Serving with SIM, Ethiopia
As young veterinarians, Drs. Trent and Tabby Cox ventured to southwest Ethiopia to serve the Bunna, a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe, sharing their veterinary skills in the small village of Alduba. As they were able to enter new communities living the gospel through word and deed, the church began to grow and multiply so Bunna and other new believers were seeking training to reach the last 3 unreached people groups in SW Ethiopia. Today Trent serves the entire country as SIM Director. Living in Addis Ababa, Trent and Tabby continue to build leaders, both expat and national, by multiplying their vision to bring all the peoples of the world to Jesus. Spare moments with Jack, Lily and Desta may find them climbing mountains or caring for an animal in need, always reveling in the joy of God’s creation.
Serving in Ghana
As Director of Education for City of Refuge Ministries in Ghana, Autumn helped create a primary and middle school where she trains Ghanaian teachers to meet the multiple academic and emotional needs of children, many of whom have been rescued from the fishing trafficking industry on Lake Volta. Faith Roots International Academy focuses on teacher and student discipleship and development as well as high academic standards. Autumn also serves as mom to young children who do not have a mom in their day to day life. City of Refuge Ministries provides holistic opportunities for vulnerable children and struggling families to reduce the trafficking trends growing throughout the world today.
Serving in Central African Republic
Roy and Aleta Danforth have served the peoples of central Africa for several decades, beginning in the Congo (DRC), moving to Central African Republic (CAR), and seasonally in South Africa. Their combined agronomy, nursing and linguistic skills have given them opportunities for holistic ministry while engendering the love of many peoples. Currently they train leaders for CEFA (Centre d’Expérimentation et de Formation Agricole), an experimental farming station with a hospital, Bible and nursing schools. Bringing the gospel through compassion to the Fulani’s, a semi-nomadic Muslim people group, continues to be priority for them.
Serving in Congo
Dr. Mossai Sanguma has been an innovator and visionary for the people of Congo since a young man, having served in critical leadership roles amongst both the church and parachurch ministries in the Ubangi-Mongala region as well as the capital of Kinshasa. As President of Ubangi Protestant University, he makes higher education possible for thousands of young Congolese that could never consider going away to bigger and more expensive schools, with UPU offering 5 graduate programs (medicine, law, agriculture, economics and theology). As co-founder of Congo Voice, Mossai continues to lead the way bringing together the opportunity for growing the kingdom of God in Africa today with the resources God makes available through His people.
Serving in Congo
Sabuli Sanguma carries a heart for children that spans the size of the globe and beyond. When the need became apparent to leave most of her almost grown children in the U.S. in order to return to Congo after her husband completed his Ph.D, God gave her a promise that if she would hold His children in her heart, He would hold her children in His heart. Upon returning home, she began caring for vulnerable children, from an infant abandoned in a cemetery to 84 children today from the streets and fatherless families for whom she has become Mom. Sabuli Children Center‘s spiritual, health, educational, agricultural and economic training is growing children into adults who, with the power of Jesus Christ, can break the chains of generational poverty and bring new life to their own generation.
Serving in Malawi
Growing up in Malawi and graduating from Africa Bible College, Kenneth met Avisha while serving an international internship at PCC. They returned to Malawi together as tentmakers, leading business enterprises while sharing their faith in multiple ways. Faced with needs of young vulnerable children, who thru HIV/AIdS and other tragedies were being raised by extended families, themselves often stretched beyond their resources, Ken and Avisha began offering meals and education, a vision that would become Malawi Children’s Mission. Today they (with Isaac, Ezra and Bethany), in the midst of three muslim villages, serve hundreds of children meeting nutritional, educational, physical and emotional health needs through a rapidly growing school and feeding center, all the while living their lives out as hands and feet of Jesus.
Serving in Malawi
As a young charismatic and articulate student at African Bible College, Bayana Chunga began radio programs to educate Malawian listeners about HIV/AIDS. Wings of Hope was soon formed to bring hope to this impoverished and diseased nation. Today Bayana and Shingi with their daughters Kwamara, and Watonda, live in Blantyre from where they minister around the country. That original radio ministry has expanded to include many HIV/AIDS campaigns along with daily devotions by radio, weekly newspaper columns, marriage counseling and enrichment, speaking and teaching in numerous high schools, and even a soccer league through which young people can be mentored and discipled.
Serving in Congo
After being evacuated (because of civil war) from serving the CEUM (Communauté Evangélique de l’Ubangi-Mongala ), a church over a million followers in NW Congo, David was invited by the national church leadership several years later to return to train pastors. Residing in Georgia with his wife Celia, David visits the DRC regularly, teaching at Ubangi Protestant University’s School of Theology as well as training rural pastors. His experience from the past plus his consistency today makes him an able cross-cultural leader in sensitive areas of ministry, making disciples who can continue to make more disciples for many generations deep.
Serving in East Asia
Ben and Lan have been serving together in East Asia, with their children Ryan and Nia, for several years. As an English professor in top tier universities, Ben has opportunity to build relationships amongst Ph.D students who will be future leaders of their country, introducing to them a godly worldview. Lan serves children and parents by offering many different extra-curricular activities not available in local schools to children, from art to agriculture. Together they are also able to train, encourage, and give a model of Christ-like parenting to families raising children in a world changing so rapidly that the old paradigms no longer work.
Serving in Japan
Etsuko and John work together in Japan where only half of 1% of the people follow Jesus – the Japanese people are the second-largest unreached people group in the world. They desire more than anything to help people know and follow Jesus, encouraging those who have decided to follow Jesus, empowering/equipping them to discover and implement their God-given gifts. To connect with people, they have used all means from teaching English, Bible, offering disaster relief, pastoral care, and even building community through small-scale, God honoring agriculture. As they reach into their community, they are always seeking to grow more in order that they be Christ-like models offering everyone the opportunity to know God.
Serving in France
After serving in the Congo (DRC) in Bible and other translation projects, and some other African spots, linguist Ken moved to southern France to work with North African immigrants. During that time he married Adrienne and they returned to France together. Today they live in Lyon, where they focus efforts on the Covenant Mosaics project, continuing to reach out to immigrants and other vulnerable people. Adrienne, a former nurse, invests time in helping trafficked women find freedom.
Serving in Spain & the US
Chris and Megan learned the Basque culture living and raising their young children in Spain. When they had trained other leaders to continue they returned to Portland to lead the “Summer in the USA” Basque student program. Placing Basque students in US homestays to learn English and then use it at camp has given Chris and Megan experiences and relationships beyond imagination, both with visiting students as well as their families back home in Basque Country.
Serving in Russia & the US
Rick and Soozie live in Connecticut as leaders of Rivendell Institute, where they organize worldview and other academic seminars and fellowship events for Yale faculty and graduate students. They also return to Moscow each year where Rick teaches an intensive course on democracy and worldview. Rick serves as a senior fellow to Rivendell in areas related to sociology, society, and religion. Soozie’s background in Hollywood working on film festivals and film production boards has qualified her to mentor academic women in finding faith in today’s society.
Serving in Kansas City
Formerly beloved Middle School Director at PCC, Lauren moved her love for middle schoolers to serving at risk children in Kansas City as a volunteer chaplain in a state-operated group home. Her unique role with International House of Prayer qualifies her as an intervention specialist God is using to bring hope to children who have lived lives of abuse and abandonment. She trains volunteers throughout the city to reach out, love and mentor these oftentimes voiceless pre-teens and teens to a place where they not only experience God’s eternal and deep love for them personally, but are prepared and able to live on their own as responsible adults when the time comes. Scriptures teach that caring for the fatherless is a justice issue to which all believers are called, and Lauren is leading the way.
Serving in Mexico
Lisandro and Patty have served in Mexico with their son Samuel since 2003, today living in Oaxaca. Focusing on community development as well as discipleship, christian formation, and leadership training, they intentionally build holistic sustainable ministries from the beginning. Whether reaching out to women, families challenged by special needs, emotional or economic needs or church leaders, they are always looking to identify the next person to lead and sustain direction for God’s call on his/her life.
Serving in Chile
Mitch and Juliette have followed God’s call to live by faith since first establishing a YWAM base in Pichilemu, Chile 30 years ago. These competitive swimmers and surfers transitioned from training on the beach to now teaching over 350 students every year courses in discipleship training, Biblical counseling and community transformation. The Pura Vida Community Center reaches out to the local and tourist community in many areas of health, fitness, sports, beauty and family education.
Serving the World from California
John and Maureen have lived the most recent chapter of their lives in Redwood City with their growing children, Kayleigh, Anna, Asher and Alex. After living in Kenya and England as Director of Ministries (Global Trends, Fruitful Practices and Networking) for AIM, they came “home” to bless PCC intensely! John also serves as Coordinator of Vision 5:9, a global network of 10,000 church planters with the vision to see effective church planting among all Muslim peoples, especially the unengaged. Since their entire family is passionate about inviting all peoples to worship together at the throne of God, they will always be found practicing hospitality and finding new ways to displays God’s love practically in the local community.
Serving the World from Idaho
John and Corinne have flown airplanes into innumerable distant places to dispense hope, living in a variety of places throughout Asia. They currently live in Idaho where John leads MAF’s Disaster Relief and Corinne shares her love with the needy through nursing. When tragedy strikes many places in the world, John may very well be the one carrying in relief as an early responder. Their combined heart for God’s world added to John’s aviation and project management skills have uniquely suited him for this role. Through his presence in spirit and body, many experience the fruits of the Gospel.
Serving the World from Illinois
Paul and Gretchen DeNeui followed the call of God on their lives to Thailand many years ago to serve the Thailand Covenant Church in developing hosistic, sustainable, reproducing ministry. After Paul completed his Ph.D, they moved to Chicago where he leads the Center for World Christian Studies and Gretchen is Finance Manager for Serve Globally. As Paul combines CWCS with his professorship at North Park Seminary he has unique opportunities to influence the thinking of diverse future pastors and ministry leaders, many whom he is able lead to strategically chosen places in the world to be challenged and stretched with the great work God is doing to build His Church.
Serving the World from New Jersey
Kevin and Linda have followed God from the call to fly airplanes over the jungles of South America to directing a center for counseling and restoration to ministry leaders – from international executive leadership of those pilots back to the local church. Today Kevin is Executive Pastor at a multi-ethnic church in Englewood, New Jersey, while Linda serves women the world over who have ventured out of their comfort zones to serve Jesus as she herself was called. An active blogger and writer, she leads retreats that pamper and bless women who often come from remote, lonely places or risky limited access countries in need of spiritual, emotional and physical refreshment. On the way to or from many of these places, she herself finds refreshment visiting her own multi-ethnic children and grandchildren, spread from Singapore to South Chicago.
Serving the World from Georgia
Jon and Suzie serve with OM Arts, a global ministry connecting artists in beautiful worship and witness to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. A community of Jesus followers is vibrant when its worship and witness are beautiful. True beauty that artists contribute to a community through engaging in this kind of worship and witness is attractive, generous, transformative, surprising, even provocative. As Associate Director, Jon leads teams and cultivates artists who employ their art form to serve beautifully, even in non-artistic communities, seeking to be specialists in and curators of the most beautiful worship and witness in the world.
Serving the World from California
After leading InterVarsity’s Grad-Faculty ministry in Michigan for 21 years, Dr. Peter and Janet Payne returned to the Bay Area where they live in Mt. Hermon. Peter directs Institute for Credible Christianity, defending apologetics and training others to do the same. Together they serve and train students locally at UC Santa Cruz. In addition Janet leads PCC’s summer J-Life ministry (Christian formation through immersion English) for Chinese teenagers visiting the U.S. With two grown sons married to wonderful daughters-in-law, Peter and Janet enjoy every available moment with their fun grandchildren.