I serve in the Iglesia Misionera de Cristo at El Pedregal, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Central America. The IMC churches’ ministry is addressed mainly to the poor. We try as much as we can to replicate Jesus’ ministry to the poor as recorded in Matthew 4:23. Our local church congregates an average of 300 members to its Sunday morning worship service. Over the years we have planted daughter churches in rural communities near Tegucigalpa.
Patinya is a native of Bangkok, Thailand where there are about 100 churches of Christ with approximately 3,000 believers. Patinya spends most of his time visiting, teaching and encouraging the churches in the northeast part of the country. The mission field in Thailand is a stable and constantly growing work. The fact that Patinya and Penjai are Thais makes them especially useful to God because they know the language, the culture, and the people. God has prepared them and given them many experiences that have been useful tools in His work with the Thai people.
Since 2002, Kevin & Benay Blume, along with their children, have been serving the lost and broken people of Porto Alegre. Their most recent project, called “Hope House,” is a halfway house and training center for men leaving drug and alcohol rehab. They plan to operate a cookie business from the house, to help offset costs and provide job training for their residents. Kevin and Benay covet your prayers and would love to hear from you. Find out more on their Hope House website.
A former Youth Minister at White’s Station Church of Christ in Memphis, Courtney Garland packed up and moved to Africa in May 2013. She is the acting director for The Pearl House, a start-up orphanage for young girls in Winneba, Ghana. Find out more about Courtney and the Pearl House on her blog.
Joel serves at the Caballito Church of Christ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His areas of ministry involve Let´s Start Talking, teaching at the Argentine Bible Institute, coordinating online courses and internet outreach, as well as leading a small group ministry in his congregation.
Steve Raine is the Principal of the South Pacific Bible College, a preacher and ministry training organization located in New Zealand that has been operating for over 30 years. SPBC’s purpose is to train nationals, from New Zealand, the South Pacific, and other nations in the Word of God using an integrated focus on Biblical instruction, relevant scholarship, spiritual growth, ministry skills, and personal development. Through this effort, indigenous graduates take the gospel to the lost, establish new churches and help mature existing congregations.
Anupong and Penya, daughter of Patinya Thitathan, graduated from the Bangkok Servant Leadership Institute in 2013. They are now serving with the Tai for the Savior ministry at Ramkhamhaeng Christian Center. Anupong (a.k.a. Benz) has skills and experience in graphic design and web design, while Penya (a.k.a. Prae) has a background in event production. Together, this energetic Christian couple has a desire to put their gifts to work for God’s purpose in Thailand.
My wife, Rebecca, and I currently serve at the Otumoetai Church of Christ in Tauranga, New Zealand. This is a congregation of about 120 people of all ages, and it is a group of people who truly love the Lord and who are striving to serve Him. My specific role at Otumoetai is to do several things: lead the youth ministry (and help equip others to lead), preach up to 12 times per year and I also help plan the direction and material for the teaching and preaching at Otumoetai.