Ben & Lindsey
Unreached People Groups
Ben and Lindsey work in a “closed country,” a term for a region where traditional missionary activity is illegal or banned. Ben grew up in Georgia and Lindsey grew up in Tyler. They met in college and married after graduation. They have two children. The conditions in Country X are notoriously difficult, with religious oppression, language barriers, and restricted access only compounding the challenges of ministering to the unreached people living there. Pray the Lord would make their vision clear, grant opportunities to share the gospel, and open doors for them to continue serving in Country X.
Cuitat Nova 22 Church
Church Planting - Barcelona, Spain
Ciutat Nova 22@ (CN22) is a church plant to those who speak Catalon in Barcelona, Spain.Guido Groeneveld, Xavier Memba, Vladi Diaz, Ruben Pocull serve as the pastors and elders of the church, which was planted in 2011. While Catalonian’s do speak Spanish, many prefer to speak their native language. CN22 is the only evangelical church in the area that has services in Catalon. They are small but are growing with over 100 members. They have a growing leadership team, multiple community groups, and are active in their community.
Gabriele & Melissa Guidi
Church Planting - Milan, Italy
Chiesa Cristiana Evangelica Stadera – Italy has a population of about 60 million and less than 2% are considered evangelical Christians. It is a country which is rich in religious history, but very shallow in the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The Stadera church in Milan was planted by Robby & Rose Roberts and turned over to Italian leadership after about 20 years. Gabriele and Melissa Guidi are indigenous to Italy and have been leading for over 10 years. It is a growing church with a mission to reach friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors of their members with the good news of the gospel. Many of their current members are the grown children of the Robert’s neighbors. The church has always had a strong outreach to youth and that continues. They are growing in their desire and emphasis to make disciples of the people who attend the church. Gabriele has expanded the elder board, instituted life groups, added more Bible study cells in people’s homes, and continues to mentor the men the Lord has placed on the leadership team.
Local Justice - Tyler, TX
Long time Bethel member Bev Kline founded Living Alternatives in 1982 out of a desire to help a young pregnant woman find an alternative to abortion. It has grown to incorporate many facets of a pregnancy. The umbrella principle is to bring hope to families and the unborn using a holistic approach; Forthe1 finds families for adoptions or fostering; Building Blocks teaches parenting skills; Fatherheart is a home for unwed pregnant Moms, Keeps Boutique provides clothes for Mom, Loving Alternatives helps with placement if the Mom decides not to parent, and the Pregnancy Resource Center counsels girls looking for an alternative. In 2020, the 1.2 million dollar AXIA Center was completed and now allows Living Alternatives to reach abortion-vulnerable women in even more effective ways through free pregnancy testing, sonograms, and STD testing, giving them the tools, hope, and help to make life-changing decisions for their unborn child and their future.
Scott & Marion Murphy
International Students - Atlanta, Georgia
Scott & Marion raised their kids in Tyler and Asia. They were members at Bethel for many years. After 10+ years living in Asia, they transitioned to working with international students at Georgia Tech, particularly those from Asia. From there, they returned home to Tyler, where they now focus on connecting local churches and ministries with international students at UT-Tyler, to share the love of Christ and the gospel with them. The Murphys are known for their hospitality, which includes housing, meals, games, and hanging out. They have 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and they love to spend time with them.
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Steve & Gaylynne
Global heart Ministries
The message of Jesus is blocked in many parts of the world and people are living without hope. Through innovative technologies, Global Heart Ministries (GHM) bypasses political and cultural barriers to spread His message across the Middle East and Central Asia using tools like smartphones and social media. GHM gives creative access to Jesus through a variety of digital media, faith-building
Henry & Alma Fornah
Church Planting - Sierra Leone
Henry Fornah heads up the Grace Evangelical Ministry (GEM). Henry is married to Alma and they have 3 grown children. Sierra Leone is a very poor country, mostly Muslim, and many people are subsistent farmers with few jobs and no industry. GEM has planted 7 churches near Freetown. Bethel members help with student scholarships. A portion of the ALL-IN funds raised from Bethel have been used to build a multi-use building to house a church and school that opened in September of 2018.
The Fostering Collective
Foster Care Ministry- Tyler, TX
The Fostering Collective is a faith-based community bringing hope to children in foster care by providing support, resources, and encouragement to foster and adoptive families. Through networking with fellow foster families, local agencies, and professionals, the Fostering Collective has developed a wealth of knowledge and resources, all of which they want to use to help current and potential foster families make a difference in the lives of children from hard places.
Church Planting - Nicaragua
Institutos Biblicos De Los Americas Y El Caribe – IBAC. Ometepe Island is located in SW Nicaragua in the middle of a volcanic lake. Catholicism is the dominant religion, although it is mixed with some folklore. The island has an economy based on livestock, agriculture, and tourism, and they are known for a type of ceramic pottery. There is one airport that services the island. The mission of Bethel Bible Church and the mission of IBAC go hand in hand – both desiring to develop leaders and train them in advanced Biblical education. The mission statement for IBAC is to equip pastors and leaders in Latin America through mobile/modular theological education in partnership with local churches. Most of the indigenous pastors have had no formal training and don’t have access to a seminary. IBAC provides the curriculum, the planning, the facilities, and gathers the pastors. Then partnering with IBAC, Bethel has been sending teams twice a year to train these pastors on Bible study techniques, Biblical history, and Doctrine. It’s a fun experience and a chance to meet new friends in Christ.
Local Justice - Tyler, TX
The Mentoring Alliance exists to mobilize godly people into the lives of kids and families, to provide tangible help and eternal hope. Currently there are three main parts to the organization: Rose City Summer Camps, Boys & Girls Clubs of East TX and Gospel Village. All three of these parts rely heavily on volunteers who want to pour into children’s lives to make an impact for eternity. Many people at Bethel are currently serving in one of these three areas. If you are interested in knowing more, check us out at thementoringalliance.com.
Student Outreach- Tyler, TX
Young Life is a long-standing Christian ministry focused on building relationships with students and helping them grow in their faith in Christ. Since 1941, they have set out to accomplish their mission through prayer and by going where kids are, building personal relationships with them, providing fun, adventurous, life-changing experiences for kids, inviting kids to respond to the Good News of Christ and walking with them in friendship, regardless of their response, and preparing kids for a lifelong relationship with Christ and a love for His Word, His mission, and the local church.
Did you know our Tyler Young Life is the longest running Young Life club in the world? It began here in 1942 with Tyler High students, just one year after the ministry was first started. About 40 years ago, it moved to Robert E. Lee High. Today, Young Life Tyler operates in five TISD schools: Tyler High, Legacy High, and Boulter, Hubbard, and Moore Middle Schools.
Young Life- Young Lives
Teen Mom Outreach- Tyler, TX
Young Lives is a subset of Young Life that focuses on discipling teen moms. Their mission is to help young mothers grow in their faith through mentoring, Bible study, and a variety of other discipleship methods to instill in each teen mom core values about herself, her child, her relationships, and her world. While teen motherhood often translates into a loss of hope for a future and the breakdown of health in a community, YoungLives offers a tangible lifeline with the hope that life can look different for teen moms and their children. Life-on-life mentoring is at the very heart of YoungLives. Mentors build relationships with teen moms, offering guidance in matters of faith, parenting and self-worth. And as a result, teen moms are equipped to set and achieve positive education and career goals, become more confident in parenting, live lives rooted deeply in a new relationship with Christ.
Young Life Africa
Young Life Africa introduces teenagers to Jesus Christ and helps them grow in their faith. Africa is a continent of young people; 75% of the population of sub-Sahara Africa is under the age of 25. When leaders share Jesus with kids, hearts change, lives change and communities change. Since launching in Africa around two decades ago, Young Life has grown rapidly, reaching over 1,372,000 kids in a growing number of African countries. They have accomplished this by reaching one kid at a time and training local leaders to be rooted in God’s Word and to branch out into their countries and communities to love lost kids.