MISSIONARY PARTNERS


  • CYNTHIA

    Cynthia has moved to a small town in South Asia to introduce physical and spiritual wholeness to the community through business. This district is famous for having communities who openly sell their daughters to traffickers, send their men to work abroad, and who offer their souls to idols. The ultimate goal is to reach unreached people with the gospel. She is also focused on combating the problem of human trafficking by addressing the issues that contribute to the vulnerability of young girls to traffickers such as poverty, lack of education, job skills and awareness.

  • VIOREL & Delia CRUCERU

    Viorel Cruceru was born in a Christian family during the communist regime in the southern part of Romania. His father was a pastor who was arrested four times for his faith. All of his family have suffered persecution for their belief in Christ. Since 1993, Viorel and Delia have been working with Grace Baptist Church in Slatina. The church has started six other churches in the region. Grace Baptist is committed to raising leaders to start new churches in the southern part of Romania. 



  • BENI & Alina CRUCERU

    Beni Cruceru graduated from Emanuel Christian University with a Masters in Pastoral Theology. Ordained as a pastor in September 2014, he and his family are working with his father, Viorel, in and around Slatina, Romania. He is the coordinator for childrens, youth, and music ministry. Though Beni has had many invitations to work with other large churches, he has decided to stay in the south where there is the biggest need for the Gospel. 


  • Matt & jen daniels

    Burdened by the fact that most Japanese people will live their entire lives having never met a Christian or having a chance to hear the Gospel, Matt and Jen Daniels joined with Encompass World Partners to serve in Osaka, Japan, as church planters. They have been serving there since 2016. Matt is the team leader of a church planting team that is working to bring the Good News of Christ to life. Through making disciples who make disciples, and by living out the Gospel among the Japanese, Matt and Jen hope to see a Christian movement take root. 

  • JARED & MARY BETH

    Jared and Mary Beth are church-planters in the NoHo Arts District (North Hollywood, CA). They moved there in the fall of 2014 with a small team of people, excited to display and declare the love and truth of Jesus Christ to the people around them. Jared was previously on staff as the Worship Pastor at Cornerstone Simi from 2010-2014. For more information, please visit www.nohochurch.com

  • TIM & Heather HARDY

    Tim’s passion is to see the Lord glorified throughout the world.  He has been serving the local church since 1990 with a heart to mobilize the body of Christ to engage in God’s mission both across the street and across the world.  His goal is to help followers of Jesus seamlessly integrate God’s global purposes in and through the fabric of their lives.  He currently serves with an international mission reaching across to the Islamic community and seeking to build bridges between followers of Jesus and followers of Islam.

  • MATT & Mai HIGBY

    Matt and Mai met when they were studying at Long Beach State University. Matt was involved in a campus ministry reaching out to Japanese international students and Mai came to Christ there through Matt’s ministry team. At that time he was preparing to be deployed to Osaka, Mai’s hometown, to join a church-planting team with Encompass World Partners.


    Matt arrived on the field in 2018 and is in the midst of Japanese language and culture learning in order to be able to effectively communicate the gospel and make disciples in Osaka alongside their teammates.



  • BRAD & AMBER JONES

    Brad & Amber Jones and their three girls; Zoe (2004), Piper (2007), and Lola (2010) are working on the island of Uripiv in the small South Pacific country of Vanuatu. They're partnering with the local community and indigenous churches by providing both linguistic support and discipleship training to encourage the passionate pursuit of God and His story. They are continuing the work of evangelism/discipleship training using the tools of translation, literacy, and Bible teaching, community development, and language research. Currently, they are working on a translation of Genesis, and they have started teaching chronologically through the Old Testament.  

  • M & C

    M & C's hearts were captured over twenty years ago with a passion for Muslims to come into a living and life changing relationship with Jesus. They first left for the Middle East in 1991. Most of that time was spent in Syria.  


    Although they had to leave Syria in 2009, they later returned to another country in the region. The war in Syria has brought them into contact with many Syrian refugees, and they have become increasingly involved with outreach and ministry among them. They are also inviting their local Muslim neighbors to follow Jesus with them.  


    They believe God will raise up disciple-making followers of Jesus; those who will faithfully share and make other disciples. They are looking to see a disciple-making movement established among Muslims for the glory of God.  

  • Marquez family

    The Marquezes are serving in Southeast Asia, studying the national language and culture while taking part in an exploratory team to determine ways they can equip and disciple the existing church. They are eager to share the Good News with the nearly 96 million unreached people in their host country. 

  • LENA PIRA

    Lena graduated from CSULA with degrees in early childhood education and curriculum development. She began her mission work in 2008 and is passionate about equipping and empowering African Christians and Christian organizations to rise up and transform their communities for Christ. She believes by equipping local believers she is not only providing them long term sustainability options but she is also helping them to understand their God-giving purpose, helping them to own the calling that God has put on their lives. She does this mainly through curriculum development, organizational development and vision planning support through her missionary role with New Mission Systems International. In-country organizations, she continues to work with include but are not limited to: Africa Renewal Ministries, Mavuno Church (Kenya/Uganda), Eden Mission(DRC Congo), Beauty Springs, Christ Heart Ministries, St. Agnes Academy, Loving Hearts Babies Home, The Equipped Wife Ministries, eWaAfrica, and several others. For more information on Lena's ministry, email her at lpira@nmsi.org

  • Khader & Stevie Ghanim

    Khader and Stevie along with their four children, live in Jericho, WB, and serve as CEO of Seeds of Hope (SOH).  The mission of Seeds of Hope is to work to bring long-term change in the community through education and humanitarian aid while sharing truth and His redemptive love.


    Jericho, WB, is a community of about 40,000. Currently 99% of the population is Muslim, leaving 1% Christian, mostly Catholic or Greek Orthodox. Seeds of Hope is the only organization of its kind that works behind the scene to provide long lasting discipleship programs. While this is a very risky thing to accomplish, we have worked very hard to establish trust in the community and it is time for us to take the next step to save the lost. We know and believe that what we sow we shall one day reap. Every day, we want our students and those in the community to see us living a Christ-centered life, showing love, and being the His hands and feet. For more information of SOH click here.

  • JUSTIN & LAUREN REES

    Justin and Lauren Rees, along with their children Paisley and Pax are church planting among the Pei people of Papua New Guinea. They have been serving in this remote location with their team since 2012, learning the unwritten and undocumented language and culture of the Pei. The Rees' are preparing to start the Foundational Bible teaching in 2020, starting from creation to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


    Please be praying with them as they continue to strive for excellence and clarity in communication as they present the most important message they Pei could ever hear. Pray for the people as well to be receptive to this Great News.

  • THOMAS & LAURA SCHERER

    Thomas and Laura, along with their children, Noah and Emma, are living among the Nagi people group in a remote village in the jungles of Asia Pacific. In October 2015 the Nagi people heard the gospel message for the first time ever in their heart language, and a church was born! Thomas and Laura plan to spend the next years helping disciple these baby believers into maturity, and equipping them to reach out to neighboring villages who have still yet to hear the gospel of truth.

  • TIM & COURTNEY SHONTERE

    Tim & Courtney Shontere have planted an Indigenous Tribal Church in the YembiYembi tribe of Papua New Guinea. Tim & Courtney are long term missionaries who are staying as many years as it takes until the Indigenous Pastors and Deacons are actually multiplying themselves and showing signs of a sustainable church. They are currently preparing lesson books and writing commentaries for the New Testament, all while engaging in daily discipleship with the leaders of the church.

  • JIM & SONYA WITHERSPOON

    Jim and Sonya live in Southern California. Jim serves as the Perspectives Southwest Regional Director with Frontier Ventures (formerly The U.S. Center for World Mission) in Pasadena. He works with and helps train lay people to become coordinators to run the Perspectives Study Program at their church. Sonya serves as the Perspectives Trinity Credit Supervisor and is a member of the Judson school board. To date there has been about 200,000 U.S. Perspectives alumni and nearly 40,000 globally.  

  • VANCE & JENN

    Vance and Jennifer serve as church planters in Łódź, Poland along with their two boys. Vance leads the church planting team, focusing his efforts on developing leaders and strategic planning for the young church they planted in 2016. Jenn is a prolific mentor in the church and provides insight and unique perspective to the team while caring for the hurting. Together, they work to help the Polish believers reach Poland and beyond.  For more info visit www.reachPoland.com.

  • Kenji & Elizabeth watanabe

    Kenji and Elizabeth are currently serving in Kumamoto, Japan.  They are partnered with a local Japanese church that is one of 20 networked churches focused on discipleship, missional engagement, and church multiplication.  They are currently making inroads into the community at large through ventures such as marriage and parenting workshops, and providing consultations for the local start up business community.


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