Larry and Melissa Lewis - Czech Republic
Ten years ago, we moved to the Czech Republic with our children Zachary, Larissa and Laini. In 2015 Zach married Hana and we added a daughter to our family. Zachary and Hana live and work in Pilsen. Larissa currently attends university in Pilsen, and Laini (15) attends a local high school.
We serve here as church planters, reaching out to the community through English camps, teaching English, sports ministry, etc. in order to build relationships with Czechs and share Christ with them. In 2010 a new baptist church began meeting in Pilsen. We are currently working toward starting new churches in Stary Plzenec and Rokycany.
Please pray for the new works in Stary Plzenec and Rokycany. Please pray that God will raise up Czech leaders. Please pray that the 99% of Czech who are without Christ will hear the gospel and respond.
Matt and Evelyn - East Asia
We are working with a hill tribe in the mountains of this country. There are about 100,000 people in the group and none of them have believed the Good News. We have shared with several hundred people while being here, but the ground is very hard. Please be praying for them every day! We can’t live among our people, so we try make the 3-5 hour drive each week to visit
Our work is currently 0-1 meaning no believers looking for the first. Therefore, right now all the work is in relationship building and loving people. We try to follow the Person-of-Peace model outlined by Jesus sending out the 12 and 24.
Mark and Vivian - NAME
Mark and Vivian grew up in Forney. After retiring from civil service, God led the them to serve Him in North Africa and the Middle East. They run a Business Consulting firm in the Persian Gulf where they provide logistical support for “M” clients. They’re prayer is that as they live Life in the Middle East, God will use them “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other” (1 Kings 8:60). Please pray that God will bring people into our lives that we can share His love with. And, pray that we can be an encouragement to believers from all around the world who live and work in our city.
Wesley Marks - Forney, TX - Ministry in the Philippines
In 1983 God began to speak to me through His Word and through other Christians about serving Him in ministry. I followed that call by receiving my Master of Divinity and then serving 10 years as a Pastor. During that time I had the chance to minister overseas on multiple occasions and my heart was never the same. My oldest friend and I combined our passion for Evangelism and Missions and formed Taking The Truth Ministries. Our goal in ministry is to teach individuals and churches how to share their faith and give them opportunities to share both locally and abroad. We have been blessed to follow God on four different continents teaching evangelism, sharing Christ in classrooms and training pastors.
We formed a relationship with pastors in the Philippines after organizing two lending libraries for pastors and teachers. We finally had a chance to visit and immediately began building relationships and seeing people come to know Christ. Over the last eleven years we have seen God move in a mighty way, with more than fifty thousand decisions made in classrooms, while the local pastors did the follow up work. We return each time God opens the door and stand amazed at what He does.
Jonathan and Arrie Cole - Japan
We are the Coles: Jonathan, Arrie, Shepherd, and Shiloh. Jon and Arrie met at Southeastern Baptist Seminary where they were both studying missions. In time God united our hearts to serve Him in Japan, where less than 2% of the population are believers (more accurately, 1 % or less are evangelical Christian). The Japanese people are the 2nd largest UUPG (Unreached, Unengaged People Group) in the world, meaning they have little to no access to the gospel. It's crazy to think that a country as affluent as Japan would be so in need spiritually, but for some reason after years of Christian influence and missionary service, Japan still has not had a revival.
We are in Japan as church planters. Our main focus is to work with existing Japanese churches and help them to start new churches. The majority of churches in Japan run about 25 people, and they are very needy. Our work includes equipping and discipling Japanese Christians and pastors, and sharing the gospel with those who have never heard. Our daily ministry revolves around our current stage of life. As we are a "young" married couple (well, 30's is young right?) with young kids, we minister to other families with young kids. We reach out to our community through English conversation practice, having moms come over and hang out while our kids play, etc. Jon is also serving on the team organizing outreach during the 20/20 Olympics.
Please pray for us as we start a small group in our area. Our church's main focus is life-on-life discipleship, where believers meet together regularly and "do life" with others in their community. Please pray that in our small group we all truly know and serve each other well, and that we are able to see others come to know Christ through our group. Also, please pray for Arrie as she ministers to moms in our area. She desires to start some sort of Mommy and Me group. Please pray that the Lord will open up doors for us to serve Him, and for boldness as we declare His truth among the Japanese.
Stuart and Lisa Bell - Seattle, WA
Lisa and I have been married for over 30 years, and have spent all but the first year of marriage in ministry. We have served churches in Texas (Field Street BC, Cleburne, TX); Oklahoma (FBC Edmond, OK); and Arkansas (Forrest Park BC, Pine Bluff, AR; FBC Searcy, AR; and FBC Centerton, AR) before moving to the NW.
After serving our last church, FBC Centerton, AR, for 18+ years, the Lord clearly opened a new door of ministry here in Seattle. We will give the last quarter of our ministry to planting the first SBC church in downtown Seattle. This calling has captured our hearts. God has been faithful over the first year to provide generous and willing partners for the work, especially FBC Forney! Each day we spend our mornings in prayer before going into the downtown streets. We prayer-walk through the city, calling out to the Lord on busy street corners. Also, we pray for daily conversations that will lead to ongoing friendships. Authenticity is the key word in these relationships. We typically tell up front who we are, “We are Christians”; and why we are here, “We have been sent to begin a new church in the downtown.” As God leads we invite our new friends to read the Bible with us in a one-to-one setting.
Recently, we actually began Sunday gatherings with three families living in the downtown. All of these new friends are believers who have been seeking a church. Also, God faithfully provided a gathering space in a significant downtown building. We believe this small group will be the foundation of the future church. We continue ongoing relationships with several lost people. Our vision is clear: “A new New Testament church, planted in downtown Seattle, rooted in the Word and filled with people whose lives have been transformed by the Lord Jesus."
Joe and Rebekah Lightner - Indianapolis, IN
Joe and Rebekah Lightner and daughters Hannah and Julia, started the Legacy Stone Church in Westfield, Indiana. Westfield is a northern suburb of Indianapolis called Westfield. Westfield made Money Magazine's Best Places to Live List in 2013. Westfield has recently built Grand Park, the largest youth and adult recreational village in the country. Grand Park is the new home of the Indianapolis Colts NFL team. It is an incredible community that needs a new church. The Lightners were convinced that this was the community that God sent them to reach.
Legacy Stone Church launched worship gatherings in September, 2015 at a local movie theatre. God has since provided the church a permanent building space which has allowed them to develop additional ministries to the community. The church has the opportunity to have a regional influence in an area that lacks church density.
Legacy Stone Church requests God’s favor with their community. Westfield is a difficult mission field and will require a supernatural movement of God for the church to be effective. God has been gracious to this new church’s start and the church is depending on His continued favor for her future.