We are honored to partner with Reformed Church missionaries around the world including son of the church, David Ford. Together we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations.
Peter and Patty Ford, serving in Lebanon
Christians and Muslims often misunderstand and mistrust each other. Christians in the Middle East are a small minority of the population among a Muslim majority, and they often face discrimination. There is a need for Christians to develop ways of relating to their Muslim neighbors based on better knowledge, respect, cooperation, and expressions of compassion and witness. Peter serves as assistant professor of Islamic studies at the Near East School of Theology (NEST), one of only ahandful of accredited Protestant theological seminaries in the Arab world. He teaches courses in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, mostly for Christian students, to help them better understand Islam and develop positive relations with Muslims. Patty has begun to explore what God might have for her ministry here.
David Ford, serving in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has about 80 living languages, many of which still do not have a basic linguistic description for them, let alone access to scripture in that language. SIL Ethiopia exists to ensure that all peoples of Ethiopia have access to God's Word in a language that serves them well, that they benefit from the development and use of their languages, and that the knowledge and skills related to these ends are furthered. David's role as a Linguistics Specialist will, to some extent, serve all three of these ends. A language community cannot have access to God's Word if their language does not have its own writing system. David's work is a vital first step before translation can begin. David Ford serves in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International.
Larry and Linda McAuley, serving in Kenya
Through the AIC Bishop Birech College, the Africa Inland Church (AIC) is training African church leaders to proclaim and live the gospel in and through their local churches blessing all in the community. The AIC has invited Larry and Linda to the college to teach courses in transformational development, mission, and other areas that will help prepare African church leaders to pursue their calling. They will also work with churches and communities in western Kenya to help them develop resources and make plans and progress toward more abundant living.
Martha and Jaime Amaro, serving in Mexico
Martha and Jaime Amaro became Christians when they heard the gospel from a missionary. Now doing mission work themselves, the Amaros help the Presbyterian Church in Mexico by providing training workshops for the Children and Worship program. They have a vision to see the Children and Worship program in use throughout Mexico within three years. The Amaros also do translating work; they have been translating "Growing in the Faith" discipleship materials into Spanish, which are used to train church leaders. The Amaros have two children, Jaime Jr. and Alex.
Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather, serving in South Sudan
Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather work with RECONCILE, (Resource Centre for Civil Leadership), an indigenous ecumenical Christian organization, which was established in March 2004 by a national church council. It promotes peace-building by providing training in trauma recovery, conflict transformation, and civic education. RECONCILE's activities are in areas of high inter-ethnic conflict, with the churches often being the typical point of entry into these communities. Shelvis and Nancy participate in RECONCILE's training events that address inter-ethnic conflict. Shelvis is also principal of the Peace Institute, which offers three-month courses in community-based trauma healing, peace studies, and conflict transformation.
Paramedic Training in Chiapas, Mexico
Licensed physicians are not usually available in Chiapan villages, so health workers assist at births. Most of the health workers have been taught to give injections and utilize intravenous techniques. A few perform simple external surgeries. They also connect villagers with government health workers and facilities, especially when hospitalization becomes necessary. The village health workers also are a spiritual arm of the church. They pray with patients, witness to the love of God, and help people recover from physical ailments and maladies. The paramedic training program includes 40 one-week courses and takes four to five years to complete. It requires 4-5 years to complete the training program; 1 week study every 2 months. They utilize the Bible Schools as their training center, but also teach in village settings to better provide on-site practical training.