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Ep & Lulu Brion

Cebu, 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.

More recently, 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.

Please continue to pray for them. Pastor Ep is currently very busy training pastors and churches in Intentional discipleship as well as personally coaching several pastors in Metro-Cebu. He is also a member of a 4-man committee overseeing the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the Baptist Conference of the Philippines. Lulu is currently honing her counseling skills. She has enrolled in a graduate level counseling class and has been attending seminars on the Emotionally Healthy Woman while continuing her ministry with the women of Pathway Ikthus.

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.


Ver & Melody Garrido

Taiwan

Ver and Melody Garrido were pastoring a church in Quezon City, Philippines when the Lord called them and their 3 children to be missionaries to Batam, Indonesia. They initially went there to minister to Muslims, but God instead gave them a Buddhist ministry among university students. Their ministry was instrumental in starting an International Church in Batam. After serving in Indonesia for 10 years, the Lord made it clear to them that they were being called by God to minister in Taiwan.

On August 11, 2011, their mission organization, SEND International, sent out Ver and Melody to Taiwan. The Lord has given SEND Taiwan a vision called Vision 119, which is to reach the 60 cities that are least reached by the gospel along Routes 1 and 19. 1-1-9 is also the emergency number of Taiwan. Ver has since been appointed to be the ministry director of SEND Taiwan with the main responsibility of aligning all ministries to accomplish Vision 119. This vision demands the presentation of compelling invitations to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and SEND Taiwan is in full gear to engage the unreached in the 60 target cities.


Peter & Barbara Gozdeck

Philippines

Peter and Barbara were added to our roster of supported missionaries in January 2014. Peter and Barbara were staff members of Campus Crusade when their headquarters were in Arrowhead Springs, in the mountains above San Bernardino.

The Gozdecks are on an 18-month assignment under First Love International to Bethel International School in Tacloban City, Philippines. Bethel is an outreach ministry of Tacloban Bible Community and is under the leadership of Paul Varberg. Peter’s task is to create an effective accounting system for Bethel’s international donor base. Barbara has 15 years of teaching experience in the San Diego Unified School district. While at Bethel, she is contributing from her expertise in multiple grades.

As you pray for the Gozdecks, please pray for:

- An ability to adjust well to cross-cultural relationships.

- Stamina as they minister in post-Typhoon-Haiyan conditions.

- Their evangelistic and professional impact at the school and the church.


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. This week the Tisdales are moving back to their home. They've been renting close to the school and will be having Na's mom start to live with them. She is 75 and helps care for Ty during the day. He is now 21 months old!

Prayer requests:

- Ty’s adoption process is in its final stage. The Thai government will conduct three home visits within the next six months in order to approve of Dan and Na as Ty's legal parents. Please pray for smooth processing.

- Pray that they can adjust quickly to having "Mom" with them.

- Pray for the Thai government, which is in political chaos. Pray for a wise resolution of the issues and that many people will come to know Jesus.

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