Aldersgate's Partners on the Foreign Mission Field
These missionaries need our prayer support as well as the financial assistance we provide through the church budget. Please pray for them, their families, their ministries and those they serve.
Ed & Linda Baker, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society
After completing seven years in Paraguay, Ed & Linda moved their water ministry to Nicaragua where they spent two years. While in Paraguay and Nicaragua they completed 39 water projects and coordinated the construction of churches, schools and homes for pastors. Starting in January 2011, Ed & Linda took on a new challenge as Co-Directors and Water and Sanitation Specialists for The Mission Society’s Global Resource Team (GRT).
Now they are sharing with other missionaries what they have learned working in the areas of water and sanitation in the developing world. Projects planned this year and beyond will take them to Africa, India, Thailand and Latin America. Ed & Linda feel strongly that their ministry is to use the gift of clean, abundant water as a mechanism to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This platform has proven very effective over the years. They pray God will continue to use them and bless their ministry as it expands around the world. Check out Ed and Linda's Website to learn more about them and their work. They need our prayers as well as the financial support we provide.
Paul & Sylvia Cummings, Spain - One Mission Society
Since 1984, Paul and Sylvia Cummings have served in Spain as missionaries with OMS International, now One Mission Society. Their multifaceted ministry includes evangelism, discipleship, music, teaching English and computers, home Bible studies, camps, women’s ministry (including quilting) and men’s ministry (including boat building).
After four years of serving as part of a pastoral team in Motril, the Cummings went to Madrid in 1990 where they have been supervisors in the exciting Marriage Encounter program, interim camp director of the Rock of Horeb camp (Paul) and director of the English ministries (Sylvia). Paul has also developed a ministry of offering computer classes in the church. Teaching English and computer builds a bridge between the community and the church and opens doors for presenting the Gospel. Visit Paul and Sylvia's website for more information.
Kristen Fisher, Worldwide - Global Women
Kristin Fisher works for Global Women, a nonprofit organization guided by a vision of a world where every woman is empowered by the love of God, valued by her community, and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose. Knowing this vision is not a reality for so many women living especially in developing countries, they are motivated by Christ to serve as a catalyst for positive change on behalf of vulnerable women.
Global Women is currently active in nine nations where they strive to form partnerships with indigenous Christian women to lead initiatives aimed at helping poor, vulnerable women in the areas of sex trafficking, clean water, maternal health, economic empowerment and education. Their strategy allows them to share the Gospel of Christ through life-changing programs that teach skills, improve access to maternal health and clean water, encourage education opportunities for girls and offer restoration and rehabilitation for women who have been trafficked. Visit the Global Women website to learn more.
Cameron & Anne Gongwer, Global Resource Team - The Mission Society
Dr. Cameron and Anne Gongwer currently serve with The Mission Society in health, education and discipleship outreaches in Ghana, West Africa, from their home base in South Bend, Indiana, where their daughter Caylor is a high school student. Cam, who developed the Ankaase Methodist Faith Healing Hospital, works through Crosspoint Global Health Ministry to collaborate in community health transformation and equip health workers for servant leadership. He helps coordinate mobile medical clinics with church planting efforts, trains health workers in international medicine and public health, and networks with Christian health professionals in Ghana and the USA.
Anne communicates with the leaders of the Reading Town Library that she established during their 13 years in Ankaase and with BLESS Literacy in Ejura, Ghana. Her goals are to listen to and encourage their vision, to assist with funding of operating costs, Bibles, books, and larger projects, plus share in discipleship through Scripture, prayer and testimonies. Visit their website to learn more.
Neal Hicks, Japan - The Mission Society
Neal Hicks and his first wife Mari served in Japan for over 30 years, 21 of those with The Mission Society, before her death from esophageal cancer in March of 2012. Neal pastored a Free Methodist Church in Tokyo, ministering in a variety of culturally-appropriate ways, including feeding and clothing the homeless, and serving as a leader with the International VIP Club ministry, an outreach to unreached Japanese business men and women with the Gospel.
Neal is presently based in Tennessee, but he remains connected to the Tokyo homeless ministry and the churches he served in Japan. He is leading English conversation classes and Bible studies with groups of Japanese families in the greater Nashville area and co-leading worship in Japanese every Sunday afternoon. Neal also leads the new Nashville International VIP chapter and is ready to launch a Christian VIP gun club to reach Japanese fathers. We congratulate him and his new bride Shirley on their recent marriage. Neal greatly values our prayers and financial support. Visit Neal's webpage to learn more.
Andrew & Margaret Howell, France - The Mission Society
Andrew and Margaret Howell have been part of The Mission Society team to France for the past 15 years after having previously served in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Andrew and Margaret serve in Global Family Ministry in the US, France, and abroad. They have accepted the role to provide counselling, coaching, prayer ministry and training of couples and families for The Mission Society. In this position they often teach on marriage and family relationships. They seek to expand and develop family ministry among the constituency of The Mission Society and its network, as well as among their workers globally. Andrew and Margaret moved back to the US to begin this new ministry in October 2013.
They now reside in Prattville, AL, but travel throughout the world spreading the Good News of the Gospel. They are delighted to have us on their support team and consider us an answer to prayer. Visit them online for more information.
Szabolcs Kerekes, Hungary - CRM
Szabolcs Kerekes has been involved in church planting in Hungary since 1998. He has published three books and translated materials for use in mentoring key pastors, church planters and future leaders. Szabolcs teaches by example, evangelizing and serving the poor, sick and outcast in many ways. He conducts several youth camps each summer and ministers regularly in a Budapest prison for girls.
We were pleased to have Szabolcs visit Aldersgate in October 2011. He shared with us the challenges of trying to reach the post-modern world of Eastern Europe with the Gospel. Szabolcs reported with great joy that he had been reunited with an old friend who shares his love for the Lord; he and Hajnal were married in April 2012. He appreciates our support and prayers.
Jim & Penie Koch, Jamaica - Kingdom Builders Ministry
Jim and Penie Koch have served with Kingdom Builders Ministry in Jamaica since 1996. Their goal is to assist people in identifying their God-given purpose in life and equipping them to fulfill that purpose. They are dedicated to sharing Christ's love with people in need by providing basic needs and abundant love. From their base in Whitehorse, Westmoreland, on the southern coast of Jamaica, they spread the Gospel to the surrounding communities of Jamaica.
The Kochs host short-term work teams and missionary interns and work with them to serve the needs of the poor, elderly and infirm. In July 2009, a team of 24 adults and youth from Aldersgate spent a life-changing week working with the Kochs, conducting VBS, doing home repairs, visiting a nursing home and a hospital to cheer and pray with the patients, and doing simple, but meaningful, tasks like carrying heavy containers of water for local residents. To learn more about Kingdom Builders Ministry, go to the Kingdom Builders website.
Adam & Melissa Williford, Mexico - Yugo Ministries
Adam and Melissa Williford have been missionaries with Yugo Ministries in Baja California, Mexico, since May 2013. Yugo exists so that lives can be transformed by Jesus Christ in Mexico and around the world. By partnering with local pastors they are able to proclaim the Gospel in three ways: outreach, discipleship and orphan care. Adam and Melissa both work in Yugo’s Mexico field office. Together they work with Yugo’s executive staff, ministry directors, and media team to coordinate many of the ministry’s day-to-day activities and the work of mission teams.
Adam and Melissa share a passion for foreign missions, a passion for reaching out to those who are in need of shelter and food and are starving for the Love of Christ. The Willifords have committed to serve with YUGO for two years, but ultimately are surrendered to God’s will and timing for them to be in Mexico. Near the beginning of 2015, they and big sister Taylor will welcome Baby Asher to their family ministry. Adam and Melissa are from Montgomery and have family connections at Aldersgate. To learn more go to www.yugo.org.
Mark Wittig, Colombia - Christian Union Sports Club
Mark Wittig served as a missionary with OMS International in Colombia for 25 years, but is now employed directly by the ministry he started and has nurtured during most of that time. He supervises the Christian Union Sports Club (CUSC), a city-wide sports program, which evangelizes and disciples over 1,000 children and youth of Medellín through soccer on a weekly basis. Mark, an ordained minister, is also involved in a church-planting ministry and was professor of missions at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia until recently.
2011 was a big year for Mark, his wife Elizabeth and their family. The summer was filled with exciting activities celebrating CUSC’s 20th anniversary. In October, they welcomed baby Jose’ Miguel. Please keep Mark and his ministry in your prayers. You can learn more about the Christian Union Sports Club at Christian Union Sports Club online.
Marion & Mary Woods, Costa Rica - Methodist Rural Center
Marion and Mary Woods have served as retired missionaries in northern Costa Rica since their marriage in 1993. They run the Methodist Rural Center in Ciudad Quesada which serves as a retreat center for Costa Rican churches and as a base for Volunteer in Mission Teams working in the northern part of Costa Rica. They were hosts for 27 work teams in 2014. Aldersgate teams have worked with Marion since 1984; Mary’s first trip to Costa Rica was with one of our teams in 1986.
For 64 years, Marion has served as an evangelistic missionary establishing congregations and constructing chapels and parsonages throughout Costa Rica. At the age of 96 and with the help of his beloved Mary, he is still serving God in a remarkable way. To learn more about the Woods and their ministry, visit the Methodist Rural Center website. They are grateful for our financial support and our prayers.
Missionary Couple, Asia
This young couple has a special connection with Aldersgate since she grew up in our church. They work for a teaching organization that sends Christians as English teachers to Asia. For security reasons their names and assigned country must remain unnamed. They are team leaders in a Teaching Fellowship Program which recruits recent college graduates to serve as teachers for university students for one year. Working as educators, they have the opportunity to interact with university students and teachers, but they also have exposure to business people in their community.
She is a pharmacist and meets regularly with local health care professionals. Their work is two-fold: they strive to teach excellently and live intentionally among their students and colleagues. As relationships are built with the people around them they have the opportunity to share the Good News on an almost daily basis. They also strive to come alongside like-minded people on their campus primarily through one-on-one relationships, building community among brothers and sisters on campus and connecting them to fellowships in the community.
Note: Due to their location, communication with this couple is sensitive. Please contact the International Acts 1:8 Team for instructions and restrictions before attempting to contact them.
Missionary Nurse, India - The Mission Society
This missionary partner, a registered nurse, has served for many years and in several locations as a missionary with The Mission Society. She currently serves faithfully in a hospital in one of the most corrupt and poverty stricken areas of India. For security reasons her name and exact location must remain unnamed. Through medical and spiritual training and support, her ministry focuses on students, nurses and doctors who are struggling to be a light to the poor of northern India. She teaches academic courses and Bible studies, assists with spiritual retreats, and counsels and mentors young nurses, dentists, and doctors in training.
She also works as a consultant in the hospital for quality management issues. As an experienced missionary, she serves on The Mission Society’s leadership team responsible for missionaries in that area of the world and mentors newly arrived missionaries in India. She will tell you that her most important job is interceding in prayer for other missionaries in India because it is a very difficult and dark place to work and to spread the Gospel.