Please pray for these partners as they continue the work God has called them to do.
DAVE & RITA BLAKE
Translating God’s Word to those waiting to receive it in a language that speaks to their heart, is a time consuming task. Roger oversees a Bible translation team serving 30 language communities in SE Asia.
DAVID & JULIE HAMILTON
Commission to Every Nation
Having grown up in Japan as an MK, obtained a university degree and living in a Central Asia country, the relocating to Japan seemed like a wise move to best utilize language and culture awareness. Church planting is the focus, not only among the Japanese, but others from Central Asia who have relocated to Japan
OLIVIER & KARIN JONKERS
EFCA, Evangelistic Ministry in Brussels, Belgium
Olivier oversees Serve the Church, which connects believers throughout the Brussels region with those from the US on short-term summer teams. In addition, he and Karin provide leadership for Le Phare Church in Nivelles. They are both from Belgium.
DAN & CARRIE RITZMAN
EFCA ReachGlobal in Brussels, Belgium
Dan & Carrie have modeled what the desire is for a US church planter overseas. They focused upon Iranians, and have seen individuals trust Christ, be baptized and discipled. A leadership team of Iranians has been raised up to provide leadership for the Iranian Church in Brussels, and they are now preparing to step away leaving behind a healthy church.
CRAIG & ALESSANDRA WEYANDT
EFCA, Evangelistic Ministry in Rio De Janeiro
Craig moved to Brazil when single, met his Brazilian wife, began their family and he continues in the role of church planting in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In addition, he has multiple connections throughout the country where he does leadership training with nationals.
STEFANOS & MANON MIHALIOS
EFCA, Evangelistic Ministry in Athens
Stefanos was born in the US, but his family moved back to Greece when in the 4th grade. He has the unique perspective of both countries. He and Manon are involved in church planting in the Kypseli neighborhood in Athens. In addition, both have tremendous influence among students at the Greek Bible College where he is a professor.
COREY & TIFFANY CAREY
Africa Inland Mission (AIM)
They have served for 10 years at Rift Valley Academy, a school for the missionary kids who have parents serving throughout Africa. They have transitioned in August of 2023 to being Missionaries in Residence at John Brown University in Siloam Springs Arkansas.
PJ & EMILY HOLMERTZ
Africa Inland Mission (AIM)
Having lived in Nairobi Kenya for 10 years, the family has transitioned back to living in the US. The reason is that PJ initially was focused on mobilizing short-term workers for Kenya, but that has now expanded to workers throughout Africa and other places around the world. The reliable technology in the US allows for consistent communication with those he works with worldwide.
CRAIG & MELANIE CARLSON
Africa Inland Mission (AIM)
Some view retirement as stepping away from, yet the Carlsons viewed it as an opportunity to take another step forward. Missionaries throughout Africa can serve knowing their older children are being educated and cared for at Rift Valley Academy. They provide comfort and support as dorm parents there, along with other RVA responsibilities.
DAVID & BECKY STAAB
Not limited to just Kenya, Dr. Staab and Becky volunteer during retirement as the Medical Directors with the EFCA over Africa missionaries. Having served as medical missionaries overseas and understanding what it means for a family to live overseas, they are uniquely qualified to understand what it takes to live overseas.
TOM & JILL CLARK
International Messengers Evangelistic Ministry in Bucharest
The longest serving, and first sent Valley partners went to Bucharest Romania where they lived for 20 years. Covid provided a time to transition back to the US, where technology has allowed for ongoing work in evangelism, discipleship, coaching other missionaries and a publishing ministry.
CONSTANTINE & YANA KURMENTSEV
As a national, he provides a unique understanding of the culture, language and necessary steps to positively present the love of God through Jesus to his fellow countrymen and women. He provides leadership for a National Team reaching throughout the country of Russia with Good News.
BRYAN & JULIE HOST
EFCA Global Equipping
Reach Global recognizes that healthy missionaries do not just happen automatically. There are family, emotional and physical challenges to living in other cultures. Bryan & Julie focus on missionary health, and also in the training to maintain ongoing health. They in essence shepherd the shepherds serving worldwide.
DAVE & CONNIE STILLEY
Every missionary sent by the EFCA’s mission, Reach Global, must be medically vetted. Dr. Stilley is the Chief Medical Officer overseeing medical approval and the ongoing health needs of missionaries worldwide. Together, they work with GlobalFingerprints seeing that sponsored children have medical checks. In addition, the goal is to have a medical director over each area of the EFCA mission world.
DAVID & KAREN EGGERT
Years of living in a restricted access country provide a great understanding to administer and empower others in a strategic multiplication ministry throughout Central Asia. In addition, they have local influence at ISU with Central Asia students.
Valley is also involved with partners in places referred to as Creative Access or Restricted Access Countries. We recognize the least reached and unreached people groups matter to God.
Photos and full names of partners are not displayed because they serve in areas where their identity is protected due to the political climate of the regions.
J & B
EFCA Pathways Training
Creative access and restricted access countries are those places where political restrictions and other obstacles prevent open proclamation of the gospel.
The “least-reached” are those who have at least a small number of believers in their community. The “unreached people groups” are those who have little to no believers among their community or even country, and where sharing the Good News of Jesus could potentially involve persecution, expulsion from the country or even death. Increasingly, Valley is prioritizing creative access countries and unreached people groups, which means we may see fewer pictures and locations published due to safety concerns. If you desire to know of these individuals, and how to pray for them, please contact email@example.com
”(The rulers, elders and teachers of the law) called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.Acts 4:18
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