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.
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.
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.
Cindy serves with Calvary Chapel La Esperanza, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. In early 2016, she prayed that God would shoe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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