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Ep & Lulu Brion

Philippines

“To refresh, recharge, renew…” This is the phrase that you will often hear from this missionary couple.

After serving the Lord 30 years in various churches in the Philippines, Pastor Ep was invited to become the Lead Pastor at San Diego Christian Fellowship in 2002, where he faithfully served for 8 years. Throughout their years in the US, Pastor Ep and Lulu still kept in touch with the many pastors and families in the Philippines. Through that communication, they developed the burden to return home and minister to the pastors and pastors’ wives in the Philippines who were in need of spiritual refreshment and encouragement.

Ep and Lulu left the US in August 2010 and moved to Cebu to start the ministry of GraceNet Philippines. They have since partnered with the Baptist Conference of the Philippines (sister denomination of Converge) to identify at least ten pastoral couples at a time from every district of the country that are in need of spiritual and emotional refreshing. The goal is to give these pastoral couples a break from the ministry, so that they can return to their churches refreshed, recharged, and renewed. These pastoral couples are invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat, wherein they receive VIP treatment of food, pampering, and gifts. They attend relevant seminars and small group discussions to help them become more effective in their ministry. Since 2010, Pastor Ep & Lulu have served about 100 pastoral couples through these retreats.

In 2013, Pastor Ep & Lulu took on the task to aid pastoral famies affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Through various donations from US and Philippines, they were able to help 27 pastoral families rebuild their homes.

Lulu and Ep can be reached at gracenetphils@gmail.com


Ruthe Burton

Brazil

Ruthe Burton’s long-standing mission has been “Proclaiming Jesus `Christ to the Deaf and Children of Brazil.” Ruthe is a local San Diegan who has given her life to minister in Brazil. She was a long time missionary of Otay Baptist Church and continues to be supported under SDCF. Her mission primarily centers on ministering to the deaf and children in Brazil as well as training volunteers to become effective ministers to the deaf.

Aside from her regular activities in Brazil, last year, she along with 27 other Brazilian volunteers traveled to Beira, Mozambique to minister to children and adults alike.

How you can partner with Ruthe in prayer:

-Pray for a great harvest during their regular evangelistic meetings for the children and the deaf.

-Pray for God’s leading for future ministry opportunities.

-Pray for the Lord’s guidance as she serves as a coordinator for present ministry events.


Juanita Dela Cruz

Middle East

Twenty-eight years ago, Juanita Dela Cruz, was working as an Assistant Media Director in an advertising company in Manila. One day during her morning break she read Matthew 9:37, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few…” From that point she began praying hard about sharing God’s word in the workplace. Juanita responded to God’s call and became a full-time missionary in 1985 through the Philippine Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). Since joining CCC, she has been assigned to various locations in the Philippines, South East Asia, San Diego, and now in the Middle East. Currently, Juanita is working as a Marketing Manger for the CCC’s trading and training companies in a major metropolis. Her work there is a two-fold ministry—(1) using the business as a mission field and (2) committing to the ministry of evangelism and discipleship. Juanita exercises aggressive approaches to different companies to market their training tools and to connect to the people in the workplace, especially the local citizens. Her goal is to use the business as an avenue to connect with those who do not know Jesus Christ and eventually win them to Christ.


Cirilo & Dory Doguiles

Philippines

“Good and faithful servants” is a fitting description of Pastor Cirilo and Dory Doguiles. “Pastor Cir,” as he is lovingly called, was the founding pastor of Fil-Am Christian Fellowship, now known as SDCF. In 2002, Pastor Cir and Dory left sunny San Diego to work for the Converge Worldwide headquarters in Chicago. After years of working at the denominational level in the areas of church planting, Filipino ministries, and Intercultural ministries, Pastor Cir and Dory decided to solidify the commitment they made 28 years ago to return home to minister in the Philippines. On January 29, 2014, they left for the Philippines to embark on this new ministry.

As Converge missionaries, they will be part of the Converge Worldwide Philippine field, with Pastor Cir working as the Executive coach of Converge Philippines national leaders. His job is to help advance the mission of multiplying transformational churches through Starting and Strengthening (S2) churches. Their five-year vision and goals include:

• Start 70 churches

• Strengthen and retool 70 congregations for transformational ministry

• See at least 10,000 believers discipled

• Establish a School of Church Planting

Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

• For wisdom and spiritual sensitivity in their pursuit to join God where He is already at work.


Joseph & Sherlyn Laureanti

Anda, Pangasinan, Philippines

In 2005, on a rural Philippine island a simple rice field was transformed into a regulation size basketball court complete with bleachers and stadium lights. This project that the Lord put on our hearts soon became a multi-purpose area for family gatherings, sporting events, basketball tournaments and a place for families to dry their newly harvested rice.

Three years later we returned to Anda on a short-term missions trip and began an outreach festival on that same basketball court. The Gospel was preached and several hundred meals were served.

After returning to San Diego, Sherlyn and I felt compelled that there was something so much bigger waiting to be accomplished there. We enrolled in a ministry school and upon graduating were given the opportunity to bring missionary teams from the US to the Philippines. We ministered at the surrounding schools, in barrios, and on the streets, demonstrating God’s love and goodness by serving over three thousand meals and presenting the Gospel at more outreach-festivals from 2009 to 2012. Additionally, missions teams helped construct a library / multi-purpose building on site. We began to see even more of the community coming on to our campus.

Just as these several rice fields experienced significant transformation, significant changes continued to occur in our own lives as well.

God had been showing us that my rapidly developing career did not necessarily mean we would have a thriving marriage, or be the parents our children needed us to be. We soon learned that if there were to be any significance in our marriage and being the parents God was calling us to be, that significance had to be found in Him. Through writing out our family values and spending purposeful time with one another we saw the overflow of what God was doing in our lives touch others. We soon saw couples coming to us for help in their relationships.

On our most recent trip to the island of Anda, we organized an event at the library for married women. After the study portion had ended, they asked if they could invite their husbands and neighbors to attend the following day. We had not planned on an event for the men, however we held one the following day and twice as many men showed up to learn about God’s design for marriage. In our intent to return to the Philippines long-term, we anticipate many more of these kinds of experiences occurring.

Our sense of call to vocational missionary service was confirmed on January 18, 2015, by our local church, San Diego Christian Fellowship, when we were commissioned as missionaries.

We strongly feel the Lord is leading us in the direction of;

• Strengthening Families

• Discipleship

• Evangelism

• Wells and Wellness

• Church Planting

We are excited about relocating our family to a new culture and we look forward to continue our home schooling for our children and learning a new language. Your prayers and financial support are precious to this ministry.

Mark 12:29-31 ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ There is no other commandment greater than these.'


V. & M. G.

Taiwan

V. is the ministry director of the SEND Taiwan field. Their desire is to have vibrant and growing churches in the least-reached areas of Taiwan. They’re praying that God will send more church planters to help them.

They praise God that a university where they are assigned has officially accepted their English Club. They meet with the students regularly but were told by the director of the English Department that they cannot do anything spiritual inside the campus. Please pray that as they develop friendships with the students, they will be able to share the gospel and then disciple and train them. They’re praying for a student center where they can bring their students. They also need other SEND missionaries and local coworkers to help them share the gospel and disciple the students.

Before the Lord called them to serve in Taiwan, they served in Indonesia for nine years, reaching out to Muslim and Buddhist university students, from whom a church was born.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Matthew 23:14


Dan & Na Tisdale

Thailand

Dan and Na are our missionaries in Thailand working through Global Recordings Network. Currently, GRN has over 6,000 Gospel messages in over 5,000 languages and counting. They are all free for downloading from their website: globalrecordings.net. Dan’s primary work is administrating the distribution of GRN media that is listened to and viewed in Thailand and in neighboring countries. Na is working at Grace International School as a teacher.


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