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Missions and the Gospel

At The River Church we take the responsibility of Reaching others with the Gospel seriously. Those who have received Christ and become part of His church have a unique responsibility to honor the Gospel, proclaim the Gospel, and support others who carry the Gospel around the World.

In the New Testament we see how the local church sent out missionaries (Acts 13:3) and cared for the missionaries after they were sent (Philippians 4:15–16; 3 John 1–8). Below is a list of Missionaries that consider the spread of the Gospel a crucial part of their ministry and receive prayer and financial support from The River Church through the mission portion of the budget. We are making their information available to you so that you may pray, request newsletters, and support them financially if you choose.

If you have questions regarding missions or any of the missionaries supported below, please reach out!

Missionaries Supported by The River Church

Key of Hope • Dan & Rachel Smither
Durban, South Africa

Key of Hope is an international non-profit in Durban, South Africa that reaches children affected by poverty and AIDS with the hope found in Jesus Christ through long-term mentoring relationships. Our vision is to unlock the future of Africa by empowering children to be ambassadors of change in their families, schools and communities.

Website: keyofhope.org
Mailing Address: Key of Hope, P.O. Box 20745, Durban North, 4016 South Africa


Clay Cups • Ernesto Alaniz
The Dalit People, India

Clay Cups is a Christian non-profit that works with the untouchables of India. They partner with Untouchable pastors of small villages to bring the hope of Jesus to a dry and thirsting land. They equip, empower, and resource these Indian pastors as they reach the Hindu nation of India.

Mailing Address: Claycups, PO Box 300577, Waterford, MI. 48329
Website: claycups.net


Independent Baptist Missions for Asians

IMBA has the vison of a Christ-centered Philippines through soul winning and planting of Idependent Baptist churches in the 41,995 barangays. They believe that the Philippines, being a nation without any history of aggression against its neighbors, will play a vital role in evangelizing the southeast Asian region.

Ador Lumibao
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Mailing Address: 5085 Matatalaib Tarlac City 2300, Philippines
Website: https://ibmaforasians.org/lumibao,-ador.html

Angelo Lumibao 
Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Mailing Address: 5086 Matatalaib Tarlac City 2300, Philippines
Website: https://ibmaforasians.org/lumibao,-angelo.html

Aries Gonzales
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Mailing Address: 5087 Matatalaib Tarlac City 2300, Philippines
Website: https://ibmaforasians.org/gonzales,-aries.html

Oliver Manzano
Talavera,Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Mailing Address: 5088 Matatalaib Tarlac City 2300, Philippines

Roehl Tanedo
Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Mailing Address: 5089 Matatalaib Tarlac City 2300, Philippines
Website: https://ibmaforasians.org/ta%c3%b1edo,-roehl.html


Ethnos 360 • Logan & Kendra Teal
Asia-Pacific Region

Motivated by the love of Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Ethnos360 exists to assist the ministry of the local church through the mobilizing, equipping, and coordinating of believers to evangelize unreached people groups, translate the Scriptures, and see indigenous churches established that glorify God.

Website: https://ethnos360.org/missionaries/logan-and-kendra-teall


Baptist Evangelistic Missionary Association • Jacob and Rachel Adesina
Nigeria, Africa

BEMA has always focused on helping foreign national missionaries establish local New Testament indigenous churches, however, they understand that the mission of God is accomplished through domestic missionaries as well. It is their ultimate aim to glorify God through the spreading the gospel among the unreached peoples of the world. They achieve this by providing accountability, training and assistance to our missionaries as they carry out their pre-field, on-field and furlough ministries.

Mailing Address: 4744 Winchester Pike Columbus, Ohio 43232
Website: bemamissions.org


Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation • Kelly and Debbie McMaster
Diamantina, Minas Gerais Brazil

Since 1920, Baptist Mid-Missions is a partner with independent Baptist churches as they send out and equip their members to share the gospel and plant new Baptist churches.

Website: bmm.org


SIM • Ginny Feldmann
Elgin, Illinois

Convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God’s good news, we believe He has called us to make Jesus known in all places and among all peoples. With more than 4,000 workers representing over 65 nationalities, SIM workers share the love of Christ through Christian witness, community development, health care, education, business and more. We are passionate about prayer and care as we respond to need, proclaim the gospel and epuip the church in over 70 countries worldwide.

Mailing Address: 1960 W Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60123
Website: simusa.org


Word of Life • Brad and Mary Hawkins
Durban, South Africa

The Hawkins are serving with Word of Life in South Africa. Primarily to the Young Adult population.

Mailing Address: Word of Life South Africa, PO Box 28295, Malvern, Durban, KZN 4055, South Africa
Website: wol.org


Carriage Town Ministries
Flint, MI

In these uncertain times, CTM remains open to meet the growing need of those in our community. For those who are hungry, we provide something to eat; for those who are thirsty, something to drink. For those who need a place to stay, we provide a home; for those who need clothing, a coat to keep them warm. And for those who are sick, a free walk-in clinic is provided each week. The gospel of Christ is taught daily through word, deed, devotionals and church services. In addition to the CTM cafe, clothing distribution and educational opportunities, residents are given the chance to create a Personal Success Plan. This is a goal-oriented program that enables individuals to grow spiritually, academically, and vocationally through mentoring, work-experience, and life skills.

Mailing Address: 605 Garland St. Flint, MI 48503
Website: carriagetown.org


Elim • Beth Ann Downer
Kitale, Kenya

Ministers to, demonstrates the love, and shares the gospel with the handicapped children of Kenya.

Website: elimfellowship.org


The Voice of the Martyr Missions

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost.

Mailing Address: 1815 SE Bison Rd., Bartlesville, OK 74006
Website: persecution.com


Scripture Union • Paul & Marty Clark
Lima, Peru

Paul and Marty work in public schools with poor children teaching them Christian Values; the ministry has 6 homes for abandoned boys throughout Peru; a program with Deaf boys, girls, and adults; a medical program in the jungles of Peru with 2 medical ships; all are made more valuable through our Ministry of Bible Use.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 987 #1, Valley Forge, PA 19482


Sonlife Ministries • Jay & Stephanie Fast
North and Latin America, Was in CostaRica

Jay serves as a full-time missionary with Sonlife, which is a ministry that equips pastors and ministry leaders in relational disciple-making according to Jesus’ life. He oversees Sonlife’s student ministry short-term missions program, called “Fusion”, developing partnerships between churches in North America and Latin America for the purpose of equipping students as disciple-makers. Additionally, Jay serves as a liaison between Sonlife’s global ministry partners and facilitates training, coaching, and mentoring for ministry leaders in the Midwest region of the U.S.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 23842 Portland, OR 97281
Website: sonlife.com


The Evangelical Alliance Mission

Tim & Katie Cole
The town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, Japan

The Coles’ primary ministry was formed in 1994 to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through family issues, and to strengthen Japanese Christian families. FFJ is involved in seminars, radio broadcasting, publishing, and counseling. It currently has 3 missionary staff, and 2 full-time, and 5 part-time Japanese staff. The ministry rents office space in Yokohama.

Mailing Address: 1197 Karuizawa-machi,Kita Saku-gun, Nagano-ken, Japan 389-0102
Website: colesinjapan.org/Colesinjapan/Welcome.html

David & Bekah Rutledge
East Swaniie, Old Swaziland

Rebekah works at an orphanage. Dave is an instructor at a Bible College.


SEND International • Jon & Beth Eckstein
Taiwan, Asia

Jon & Beth are passionate about reaching the unreached and seeing the gospel take root in every people group, especially in Asia. After joining SEND in 1999, the Ecksteins departed for East Asia in 2001. Working among an UPG their first term, they had the privilege of seeing many of their students trust Christ and grow in Him. In 2014 Jon began serving as the East Asia Regional Director, responsible for SEND’s ministries in Japan, Taiwan and other East Asian countries. Jon is also currently launching SEND’s first regional hub, the International Office Asia, located in Taiwan. Beth is passionate about personal development and and as a credentialed life coach, Beth is involved in both personal coaching and coach training. In 2015 Beth accepted the role of Director of Women’s Ministry for SEND. The Ecksteins reside in Taiwan and are also actively involved in a bilingual church plant and building relationships in their community.

Website: send.org/give/projects/eckstein-education-project


Latin American Mission • Billy & Yashmin Clark
Latin America Peru, Columbia

Billy serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Scripture Union Colombia. His responsibilities include:
• Development of Income Generation projects
• Establish partnerships
• Assist with leadership training
• Oversee maintenance and development of SU Colombia infrastructure
• Serve as a liaison between SU Colombia, SU International and the international community
• Assist SU Colombia’s General Director
• Assist any foreigners who volunteer their time with SU Colombia

Website: uwm.org/missionaries/27498


Huron Forest Camp CedarRidge
Oscoda, MI

Since 1941 we’ve encouraged campers to grow close to Christ, explore new experiences, and form lasting friendships.

Mailing Address: 36208 Freedom Rd., Farmington MI 48335
Website: campcedarridge.org


Gitche Gumee Bible Camp
Eagle River, MI

Gitche Gumee Bible Camp began because of a burden God put on the heart of John J. Rader who originally founded the camp to minister to the youth of Upper Michigan’s “Copper Country.” In the chilling winter of 1930, with only five dollars in his pocket, John Rader began to construct some of the very buildings that still stand today as a testimony to his faith and calling and to the exceeding and abundant blessings of God.

Mailing Address: 5189 Garden City Road, Eagle River, MI 49950
Website: gitche.net


Child Evangelism Fellowship Oakland Co.
Greater Detroit Area

Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. Although Child Evangelism Fellowship has many different ministries our primary ministries are the 5-Day Club, Good News Club, and Christian Youth in action.

Mailing Address: Oakland/Macomb Chapter PO Box 210237, Auburn Hills, MI 48321
Website: cefoaklandmacomb.com/donate


Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry • Chaplin Kenny Hovis
Genesee County Jail, Flint MI

RTF believes in the redemption and restoration of inmates through Jesus Christ. As the largest jail-focused ministry in the U.S., we empower chaplains and volunteers to share hope and salvation with the “forgotten” women and men incarcerated in Michigan’s county jails.

Mailing Address: 1480 Buchanan Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Website: jailministry.org

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