A generous group of donors wants to call a new generation of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) missionaries into service for Jesus Christ. These donors are inviting others to join them by offering to match new or additional gifts to IM at 100% between May 18 and July 31. The available matching pool now stands at $250,000.
As IM enters its Third Century of Mission, two significant trends are emerging. In the next decade a growing portion of IM’s long-term missionaries will approach retirement. At the same time, requests for IM to send new missionaries are increasing. IM’s partners are in need of missionaries to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit.
Unless we are very proactive in helping people to discern their call to international cross-cultural work, we will face a significant shortfall in global missionaries,” comments Reid Trulson, IM executive director. “The Mission3Matching Gift Opportunity will help us send new personnel into service on location and strengthen the support for our 100+ current missionaries, development workers and global consultants.
Today, more than 4.8 billion people have yet to experience God’s love through Jesus. “Our global partners are asking for help,” adds Trulson. “As missionaries and local believers partner together, their capacity grows to make disciples for Jesus while meeting pressing human needs, such as poverty, hunger, sickness, education, conflict and slavery.”
Both new and current donors may participate in this matching gift opportunity. For current donors, matchable gifts must be in addition to current giving. Gifts of any size are welcome and will be matched at 100%. The opportunity will end on July 31, or when the matching pool is depleted, whichever comes first.
Gifts may be made by mailing a check to:
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482.
Mission involvement is an essential component of local church ministry. Our churches have found ways to express their passion to share God’s love around the world by Supporting Missionaries, by pioneering their own missionary work and Short-Term Missionaries/Teams.
ABCOFLASH has established a “Covenant of Relationship” with missionaries who have a connection with individuals and churches in our regions. The missionaries listed here are the American Baptist missionaries that we encourage individuals and churches to support.
American Baptist International Ministries, organized in 1814, is the oldest Baptist Mission agency formed in North America. They serve more than 2,500 short-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together with partners in 76 countries in cutting-edge ministries that tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs. Learn more about each missionary and their ministry by visiting www.internationalministries.org or contact the region.
Nora and Pieter Kalkman: Europe http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/70-ka...
Nora and Pieter are based in Prague, Czech Republic where they serve through International Ministries as liaison and volunteer coordinators with the European Baptist Federation (EBF). They match the skills and interests of short term mission volunteers from the United States and Puerto Rico with the needs of more than 50 Baptist unions that are part of the EBF.
The Kalkmans travel extensively, meeting with partners throughout Europe, the Middle East and West Asia to identify needs and to coordinate opportunities for American Baptist churches and individuals to engage in mission in the region. Facilitating the volunteers and volunteer groups is important in developing relationships across national boundaries to glorify God in Europe and around the world.
Dan and Sarah Chetti: Lebanon http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/56-ch...
Dan is an Adjunct Professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut – an institution preparing leaders for ministry primarily across nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Dan is currently promoting a strategic ministry concept called Arab World Initiative.
Sarah has been pioneering a ministry among foreign migrant women working as maids in Lebanon. She now runs an integrated Centrefor Domestic Workers — INSAAF: Justice and Compassion of Jesus — at Hadath Baptist Church, Beirut. In cooperation with other organizations, Sarah advocates for the rights of the ‘maids’, fighting injustice, and human trafficking.
Corenne Garrison and Philip Smith: Brazil http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/97-sm...
With the blessing of the National Baptist Convention of Brazil, Corenne and Philip minister to children who are part of a residential program that rescues homeless street children and youth ranging in age from 8 to 18. The program provides guidance, education, and training for future employment. Corenne works mainly with the older children, working with them on life skills so that they can eventually transition away from a boarding school to independent living. Corenne also serves as a surrogate mother to many of the children, sharing with them the love of Jesus. After experiencing day-to-day living in a safe, caring Christian environment, most of these children make decisions to follow Christ.
Philip Smith is the president and CEO of the residential program, Hope Unlimited for Children, which was founded in 1991. Philip is serving in Brazil in a joint appointment by International Ministries and Hope Unlimited International.
Raymond Schellinger: Mexico http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/94-sc... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deborahs-House/6795...
Ray Schellinger ministers to victims of domestic violence, strengthening the work of Deborah’s House in Tijuana, Mexico. This ministry includes counseling services for families in crisis, as well as a shelter for women and children. Ray and his wife, Adalia, helped found this ministry and now Ray is shepherding it through a transitional period toward self-sufficiency. In this time, Ray will be reaching out in support of IM partners and colleagues around the world who would like to strengthen their witness to families suffering from violence. Ray is also working as part of a denominational task force on immigration to help churches see beyond the difficulties and begin to embrace the possibilities of mission to and partnership with immigrant individuals and communities.
Ingrid Roldan-Roman: Panama
Ingrid directs and is a professor at Panamanian Baptist Theological Center of the Caribbean in Panamá training church leaders from different denominations in the community of Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Panamá and in the surrounding areas. As a social extension of the Theological Center she directs a tutoring program for elementary and high school students who have fallen behind in their studies and this is held at Ingrid’s house. She serves as a missionary resource carrying out pastoral duties at the Iglesia Bautista La Gran Comisión in Sixaola, Limón, Costa Rica.
Chuck and Ramona Shawver: Mexico
Ramona is currently serving as academic advisor to Baptist Seminary in Mexico City residence students and serves as a chaplain for the Theological Community. Chuck coordinates the pastoral work of students who serve in nearby churches.
Both share administrative and student services duties with other faculty and staff members and they are becoming increasingly involved in the various distance learning programs which serve more than 200 students through regional centers and extension programs. Chuck also coordinates mission teams from US churches, and construction projects of seminary related churches.
Tim & Patti Long: Mexico
Patti ministers as special education teacher and resource specialist at the Monte Horeb Baptist Grade School in Tijuana, a school that reaches out to the most vulnerable of the city’s young population, its children with special needs. She also coordinates the STEP scholarship program for students at the school.
Tim serves in leadership development through the Baja Baptist Seminary, teaching present and future church leaders, both at its Mexicali campus and extension centers located throughout Baja California. He also coordinates a scholarship program for seminary students.
Mike & Jill Lowery: DR Congo
Jill and Mike Lowery work with the Congolese Baptist Community (CBCO). Mike is an administrator and a professor at the Pastor’s Institute in Kikongo. He works to equip leaders for ministry in rural churches in the Bandundu region of Congo. Mike is also currently serving as pastor of the International Protestant Church of Kinshasa. Jill works with the National Women’s Office of CBCO in ministries reaching out to unwed mothers and young women who are at risk to prostitution. The Lowery’s goal is to provide a spiritual foundation, as well as job training, that would empower their young women to move on to a better life.
Glen and Rita Chapman: DR Congo http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/55-ch...
Glen and Rita Chapman train Congolese students and their wives, preparing them for ministry in their hometown in the rural environment. Glen teaches pastoral students at the Kikongo Pastor’s Institute where he is professor of Old Testament, African religions, and Baptist distinctives.
Glen also projects evangelistic movies as well as educational videos on medical and health issues such as malaria, HIV, dysentery, etc. in the rural areas where he travels by boat and a powered parachute.
Rita teaches at the Women’s School. She continues to develop and improve course materials for the pastors’ wives. She teaches women to read, and also serves as an active member and counselor of the parish women’s fellowship.
Mike and Becky Mann: Thailand
Becky Mann has been working with the Hmong, Lahu, Lisu and Karen tribal women, helping with craft ideas, developing patterns and marketing of crafts. She is also committed to helping the Integrated Tribal Development Program, which her husband Mike Mann leads, with the marketing of Thai coffee, and working with parents of special needs children.
Mike Mann is a global consultant for rural development for American Baptist International Ministries. Mike serves as Director of the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP), through which he ministers among the hill tribes of northern Thailand.
Lori and Matt Mann – Thailand/Laos
In Laos, Lori and Matt work with street children, slum children, and girls who have been sold or are at high risk of being sold to human traffickers. TheManns are involved in five main interventions: a day time drop-in center for street and slum children; residential care for boys who were brought off the street and for girls who were victims of human trafficking or are at high risk of being victims; a scholarship program for children who would otherwise be sent to the city to beg; and raising community awareness about issues such as child abuse, child exploitation, and human trafficking. In Thailand, Matt is also involved in leadership development and rural community development.
Rich & Laura Freeman: Turkey http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/733-f...
Rich and Laura, through their nonprofit organization Turkish Connections International, serve in the establishment of new churches in one of the least-reached countries on earth: Turkey. They work with Turkish pastors and key Christian leaders to accomplish three goals: first, identifying new potential pastors that are well-trained and highly respected; second, gathering needed financial support for these new pastors; and third, maintaining ongoing contact with each new church, engaging and nurturing Turkish pastors.
Melanie Baggao: Lebanon http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/683-b... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/partnerwithMel?fref=ts
In partnership with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development, Melanie will begin her service in the Arab world by studying at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, where she will learn language and culture and build relationships in preparation for future ministry in Arabic-speaking cultures. She will also participate in ministries of compassion as our Lebanese partners respond to pressing needs in their communities.
Lauran Bethell http://www.internationalministries.org/teams/109-b...
Lauran is a global consultant on human trafficking. Her main goal is to initiate and encourage new grass- roots projects addressing the exploitation and abuse of women and children, many of whom are victims of trafficking. While based in The Netherlands, she travels extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, teaching, training and consulting.