John and Kathy Hayes have been missionaries to Brazil since 1984. Their ministry has concentrated in the city of São Paulo, the fourth largest city in the world. They are actively involved in urban ministry, and have assisted in the planting of five churches in the São Paulo area through team ministry. John serves as the director of the Missionary Training Center, which equips Latin American missionary candidates for cross-cultural ministry around the world. He is also involved in the leadership of the missions movement in South America, teaching in missions conferences and seminars and serving on various boards and committees throughout South America. In 1999, John and Kathy founded the City of Refuge Home for Children, a ministry to street children. Through integral ministry, they are also working to prevent family breakdown, the reason many children are left homeless. This ministry operates through nine feeding centers, where local church volunteers provide food, family counseling, literacy programs, professional training, discipleship and other programs. Many children and entire families have been reached with the gospel through this ministry.
Ishmael and Patricia Charles have ministered the gospel in crusades, revivals, camp meetings, and conferences across the United States, England, Kenya, Zambia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Brazil, and over 16 countries in the Caribbean.They also host a weekly radio and television program in eight different Caribbean countries for the past 13 years.
John and Carla Ramos are no strangers to the mission field. They served in Germany and Spain for a number of years before returning to the states. While in the states, they were able to further their education believing that one day God would allow them to return to the mission field. John earned the following degrees: BA in Biblical Studies (East Coast Bible College), a Master of Divinity (Pentecostal Theological Seminary) and a Doctorate of Ministry in Marriage and Family Ministry (Palmer Theological Seminary). He served for ten years at the Church of God Pentecostal Theological Seminary in various positions: Director of Student Services, Registrar, Financial Aid Director and Adjunct Professor in counseling. John is an Ordained Bishop and has held ministerial credentials in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) since 1978. Carla is a graduate of Lee University with a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and a Master of Education.
Our mission is:
1. To provide Christian training for men and women in the area of Marriage and Family.
2. To provide pastoral counseling training for pastors.
3. To provide leadership and development training for pastors, laity and mentors.
4. To conduct and organize mission trips for congregations (youth groups, etc.) to experience the mission field for themselves.
5. To introduce individuals or congregations to mission projects which they can become involved in.
6. To provide humanitarian outreach through medical clinics and food banks.
Tim and Trena Johnson
We are Tim and Trena Johnson, and our family has been in full-time missions since December of 1986. We moved to the DR in November of 1995 from Guatemala, and the Lord led the way, giving us exactly what He promised: a big house, which is our base for community ministry events as well as housing short-term teams from a variety of places and backgrounds. We're a small operation with a big goal: to see the Great Commission fulfilled in all the world so that God receives all the glory. Our main ministry emphasis is evangelism. We work with all Bible-believing local churches, helping them reach out to their communities through park and street evangelism; ministry in jails, churches, and schools; pastors’ training and seminars; kids’ Bible club; church construction; and humanitarian aid. In all of these places, we distribute tracts, utilize gospel film/DVD ministry, and catch attention with impactful dramas, puppets, music, testimonies, and preaching. We emphasize reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus and being instruments that God can use in His work. La Casa Grande is a great place for getting your feet wet in practical missions, whether you're a veteran missionary or just getting started. We can guarantee to keep you busy and show you what life and ministry are like in the DR!
Benson and Cathy Vaughan are missionary teachers at SEMISUD in Ecuador. Benson, a third generation minister in the Church of God, was trained as a public school music teacher and taught for 17 years. Cathy is a medical technologist and has worked in hospitals in Maryland and Tennessee. They developed a love for international students while Benson was attending the Church of God Theological Seminary. In 1999 when Benson graduated from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, he also graduated from Lee University with a Master of Church Music degree. They received their missions appointment soon afterwards.Benson and Cathy believe in planting seeds in the lives of young men and women who will one day go into many countries of the world to spread the Gospel.
Steve and Elaine Sumner reitred and came to Ecuador to serve alongside the Susongs in 2013. Elaine brings her education and years of experience as a carreer teacher, drug counselor, and Christian worker to the New World High School where she teaches English and serves as support staff. She and Steve opened their home to foster abandoned children and youth from the FACES Ministry. They are Associate Missionaries with the Church of God.
Cindy Gonzalez serves with Calvary Chapel La Esperanza, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. In early 2016, she prayed that God would show her what it looked like to honor Him as the Lord of her life. Since then, God has used different circumstances and opportunities, such as Patmos: Reality Discipleship, to teach Cindy that a true disciple is one who walks completely surrendered to Him. Cindy learned so much about her own brokenness and need for Christ to continue redeeming and restoring her life, and how He delights to accomplish that in the context of relationships. Now she gets to be a part of that in Guatemala. Cindy will have the opportunity to assist with the launch and running of The Lighthouse, a restoration discipleship home for girls who have been sexually abused or trafficked. The Lighthouse is designed to offer programs for healing, biblical training, and teaching about God's love to young ladies aging out of governmental programs. The vision is to provide a refuge where these girls can learn about the hope and love of christ and then be able to teach it to others. She will also be providing administrative support to Jeff Stone, pastor of Calvary Chapel La Esperanza and serving with the children and women's ministries as needed.
Josh and Jessica Hanson are young missionaries accomplishing a remarkable work at the Casa Shalom (House of Peace) orphanage in Guatemala City, one of the Church of God’s oldest homes for children. Founded in 1986, the home began with three children and has expanded to over 100 children from across Guatemala. Many of them were orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected, and often come from families too poor to care for them. The couple has served as missionaries and directors at Casa Shalom since 2008, overseeing the operations. Children come to the orphanage for many reasons, but they always feel acceptance. The Hansons are legal guardians, and with a team of workers, they provide for the daily physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and educational needs of the children in a safe, Christ-centered environment. Josh is a graduate of Lee University with a degree in education, and Jessica has a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Tennessee. Recently, six of the children and teenagers were selected for their academic success and class leadership to be “abanderados,” (flag bearers) for their respective classes in Independence Day celebrations. The Hansons are proud of their young people and thankful to see their accomplishments rewarded by teachers and school administrators. The most important goal of Casa Shalom is to show the love of Christ, while also providing healthy meals, health care, clothing, as well as a clean and safe environment for the children to grow and thrive.
Dave and Deborah Reichard are the directors of Manos De Compasión Mission. They started directing Manos De Compasión in 2010. They met in Guatemala when Dave came down to help volunteer and Deborah was living in Guatemala. They have four biological children as well as all the permanent and temporary foster children they raise. Dave and Deborah are also the house parents of the Reichard house. Located in the Bay of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, Manos de Compasion is a childrens' home serving the Lord in the care of the orphan and preaching the gospel to the lost. Their number one goal is to raise up abandon, abused, and forgotten children to be men and women of Christ. Their area of ministry is made up of 5 main buildings, including 4 ministry houses and a school. Each of the ministry houses have "house parents" that look after the children in those specific houses.
Thomas and Susan Stukenberg moved to Guatemala to assist their daughter and husband (Also our missionaries David & Debbie Reichard). They assist in the home Manos De Compasión Mission by cooking meals, tutoring, assist with the children’s court hearings and ministering the Word of God by leading Bible studies daily. Manos de Compasion is a childrens' home serving the Lord in the care of the orphan and preaching the gospel to the lost. Their number one goal is to raise up abandon, abused, and forgotten children to be men and women of Christ. Their area of ministry is made up of 5 main buildings, including 4 ministry houses and a school. Each of the ministry houses have "house parents" that look after the children in those specific houses.
Dr. Silvina González-Barrera, a native of Uruguay in Latin America, is an ordained minister in the Church of God and medical missionary to Latin America. She is a world traveler, integrating medical missions as a physician, preacher, conference speaker, musician, and theological educator. She obtained her medical degree in Uruguay in 1996 and her Master of Divinity degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2002. She returned to her country under appointment as the Church of God’s first female in South America to be appointed as the National Theological Education Director. In January 2005, Dr. González resigned her position to devote herself entirely to Dunamis Medical Missions Ministry, reaching out to Latin American countries and providing free medical care and supporting local churches in their evangelistic efforts. In 2006, Dr. González was chosen as the Pentecostal Theological Seminary’s Alumna of the Year.
Psych. Guillermo Barrera was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an ordained bishop of the Church of God, psychologist missionary to Latin America. He is a graduate of the Baptist International Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires. After he was baptized with the Holy Spirit in 1984, he became part of the leadership team renovating the Baptist Church in Argentina. He graduated from John F. Kennedy University in Buenos Aires in 1989 with a degree in Clinical Psychology. At the same time, he graduated from the John F. Kennedy University in Buenos Aires in 1989, being a Clinical Psychologist. Guillermo comes from a family of professionals dedicated to mental health, in the area of psychiatry, music therapy psychology, and teaching in hospitals and universities of the Argentina Republic. His professional and ministerial formation allows him to be a consultant for pastors and evangelical leaders, and he offers counseling, training, and professional assistance. He is an international conference speaker and teacher and has shared the gospel across four continents. Silvina and Guillermo are ministers and missionaries of the Church of God seeing the human being in an integral way: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Together they travel through the countries of Latin America, helping the pastoral families: pastoral marriages, children of pastors and supporting the leaders of Latin America, giving lectures on prevention and medical, psychological, spiritual help, theological education, social assistance to the in need in times of crisis.
Charles and Mavis Thornton Pastor Thornton is an Ordained Bishop and Missionary Evangelist. He currently works at Riverhills COG as the Missions Pastor, overseeing all the missions work, local and international. As a Missionary Evangelist, he goes to countries around the world training pastors, conducting evangelistic outreaches, and preaching in local churches.
Danny and Peggy Thornton We both received Christ as children. We attended Bible School together but did not graduate because we decided to get married in 1971. We have three sons today, which now have given us 8 grandchildren. While regularly attending and working in our local church, we felt to go to Mexico as missionaries. When the Lord gave a Word that came true, that forced us to leave Mexico, we returned to Texas and changed churches to a Spirit-Filled church. We grew in the Lord for 10 years and then our church saw our calling and sent us out back again to Mexico and Guatemala as missionaries. After 5 years of doing street evangelism and doing training conferences, the Lord told us to return home. We realized that from Texas that it was not a demotion but a promotion, because from the USA that we can do conferences anywhere. Since 2001 we are doing conferences to train youth and adults how to do street evangelisms, using four options: mime, clown, puppet & dance. We supply the outfits to the students and usually have 300 to 700 students at each conference, which lasts from Monday to Thursday. We do around 5 to 8 conferences each year. We have been to every country in Central and South America and now are going some to the Philippines and to Taiwan. Usually we have around 30 to 70 churches represented and they evangelize the following four days (Thursday to Sunday) and usually win from 100 to 4,000 to Christ at each conference. Today we just finished a Conference in South Peru with 300 students. Monday we start a Lima Conference with an estimated 500 students. We usually have a team of teachers to go and help us train these students to evangelize in their streets. These students will then continue in evangelisms and also use what they have been taught in their local church. We have now done since 2001 around 90 conferences.
Michael & Denise Mills - Dr Michael and Chef Denise Mills are using their talents to serve the Lord. They are the first AG missionaries in the history of Uruguay to live and work in the interior of Uruguay. Uruguay is known as the "graveyard of missions." We just believe that Jesus does miracles in graveyards...which we are experiencing! Dr Michael Mills is applying his education to train leaders through ISUM and Facultad, in many nations. He is also discipling an army of leaders, to disciple other leaders, who will win and train other disciples. Chef Denise is using her professional talents, using food to evangelize. Soon, she will be cooking for the mayor of Salto, Uruguay, and two past presidents of Uruguay. Check out her site: "Let's EATT" Evangelism Across the Table.
Terry & Beth Trussell have a vision to change the spiritual destiny of Uruguay. For them that means living and serving in that country. Their ministry, The Redemption Project, is committed to launching and igniting a church planting movement. A church planting movement occurs when a network of churches forms and intentionally multiples. The Trussells mission is to assist the network in planting 50 new churches in the atheist country of Uruguay.
Larry Odam serves as missions representative for the Heartland Region (Oklahoma and Kansas) of the Church of God. As he has for the past 25 years, he continues to build churches, feeding centers and orphanages in South and Central America and to conduct missions seminars. When he was called into the ministry, he served for several years in evangelistic ministry followed with pastoring churches from 1974-2010 in Illinois, Oregon and Oklahoma.
Alejandro & Beatriz Hadjirallis
Dan & Lydia Isbell The World Is The Field, Inc. (Mision Cruzada del Evangelio de Honduras) was started by Sister Jean Isbell a single mother of three on the island of Roatan, Honduras in 1964. When she went to her reward in heaven in 1991, Robert Daniel Isbell, her son, began serving as President. Some of the ways they are serving the people of Honduras are as follows:
200 active churches in 7-8 states in the country; up to 6 generations have been and are being served;
Building churches, schools, clinics, etc.;
Adults, children, youth (literally tens of thousands) are receiving weekly teachings of the Gospel;
Children and pregnant ladies are being fed;
Girls at risk are living on mission grounds; they are getting an education and biblical training;
School for the deaf;
New onsite girls dorm;
Medical clinics and short term medical teams;
Angie Altamirano - Upon first arriving to the mission field, one is overwhelmed with a myriad of emotions and expectations. Looking through somewhat rose-tinted lens, everything seems so grandiose, adventurous, and idealistic, but after the novelty wears off and the original excitement and newness wanes, one is confronted with a different reality. Struggles are real, heartbreak is inevitable, and to be quite honest, things can get downright hard, and even ugly. It is in those moments one asks, “What am I really doing here?” and “Why am I doing this?” As I look back upon the 20 years I have spent on the mission field in Honduras, the ups and downs, the good times and the struggles, I reflect upon what it is that has kept me here and what motivates me to continue. There are many things that transpire while serving on the field that may bring about doubts, frustrations, and even a desire to pack up and leave, but it is in that instant one must dig deep and reflect. My personal response to that emotional confrontation can be summed in three words:
Calling is the assurance in knowing God has set before me a special mission and purpose to fulfill. With that knowledge comes the confidence that if it is God who has called me, then He too will be the one who provides all that is necessary to accomplish the journey that lies before me.
The call to serve as a missionary is an honor, yet a deep and serious commitment to both God and the people we serve. It is the desire to not let either of them down that is a motivation to push through the uncomfortable and difficult times.
There is a passion for seeing souls reached, and individuals and communities changed. It is an intense longing to make a difference in the lives of others and an eternal investment into the kingdom. This unexplainable longing that is birthed deep within is a continual push to persevere even in the most challenging times.
True missions is not glamorous, it’s not always fun, nor exciting. Most of the time, it is a challenge—dirty and confrontational. At the same time, it is the most beautiful, rewarding, and life-changing experience, for which I am so grateful God has called me and kept me thus far.
Steven and Candace Day
Doctors On Missions
Doctors On Mission (DM) is an NGO that was established by Dr. Rik Celie and Dr. Sabine De Weirdt in September 1990. They first began working in the Bolivian inland among the Quetchua (Inca) tribes and later expanded this work to include Haiti and Pakistan. The inspiration behind the mission was Dr.Rik’s admiration for the outreaches of Dr. Albert Schweitzer and Dr. David Livingstone in Africa. His attempt to follow in their footsteps bore this mission. DM is a mission which brings medical help and real hope to those who would otherwise receive none. The vision of this mission is to provide sustainable medical healthcare to several needy countries around the world (Inland Bolivia) as well recent disaster zones (Haiti) and areas where minority groups are persecuted (North Pakistan). This is done by setting up and training local medical teams to consistently reach out to these poverty/disaster – stricken areas in their surroundings.