Our 2017 Missions Emphasis Sunday on October 15, was very informative.
We had several of our missionaries share in ABF/Sunday School and in the worship service.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. –
In our post-modern society of liberalism, it has become increasingly difficult to share one’s faith in meaningful ways. Our circumstances differ from the early church, but the Lord’s promise to be with us has held true for every generation of believers. In the Great Commission, Christ’s call was that His disciples tell others about Him, that they take His message to all the nations. Christ’s command applies today as true as when He first spoke these words. And so it is the Lord’s expectation that we will not only evangelize, but that we will take the next step to teach new believers and thereby make them disciples of Christ.
The Great Commission requires a great commitment.
Most of us will never experience what it’s like to be a missionary in service to our Lord. We are called in service elsewhere in the church. However, there are those within our body that have responded to God’s call and are serving either domestically or globally to bring the Good News of Christ to the lost. We support them financially through our monthly giving, but the greatest commitment we can make to our missionaries is to pray for them daily. Communication letters and prayer requests are in each of their boxes in the center hallway. Please consider adopting a missionary family and begin to pray and communicate with them. You will both be blessed.
Church of the Open Door supports a wide variety of missionaries both domestically and internationally. It is our fervent desire to continue to expand the mission’s ministry to fulfill the great commission. Listed below are the various missionaries and missions organizations we support. (Listed alphabetically by last name)
A sampling of our Missionaries activities:
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David and Debra Almack
David and Debra Almack work with CLC International where Dave is the U.S. Director and the Regional Director for North America and the Caribbean. Deb, as an accountant, works in the Finance Office. CLC’s purpose is to make evangelical Christian literature available to all nations. In the U.S., CLC operates three full-service Christian bookstores and a small publishing house. The U.S. headquarters in Ft. Washington, PA is also a sending base for CLC missionaries going overseas to serve. In 2016, CLC also took over Multi-Language Media, which provides Christian books and Bibles in many languages for people in the USA. Dave oversees each of these areas.
Rev. John and Jan Becker
The Beckers, sent out as missionaries from COD in 1987, have been teaching and preaching the Gospel in a number of areas in the southwestern United States. Since June of 2004, they have been ministering in Colorado, first north of Denver in the Greeley area, and now to the south in Monument. John ministers to and leads Bible studies with three diverse groups: Hispanic migrant workers and their families, college coaches in the Denver area, and among military families in the Colorado Springs area. Jan works alongside John in these ministries and is also involved in helping with children’s Bible clubs. They still make occasional trips to Mexico to encourage believers they have come to know over the years as well as to drop off clothing and other necessities. Under Integrity Mission, Inc., their ministry has extended to Hispanics, Navajos, and other peoples of the region.
Rev. David and Crissie Boyd
David and Crissie are serving the Lord with Baptist Mid-Missions in the European country of The Netherlands. David and Crissie have been involved in church-planting in Veghel in northeastern Holland since 1983. David, along with his father Herb, and now his son Daniel, has helped to organize Christian summer camps for the children there for over twenty-five years.
Lisa, a graduate of Eastern University where she was a scholar-athlete, is an Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In her present role with FCA, she serves in schools on or near the Main Line in the Greater Philadelphia area. Through her ministry, Lisa endeavors to evangelize, train, equip and encourage the coaches and student-athlete leaders that she works with to use their lives and talents to impact fellow athletes for the cause of Jesus Christ.
Melvin Floyd developed and, until recently, directed a multi-faceted urban ministry in Philadelphia whose goal it is to lead people to Jesus Christ and disciple them in the Christian faith. His son-in-law, Daniel Sawyer, now directs this ministry which includes the Melvin Floyd School of Evangelism and Missions, holding street meetings during the summer months, teaching relationship enrichment courses, and involvement in prison ministry. Daniel’s wife, Esther, has worked in the ministry since 1987 and currently serves as Administrator.
Rev. Marlin and Donna Fuller
Marlin and Donna work with local churches in both Pennsylvania and New York to help them use AWANA effectively. They also oversee the other four Awana missionaries in Pennsylvania and New York. They travel well over 40,000 miles each year through their involvement in all aspects of AWANA which also includes introducing AWANA to new churches, providing leadership training, speaking in Awana Clubs and speaking in Sunday services sharing the burden to reach our youth for Jesus Christ.
Paul and Robin Johnson
Paul and Robin have been involved with missionary work among the indigenous tribes of South America for many years. Much of their time, over the years and continuing on until today, has been spent ministering among the tribes in Peru and Bolivia. Paul’s work includes surveys and strategy sessions with missionaries seeking to reach the unreached people of this area. In addition, he has been involved with tribal pastors’ conferences, tribal leadership conferences, and partnering with FAIENAP, the tribal church association in that area which has begun to send out missionaries of their own to other parts of that region. The Johnsons have expanded their vision by being strategically involved with an organization called ALTECO, a consortium of organizations, churches and businesses that have invested of themselves for the cause of Christ in the Amazon region.
Andrew and Heather Lackey
Andrew and Heather serve the Lord with International Students, Inc. (ISI) in the University City section of Philadelphia. There they minister to international students from the three universities in the area (Penn, Drexel, and University of the Sciences) through the basics of friendship evangelism. Besides being part of a ministry group that hosts these individuals on a weekly basis, they also hold a regular Bible study that introduces these international students to God’s Word – the Bible. In addition, Andrew, Heather, and their two sons, Simeon and Micah, have three international students living with them in their home in west Philadelphia.
David and Linda Lackey
David and Linda have served the Lord with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over thirty years. They started their missionary service in Colombia, South America, where Dave was involved in an aviation ministry, assisting the missionaries and churches of that area. They relocated to Wycliffe’s JAARS support center in Waxhaw, North Carolina, where they were involved in staff placement and missionary appointee support. In August 2005, they moved once again, this time to Washington State where Dave has assumed the role of Wycliffe’s Personnel Administrator for the Northwest USA region.
Woody and Sue Lewis
Woody and Sue serve the Lord with the CrossWorld organization (formerly UFM International). After many years of being involved in discipleship training and church planting in the southwest portion of France near Grenoble, Woody and Sue recently relocated to Haddon Twp., New Jersey to enjoy semi-retirement. Woody continues to teach on a regular basis at the Geneva Bible Institute and recently published a textbook in French on the book of Ecclesiastes. Sue continues to communicate with many of her friends from the area of France where they lived for many years as well as excel in her role as grandmother to her grandchildren on both sides of the Atlantic.
Howard and Virginia McConnell
Having served for over 30 years with WEC International at the U.S. head-quarters in Fort Washington and then in the New Zealand office, Howard and Virginia McConnell have answered God’s call to work with Crisis Care Training International in Fort Mill, South Carolina. This ministry is part of WEC’s outreach to train others to reach out to people, specifically to children, who are in crises situations. Howard works in an accounting role for this ministry and also provides formatting for books. Virginia extends her gift of hospitality to visitors and candidates and assists in many administrative duties as well.
Rev. Ron Oates
Ron Oates serves as Associate Director of Club Beyond through Youth for Christ, seeking to minister to dependents of men and women serving in the United States military. This position allows Ron to combine his heart for youth ministry with his love for the families of the military, who are making incredible sacrifices for our country. His work at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is focused on bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the approximately 7,000 middle school and high school students on the base, as he directs the programming and ensures that they are in compliance with Army standards.
Rev. Eric and Casandra Pardine
Eric and Casandra minister in Peru, where Eric taught in a Biblical training ministry in the mountains at Urubamba Baptist Seminary outside of Cusco. Their mission is to train nationals, through the ministries of teaching and discipleship, in order that they may begin new churches and fortify struggling ones. In January 2015, Eric assumed the position of pastor of San Sebastian Baptist Church in Cusco, a position which also allows him to continue to train young Christians. Casandra home-schools their sons and daughter and is also involved in discipleship ministries.
Paul and Kitty Trout
Paul and Kitty Trout have served the Lord ministering among Hispanics both in Mexico and in the Flagstaff, Arizona area, since the early 1990s. They originally moved from Mexico to the Flagstaff to help out at the Indian Bible College, but soon felt led of the Lord to once again be more involved with the Spanish-speaking folks of that area. They are presently associated with Hosanna Ministries, a mission organization whose primary objective is to aid and involve local churches in carrying out Christ’s Great Commission. Paul and Kitty’s ministry includes evangelism and discipleship, as well as regular trips to Mexico and other Spanish-speaking areas to encourage the local pastors there.
Richard and Carolyn West served the Lord with Trans World Radio (TWR) for many years in Swaziland, Guam and Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles. Having been seconded from TWR to the HCJB Global Technology Center, now Sonset Solutions, they moved to Elkhart, Indiana, where Richard is involved in the fabrication and assembly of radio towers used throughout the world.
On February 6, 2012, following a courageous battle with ALS, the Lord called Carolyn Home. Richard continues to serve in the ministry in Elkhart, Indiana. Two of their six children, Katie and Bryce, are still at home and involved in church activities.
In addition, COD supports missionaries in several other fields “closed” to the Gospel where conditions are too sensitive to publish their names or locations.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”