Israel and Debbie Minay are seasoned missionaries with a strong missionary/church planting heritage. They have served as missionaries for the Church of God for over 20 years. Their work has encompassed three continents and includes four different people groups/religions, giving them a wide scope of missionary experiences. The Minays began their ministry in the United States as church planters within the Hispanic community. Outside the U.S. they served as missionary educators/church planters in Chile for 10 years, training leaders and establishing a model church within the country. Israel and Debbie then turned their hearts toward the “unreached people” of Cambodia. Their efforts there spanned a wide range of activities. The Minays were later assigned to Albania, where they assisted in leadership development for several years. Recently, the Church of God has asked the Minays to use their church planting expertise in a new thrust of church multiplication in South America. For this reason, Israel and Debbie returned to their beloved Chile, where they began their missions career. They are currently planting a new church in the middle class area of the capital city of Santiago. God is blessing their efforts and after only a few months, they have over 100 people in attendance.
Robert and Amy Coyle The Coyle family lives in Northeast China and are involved with the people there on many different levels. Amy is involved with a wonderful group of doctors who frequent nursing homes and orphanages. She is currently waiting for a residency position in the States for her license. Ryan is involved with fathers. Every week he meets with different dads who need help with family skills and rearing children. Out of this "Father Class" come hungry hearts who are longing to know more about their real father. Ryan is also working on his second Chinese worship album.
Tommy and Poppi Smith - Lifting up the cross of Jesus Christ over Indonesia and beyond since 1983, Tommy and Poppi Smith are helping bring transformation to Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslem population, through evangelism, leadership development, ministerial enrichment, and benevolence. Preaching the gospel and praying for miracles are Tommy’s top priorities. Fluent in the Indonesian national language, the Savannah, Georgia, native regularly travels the islands of Indonesia conducting revival crusades. Tommy also serves as regional superintendent over Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Through his evangelistic media ministry called Indonesia Under an Open Heaven, Tommy proclaims salvation and the miracle-working power of Jesus Christ on both radio and TV. This effectively takes the Good News into the homes of unreached people who would never enter a church. Poppi has founded “Poppi’s Kitchen” a feeding ministry that provides quality nutritious meals for 450 children of low-income families twice each month. In”Poppi’s Classroom” she is teaching elementary and middle school students from low-income familes the value of an education. These programs not only encourage societal transformation but spiritual renewal. Such compassionate outreaches build the bridges to those of other faiths. The Smiths conduct leadership seminars to prepare and equip Indonesians to fulfill the Great Commission in the Spirit of the Great Commandment. Tommy and Poppi seek to place the Bible in the hands of those who don’t have God’s Word, along with helpful devotional material for spiritual growth and enrichment.
Eugen and Ester Dupu European Theological Seminary graduates Eugen and Esther Dupu, have been residents of Oamaru on the south island with their two daughters since 2007. Hired by the Waitaki Youth Foundation, Eugen and Esther have effectively ministered the last six years to hundreds of young people and families, quickly expanding their pastoral care and discipleship impact.
Dennis and Denie Heppner founded the Gentle Hands Ministry in the Philippines in 1990, now presently led by their daughter, Charity and her husband, Evan Graff. In 2002, the Heppners established a new orphanage in South India. Denie has nurses’ training and is an experienced mid-wife. Arriving in the Philippines in 1987, their primary focus has been developing pastors and leadership in Asia. Dennis organized a ministry called Developing Effective Leaders (D.E.I.) which provides monthly training to over 500 pastors in the Philippines. He planted a church in Makati in 1998 where he still serves. They average about 500 converts a year and have had up to 17 nationalities at one time. The local church has sent missionaries to Thailand, Malaysia, Mongolia, and China, as well as to other areas in the Philippines. Having written several books and training materials, one topic was extensively on the Holy Spirit. A Baptist church in Metro Manila used his book as a church Bible study and Dennis was later invited to attend and pray over the people. Every one of the 100 individuals present were filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues! Dennis’ first trip to India was in 1979, and he has had a continuous ministry there since. Initially under appointment as Missionary Evangelist to Asia by the World Missions Board, Dennis carries through with his Career Missionary assignment by speaking at various meetings, and providing training for leadership. He states: “My burden remains the same. I want to develop leaders, train pastors, and build people’s lives. I’m thankful to be here and have never been sorry we came to Asia.”
Gentle Hands Orphanages
Gentle Hands is a child and youth welfare agency meant to be on the front lines of rescue (in coordination with Local Government Units) and rehabilitation of the medical, social, psychological, and educational needs of at-risk children and youth, advocating for the rights of children and working towards improving human community life through the love of Jesus and family centered care. Gentle Hands is a 24-hour Residential Care Facility that provides social work, medical, nutritional, home life, educational, recreational, adoption counseling and Christian living programs to orphaned, neglected and abandoned children in the Philippines.
Samaritan's Place - Marc & Marilen Morris
Samaritan’s Place, which is the flagship project and program of SAMARITANS, Inc., officially opened its doors and began its operations of family-style residential care for kids and community services in June 2000.SAMARITANS, Inc is duly licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to care for orphan, abandoned, foundling, and surrendered children. It is also licensed by the Inter-country Adoption to serve as liaison for Christian Adoption Services (CAS), USA and Inter-country Adoption New Zealand, NZ (ICANZ).
Somnuk and Lily Montrelersdrasme were both raised in Buddhist families, converted to Christianity in their early 20’s. Their marriage brought three children, Janice, Jon and Joshua, now adults, who use their many talents to serve God in various areas. Their ministry has grown from one church with fewer than ten members in 1980 to more than 14 churches throughout Thailand along with more churches planted in Myanmar and Vietnam. Additionally, they reach underground believers in Vietnam, a highly persecuted country, and regularly educate and train them. They built and operate two orphanages with more than 40 children. They run a Young Adult Ministry in Bangkok. They sponsor some of the orphans to attend college in Bangkok. They teach Life Skills to them. This is vital to keep them off the streets and integrate them into society productively. Lily was quiet and shy in nature, years ago God impacted her to found TurnAround Church in Bangkok from nothing. God has continued to manifest His presence and power in this church in many ways including multiple healings from paralysis to cancers.
Andrew and Jacki Quinley are passionate about reaching the youth of Thailand. In a nation where less than one percent of the population claims to believe in Jesus, they understand the importance of empowering young Christians and reaching Thais while they are still searching. Through genuine relationships with nearby university students, they help disciple new Christians and introduce others to Jesus. Based in the city of Chiang Rai, the Quinleys believe in hands-on ministry. They seek connection with the Thai people, a generally reserved culture. This connection allows Andrew and Jacki to fellowship and share the message of Christ in a real and honest way. They served on the initial staff that launched MediaLight, a training center for Asian leaders in the areas of leadership, discipleship, and media. The Quinleys believe that to reach the next generation, today’s pastors, prophets, and evangelists must become skilled at using all the modern forms of communication to make the greatest impact. Andrew is the son of Chuck and Sherry Quinley, also Church of God missionaries, and has lived outside the United States his entire life. He and Jacki met at Lee University, where they soon married before heading off to Thailand as missionaries.
Max Williams is currently partnered with Pastor Ed and his ministry Asia All In based in Chiang Rai, Thailand. They are also partnering with Pastor Bandhit and his foundation, Asian Rural Life Development Foundation (ARDLF). Max will also be partnering with YWAM Borders in Mae Sai, Thailand.