Amber & I, along with our three girls, Zoë (2004), Piper (2007) and Lola (2010), are working on the island of Uripiv in the small South Pacific country of Vanuatu. The 240,000 Ni-Vanuatu people are spread out over 80 islands located about 500 miles west of Fiji. Most people live in bush villages and survive on what they can gather from their gardens and the ocean. We’re partnering with the local community & churches by providing both linguistic support and discipleship training to encourage the passionate pursuit of God and His Story.
Before engaging in missions work, Amber & I spent over 9 years in youth ministries and have had the opportunity to serve youth and young adults in the United States, France, Vanuatu and Australia. Even though we never intended to do this kind of stuff, God nudged us into youth work way back in 1998 and He just keeps giving us opportunities to engage with people in their own culture. God's been teaching us about authenticity, grace, and raw faith. We have a long way to go, but we're discovering real freedom & joy as we're learning to trust Him. We're not the same people we were when we started this journey.
We returned to Vanuatu in July 2012 to begin our second term. Mid-2013, we were able to move out of the bamboo house we had been living in and into a suitable home that we built on Uripiv; a relatively remote island where there are no roads, stores, drinking water or electricity. Now that we’re settled in, we can continue our work of evangelism/discipleship training using the tools of translation, literacy & bible teaching, community development & language research. In 2014, we hope to complete our language studies, begin a working translation of Genesis and start teaching chronologically through the Old Testament.
We’re so blessed to have such a great support team that enables us to volunteer for God’s amazing work.
BMW Website link: http://www.biblicalministries.org/
Facebook: Brad Amber Jones
We facilitate church growth and planting in Europe (especially Czech Republic and Italy). More specifically our goals are (1) to help our local Czech church plant leaders to be stronger servants and be less dependent on Michael and people’s opinions, (2) to gain more contacts for planting and evangelism in the Czech Republic, (3) to deepen contacts with other churches in the Czech Republic to see if we can help their mini-church planting movements, (4) to continue expanding and encouraging our network of Italian planters and leaders, and (5) to continue our online ministry, Sherri’s ministry to build up the church by equipping women in Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic, etc.
Website of Pioneers is: https://www.pioneers.org
To learn more: www.carlsonsite.com
To contribute monthly: www.pioneers.org (specified for “Michael and Sherri Carlson,” account “111509”)
To contribute to a one-time need: www.carlsonsite.com/wish.htm
Missionary TECH Team is a service mission to churches and other ministries. We provide technical services through Computer, Graphic, Facilities, and Mechanical, (which is a car lease program for missionaries home on furlough), worldwide reaching thousands for Christ. In 2013 we had projects in 48 countries and 40 states totaling 522 ministry projects. "Our Vision is to be the service mission like-minded Christian ministries may turn to for technical assistance and know-how". "To know Christ and Make Him known".
TECH's web page: http://www.techteam.org/.
Noah and Liz Kamper are working alongside the great people at Iglesia Unión in Costa Rica. They have a heart to teach the Costa Rican Church how to do discipleship in community and building up the church to be equipped to serve in the areas where they are gifted
Noah is the associate pastor and oversees the children's ministry among many other things. The Kampers are working to develop a discipleship and missions mindset among the people at Union. While most of Liz’s days are spend with their three boys, (Forrest, Elliot, and Quinn) she also plans church events to create community.
Social Media: http://nlkamper.blogspot.com/
Wally is Vice President of Ministry overseeing School Without Walls in the 12 former Soviet Union countries where we Train to Lead & Equip to Serve. Training is 2 years and equipping them with tools for evangelism, discipleship & house groups in new areas. We have 2,600 students in training.
Natasha is involved in a Home for Every Orphan and the social media for Russian Ministries in translation and editing of testimonies.
Missionary Andrew Semenchuk has been ministering to his Slavic people for over 50 years
from the days of communist oppression under the Soviet Union to the present time. Today, he
spends a good part of each year in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in national Christian leadership
training, church-planting seminars, developing Bible Institutes and Seminaries, forming national
Mission Outreach and Christian Education Programs and overseeing new church construction.
Today, as Senior Associate of International Ministries for SLAVIC GOSPEL ASSOCIATION,
Andrew helps to formulate mission strategy and coordinate ministries. He maintains close contact
with churches and para-church organizations in former Soviet countries and churches in the West,
developing sister-church relationships and linking them in a network of joint ministries.
Website: : www.sga.org
Ronny & Karianne Silva (David, Lucas, Isabella, and Sofia, too!)
We are the Silvas and we are serving the Lord in Trujillo, Peru. Peru is a predominately Catholic country, however most people are “Catholic” by birth and do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Because of this though, we are able to speak freely and openly about our Savior. We are mostly involved in one-on-one street evangelism and a few different bible studies. Our ministries also include a couple of discipleship groups and we also work closely with an orphanage as well. Pray that God will open the eyes of the Peruvian people.
The Dearborn Initiative to plant Christ Community Church started as a simple question. While serving as church-planters in Lebanon, Jonathan and Christie Swift invited their home church in Livonia, Michigan to pray with them about how best to be gospel-driven, city-reaching, globally strategic, and Kingdom-minded. The question was posed: “What if we could plant a gospel-driven church, reaching out to families from all walks of life and numerous ethnic backgrounds, while at the same time advance strategic global church-planting by recruiting & equipping internationals to plant churches back in their homelands, all without leaving our own backyard?” The backyard is Jonathan’s hometown, Dearborn, MI, birthplace of Henry Ford, home to Greenfield Village, boasting two colleges drawing international students from around the world, and the most densely populated Muslim community in the US. All these opportunities are packed into this uniquely diverse city where the Swifts are leading a team to plant Christ Community Church now meeting in the heart of Dearborn.