Dave & Mary Elliff
Church Planting - Seattle, WA
Dave & Mary are church planting in the Roosevelt suburb of the Seattle area. After a couple of years of praying and putting out feelers, they began meeting people in this area and establishing relationships which have now blossomed into Roots Community Church. They started in a home, then in a Pub, and are now meeting in a community center. Their congregation is mostly younger families and growing. They have 4 kids, mostly preschool age. Check out Roots Community Church on Facebook.
Vincent & Samantha Luwizhi
Church Planting - Zambia
Vincent & Samantha Luwizhi live in southern Africa in Lusaka, Zambia. They have 4 girls—Madisyn, Ahlivia, Serenity, and Viktorya. The Luwizhi’s work is centered around sharing God’s Word through community outreach, compassion, training and leadership. They are working with 3 campuses near Lusaka providing holistic Bible based education for the children, clean water, Biblical education for the adults, training the adults to have a trade, and meeting the challenges of their communities. For more information, visit www.luwizhisactofmercy.org.
International Students - Tyler, TX
There are large communities of students from India, Asia, the Middle East, and other countries in many of the large cities, but they are also right here in Tyler, TX. There are over 1.2 million students studying in the US, and less than 25% ever get invited into an American home. UT Tyler ranks in the top 26% of colleges and universities for popularity among international students, and there are currently over 30 nations represented at UT Tyler. If each one of us took the time to invite a few students into our home to share a meal, or a holiday, or game night to develop a friendship, imagine the impact we could have by sharing the love of Christ that they will carry with them as they move away. For some, these friendships are so different, it will open the door to share the gospel message which will change their lives for eternity.
Jordi & Bern Vilahur
Unreached People Groups - Spain
Spain has nearly 1 million people who are considered unreached. Although many living in Spain would say they are Christians, according to the Joshua project less than 2% are considered evangelical Christians. Many Catholics are disenfranchised with the organized church. Camp is a place where kids have fun, make new friends, and come away with the gospel, returning home with a new hope found in Christ. Jordi and Bern Vilahur work at L’Arcada Camp, a part of the Greater Europe Missions camps. Their main camps in the summer are American sports camps and Indian Camps. They teach football & basketball skills during sports camps, and crafts, games and traditions of the Indians during Indian camps. All the campers live in teepees for the week. They present the gospel at all their camps and many have received Christ. Camping is a family affair with their 2 grown boys, and Isaac who is still at home. For more information visit http://www.larcada.us/Jordi-And-Bern-
Vilahur or email Jordi at email@example.com.
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.