Although we are one church in rural Ohio, we are able to share in the ministry of God all around the world. We love our missionaries and support them as best as we can. We love to hear about the great things they are doing. Links are provided below to the missionary's website, blog, or Facebook so you can see what is going on in each of their ministries.
One Challenge International Ministries
Colorado Springs, CO
Steve and Bonnie Aldrich have been serving with OC International since 1973. They are involved in training young leaders and missionaries, particularly by conducting Lifeworkx events throughout the world. Lifeworkx is a self-discovery based experience focusing on how well people know themselves and how well they work with others. Steve and Bonnie have two adult daughters, Amy and Kristin.
Cru/Athletes in Action
Amy Bromberg ministers to college athletes and coaches in the Dayton area. Currently there are 9 schools with an AIA presence: Cedarville, Central State, Dayton, Sinclair, Urbana, Wilberforce, Wilmington, Wittenberg, and Wright State. Amy’s husband, Jason, is a teacher in the Springboro Community School District.
Father Son Gospel Mission
After pastoring various churches for many years, Tim and Beth Burden moved out of their last parsonage in October 2021. They are now doing short-term mission trips, plus Tim still has opportunities to do counseling, preach and teach, and mentor. Tim and Beth have three adult sons (Matt, David, and Jonathan) and an adult daughter, Rachel. Their son Matt has devoted much of his life to mission work in various capacities. He has a particular love for the Latino population. Matt is currently an associate pastor at St. Paul’s Church in Findlay, OH, but he will continue to lead mission teams to Cuba and other nations with Father Son Gospel Mission, the mission agency that he and his dad formed in 2016.
TMS Global Resource Team
South Bend, IN/Ghana
Cameron and Anne Gongwer lived in Ghana for fourteen years, where Cam served as a physician at Methodist Faith Healing Hospital and Anne served on the staff of the Reading Town Library. In 2012, the Gongwers joined the Global Resource Team. Cam leads Crosspoint Global Health, an outreach in developing countries that works alongside national churches and medical services for transforming communities into healthier places to live. He and Anne keep in touch with the staff at the hospital and library in Ghana to offer support. Cam and Anne have one adult daughter, Caylor.
Jessica Hall ministers to the many international students at Michigan State University. The goal of Bridges is to serve, promote social connections, and engage in spiritual conversations with international students so that they become leaders internationally. Jessica and her husband, Stuart, who works as a civil engineer, have three children, Alaine (Lainey), Benjamin, and Micah.
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Chad and Andi Irwin have served with MAF since 1999. During their 15 years of living and working in Shell, Ecuador, Chad served as the chief pilot, and Andi worked at the Nate Saint Memorial School where their children attended. During the latter part of their ministry in Ecuador, Chad was instrumental in helping the Ecuador program transition to a nationally run entity. Of course, this meant that eventually Chad and Andi would leave Ecuador to allow the staff there to reach their full potential in leading the ministry. In July 2016, the family relocated in Nampa, Idaho, the site of MAF headquarters, where Chad is involved in recruiting and training new pilots to serve with MAF worldwide. Chad and Andi have two children, Josiah and Olivia.
One Mission Society
Lori has been with One Mission Society since 1999. After serving with her family in the Philippines for nine months and in the Republic of Ireland for two years, she began working at OMS World Headquarters. She served in the Communications Department for 14 years, first in One Mission Kids and then for 10 years as editor. Currently, she serves as a trainer with HOPE61, the human trafficking prevention ministry of One Mission Society. Inspired by Isaiah 61, HOPE61 seeks to prevent human trafficking by providing training to help local churches identify and minister to those vulnerable to becoming involved in the problem. Lori and her husband, Cris, who works for Ely Lilly, have two adult children, Andrea and Ben.
Ralph Roberts Missions
Ralph Roberts became interested in foreign missions and began supporting missionaries at a young age. Doors began to open when he was called to preach at age 16 and began saving for Bible school. He attended Southeastern Bible College and Central Bible College as well as the Alliance Francais in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he learned French. He has spoken in over 500 churches in 20 nations and established many foreign churches. He has taught courses in several Bible schools and lectured in universities including the Sorbonne in Paris, France and the University of Moscow. He has been a successful evangelist, taught marriage seminaries, and spoken in many conferences. Ralph plays guitar and sings in English, French, and Russian.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Brian Schwartz went to the Philippines as a missionary in 2008. There he met Beth, and they were married in 2010. Brian and Beth partner in Bible translation serving in support roles. Brian serves as the Business Administrator and Facilities Manager for Faith International Academy of Davao City. Beth’s roles are Scripture Engagement with a primary focus on Bible distribution, Obo Manobo Old Testament Translation Project Manager, and Guesthouse Manager. Brian and Beth have a daughter, Rebecca, and an adult son, Jacob.
Jeff and Shauna Spence began their ministry in Mongolia in 2006, working with a local non-governmental organization doing small-scale development. They were involved in construction, greenhouse projects, developing small businesses, training local church leaders, and working with Operation Christmas Child. They moved to Taiwan in 2017, and Jeff is now the Regional Strategy Coordinator for North Asia. Jeff and Shauna have four children: Kaylee, Ava, Jeffrey, and Alyssa.
West Ohio Conference UMC/Nuru Ya Mapendo
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Jane Wise is an Individual Volunteer missionary from The West Ohio Conference serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After traveling to Zimbabwe with VIM (Volunteer in Mission) teams in 2006, 2007, and 2009, Jane's husband of 34 years passed away suddenly, and she felt God's call to full-time mission work in Africa. Since 2013, she has served as the Assistant to the District Superintendent of the Kasenga District, as well as working as the director of Nuru Ya Mapendo ("Love's Light"). Nuru Ya Mapendo provides a community resource center, repair and construction of rural churches, crop and animal production training, and malaria prevention and education.