Missions Partners

MISSIONS/ PARTNERS

MISSIONS PARTNERS

 

AWARENESS CAMBODIA

AwarenessCambodiaAwareness Cambodia, Inc. was established in 1996 by Perth dentist, Dr. Gary Hewett in response to the incredible suffering and poverty experienced by the Cambodian people after the execution of 25% of its population under Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot in the late 1970s.

This experience birthed Awareness Cambodia and for over a decade now, we have worked on the ground targeting the ever-changing needs of Cambodia. Ideas such as Sunshine House, Eco-Farm, House of Progress, Operation Nightingale and the Internet Café have been our first child steps to seeing a dream become reality.   If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that ordinary people like us can make a difference. 

Awareness Cambodia USA is a Public Charity, overseas humanitarian organization working with Awareness Cambodia AU to rebuild the children of Cambodia by working to relieve poverty and encourage development of life skills through participation in self-sustaining projects.  It was established by Russ and Janet Landreth in cooperation with the Australian founder Dr. Gary Hewett. 

Awareness Cambodia’s distinct approach empowers Cambodian children by focusing on transitional educational homes integrated with allied community health and education services.

 Much time has been invested into developing programs that create a brighter future with a sense of hope and opportunity. That time introduced us to a new paradigm for orphans in developing countries; why couldn’t orphans become young professionals?!

 Our truly unique model is producing future leaders with hope and knowledge that they will play their part in transforming Cambodia. This holistic immersion empowers children ultimately leading to a transformation from danger and hopelessness to safety, opportunity and prosperity.

 We continue to expand our range of operations to benefit not just orphans in our Child Development programs but the neighboring villages and wider community of Kompong Speu. Our team is dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty, abuse, illiteracy and neglect, and giving families a chance to move beyond current limitations. Medical and educational tools provide much needed social services to help create generational change.

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BALI SURF HOUSE // PAULA EDGAR

Paula Edgar ProfileBali Surf House is an international home-stay where people from all over the world come and stay with us — the majority of whom know and love the Lord Jesus. Our goal is that they would leave built up in their faith and fired up for Jesus. As a staff, we accomplish this vision by walking “well” with our guests. We get to know them and do deep, rich, good life with them for a time. So much so, that by the time they leave and we’re praying them off, we’re huddled together crying tears of joy and gratefulness for our amazing Lord and being a part of His incredible Family.

 On the flip side, we want to see those who don’t yet know the Lord begin a relationship with Him. As they hang out in our powerful Christ-centered community, they start to experience Jesus. Things progress from hanging out, to checking out small group, to finally coming to church.  

 “Doing life” looks like anything from having coffee to running errands to a jam session to surfing perfectly barreling Uluwatu. It’s all of the above. It doesn’t matter what we do but that we do it together. 

 We have weekly activities of Bible study, worship nights, tourist days, surf outings, futsal, language nights, and international theme days. We also have opportunities to do outreach in our local mountains or at one of our outer islands. There are lots of opportunities to get connected!

 Bali Surf House is about “Abiding In Christ, Doing Life Together, and Bringing Others into It.”

 Come to Bali and experience heaven on earth as you live in deep, rich Christ-centered community!

PAULA EDGAR

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CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST // TARIKU + BUZE FUFA

FUFA Fam ProfileMy name is Tariku Fufa and my wife is Bizunesh “Buze” Benti. We both are from Ethiopia and currently living in Harare, Zimbabwe where we are missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). Our responsibility is to give leadership and direct the Student Ministry of CCC in 24 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa. The student ministry is also known as Student-Led Movement.

 The vision of CCC is to see spiritual movement everywhere so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus. This is a desire to see life-changing movements of evangelism and discipleship everywhere until everyone has multiple opportunities to know Christ personally. Within this framework, the Student-Led Movement’s vision is to see God working through teams of like-hearted students to Win, Build and Send toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Our Mission is to win, build and send Christ–centered multiplying disciples who will launch spiritual movements everywhere.

 Current Status:

  • Countries with active Student Ministry : 17
  • Countries without known Student Ministry : 6
  • Campuses/locations with CCC Student Ministry presence: 572 (we were at 107 in 2010)
  • Total number of students : 13 Million (university, colleges, high schools)

 Major Challenges:

  • Islam’s strategic expansion on campuses seeking to take over Africa
  • Materialism, secularism, humanism, and pluralism lifestyles
  • African Traditional Religion revival – calling students to ancestral worship and denying the truth of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • HIV/AIDS, abortion, and homosexuality among campus students
  • Lack of proper training on how to build spiritual movements 

 Goals:

  • Envisioning, training, equipping, empowering and releasing staff and students with self-sustaining movement-building principles.
  • Trusting in God to have movement presence on 2,500 new campuses by 2020.
  • We have proven strategies, working models and key student volunteers in place.
  • We appreciate your continued prayers and support. Thank you!

TARIKU & BUZE FUFA

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CRU // JULIE ESHELMAN

Julie Eshelman local partner for CRUCru was established in 1951 as “Campus Crusade for Christ” by Bill & Vonette Bright on the campus of UCLA.  Its purpose is to help fulfill the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others; and helping the Body of Christ do evangelism and discipleship.  Cru has a ministry presence in 191 countries around the world and is passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. 

 I wholeheartedly share Cru’s passion to connect college students to Jesus!  My current role is to train and develop our new campus staff to help them get to campus quickly by coaching them as they raise their financial support. 

 I joined staff with Cru because God used Campus Crusade in my life to help me grow in my new faith. It was on the campus of Arizona State University when I was a nominal Christian that a staff woman pursued me and shared the Gospel with me. It was in Campus Crusade that I learned how to study the Word of God, share my faith with others and had opportunities to go overseas to share Jesus with the world.

 Since that day I have served at UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, and Arizona State University. During the summer time, I lead teams of students to our partnerships in the Middle East and Japan. I look forward to continuing to take teams of students all over the world so that others can hear the Gospel!

JULIE ESHELMAN- Local Partners

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FAMILY ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES

Family-Assistance-Ministries-webFamily Assistance Ministries of South Orange County (FAM) was founded in 1999 by Ellen Gilchrist to continue to accommodate the 135 families that the Episcopal Service Alliance could no longer serve.  The first case in September 1999 provided rental assistance to an individual so eviction could be prevented. Within 30 days, this individual became employed at a major retailer, becoming self-sufficient and a productive member of our community.

 Now, FAM is run by Executive Director Mary Gray Perdue and provides services to thousands of people in South Orange County…almost 3,000 clients per month (a large portion of which are children)! As a homeless prevention agency, they provide shelter, food, utility assistance, transportation assistance, medical, dental, prescriptions assistance, work force development, personal care items, clothing, financial counseling and courses, and free tax preparation.  They also collaborate with other social services organizations to provide referrals and medical screenings, immunizations, eyeglasses, and much more! They help their clients bridge the gap from dependency to self-sufficiency.

 In 2012, FAM redistributed just over $2.5 million in food to the hungry in So OC, over $95,000 in cash aid in the form of vouchers and bills paid, and sheltered 60 women–some with children–in their transitional shelter, Gilchrist House.

 FAM would not be able to reach such numbers and provide a hand-up without the partnership of their many devoted volunteers! They also acknowledge that they could not reach so many of those in need without their incredible donors who give from their heart in the form of food, money, and time! They extend their thanks on behalf of all those they serve TOGETHER with their partners.

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THE JESUS FILM PROJECT // JOHN + MELISSA IMMEL

IMMEL Family global partnersJohn and Melissa Immel work with the Film Production team of The JESUS Film Project.  Every eight seconds, somewhere in the world, another person indicates a decision to follow Christ after watching the JESUS film.

Called by some, “one of the best-kept secrets in Christian missions,” mission experts have acclaimed the film as one of the greatest evangelistic tools of all time. Since 1979 more than 200 million men, women and children worldwide have indicated decisions to follow Jesus after viewing the film.  “But how can any single film reach so many people and touch so many lives?”

It is the power of the Word of God in their heart language.

Based on the Gospel of Luke, the “JESUS” film has now been translated into more than 1,160 languages, with new languages being added every month. This allows God’s Word to speak to people in more than 200 countries in languages they know and understand. By God’s grace, it is yielding a spiritual harvest of unprecedented results.

John continues his subtitling and English dubbing responsibilities job as project manager for Following JESUS India. But now he will be on the Computer Generated Animation (CGA) team, working with the Motion Capture (Mocap) 3-D recording system. This system records the actor’s movements in 3-D. Then we add the “skin” and clothes to the characters. The outcome (a 1-2 minute animated film clip) will give the team a chance to see what a project will look like before they start production.  In addition, he has plenty of opportunities to work on short evangelistic films: sets, lighting, and general production.

Melissa is busy, homeschooling their two boys, Isaiah and Noah.

JOHN & MELISSA IMMEL

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THE JESUS FILM PROJECT // JEFF + JANELL SEARLES

Searles Fam Photo global partnersUpon graduating from Penn State University in 1972, Jeff joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, serving specifically with Athletes in Action – an outreach to student athletes. In 1980 he moved on to Campus Crusade’s headquarters to serve in the Development Department. From 1987-2007 he gave leadership in the Development Department of The JESUS Film Project, but in late 2007 was diagnosed with stage three Parkinson’s Disease.  His role now is to consult with ministry staff and to be a support to his wife Janell.

In 1972, Janell met Jeff in Indianapolis, IN where she was teaching high school art. They married in 1974 at which time she left teaching to join Campus Crusade for Christ full time. Her Art degree from Taylor University serves her well as she now uses her passion for the arts and technology as a JESUS film photographer, print-web graphic designer and audio/visual tech. She also serves on the leadership team of “Women for JESUS,” whose mission is to connect women with unique opportunities to pray with passion and give with purpose. They have established a global network of prayer to support the ministry and staff internationally, and this often involves leading these women on international trips so that they can better know how to pray. Janell designed and administers the secure “Women for JESUS” website that facilitates communication worldwide.  

 JANELL & JEFF SEARLES

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KIDS AROUND THE WORLD // DAN LIESIK

 

Dan LiesikIn July 2014 I installed a playground at an orphanage of more than 140 children in Nuevo Paradiso, Honduras. I was heartbroken to learn that NONE of these children would ever be adopted. Honduran law forbids international adoption and the extreme level of national poverty makes it so unlikely that a family would take in a child that the staff and children have accepted that this is their home; this is their family. This situation is the sad truth for millions of children all over the world where restrictive laws, crushing poverty, or social conflict virtually ensures this life for them. Yet the smiles, laughter, and life I saw in them as a bright yellow and red playground took shape before their eyes told me that joy was still within their grasp. This is the story of just 140 children…this same chance can be given to so many more.

 

Six years ago I could have never imagined myself in a position of fulltime ministry. I was an Active Duty Infantry Marine and Agnostic (at best), and then a simple invitation to Shoreline opened the floodgates of change in my life. I had never known, let alone heard that I was acceptable to Christ, that He was seeking me. Nothing has been the same since…

 

After 17 years on a singular career path, I’ve now found myself on a new adventure. My adult life has been dedicated to service, be it through military service or volunteerism. Every past experience, from military humanitarian missions to the time spent in warzones has helped shaped a desire in me to bring a light to the darkest places without fear or hesitation. Today God is giving me that chance in the form of brightly colored playgrounds that serve as beacons of joy and kindness in broken communities.

 

Playground are a unique gift that open doors in countries that are typically closed to US involvement; this allows Kids Around The World to help children that otherwise go completely unserved. So far we have been to over 80 countries and installed more than 350 playgrounds.

 

 

LO MEJOR DEL TRIGO // TIJUANA, MEXICO

Lo-Mejor-del-Trigo-Logo-webPastor Daniel Nunez’s God-given vision is to plant 50 churches in his lifetime.  In the first few years, he’s already up to 22!  His ministry is called Lo Mejor Del Trigo, or “The Finest Wheat”.  He pastors the main campus and trains other local pastors to plant more churches in the Tijuana area.  In addition, he runs a retreat facility in Rosarito so that these pastors can enjoy a time of rest with their families.

The church plant that our church has been investing in is pastored by Berto and his wife, Fabiana.  Each month on the 4th Saturday, we head down to help with construction needs, reach out to children with games and crafts, and provide lunch for everyone.  It’s an incredible opportunity to get to know our Mexican brothers and sisters and make the local church shine.  We hope you will join us for one of these perpective-changing trips!

 

MISSIONARY COUPLE SERVING IN THE PHILIPPINES

map-philippinesThis couple is involved in medical and community outreaches, church planting, schooling and feeding programs, sustainable organic farming, and training programs.  They minister primarily to a Muslim tribal group using story telling methods for oral learners, one on one discipleship, and a house church.

 Due to the nature of their location and ministry, their identity needs to be kept confidential.  If you’d like more information about their ministry, please contact the church office.

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OMF // GARY + KELLY YOON

 

YoonGary and Kelly are our newest Missions partner!  Kelly is from Korea, Gary is a California native, and they have been married for 27 years.  The Lord called Kelly to the mission field in 2009, but she waited in prayer for two years before mentioning it to Gary.  Sure enough, God called Gary in 2011.  Up until that point, he was happy volunteering in the local church.  After reading the book Radical, Thailand came into his mind, so he pursued a short-term trip there, which turned him upside down spiritually and he felt the call to serve full-time in Thailand.  The Lord had answered Kelly’s prayer, and they applied to become full-time missionaries in Thailand to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the Thai people.

 

 

PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER

Pregnancy Resource center local partnery

An unexpected pregnancy often leaves a woman feeling like she has no choice… as if all the doors are closed except for one.  The caring, trained staff of the PRC is aware of the fears that come with an unexpected pregnancy. Since we’ve opened our doors in April 2008, 59 babies have been saved from abortion, 106 people have received Christ as their Savior!   We’ve served over 600 women and families with free services including pregnancy tests, counseling, parenting classes, maternity and baby clothes and supplies, social services referrals, abstinence education, and post-abortion Bible studies for those who’ve experienced the trauma of a past abortion.

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SAFE AFRICA

Safe Africa global partnersSub-Saharan Africa Family Enrichment (SAFE) is a ministry in Malawi, Africa that nurtures the needs of people from babies to grandparents.  Serving Malawi for over twenty years, Dick and Charlotte Day developed this ministry and have continued to seek ways to shine Jesus’ light to the impoverished people there. Their ministries include SAFE-Africa, the parent organization; Gogo Grandmothers, grandparent sponsorship that supports families and developing preschools; and Sukulu, the teacher sponsorship program. All of these programs work together to provide Malawians consistent support throughout their lives. 

The vision of SAFE is that the AIDS epidemic in Africa may be curbed through redeemed hearts, renewed minds, and changed behavior, and that individuals, communities, cultures, and government policies may be transformed by God’s power and principles.

We believe that every person has been created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and may, through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior (John 3:16), have a meaningful personal relationship with God. As individuals are redeemed and their minds are transformed, their godly character and biblical worldview will transform their communities and culture (Romans 12:2).

It is the calling of SAFE to assist in redeeming the individual, the family, and the culture according to God’s revelation, which has been made known through the Holy Bible and through the person of Jesus Christ. We are convinced that we must address all aspects of human existence-body, mind, soul and spirit- because this is consistent with God’s creative and redemptive plan for mankind.

Our focus is the current generation of young people and the generations that follow. SAFE is working in partnership with national leadership, Ministries of Education and Women and Child Development, and faith-based organizations throughout Africa. Though these partnerships, SAFE is touching thousands of lives as it influences government policy and programs. SAFE is promoting creative and sustainable solutions to eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS and to help those whose lives have been devastated by the epidemic.

SAFE seeks by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, to direct individuals to Christ for a better quality of life on earth and for eternal life.

 BECKY GRONDAHL

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SAN CLEMENTE YOUNG LIFE

YL LogoEveryone is looking for significance and meaning in life.  Everyone.  Kids look all over the place for fulfillment, acceptance, joy, pleasure, etc.  A lot of times they look in the wrong places.  In fact, it would be fair to say that most of the time kids look in the wrong places.  The media does a great job of pointing kids to some places where they are supposed to find life…but ultimately they never do.

 Young Life exists to point kids to the life they were intended to live…  To point kids to Jesus where true life is ultimately found.  We believe that Jesus, as the author of life, holds the answers to the deepest questions of life.

 Young Life San Clemente is a group of caring adults who develop relationships with kids, and share that message.  We do this by spending time with kids on their turf…  By earning the right to be heard…  By walking through life with them.  We have weekly “club” meetings and Bible studies where kids can come hear about Jesus in a safe environment that is fun and engaging.  We give kids adventure by taking them to camps where the love of God is not only communicated but seen all around them.  We believe that every kid in San Clemente deserves the chance to hear about who Jesus is, and how he wants to be a part of their life.

 Leaders are committed to being involved with kids’ lives — from supporting them at their sporting events to listening to them talk about what’s important to them. Our leaders help kids consider the direction of their lives, and they offer hope for their future.

 COREY NISSEN

SAN CLEMENTE YOUNG LIFE – Local Partners

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SOUTH COUNTY YOUNG LIFE

YoungLife Logo 1Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.  So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.

 We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.

This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.

 South County Young Life has a specific group called “Capernaum” that reaches and supports students with special needs. YoungLife works with students from middle school age to students in their twenties who have both mental and physical disabilities. Our goal is to give them a place to belong and to be themselves while loving them the way Christ loves us.

 Our ministry consists of weekly club meetings, cabin time (discipleship), and summer camp.  For many of our special needs students, these are the only avenues of socialization outside of the house.  As you can imagine, our ministry is just as important to the parents as it is to the students we serve.

DAVE JANSEN

SOUTH COUNTY YOUNG LIFE – Local Partners

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WALKING ON WATER // BRYAN JENNINGS

Walking on WaterWalking On Water is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with this generation’s global surfing community. Professional surfer Bryan Jennings started Walking on Water in 1995 with the vision of using his surfing abilities to share his faith with young people. His idea was to hold an overnight surf camp for students where he would not only teach students how to surf, but focus on sharing his Christian faith. What started as a small camp of ten students has now grown into a worldwide ministry that reaches thousands of people through films, outreach events, surf camps, and international mission trips!  Though the ministry started with surf camps, Walking On Water is best known for its surf films. When Walking On Water created its first film, Follow the Leader, only a few hundred people screened it. The next fourteen years produced ten more movies that have been seen by over 500,000 people in live attendance.

 In recent years, Walking On Water Films was involved with the promotion of Bethany Hamilton’s feature film Soul Surfer, working in conjunction with the Sony Pictures Faith marketing team to promote the film’s theatrical release. Sony Pictures also distributed our movie titled Walking On Water, which was a huge accomplishment a couple of years ago, as it was one of the very few documentaries that Sony distributed that year.  Our most recent completed film, Promised Land: Israel Through the Eyes of Surfers, has already screened to many packed out theaters and churches all over the US, Japan, and Israel.  We are currently in the final production stages of a new film called Beyond Sight, which features a blind Brazilian surfer and his quest to get barreled at Pipeline.  

 It’s our goal to continue producing documentaries and feature films that encourage and inspire audiences worldwide.  People of all ages, both surfers and non-surfers, have connected with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ that is conveyed through these films.

BRYAN JENNINGS

WALKING ON WATER DIRECTOR – Local Partners

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WALKING ON WATER // MISSIONARY COUPLE

Walking on WaterFor the past decade, we have had the privilege of leading short-term international mission trips with Walking On Water and have seen firsthand how God has used surfing as an effective vehicle to reach the unreached. Surfing provides opportunities to share the love of Jesus in a unique and relevant way because it helps bridge the gap between cultural barriers such as religion, language, and social status.

 Ministry Need

In recent years God has given us a heart to take the gospel “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16), just as the Apostle Paul did. This has greatly influenced our model for ministry, and we are convinced that reaching the Jewish people must become a higher priority both in the Church and among mission-based organizations. Paul also states that Jewish acceptance of the gospel accelerates the advancement of God’s Kingdom to all other nations of the world (Romans 11:12). The Church as a whole has largely lost touch with its Jewish heritage, and this must change to achieve maximum effectiveness in sharing the gospel.

  • Only 1% of the world’s Jewish population believes that Jesus is the Messiah, and most Jews have never been told who Jesus truly is or about His gospel message.
  • Many Christians do not understand their biblical responsibility to take the gospel to the Jewish people, let alone how to do this.
  • Many nations have yet to hear the gospel. For example, Japan’s population is made up of 99.5% unbelievers.

 Our Ministry Vision

1. Share the Gospel with both Jews and Gentiles in a culturally sensitive way. 

2. Create an awareness within the Church of our responsibility to reach both groups with the good news of salvation that is offered through Jesus Christ. 

 We will do this by following the example of the Apostle Paul in making the Jewish people a top priority in evangelism, while also continuing to reach non-Jews, and by teaching Christians the important role they play in reaching the Jewish people. Our desire is to take a biblical and holistic approach to missions—an approach that God, in His infinite wisdom, has laid out in Scripture for His Church.

 Due to the nature of their location and ministry, this couple’s identity needs to be kept confidential.  If you’d like more information about their ministry, please contact the church office.

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