SHOW GOD'S LOVE
Rod & Jackie Allen
Serving in Argentina with WorldVenture
Rod & Jackie Allen have been serving in Argentina for many years. Gateway has supported them since 2010. Both Rod and Jackie wear many hats. Rod directs and teaches at the seminary in Salta, and writes Biblical commentaries. He also oversees a compassion ministry, guiding people through the maze of medical appointments and decisions. Jackie oversees the conference center grounds where they have their home and helps with ministry to women in area churches. Their three adult children are all living in the U.S. either working or going to school.
Blaine & Abigail Butcher
Serving in France with World Venture
Blaine & Abigail Butcher began their ministry in France in 2010. Although one of their main focuses is learning the French language, their goal is to be part of a successful church planting movement in France. They continuously look for opportunities to share the Gospel with neighbors and classmates. They are part of a team of several other families who are seeking to bring the French people to know Christ. The Butchers have four young sons.
Leo & Lourdes Calva
Serving in Ecuador with WorldVenture
Leo Calva is Ecuadorian and his wife, Lourdes, is from Mexico. Their challenge was to begin a church in a city Loja of 500,000 with 0.01% of believers and an aggressive Catholic church. They developed a team, including Leo’s brother, James, and his wife and, in a short time, established Mustard Seed Church. As it has grown, God has richly blessed their ministry as they have reached out into neighboring communities to begin other Bible studies and churches there. Part of their vision is to be a missionary church planting movement. Several short-term teams have gone to work with them. Later in 2012, the church will send out their first short-term team to Peru. The Calvas have one son, Pablo.
Dan & Daryl Collins
Serving in Bolivia with WorldVenture
Daniel & Daryl Collins have been serving in Bolivia since 2005 and Dan is the Director for the team of missionaries. They have hosted and sent short-term teams, done training and discipleship, and have been instrumental in beginning a sports ministry called BLESS that reaches both adults and children. They have also hosted Business as Mission conferences, and oversee a carpentry shop. Daryl started a small home business making purses with re-cycled clothing. It has given her many opportunities to meet people and share her faith. The Collins have three children, Naomi, Ben, Rachel.
Mel & Patty Davis
Serving in Slovenia with WorldVenture
Mel & Patty Davis and their children went to Slovenia in Eastern Europe in 1991 just as the country became independent from the former Yugoslavia. Evangelicals comprise only a minute percentage of the population. The Davises immediately recognized the need for Biblical resources in the Slovene language. In addition to translation of study materials, they also translated a hymnbook and established a Christian magazine. They are very active in the local church, teaching and leading in choir and other musical outreaches. Their children are now adults and ministering in the U.S.
Rob & Laura Evans
Serving in Mexico with WEC International
Rob & Laura Evans were neighbors here in the Vancouver area before moving to Mexico early in 2010. They serve as Short-term Coordinators, training and sending national teams, and also hosting teams from the U.S. and other countries to serve in Mexico. Their missionary team also oversees a conference center that is used frequently for camps that share the Gospel. Although they attended language school before arriving in Mexico, they continue to devote much time to their Spanish fluency. The Evans family looks for opportunities to visit with neighbors, building relationships to share Christ. The Evans’ children, Hannah and Josiah, welcomed a new sister, Ellie, while they have been in Mexico.
Bruce & Anita Paden
Serving in DR Congo with WorldVenture
Bruce and Anita Paden serve in Democratic Republic of Congo, a war-torn country in eastern Africa. For many years, wars and rebel activity have made DR Congo a very dangerous place to live and serve, but the Paden’s love for the people and desire to further God’s Kingdom gives them courage to stay. Bruce works with local pastors to encourage and train them and also does some preaching himself. He and Anita also established the Center for Grieving Children to help meet the needs of children who have lost parents and other family members to the violence around them. Many are finding hope and healing in Christ.
Darrie & Debbie Turner
Serving in Uganda with World Venture
For Darrie & Debbie Turner, teaching and training Ugandans to love and serve Jesus is their goal each day. Churches have been established, but pastors have had little training to preach and lead their congregations. Some are able to attend the Bible College, but others take advantage of Darrie’s traveling classes. Debbie is discipling single women who are attending the nearby university. They were instrumental in adding a solar electricity system and water filtration system to the Bible College that will serve both college families and the nearby community. The Turner’s four adult children live in the U.S. One son has gone on to heaven.
Tracy & Leng Halstead
Serving in Clark County with Child Evangelism Fellowship
Tracy and Leng Halstead have ministered to the children in Clark County for about 20 years. As Clark County Directors with Child Evangelism Fellowship, they reach into schools, churches and homes, plus fairs and festivals – wherever there are children – to share the message of the Gospel. During the school year they have Good News Clubs which meet once each week. Some clubs are held in schools, others in private homes. The biggest outreach of the summer is the Clark County Fair where CEF hosts a booth each day. They do face painting and talk to boys and girls, and their parents, about God’s love for them and His desire to have a relationship with them.
Mike & Angie Johnson
Serving in Indonesia with Missionary Aviation Fellowship
The Johnson’s are preparing for a career in missionary aviation. Mike is both a pilot and a mechanic. They have two children, Colton and Macie. They are meeting people and discovering support partners for their ministry. Tentative plans are to begin language studies in Indonesia in November, 2013.
Matt & Jody McComas
Serving on Portland area college campuses with CRU
Matt & Jody reach out to college students in the Portland metro area to introduce them to Jesus Christ. They work with a group of about 30 staff and student leaders on six campuses, including Clark College in Vancouver.