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: Missionary children (MK) education at Morrison Academy in Taichung, Taiwan
The People: The Morrison Academy community including families from about 30 different countries. The school serves students from both missionary and business families.
Major Challenges: The “tyranny of the urgent” as the Johnson’s strive to be a resource to help people with their medical and technology needs. Teaching in an American school makes Chinese language development very difficult.
Prayer Focus: Pray for the Chinese people as many are replacing their traditional idols and ancestor worship with materialism and prosperity. Pray that Morrison students will practice discernment to live Christ-like in this amusement-centered culture.
– From WorldVenture.com, Missionary Directory, Dwight and Beckie Johnson
David and Catherine Love
After devoting their first year in Germany to full-time German language study, the Loves anticipate developing strategies to facilitate effective and meaningful short-term missions experiences:
Primary Ministry Focus: Coordinating short-term ministries throughout Europe.
Major Challenges: The Loves will be working with people from many nationalities, backgrounds and cultures. Discernment is needed to foster understanding and identify ministry needs.
Prayer Focus: Pray for discernment in identifying ministry opportunities and for effectiveness in coordinating short-term ministries.
– From WorldVenture.com, Missionary Directory, David and Catherine Love
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, hands-on discipleship of young leaders and new believers, Bible study and leadership training materials, and leadership training facilities (in the Czech Republic this is at Malenovice).
The Czech Republic is a nation that is profoundly secular and quite skeptical of religion. Some say it is 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.
Al & Autumn Ray
Al and Autumn Ray have been married 36 years and are certified Marriage Enrichment leaders and PREPARE/ENRICH Seminar Directors. They have led marriage enrichment weekends and taught numerous marriage and parenting classes. Together they founded MarriageTeam to help couples in their community experience more fulfilling marriages through coaching. Al has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development. He is a retired Air Force colonel who led the ROTC program at the University of Portland during his last assignment.
He was the Training and Organizational Development Manager for Multnomah County, but left in April 2007 to serve as the Executive Director for MarriageTeam. Autumn is a graduate of Excelsior College with a degree emphasis on social work. She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator, a Volunteer Manager trainer, and a past President of the Northern Oregon Volunteer Administrator’s Association (NOVAA). She is currently the Volunteer Program Manager for the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice as well as the President of MarriageTeam. Together Al and Autumn lead the marriage coaching ministry at their church, train other coach couples for MarriageTeam in the Vancouver and Portland area, and help communities develop effective MarriageTeam coaching programs.
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. Carrying this passion forward, they began serving with Josiah Venture in 1996 discipling young leaders in the local church. Later, Greg served as Josiah Venture Poland team leader until God equipped and called a young gifted Polish leader to take over. Since 2013 Greg, Heidi, Kelsey and Jillian have been focusing their prayers, relationships and activities to establish a “Gospel Community on Mission” in their local neighborhood. In addition Greg serves on S-team, a JV ministries specialty team, where he creates and develops new strategies to increase the fruit of teaching and training throughout Josiah Venture.
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
- 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 each year as a way to encourage participation in short term missions and accomplish objective which is to mobilize LBC to participate in the Great Commission.
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 or outreach team.
- Team Members – While Laurelwood teams are focused on Laurelwood members and regular attenders, but are generally open to any believers that might be interested as approved by the team leader or outreach team.
- 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.
- 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. For individual trips, an outreach team member will meet with the individual to ensure they are getting adequate training, and if not, will provide for pre-trip training or mentoring.
- 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. For individual trips, an outreach team member will follow up with the individual to debrief.
“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.
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