Boonchu (pictured with his wife, Seapawn, and son, Spy) grew up in northern Thailand, attended Bangkok Bible College and Seminary, studied at a seminary in Scotland and at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He began working with Mission to the World-Thailand in 2008 and is an active leader within the Karen Baptist Convention in Thailand. Boonchu possesses a passion for leadership training and church planting. He is currently concentrating on five villages in the Karen area training and encouraging pastors to preach the Word.
Pastor Abou Camara serves with New Harvest Ministries International in Gambia, West Africa. New Harvest Ministries International desires to empower and strengthen West Africa church planting efforts through relationships with African national leaders in evangelism, church planting and leadership training. Pastor Camara is one of those leaders seeking to establish a generation of true disciples and worshipers in Gambia. Most of the population is Muslim, while the majority of the remaining population has merely a belief in the traditions of Christianity without a true saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jim and Arlene Channell serve with Jesus Radio Worldwide, a Christian internet radio station, broadcasting 24 hours a day, hosted by Jim Channell, and assisted by his wife, Arlene. They aspire to offer the best music and ministries, along with live DJ’s, as many hours as possible. They want to reach a worldwide audience with the gospel of Jesus Christ by using the internet to evangelize and encourage listeners with the best Christian music, teachings, and sharing.
Don and Claire-Lise Cobb serve in France with Mission to the World. Don teaches New Testament and church planting in Aix-en-Provence at Westminster Seminary, one of the few evangelical Seminaries in French-speaking Europe. He also teaches short courses to Christian leaders in France and other countries. Claire-Lise disciples women and is involved with a Christian school.
Sharlene (Burkett) and Brian Coker serve with Missionary Aviation Fellowship in Papua, New Guinea. They share the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed by bringing desperately needed aid and assistance to people in remote places. In 2010 the team flew just over 7,300 hours which included supporting 5,200 church workers, 5,700 health and education workers, as well as 500 medevacs. To complete this vital work they operate and maintain 14 aircraft.
Sanvil Dorsainvil pastors El Shaddai of Grace. The church meets on our campus and ministers to the Haitian population in our community.
Dan and Carol Iverson serve in Tokyo/Chiba, Japan with Mission to the World (PCA). Dan is a church planting pastor, mission team leader, and the Mission To The World (MTW) Japan Director. Since the 3/11/11 tsunami and nuclear plant disaster, their team and Oyumino Church gave birth to the “Grace Mission Tohoku” relief organization which continues to serve in the disaster area. And, the new Grace City Church Tokyo has grown rapidly in numbers, offerings, and depth over the last 1-2 years.
Manfred Kohl is a Special Ambassador with Overseas Council. He preaches and teaches at seminaries all over the world with the purpose of training national pastors to plant churches. He and his wife, Dr. Barbara Kohl, are focusing most of their time in China this year to support church pastors and develop online theological training classes.
Maureen and Tom Little serve with Saints Equipped to Evangelize in northern Italy. Tom is Director of Italian Ministries. Maureen is the leader for the ABC Language School whose purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Italians through classes in English as a Second Language, Bible studies, outreach events and their church plants. The Littles have planted two churches in the area.
Eric and Marilyn Loftsgard are serving in Managua, Nicaragua with Missionary Ventures International. They partner with The Nehemia Center, House of Hope, and Nicaragua Christian Academy. The Nehemiah Center trains lay and pastoral leaders in an integral, biblical worldview and encourages local, national and international collaboration for a Christ-centered, transformational development of communities and nations. The House of Hope is a vocational center for women who are or have been in prostitution to provide them with a means to make a living and establish them in the Lord. Nicaragua Christian Academy is a Christian school located just outside Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. providing children with an education firmly rooted in God's truth and in academic excellence.
Don and Fran McNeill are strengthening the church in Uganda through Theological education at Christ’ s Community Study Center-Mbarara, Uganda. They serve with Mission to the World. Former students have set up their own study centers for local pastors and often invite Don to teach the pastors in these many different locations. Their goal: multiple educational opportunities for working pastors and the promotion of theological education as a continuing “marathon” of skills and character building.
David and Dialis Romero serve in Honduras with Missionary Ventures International after being called by the Lord to start the orphanage about 12 years ago. They work with the Honduran government as far as receiving the children. Through generous donations, they have built a kindergarten, prep school, elementary school, and a high school to encompass grades Pre-K thru 9th.
Pastor Eric Stites, New City Orlando Church, and his family are living in the Parramore Ave. area of Orlando. Ministry efforts are focusing on and gathering neighborhood residents to be a part of their church plant. As their core group grows, a public worship service will be established, and a new church developed that will give birth to churches in other pockets in the Central Florida area and beyond.
Gary and Phyllis Waldecker have a passion to help Christian leaders around the world increase their Kingdom effectiveness. Working with Third Milennium Ministries, Gary is helping the users of their materials understand and implement them for ministry in their various cultural contexts. Third Milennium Ministries provides Christian education to pastors and church leaders around the world that lack sufficient training for ministry. These needs are met by publishing and globally distributing a free digital multimedia seminary curriculum in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian and Spanish. These materials are absolutely free atthirdmill.org.
African Havens is the name given to the several childrens homes in Roodeport, South Africa, operated by David and Caroline Webb. They provide a long-term home, a loving environment, and are the hands of Christ to these children. Children continue to be adopted from these homes. Your Faith Promise Pledge to Missions allows Covenant Church to provide financial support to Child Haven which consists of three 3 bedroom homes with house mothers and volunteers.
Big Life Ministries has been a part of an incredible movement of God transforming some of the spiritually darkest places and people groups on the face of the earth. Big Life is a story of changed lives – Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, murderers, bank robbers, prostitutes, alcoholics and even radical jihadists who are now sold out followers of Jesus Christ.
Daughters of Destiny, a ministry to incarcerated women in 26 states, is led by Covenant members Annie Goebel, President of Daughters of Destiny, and her husband, Mel, as CEO. Their volunteers reach incarcerated women for Jesus and disciple them while in prison and after release. Their goal is to lead women out of personal and spiritual brokenness to wholeness and abundant life in Jesus through salvation by faith, God’s grace, and His transforming work. Currently, Daughters of Destiny volunteers are active in the Transformation Journey in 26 states interacting with inmate ladies (Inside Daughters) in detention facilities across America. And ladies (Daughters Free) who have been released from prison. The sisterhood of Daughters is growing daily. There are currently over 23,000 members inside and now released.
Dayspring International As God builds the Church of Jesus Christ in India, Dayspring is all about transforming lives, taking the Life of Christ film, “Dayasagar,” to village after village. Their 2-person team travels on a scooter with all the equipment to show “Dayasagar” in the villages. In 2012 this Life of Christ film was shown to 19 million people. The ministry also starts churches, schools, clinics and training centers to show God’s love in every aspect of a person’s life.
ECHO is a Christian non-profit organization based in north Ft Myers, FL, with offices in Thailand and Tanzania and a research program in South Africa. ECHO provides agricultural and appropriate technology support and training for those working with the poor as they work with over 6,000 organizations and individuals in over 160 countries. Seeking to honor God through hunger solutions.
Good News Clubs Reaching Out in our Community Good News Club® is a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship®. Members of Covenant are trained as teachers to meet with groups of children in Seagate Elementary and Naples Park Elementary schools. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press®. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson's theme.
Marcie Erickson works with Grace Center for Children and Families, located in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia uses a holistic approach to helping impoverished families and orphaned and underprivileged children. They love and nurture vulnerable children and women while striving to keep families together. They provide a safe and loving haven to children that have been abandoned and orphaned, and show the love of Christ to all.
Grace Place for Children and Families has a mission to teach literacy, language, and life skills to at-risk children and impoverished families in our communities. Adult English Language Learners (pictured) is one of these programs. Located in Golden Gate city, this faith-based, non-profit neighborhood educational center offers classes to enable the individual to overcome the barriers of poverty and language to reach their goals for school, employment and life.
HELPS Outreach has a simple mission: To help the poor and the needy of Collier County by clothing the naked, feeding the hungry and ministering to the hurting. All this is done in an evangelical setting. They receive and distribute anything of value: food, clothing, furniture, and miscellaneous items are given to those in need, without charge.
International Cooperating Ministries constructs church buildings around the world for congregations seeking to impact their communities for Christ. All funds go directly to the ministry/project designated. All overhead is covered by other funds. Your Faith Promise Pledges are building a church in Honduras that has a pastor and the ability to be self-supporting. Future Mission newsletters will have pictures and membership growth information.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship The current ministry focus is to the campus communities at Edison State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. Led by Bill Harward, this ministry team reaches undergraduate students, students in the nursing program, International students and faculty through Bible studies, prayer events and other special projects throughout the year. Intervarsity extends their thanks. “Thank you for your faithful and vital partnership in prayer and financial support as we co-labor with Jesus on the college campus mission fields of southwest Florida.”
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Brunel Bienvenu Through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Brunel Bienvenu is investing himself in the lives of students and faculty, wherever they are on their spiritual journey, on two of the nine college campuses in Brooklyn.
Mission India assists Indian Christians in planting reproducing churches in a systematic, measurable way. One of their successful methods is through Adult Literacy classes providing illiterates with vital skills to change their lives for the better, and introducing many to the Gospel for the first time. We support one individual Church Planter and a Literacy Project.
New Horizons is dedicated to reaching the academic needs of at-risk children in our community. They provide over 700 hours of free after school tutoring each week at their Super Kids Clubs empowering children to reach their potential through education and mentoring. They are located in Bonita Springs and North Naples.
Overseas Council partners with seminaries, Bible institutes and other strategic ministries ...to equip biblical leaders to be effective pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries and Christian leaders in their own countries. Covenant supports scholarship assistance making a profound difference—one life at a time—for ministry training around the world.
Place of Hope, was founded in 2000 by Andre and Angie Forges, Place of Hope in Haiti is more than an orphanage; it’s a place where children are loved, nurtured, and encouraged. Currently, 45 children are provided housing, education and spiritual growth. God is glorified through the promotion of Christian worship and the care of the children in Les Cay, Haiti. The campus continues to be developed including dormitory improvements, completion of a church, medical center, school and a vocational training facility.
Pregnancy Resource Centers of Southwest Florida is a Christ centered organization that exists to promote the inherent value of every mother and her unborn child. The soon-to-open Medical Center will provide accurate and compassionate care for those most vulnerable to abortion. Our Resource Center will continue to provide education, referrals and a Biblical worldview in all things. They believe that there is a purpose and plan for every life. With this high calling before us, they set out to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and in deed in order to meet spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
Presbyterian Reformed Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel (PRCC) The chaplaincy includes those who bring the Light of Christ into all kinds of hospitals, correctional facilities, hospice ministries, retirement communities, police and fire stations, and businesses. While you are reading this, PRCC chaplains are at work all over the world standing at a bedside, praying with a distraught couple, counseling an anxious Serviceman or woman, officiating at a graveside service, preaching Christ, or leading a Bible study in a far away place. Chaplains, represented by the PRCC, call men and women to faith in Jesus Christ and provide for spiritual growth, and encouragement.
ScholarLeaders International is focused on developing Servant Leaders for the majority world church by identifying and investing in the advanced theological education of gifted Christian leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. People of all nations will hear and learn to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ—from their own leaders, in their own language, expressed in culturally relevant and dynamic ways.
St. Matthews House is in the business of touching hearts and transforming lives by offering preventative and structured recovery services. Their mission is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as provide housing for the homeless and food for the needy. They are in the business of touching hearts and transforming lives by offering preventative and structured recovery services. Their mission is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as provide housing for the homeless and food for the needy. Volunteer opportunities are available.
Super Seniors Ministry, along with a small team, and with the help of many of our children at special times, John Summers ministers weekly to about 100 people in four nursing centers here in Naples. These people are largely forgotten by society and families and were delighted to receive small but special gifts this past Christmas. This ministry has resulted in many, some Jewish, coming to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Young Life, (Zach Gurick) is a world-class organization for adolescents. Their staff and volunteers enter the world of kids, focusing on what matters to them—fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. In doing so, they earn the privilege of talking to them about something that they think matters most of all—the truth about God and His great love for them. Young Life Collier County touches the lives of countless kids in Naples and Immokalee.
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