To mobilize LBC to participate in the Great Commission.
Tracy and Leng Halstead
The Halstead’s are with Child Evangelism Fellowship, who’s purpose is “to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living” (from www.cefonline.com, about us, purpose).
Dwight and Beckie Johnson
Primary Ministry Focus: Teaching Missionary children at Morrison Academy in Taichung, Taiwan
Morrison Academy includes families from about 30 different countries including students from both missionary and business families. The school’s purpose is to provide education for the children of missionaries in Taiwan.
Major Challenges: Strong family ties rooted in ancestor worship make becoming a Christian difficult, and make becoming a Christian leader almost impossible. Materialism decreases interest even more. At school the major challenges are meeting the individual needs of a very diverse student body and making Christ relevant and alive to the students that aren’t Christians yet.
Prayer Focus: Pray for the Chinese people in Taiwan to know the forgiveness that only comes through Christ. Pray for the Morrison students to know the truth and to live lives for the kingdom.
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-Adapted from WorldVenture.com, Missionary Directory, Dwight and Beckie Johnson
Dave & Connie Patty
Our vision: A movement of God among the youth of Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society.
Our mission: To equip young leaders in Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission. We want to see passionate followers of Jesus Christ, with a vision to reach and disciple their generation. We prayerfully accomplish these things by providing: 9-month Internship programs for national leaders, Training week-ends for leaders and ministry teams, Evangelism training week-ends, Summer Camps, Exit Tour in Schools, hands-on discipleship of young leaders and new believers, Bible study and leadership training materials, and leadership training facilities at Malenovice in the Czech Republic and H2O in Poland.
The Czech Republic is a nation that is profoundly secular and quite skeptical of religion. Various surveys rate it the most atheistic nation on earth, with the highest percentage of people convinced that God and a spiritual world does not even exist. The evangelical church is tiny, making up only less than one third of one percent in a country of 10 and a half million. But the church is growing, and there is a renewed interest in spiritual things, especially among young people. A new generation of leaders has risen up since the revolution, and their efforts are bringing significant change to the spiritual climate of the country. The greatest need is for evangelism of the lost while the doors of interest are still open, and for equipping a new generation of leaders for the church. The harvest is ripe, but the workers are very few.
Pray for courage and innovation in evangelism, and that the Church would not fall into complacency or be wooed by the god of materialism. Pray for an army of workers to be released into the harvest field, and for mobilization of young people for the task of building Christ’s Kingdom.
Freedom House Ministries
Al & Autumn Ray
Alan and Autumn Ray were married in 1970 and are the founding directors of MarriageTeam, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to strengthening and saving marriages and families. MarriageTeam trains Christian coach couples and places pre-marital and married couples with coaches for 6 to 12 weeks of skill building and coaching. MarriageTeam coaching has resulted in over 85% of couples considering divorce improving their marriage and remaining married.
Alan retired from the Air Force with his last assignment as the Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University of Portland, Oregon. He has a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development and Autumn has a Bachelor of Science with Social Work emphasis. Alan serves as the full time, volunteer Executive Director for MarriageTeam. Autumn retired from Multnomah County Department of Community Justice as Volunteer Manager. They are a certified Marriage Enrichment leader couple, Seminar Directors for PREPARE/ENRICH, and skilled trainers. Alan and Autumn have two children and two grandchildren.
Doug and Dee Valenzuela
Since 1978, Doug and Dee Valenzuela have served with WorldVenture in Napoli, Italy. Currently they are involved in a number of ministries including a church planting movement that now has three churches. These churches reach out to inner-city residents many of whom have led difficult lives, some have been in gangs, others involved in crime and many are drug addicts.
The Valenzuelas have also seen the Lord work through large-scale evangelistic events. Through these ministries they have worked hand in hand with local government agencies and are beginning to see them come to the ministries. In addition to evangelism and church planting, Doug and Dee run the Old Mill camp as well as three centers that minister to the elderly. Their church now operates a pre-school through elementary school.
The Valenzuelas’ primary emphasis has been focused on people. Through the years, they have used many different approaches to reach the Italians with the gospel. Films shown in the city’s largest theater, open-air meetings, month-long tent meetings, and scores of Bible studies have all been used by the Valenzuelas to share the gospel with Italians.
– From WorldVenture.com, Missionary Directory, Doug and Dee Valenzuela
George and Molly Varghese
Since 1996, George and Molly travel to different states in India to visit evangelists for supporting church planting. During the year of 2005-06, we have visited 13 states. We supported the evangelists and their families by way of fellowship and teaching, meetings for evangelists and their wives, financial support for specific needs, such as healthcare, education, marriages, and construction of church building and ministry centers.
We are trusting in the Lord to start our 2006-07 itinerant ministry in the fall. We already made arrangements for evangelist meetings in the state of Bihar and Arunachal Prades. We hope to arrange similar meetings in the northeastern states of India. Also we are planning to revisit all the evangelists in 13 states we have visited previous years. This year we hope in the Lord to have more time for scripture and ministry report along with fellowship.
Bill and Bobbie Trenckmann
Bill and Bobbie Trenckmann desire to see youth and youth workers grow into deep relationship with the God who knows and loves them. They love the Word of God and the life change that happens as youth delve into it deeply with one another. Seven years ago, after many years of developing youth ministries in northwest America, they transitioned overseas to cross-cultural youth ministry and youth leader training. They joined Josiah Venture in the summer of 2010 to partner with youth leaders in Romania who are working to connect the next generation to Christ. They strive to encourage these leaders in their passion for God and in their ability to communicate His living Word. Bill and Bobbie live near Medgidia, in southeast Romania, and equip youth leaders in a “mother” church there that has planted 12 village churches, as well as in churches in central Romania. Married for 44 years, they have three married children, and one grandson.
Greg and Heidi Carlson
As teenagers, God changed Greg and Heidi Carlson’s lives through loving, vibrant youth groups. It was through the youth ministry of Laurelwood Baptist Church that Greg first heard and understood the Gospel message. Carrying this passion forward, Greg served as a missionary youth leader with Malachi Ministries in Stuttgart, Germany (1984-87). Later, he and his wife Heidi met while helping to launch the Change Point Adult Ministry at Foothills Bible Church – Littleton, CO. After getting his MA in Biblical Counseling, Greg and Heidi served with Josiah Venture in Poland for 20 years equipping young leaders to fulfill Christ’s Commission. In 2016, Greg and Heidi, along with their two daughters relocated to Federal Way, WA to serve as NW Regional Director for Verge Ministries.
Short Term Missions
LBC views short term missions as a means for:
- Discipleship of individuals in the body of LBC
- Providing encouragement and practical assistance to missionaries supported by LBC, as we have opportunity
- Exposing and training individuals for greater involvement in ministry and missions
- Directly participating in our mandate to make disciples of all nations
The outreach team will ensure that at least one church-wide team is initiated and planned by our church (“Laurelwood team”) for each year as a way to encourage participation in short-term missions and accomplish objectives described above. In addition, we want to support all appropriate outside short-term missions that individuals or families participate in.
Process for Supporting Short-Term Missions:
- Planning – Laurelwood teams should be planned starting 9-18 months in advance.
- Leadership – Laurelwood teams must be lead by a qualified man, woman or couple approved by the outreach team.
- Applications – All team members for Laurelwood teams must apply and be approved by the team leader (and others deemed necessary by the team leader or outreach team chair).
- Team Members – While Laurelwood teams are focused on Laurelwood members and regular attenders, but are generally open to any believers that might be interested. In special circumstances as approved by the Outreach Team chair (and others as deemed necessary by the chair), non-believers or members that are currently under church discipline may be allowed to participate if determined to be beneficial and not an undue hindrance or risk to the trip.
- Funding – The outreach team may provide for a portion of the support for short-term missionaries on a case by case basis to supplement their personal resources or support-raising.
- Pastoral Staff – The outreach team is committed to ensuring pastoral staff are able to participate on Laurelwood teams. The outreach team may provide for a portion of the support on a case by case basis to supplement their personal support raising.
- Training – Every short-term missionary LBC supports should receive training in character, community and culture. For Laurelwood teams, the team leader will arrange for training and team meetings.
- Prayer – Every short-term missionary should arrange for personal prayer supporters. In addition, the outreach team will arrange for the team to be commissioned by the church during a church service, and to share testimony upon return.
- Debriefing – For Laurelwood teams, the team leader will debrief with the team and with a member of the outreach team soon after the trip.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” I Peter 4:10
Testifying to the saving work of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to the Heavenly Father, this team has the mission of mobilizing LBC members for the Great Commission. It strives to accomplish this through a balanced Acts 1:8 outreach strategy that encompasses sharing the love of Christ in Word and Deed locally, nationally and to the ends of the earth. Ministry areas that fall under this team’s leadership include: long-term missions, short-term missions, and local outreach.
Operation Christmas Child
Compassion International Sundays
What is Christian Persecution?
Christian Persecution is any hostility experienced from the world as a result of one’s identification as a Christian. From verbal harassment to hostile feelings, attitudes and actions, Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. Beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and even death are just a few examples of the persecution they experience on a daily basis.
According to The Pew Research Center, over 75% of the world’s population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions (and many of these people are Christians). Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ.
10 Ways To Pray For The Persecuted
Pray that they will…
- Sense God’s presence (Hebrews 13:5)
- Know the greater body of Christ is praying for them (2Timothy 1:3)
- Experience God’s comfort when persecuted (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
- See God open doors to evangelism (Colossians 4:3)
- Boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29)
- Forgive and love their persecutors (Matthew 5:44)
- Be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23-25)
- Remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41)
- Mature in their faith (Colossians 1:28-29)
- Be rooted in God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17)