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Blake & Emily Ackerson - Nations Within - International Students

Blake & Emily

International Students - Houston, TX

Blake and Emily serve in Houston, TX with Bridges International, a part of Cru. Altogether, University of Houston, Rice University, and the colleges within Houston host over 20,000 international students. Blake is leading a new initiative to connect churches to international student ministries and Emily is coaching and leading Bridges staff women across the country.

Robert & Roberta Adair - Church Planting Northern Japan

Robert & Roberta Adair

Church Planting - Northern Japan

Robert and Roberta are church planters in Northern Japan near where the tsunami of 2011 hit. They have a home in Shiogama where they have been working on a church plant for several years. It is a wonderful place and a huge blessing already. The Adairs have been in Japan since 2011 learning the language, the culture, and building relationships. Japan is about 1% Christian with the major religions being Shinto and Buddhism. They have four boys: Joseph, Benjamin, Anderson, and Timothy.

Josh & Jade Aduddell

Campus Crusade (Cru)

Josh and Jade Aduddell serve with Campus Crusade (Cru) and minister to junior high and high school students in Kosice, Slovakia. Their desire is to connect local teenagers to Christ by creating an environment for both faithful and believing students to develop their faith, character, and relationships. Before they were married in 2014, Josh spent three summers in Slovakia and Jade spent two summers in Kenya. In the summer of 2014, they both served in Slovakia as a husband and wife team and later joined the Cru staff full-time in 2017. Together, they have three young children: Ezra, Elias, and Esme.

Bethesda Health Clinic- Local Justice Ministry

Bethesda Health Clinic

Local Justice - Tyler, TX

Bethesda Health Clinic opened in 2003 to provide Christ-centered, affordable high quality care for the working uninsured and others they are able to serve. They focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of their patients. Their ministry includes health care, education classes, support for the families of patients, Women’s alliance, and Hangers of Hope to help provide the finances needed. There are currently two locations for Hangers of Hope where anyone may donate slightly used clothes, toys, or household goods – SW Loop 323 or the Highland Shopping Center on Troup Highway. Bethesda is a non-profit organization dependent on the generous gifts of others, and currently has two clinic locations – Tyler and Lindale. Bethel has a large population of people who serve in the medical field as a profession. We combine these gifts and abilities with Bethesda’s desire to use volunteers to meet the needs of their patients. Two or three times a year, Bethel provides the staffing for a Saturday morning clinic. Bethel has also helped occasionally with jobs needed done at Hangers of Hope.

Henry & Alma Fornah - Church Planting Ministry - Sierra Leone

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.

Bethel Bible Church, Tyler TX

Casey & Mandi

Unreached People Groups

Casey and Mandi currently serve in Southeast Asia with FieldLife, an organization that helps missionaries from all over the world remember their calling and experience a time of “refreshment and refueling” for their journey ahead. Their goal is to come alongside active missionaries and help them to remain fruitful so they can reveal Jesus where He is not yet known. The Morgans enjoy the outdoors and being with people and have six children: Boston, Huddy, Emma, Millie, Luk, and Liv.

Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

Local Outreach- Tyler, TX

The HiWay 80 Rescue Mission is an East Texas Christian ministry that preaches and teaches the Word of God while serving the homeless and hurting with food, clothing, lodging, spiritual direction, rehabilitation programs, and the opportunity to hear and receive the gospel. Their belief is that Christians are commissioned by God to help the poor and needy–not just when it is convenient, but when and as the needs arise. Frequently, they find that alcoholics, drug addicts, homeless individuals and families, and victims of domestic violence often lack an advocate. As a result, HiWay 80 has made it their goal to step in and help carry those burdens, one they have been accomplishing for over 60 years.

IBAC - Institutos Biblicos De Los Americas Y El Caribe, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler TX

IBAC

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.

Mentoring Alliance Bethel Bible Church Tyler TX

Mentoring Alliance

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.

Brad & Jamie Newport - Unreached People Groups Ministry - Athens, Greece

Brad & Jamie Newport

Unreached People Groups - Athens, Greece

Brad & Jamie work in Athens, Greece. The emphasis of their ministry is to make disciples of the many refugees that flood through Athens. Their team works to help feed, clothe, provide medical care, & showers to meet the basic needs of these homeless refugees who are passing through. They also meet their spiritual needs through Bible studies, worship times, one on one times, and for some retreats at a nearby camp. They are in the process of starting a new ministry group with TEAM. They have 5 grown children scattered in the states & abroad, one still at home, and 2 grandbabies.

David & Judy Payne - Unreached People Groups - Peru, South America

David & Judy Payne

Unreached People Groups - Peru, South America

David & Judy have spent over 30 years translating for the Asheninka people of Peru and are currently helping to adapt their work to reach a group with a similar language, Pichis Asheninka. There are 50 villages with 100-1000 people in each who speak Pichis. David travels to Peru and works with native Peruvian translators in an effort to create the first-ever Asheninka Bible translation. He also leads pastor training workshops and works with local pastors who oversee training others to present the gospel in story-form from both the Old and New Testaments. More villages are asking for storytellers! David & Judy live in New Summerfield, TX and have 3 grown children and several grandchildren.

Robby & Rose Roberts Missionaries South Campus Bethel Bible Church Tyler TX

Robby & Rose Roberts

Church Planting - Mosciano, Italy

Robby & Rose are church planters in Mosciano, Italy. They grew up in TX, and Robby is from Tyler. They have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and have been in Italy over 30 years. Their first church plant was in Milan and currently, they are planting a new church in Mosciano, Italy. With a passion for sharing the gospel, their home is always open to neighbors, friends, and family. Rose is an excellent cook too! They enjoy speaking for various events to include Christian camps, men’s and women’s events, and conferences. They love spending time with their family. Contact info: robby.roberts@crossworld.org

Paul & Linda Tanner Missionaries South Campus, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler TX

Paul & Linda Tanner

Unreached People Groups

Paul is the Middle East Director for BEE World providing Biblical training and leadership development for believers. His wife, Linda serves as a Chaplain for Marketplace Ministries. They have lived in the Arab world and speak Arabic. Paul frequently travels to the ME to disciple and equip pastors and leaders through small groups using courses developed by BEE. They currently have groups going in several Arab countries, and have seen the Lord raise up Arab leaders to assist them in the work. They have two grown children, live in Bullard, and are members at Bethel.

Young Life

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

International Outreach

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.