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Adam and Mary’s ministry is focused on developing relationships with large unreached minority people groups in their East Asian city, which has a population less than 2% Christian. Their ministry includes reaching out to students on a local university campus (enrollment about 29,000); partnering with local churches for discipleship, mobilization, and theological training; and pastoring the only international church in the city to minister to the spiritual needs of the foreign community. In addition, Adam is working toward a PhD in Tibetan language study and research and Mary oversees the homeschooling of their children.
The international church is a rst for that city and they are hoping that the government will grant of cial recognition to meet regularly and legally. The foreign residents in their city are varied and numerous. The greatest response to the campus ministry has been among the Han people. The aim is to use these Han students to reach out to the Muslim minority peoples, who are the primary focus for their ministering there.
Adam and Mary encourage college students or recent graduates to come for a year or two to share good news with the university students. There is also a need for teachers to serve the foreign families in their city. Infrastructure such as an international school would bring more Christian workers to the city and increase the presence of Christ in a very unreached area.
Chris and Leah have spent the last 17 years in Asia. The first seven were invested in reaching and discipling college students. During that time, Chris received his MA in Linguistics from a local university, with a concentration in Comparative Language and Culture. After turning leadership over to local staff in 2007, they were led to one of the largest cities in the world to help pioneer the Thought and Culture Shapers (TCS) team, a part of Leader Impact, whose mission in cities is to develop kingdom representatives in every domain of society by helping influential professionals lead communities of transformation in their workplace. Chris helps train and coach professionals to lead these communities.
Chris also leads the TCS team, whose goal is to influence those who influence worldview, values and lifestyle. The team is specifically focused on those in visual arts, music, media and lm. Chris gets to use his voice and musicianship (on guitar, bass, upright bass, mandolin, and banjo) hands on in several musical projects as part of their mission. Currently the most prominent of these is a band called Eluvia. Leah has served a key role in helping mentor the women on the TCS team.
Chris and Leah have four young children, two boys and two girls, the youngest of which was recently adopted from their host country. Leah grew up in Richmond as a member of Third, and met Chris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
David and Sara, with their 4 children – Joshua (14), Micah (12), Caleb (9), Eliana (7) – have lived in Central Asia for 18 years. Their primary goal has been to bring the gospel to an unreached Muslim people group. David and Sara are teaching Bible to new believers and developing leaders in the fledgling church. Their desire is to train local Christians to evangelize and disciple their own people across the region.
David facilitates discipleship courses in the local language using Theological Education by Extension (TEE) materials. He also equips believers to use these discipleship tools in areas where it is politically difficult for foreigners to gain access and there is a lack of teaching. Sara is a full-time homeschool teacher for their four children. In addition, she hopes to begin one- on-one discipleship courses with local women, also using the TEE course material.
The Goal of World Horizons is to take the gospel to the least-reached peoples of the world. The plan of Nathan and Amy is to attend two years of language school in the Middle East to give them a working grasp of Arabic. Then they will move north to work as pharmacist and teacher at a medical outreach ministry for Muslims and non-Muslims. They anticipate eventually moving into church planting in a more remote part of the country.
Amy was raised in Kenya and attended school with students of many different cultures, religions, and beliefs, including those of Muslim and Hindu background. She feels that God has given her a real connection and heart for Muslims. Nathan had an interest in missions almost as soon as he gave his life to Christ in college. He explored missions on short-term trips after pharmacy school. After taking the class Perspectives of the World Christian Movement, their focus shifted towards the Arab world.
After visiting the Annoor Sanatorium, they fell in love with its vision. Folks who can’t afford specialty TB treatment live there for at least a month. They receive medical care and hear the gospel before returning to their homes in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Many that come to faith stay longer and put together a plan for discipleship before going home. The sanatorium has recently gotten into primary care for the refugee camp on the nearby Syrian border, an incredible opportunity to show the love of Christ to people in desperate need.
Tim and kim’s focus is on church-planting ministry among unreached Turkic Muslims in Central Asia, where they have worked since 1994. God has opened doors for them and their teammates in Creative Access locations in Muslim communities through agricultural development. Tim manages horticultural activities in Central Asia that facilitate the church planting ministries of both foreign and believing staff. He seeks to integrate evangelism, discipleship, teaching and training as he works with up to 30 full- and part-time workers.
Kim is involved with Muslim ladies in the community through cooking, ladies’ teas, exercise and one-on-one time sharing the gospel. God has also given her discipleship relationships with several believing women.
Tim and Kim have three children, Andrew (1997), Abigail (2000) and Peter (2002). Due to the lack of educational resources in Central Asia, Tim and Kim recently moved to Thailand for one term, which will be the remainder of high school for Abigail and Peter. Tim travels regularly between Central Asia and Thailand.
Both Tim and Kim know what it is like to move around as Third Culture Kids. Tim grew up in Japan, where his parents served as church-planting missionaries, and Kim’s earliest years were in Nepal where her parents worked with Wycliffe until reassigned to the U.S. Tim and Kim met at Columbia International University, where they were both pursuing degrees in Bible in preparation for cross-cultural ministry.