IN OUR WORLD

First Baptist Church financially supports 16 international teams located in 15 different countries. These teams are engaged in various activities that all have the same common theme:  sharing the love of Jesus Christ to the citizens of their country. The First Baptist Church Mission Committee is aware of the costs these teams have related to housing, transportation, schooling, caring for their own children and obtaining various materials they need to facilitate their mission. The committee keeps in regularly contact with these teams to make sure they are kept aware of their needs, prayer requests, accomplishments and how they and their families are doing. Many of these teams face persecution daily from people and governments. But their faith in God keeps them going in the face of these types of encounters.

IN OUR WORLD

First Baptist Church financially supports 16 international teams located in 15 different countries. These teams are engaged in various activities that all have the same common theme:  sharing the love of Jesus Christ to the citizens of their country. The First Baptist Church Mission Committee is aware of the costs these teams have related to housing, transportation, schooling, caring for their own children and obtaining various materials they need to facilitate their mission. The committee keep in regularly contact with these teams to make sure they are kept aware of their needs, prayer requests, accomplishments and how they and their families are doing. Many of these teams face persecution every day from people and governments. But their faith in God keeps them going in the face of these types of encounters.

IN OUR WORLD

First Baptist Church financially supports 16 international teams located in 15 different countries. These teams are engaged in various activities that all have the same common theme:  sharing the love of Jesus Christ to the citizens of their country. The First Baptist Church Mission Committee is aware of the costs these teams have related to housing, transportation, schooling, caring for their own children and obtaining various materials they need to facilitate their mission. The committee keep in regularly contact with these teams to make sure they are kept aware of their needs, prayer requests, accomplishments and how they and their families are doing. Many of these teams face persecution every day from people and governments. But their faith in God keeps them going in the face of these types of encounters.

FOREIGN BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Baptist Haiti Mission

(BHM) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The BHM staff and volunteers are diverse in culture and background. Their team is united by a single goal: a desire to reflect the love of Jesus Christ and support the growth of the church in Haiti. Their programs are designed to meet the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of vulnerable people, so they can live healthy, prosperous lives according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Visit their website www.bhm.org for more detailed information.

Kids Alive International

In the Dominican Republic and Haiti: for 100 years, Kids Alive has rescued orphans and other vulnerable and forgotten children in 15 countries around the world. Through the blessing of child sponsorship, these kids receive loving, holistic care and a quality education, helping break the bondage of hunger, abuse, and exploitation. Best of all, they have the opportunity to know and trust Jesus Christ and follow Him. Visit their website www.kidsalive.org for more detailed information.

Pangasian Bible Mission

PGM serves in conjunction with the Commissioned Ministers Network headquartered in Kerrville, Texas.  The Pangasinan Bible Mission uses Bible teaching and reproducing churches to plant a church in every town and city of the province of Pangasinan. They see this mission being accomplished as godly men are sent out by the local church to plant more churches! Visit their website http://pangasinanbiblemission.org for more detailed information.

Baptist Haiti Mission

(BHM) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The BHM staff and volunteers are diverse in culture and background. Their team is united by a single goal: a desire to reflect the love of Jesus Christ and support the growth of the church in Haiti. Their programs are designed to meet the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of vulnerable people, so they can live healthy, prosperous lives according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Visit their website www.bhm.org for more detailed information.

Kids Alive International

in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: for 100 years, Kids Alive has rescued orphans and other vulnerable and forgotten children in 15 countries around the world. Through the blessing of child sponsorship, these kids receive loving, holistic care and a quality education, helping break the bondage of hunger, abuse, and exploitation. Best of all, they have the opportunity to know and trust Jesus Christ and follow Him. Visit their website www.kidsalive.org for more detailed information.

Pangasian Bible Mission

in conjunction with Commissioned Ministers Network headquartered in Kerrville, Texas and serving in the Philippines. The Pangasinan Bible Mission uses Bible teaching and reproducing churches to plant a church in every town and city of the province of Pangasinan. They see this mission being accomplished as godly men, who are recognized by their service in the local church, are trained for ministry and sent out by the local church with the goal of planting a Bible teaching church. Visit their website http://pangasinanbiblemission.org for more detailed information.

FOREIGN BASED MISSIONARIES

Dan & Laurie Anderson

Dan and Laurie serve with Hope Bible Mission in Guatemala. For 25 years now, the Lord has used them to serve in Latin America and Spain. Their current focus has been on training Christians to engage in doing ministry in the marketplace. The purpose is to develop leadership strategies in their communities through evangelism and ministries of compassion and relief efforts among the poorest of the poor. The Lord has also used them to begin three weekly Bible studies with mostly un-churched but spiritually sensitive people.

Nathan & Vera Beck

Nora serves with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) in the Czech Republic.

Dan Belue

Dan serves with Back2Back Ministries in India. Back2Back serves as a bridge between people in need and people with resources. This is accomplished through partnerships and short-term mission trips. Back2Back invests in the future of each child by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional, educational and social needs through a unique 5-point Child Development Plan so that they can become self-sustaining individuals who give back to their community. Their goal is that each orphan they serve would experience restoration. 

Dan & Laurie Anderson

Dan and Laurie serves with Hope Bible Mission in Guatemala. For 25 years now, the Lord has used them to serve in Latin America and also Spain. Their current focus has been on training Christians to engage in doing ministry in the marketplace. The purpose is to develop leadership strategies in their communities through evangelism and ministries of compassion and relief efforts among the poorest of the poor. The Lord has also used them to begin three weekly Bible studies with mostly un-churched but spiritually sensitive people.

Nathan & Vera Beck

with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) in the Czech Republic

Dan Belue

Dan serves with Back2Back Ministries in India. Back2Back serves as a bridge between people in need and people with resources. This is accomplished through partnerships and short-term mission trips. Back2Back invests in the future of each child by meeting their spiritual, physical, emotional, educational and social needs through a unique 5-point Child Development Plan so that they can become self-sustaining individuals who give back to their community. Their goal is that each orphan they serve would experience restoration. 

Stephen & Debbie Coney and Family

Serve in Croatia with Greater Europe Mission since 2004. Our ministry is that we are supporting several churches in southern Croatia by teaching and discipling believers in the region.  Deb works in a ministry to victims of trauma and Stephen teaches Old Testament and Church History to future pastors and church leaders at a Bible School.  We are making plans to open a training and retreat center in the region.

Stephen & Debbie Coney and Family

Stephen and Debbie serve in Croatia with Greater Europe Mission since 2004. Our ministry is that we are supporting several churches in southern Croatia by teaching and discipling believers in the region.  Deb works in a ministry to victims of trauma and Stephen teaches Old Testament and Church History to future pastors and church leaders at a Bible School.  We are making plans to open a training and retreat center in the region.

Gary & Kate DeGraff and Family

Gary and Kate serve in France with Greater Europe Mission. Gary and Kate are working with the Hem evangelical church.  Gary is on the church council to lead in discipleship and growth of the believers while Kate teaches Sunday School. Gary is wrapping up ten years of work with the college student ministry, still leading worship times there as well as teaching from time to time. Kate has a ministry of teaching the Bible in our children's public school every other week as we invest in the lives of the people in our village.

Leon & Cheryl Hill and Family

Gary & Kate DeGraff and Family

Gary and Kate serve in France with Greater Europe Mission. Gary and Kate are working with the Hem evangelical church.  Gary is on the church council to lead in discipleship and growth of the believers while Kate teaches Sunday School. Gary is wrapping up ten years of work with the college student ministry, still leading worship times there as well as teaching from time to time. Kate has a ministry of teaching the Bible in our children's public school every other week as we invest in the lives of the people in our village.

Leon & Cheryl Hill and Family

Serve in Japan with World Venture since 1985.

Jeff & Michelle McQueary and Family

The McQueary family serve in Costa Rica with One Collective. Their vision is to see lives and communities transformed by the power of God. All their efforts align with this statement. They care about each person and the communities where they live and work. They care so much that they’re not alright with the status quo. Neither is Jesus. Only he can create the kind of transformation that will change the future for people in these communities.

Marilee Morden

Marilee serves in Brazil under World Venture since 1978. Marilee serves in a local church, Bethel Baptist Church, in music and visitation to the older members.  She also participates in two of the four preaching points where her church is growing new ministries.  Marilee teaches and does the secretarial work for the modular seminary that provides biblical training for church leaders. Through this school Marilee also enters into relationships with women students to help them grow in their biblical roles and ministries.

Scott & Lorna Muha and family

Scott and Laura work with TEAM in Spain: TEAM’s purpose is to help churches send missionaries to establish reproducing churches among the nations to the glory of God. They seek to do this wherever the most people have the greatest need in collaboration with churches anywhere. TEAM workers partner with local congregations, Christian groups, and national leaders whenever possible.

Jeff & Michelle McQueary and Family

Serve in Costa Rica with One Collective since 2003. Their vision is to see lives and communities transformed by the power of God. All their efforts align with this statement. They care about each and every person and the communities where they live and work. They care so much that they’re not alright with the status quo. Neither is Jesus. Only he can create the kind of transformation that will change the future for people in these communities.

Marilee Morden

Serves in Brazil under World Venture since 1978. Marilee serves in a local church, Bethel Baptist Church, in music and visitation to the older members.  She also participates in two of the four preaching points where her church is growing new ministries.  Marilee teaches and does the secretarial work for the modular seminary that provides biblical training for church leaders serving in rural areas.  Through this school Marilee also enters into mentoring relationships with women students to help them grow in their biblical roles and ministries.

Greg & Debbie Nichols and Family

Greg and Debbie serve in Czech Republic under Greater Europe Mission. With less than 1% of Czechs following Jesus, they strive to be a source of light and hope to the people they interact with. They serve the local church through leadership development, refugee center compassion ministry and outreach through American Football coaching.  They  believe this network is a divine opportunity to bring others closer to Christ and send them into the harvest fields in Czech Republic, Europe and the world.

R.J. Pleva 

R.J. Pleva serves with Kids Alive International (KAI) who operate several orphanages and other ministries at various locations in the Dominican Republic (DR). The DR is home to some of the poorest children and families in the Western Hemisphere. Hundreds of thousands of children are desperately in need of care. R.J. ministers at the Ark Constanza Children’s Home where more than 40 children are cared for with the love of Christ in four brightly-colored houses. He also helps manages teams of missions trips that come to help serve.

Laura Shannon

Laura serves with Evangelical Free Church of Canada Mission (EFCCM) in Japan: Their vision is to become a growing network of believers and churches empowered to carry out The Great Commandment and Great Commission. They exist to help lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. They accomplish this by prayer, gospel led servant leadership, creativity & diversity and the Word.

Scott & Lorna Muha and family

working with TEAM in Spain: TEAM’s purpose is to help churches send missionaries to establish reproducing churches among the nations to the glory of God. They seek to do this wherever the most people have the greatest need in collaboration with churches anywhere. TEAM workers partner with local congregations, Christian groups, and national leaders whenever possible.

Greg & Debbie Nichols and Family

Serve in Czech Republic under Greater Europe Mission since 2003. With less than 1% of Czechs following Jesus, we strive to be a source of light and hope to the people we interact with. We serve the local church through leadership development, refugee center compassion ministry and outreach through American Football coaching.  We believe this network is a divine opportunity to bring others closer to Christ and send them into the harvest fields in Czech Republic, Europe and the world.

R.J. Pleva 

R.J. Pleva serves with Kids Alive International (KAI) who operate several orphanages and other ministries at various locations in the Dominican Republic (DR). The DR is home to some of the poorest children and families in the Western Hemisphere. Hundreds of thousands of children are desperately in need of care and, without intervention, are destined to repeat the cycle of poverty. KAI intervenes with tangible hope include providing children with safe shelter, nutritious meals, medicine, and education through residential homes and care centers. R.J. ministers at the Ark Constanza Children’s Home where more than 40 children are cared for with the love of Christ in four brightly-colored houses. The children who live here were either orphaned or abandoned and desperately needed a safe place to live. Each home has house parents who are committed to caring for the needs of these children every moment of every day.

Laura Shannon

with Evangelical Free Church of Canada Mission (EFCCM) in Japan: Their vision is to become a growing network of believers and churches empowered to carry out The Great Commandment and Great Commission. They exist to help lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. They accomplish this by prayer, gospel led servant leadership, creativity & diversity and the Word.

Andy & Nadine Spradley

Andy and Nadine serve in North Macedonia under Send International since 1995. Andy is serving as co-Ministry Director for SEND in North Macedonia (the name of the country was recently changed to North Macedonia). Together with Nadine, they oversee missionaries on four different church-planting teams (one of which we lead ourselves). Three teams are working among ethnic Macedonians, who are secularized but have a traditional Eastern Orthodox background. The fourth team is working among ethnic Albanians, who are a completely unreached Muslim population.

Mark & Mary Swinerton

Mark and Mary serve in Australia under Power To Change (a division of CRU) since 2003. Prior to their ministry in Australia, Mark and Mary served in Quito, Equador under HCJB from 1989 - 2002.  After their move to Australia Mark and Mary saw the opportunity to use media and the internet as outreach tools.  Mark now leads the Creative Communications Outreach through video production and publishing to strengthen the evangelistic outreach into universities of Power To Change ministries.

More information on the mission teams we support can be found inside the hallway adjacent to the prayer garden. Please don't hesitate if you are interested in working with the missions committee.