Our Missionaries

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Children's Shelter of Cebu

 
Children’s Shelter of Cebu. We support two children at CSC in Philippines.  Cris is nine years old and he enjoys playing outside with his friends and loves riding scooters or waveboards.  Juliet is also nine years old and she enjoys playing on the playground with her friends including playing dodgeball.   Click here to view the Children’s Shelter web site.
John and Lori De Cleene are serving as Mobilization Specialists, Monthly Deployment Advisors. They are advising and coaching newly appointed Converge missionaries during the period of time appointees complete their many requirements to reach their field. Converge has a comprehensive program of creating missionary support teams, developing needed missionary skills and preparing for successful departure. Having been missionaries in the Philippines for more than 25 years, John and Lori know what it’s like to raise support, leave family and friends and pack belongings. In their role of advising/coaching new missionary appointees, the De Cleenes are multiplying nearly three decades of worldwide church planting efforts by helping new appointees reach their field fully prepared. By continuing to raise their own financial support, John and
Lori help decrease the costs for the missionary appointees they train.

Jane Fischer is a missionary with Converge Worldwide. Japan is Jane’s mission field. Beginning in 1991, she went on a series of short-term mission trips to Christian Academy in Japan, a school for children of missionaries and others. Her experiences there and her growing love for the Japanese people led her to begin full-time missionary work. While her occupation is teaching, she also enjoys ministering in a Japanese church in her neighborhood. Click here to view Christian Academy in Japan web site.
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Mike and Samya Johnson are missionaries with Converge Worldwide. They’ve been called to serve among Arab peoples with a ministry using media, evangelism, discipleship and equipping. Click here to view the Johnson’s web site.
Lake Ellen is a year-round Christian camp in Northern Michigan which ministers to the whole family. Our church is involved as campers and staff. Click here to view the Lake Ellen web site.
Mabel Hurst served in Bolivia from 1949-2004. Since that time, she has retired to a New Tribes retirement home in Florida where she continues to be a faithful servant in whatever way she can. Since she dedicated so much of her life to God’s work, we still support her in recognition for everything she has done.
John and Elaine Mehn have served as Converge Worldwide (BGC) missionaries in Japan since 1985. Their primary ministry of cross-cultural church planting, direct evangelism and outreach, mobilization and equipping for church planting, leadership development, and spiritual renewal mentoring. John is the director of the JEMA Church Planting Institute. After the triple disaster 2011, John was the Director of Disaster Response for the Converge Japan Team. They are both trainers, authors, and speakers. Their next Home Assignment is in 2020, but they do visit family in Northern Illinois (Rockford) in the summer where their two children and two grandchildren live and often then visit churches. Click here to sign up for their newsletter.
Crick and Mindy Porier are partnering with Kolgata Baptist Church to connect, develop and support youth ministries, church plants and outreach programs throughout southern Estonia.  They have a strong emphasis on building relationships in order to teach and mentor youth and young adults in leadership and spiritual growth.  Estonia is a country with 1.3 million people.  Less than 2 percent are evangelical Christians.  Click here to view their ministry page.
Luke and Becca Rickert are missionaries with Cru (www.laxcru.com) and Athletes in Action
(www.athletesinaction.org).  Both are originally from the Fox Valley Area.  (Becca and her family attended Fox River as she was growing up and they were married at Fox River.)
Luke and Becca along with their two boys, Caleb and Isaac, are currently serving God in the greater LaCrosse Area of WI, SE Minnesota and NE Iowa.  Their family has planted itself in the Coulee Region, after serving 2 years in Central Wisconsin, 8 years in Duluth, MN and 1 year overseas in East Asia.  They are thankful to call this community their home and mission field.
Luke and Becca are trusting God to reach the campuses in the Greater La Crosse Area.  Some 40,000+ students, professors, and faculty are at these Universities, Technical Schools, and Community Colleges.  It is their desire to see “Movements Everywhere, on these campuses, so that every student knows someone who truly follows Jesus.”  Wouldn’t it be so cool if this were true on each of these campuses! That is what they are trusting God for.
Right now, Luke and Becca have the privilege of serving alongside their Cru staff team and 60+ student leaders at UW- La Crosse, Viterbo, Western Tech, and Winona State.  They praise God for their changed lives and their desire to impact others on their campuses.  It is exciting to work on the college campus where leaders, world-changers, and future influencers are formed and shaped!  What an honor it is to intersect their lives during formative years on campus.  As Luke and Becca step out in faith and lock arms together they hope and pray towards this vision become a reality, “La Crosse Area Cru crosses campuses, cultures, state lines, and oceans to make disciples who make disciples.”
Youth Ministry International is in the ministry of “Training Trainers in Youth Ministry Worldwide”. They presently work in Mexico, Cuba, Ukraine, Malaysia, France, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nepal. They’re trying to get started in several other countries. Click here to view the YMI web site.