Looking for a meaningful way to give this Christmas? We’ve compiled a list of WorldVenture’s appointees who are looking to be ready to start international ministry within the next year. All they need is just a push out the door, in the form of financial partnership, to leave and start influencing their corner of the world for Christ. Please consider giving to one or more of these appointees for Christmas. If you’d rather not give to one specific individual, consider giving to WorldVenture’s Appointee Launch Fund, which helps missionaries who have already gathered most of their support.
“We know what happens when missionaries get out there,” said President Jeff Denlinger. “Long-term relationships begin, and the gospel gets communicated in ways we could never imagine.”
Mike and Ramel Wilson
Mike and Ramel Wilson are hoping to engage in friendship evangelism and church planting in Ireland. “We will begin by concentrating our efforts in the area of friendship evangelism, seeking to make friends with the people of Sligo and using every opportunity to share with them the love of Jesus and the abundant life that He wants to give them,” they said. “God willing, we hope to have the new church in Sligo up and running strong within 5 years.”
Justin and Lindsay Mitchell
Justin and Lindsay Mitchell are heading to Japan to plant new churches through partnering with existing churches. “We’re looking to live in close proximity to Tokyo, yet with the goal of charting new territory in neighboring communities with the gospel message as to not build on someone else’s foundation,” they said.
Carlos and Sarah Labriel
Carlos and Sarah Labriel plan to serve through church planting in Ecuador before venturing to rural areas and planting daughter churches. “We will be working with an enormous range of people: city people, village people, tribal people, even U.S. retirees, as Cuenca is one of the top retirement cities in the world,” they said.
Lisa and Rob Atkins
Lisa and Rob Atkins hope to serve through discipleship, mentoring, and hospitality in Bolivia. “We hope to disciple, mentor and train those we come in contact with. We want to help and encourage them to deepen their personal walk with God in their personal lives, at home and at work,” they said.
Caryn and Dave Scanlan
Caryn and Dave Scanlan are heading to serve in Kenya through relational evangelism, discipleship, church planting, counseling, and more. “We’re in this for the long haul,” they said. “It generally takes years for lives to be changed, as the cost is high. A harsh environment is a challenge.”
Jamison and Kathryne Pals
Jamison and Kathryne Pals will be ministering at Christ Bible Institute (CBI) in Japan, where they will be involved at CBI’s seminary, church planting network, and coffee shop. “We will primarily be serving young Japanese people and families, but we will also be serving leaders in the Japanese Church, strengthening their efforts to love and serve within their own culture and around the world,” they said.
Bill and Janet Sass
Bill and Janet Sass will be serving the people of Malawi who have been affected by the HIV/AIDs pandemic. “Malawians face the stigma of being HIV positive from others and from the church, as well as lack of medicines and hospital care,” they said. “We will be taking care of orphans and widows who have lost their support system of parents and children.”
Annie and Jim Culp
Annie and Jim Culp will be developing church leaders in Baja California, in partnership with Western Seminary. “The evangelical church in Mexico is young and hungry for biblical training and leadership development,” said the Culps. “We hope to provide training, encouragement and resources to help them achieve the dreams God has for them.”
Krystal and Nick Pirolo
Krystal and Nick Pirolo are working to bring educational opportunities to pastors and health care professionals in Rwanda. “Being a missionary is rewarding because we feel like we are doing what God has been preparing us to do for the last 25 years,” said the Pirolos. “We feel privileged to partner with others in this work.”
April Campbell plans to live in Costa Rica to train and equip locals for cross-cultural missions through businesses, mentoring, and discipleship. “It is exciting to see how eyes are being open to the reality that God is at work all around us and is calling each and every one of us to be part of what He has been doing since before time,” said April.