utzinger presented the check to PSC Director Kathy Holsopple, Pastor Sam Rabon gave a prayer of dedication, then we dispersed into the several rooms and prayed over each one.

Serve India Ministries – India
Works with independent pastors, in 17 states of India, who would otherwise labor alone—equipping them to reach India with the Gospel. SIM gives a pastor training in biblical principles of evangelism, disciple-making, church planting, & preaching; a godly mentor who provides accountability; fellowship with other pastors; a small amount of money for ministry; ministry tools such as a bicycle & Bibles; and an enlarged vision—to evangelize & plant a church in 5 unreached villages. 

The Voice of the Martyrs – offices around the world
A nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them.

Young Life – Southside Virginia – Michael Crowder
The purpose of Southside Young Life is to help introduce students to Jesus in a fun, genuine, and attractive way and to help them grow in their faith. Local presence is at Prince Edward, Fuqua, Randolph Henry, Central Middle, Longwood U., and Hampden-Sydney College.

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

In addition to the missionaries above, we also support various community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Feed Farmville, Heart of Virginia Free Clinic, STEPS, FACES, Operation Blue Christmas, Madeline’s House, Moton Museum, and others.