EP & LULU BRION
Ep and Lulu Brion have been serving as missionaries to the Philippines since 2010 after pastoring San Diego Christian Fellowship for almost 8 years.
During their first term as missionaries (2010-2016), they were based in Cebu City in central Philippines and established a pastor care ministry for the Baptist Conference of the Philippines/Converge Philippines. They also produced and field tested a discipleship and leadership program which BCP adopted as their national curriculum.
They were based in Metro-Manila during their second term (2017-2021). Ep and Lulu introduced the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality discipleship program to several catalyst churches. They also coached churches and mentored pastors in clarifying their vision in ministry and creating a 'spiritual journey' that would provide a pathway for spiritual vitality and fruitfulness. The Covid 19 pandemic provided another way of helping churches and pastors through online sessions and studies.
Now on their third term, the Brions continue to do Church Strengthening ministries through in person and online coaching and discipling. Ep is coaching an established cosmopolitan church in the area of discipleship, field-testing several discipleship programs like Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Good and Beautiful God, and Zume. He's also coaching another city church in the area of church growth. Starting on January 2023, Ep provides intensive equipping on church planting and church growth to 20 small churches in Luzon. Lulu continues to do her online discipleship with women in different time zones and attends online an SDCF life group. She also helps a big city church facilitate GriefShare sessions and attends the women's programs and activities in that church.
Ep and Lulu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JIM & LISA BLACK
Jim's life verse is Philippians 3:10 "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrections and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death."
Jim was born in 1959 to Jim Sr. and Doreen Black while Jim Sr. was still in the US Air Force. Jim came to know and follow Jesus at age 17 and dedicated his life to serve in cross
cultural missions while in Bible college at age 20.
Lisa came to know and follow Jesus at age 7, shortly after her parents, Merritt and Beatrice Rockwell committed their lives to Christ. Shortly after Lisa came to know and follow Jesus, she heard a missionary nurse from Africa talk about her work in Africa and Lisa knew right away that was her calling in life too.
Jim met Lisa in high school. The two dated for a year after high school but then postponed their dating relationship till after they both finished college. Jim went to Prairie Bible College and Lisa went to Biola University to study nursing.
Jim and Lisa renewed their relationship after college and married in 1983. They now have four adult children and 13 grandchildren.
Jim went to North American Baptist Seminary to complete a Master of Divinity degree, graduating from seminary in 1989.
Shortly after graduating from seminary, Jim and Lisa and their three small children left the USA for Nigeria to serve as Field Director with the North American Baptist Conference mission board and Director of Evangelism, working hand in hand with the Mambilla Baptist Convention, Nigeria. While they were in Nigeria the Lord blessed them with a fourth child.
Jim served for 11 years as a pastor in the USA and he served as Director of Mission for the North American Baptist Conference for four years.
Since 2017 Jim has served as International Leader: Africa with Converge. Jim leads four team leaders in Africa and helps to give leadership to Converge International Missions.
Jim and Lisa presently live in Rockford, Illinois, USA.
Ruthie Burton’s long-standing mission has been “Proclaiming Jesus Christ to the Brazilian children, young people and to the hearing impaired (Deaf) of Brazil.”
Ruthie was brought up on the mission field, first in Uruguay and secondly in the Amazon region of Brazil. Her college years were spent here in San Diego and she studied Bible School in Oregon. She has given her life to minister not only in Brazil but also wherever God leads her. Ruthie was a long time missionary of Otay Baptist Church and continues to be supported under SDCF, for which she is very grateful.
Her mission centered on first ministering to the Hearing Impaired (Deaf) for 23 years and now she primarily ministers to the children of Brazil (up to now 38 years). Ruthie is also involved in training volunteers to become effective ministers to the younger generation. (This past week she taught in a training seminar along with Cláudia, her ministry co-worker to 97 volunteers and this coming weekend in another seminar to 85 volunteers).
Aside from her regular activities in Brazil, Ruthie loves to be a part of missionary trips along with other Brazilian volunteers.
She and teams of volunteers have made three trips to Beira, Mozambique to minister to children, young people, and adults alike. She also does missionary trips along with volunteers to villages, towns, and cities within Brazil's border.
How you can partner with Ruthie in prayer:
- Pray for a great harvest during their regular weekly evangelistic meetings with the children in a couple of communities
- Pray for the Lord's guidance as she and Cláudia are used to be of assistance (help) to the needy churches who are four to six hours away from where they live
CIRILO & DORY DOGUILES
“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
After serving in the Philippines for eight years, Pastor Cir's missionary engagement expanded last year (2021) by joining the Converge Asia Impact Team (AIT). The team was formed to accelerate the church planting and discipleship movements in the least-reached of Asia by resourcing and training national leaders. He continues to be engaged in the Philippines by teaching at the Cebu Graduate School of Theology and conducts discipleship, leadership, and pastoral training for the Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches.
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.
ABDI & KAWSER*
We were both born into Somali Muslim families. God has graciously saved us in Jesus Christ and called us to share the gospel of salvation with the Somali people in Somalia and the diaspora. Somalis are one of the least-reached population groups in the world, and Somalia is among the top three countries of Christian persecution.
Our ministry – New Life Media, based in Ethiopia, is the most significant Somali outreach containing three websites with extensive Christian resources in the Somali language, active social media pages with more than 200,000k followers, satellite television broadcast, and several fellowships.
Our Roles in God's Mission:
- Leadership: AS the New Life Media Project Manager, Abdi provides a day to day leadership for the five-member staff.
- Television: Somali Gospel TV broadcasts thirty-minute Bible study programs for Muslims twice a week; it is watched on satellite in the Horn of Africa and parts of the Middle East and online.
- Digital Media: Answering inquires from Muslims contacts and discipling those who decide to follow the Lord - digitally or face-to-face.
- Somali Christian Fellowship: It is a gathering of Somali Christians to come together to worship; once of the fellowships meets face-to-face in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The two other fellowships consist of Somali Christian women in the diaspora who meet twice a week digitally.
- Please pray for protection (physically and mentally) as we continue to share the gospel of peace in this hostile involvement.
Hank & Olga*
HORN OF AFRICA
Hank and Olga have served a large Muslim ethnic group from
the Horn of Africa since 1981. Initially they worked in that group’s homeland
using health and agricultural community development as their platform for
Gospel witness. Later they had to moved to a neighboring land due to insecurity
and became involved in media ministry and discipleship. They moved to the USA
in 2004 to a city with a very large refugee population from the nation to whom
they had served. Olga worked as a social worker with an emphasis on recruiting
and training church volunteers to witness to their new neighbors. She retired
in 2016 but continues involvement with about 10 resettled families with whom
she had developed strong relationships. Hank moved his media focus from radio
to website and social media outreach. He directs a global outreach with a team
located in North America, Europe and East Africa. This media ministry reaches both the
heartland in the Horn of Africa and the sizable Diaspora population across the
globe. If you would like to become
involved in prayer support, please contact the Missions Committee.
Thirty-Six years ago, Myrna 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. Myrna responded to God’s call and became
a full-time missionary in 1985 through the Philippine Campus Crusade for Christ
Since joining CCC, she has been assigned to
various locations in the Philippines, South East Asia, San Diego, the
Middle East, Arizona and now in Florida working on one of Cru's ministry focus. She is working with a global team called The Significance Project that focuses on helping develop a spiritual movement through an evangelistic life-coaching tool and a discipleship resource. She is tasked to focus on the Middle East.
They share the gospel, disciple new believers, and train and disciple future leaders in both open and closed countries.
The main thrust is to help the followers of Jesus in the region connect people to Christ, follow-up new believers, and disciple them to grow in faith. We also desire to see spiritual multiplication to transpire that will result in spiritual movements of those who follow Jesus!
V. & M. G.*
V & M were having
a fruitful ministry in the Philippines when God called them to serve in
Indonesia. They were in Indonesia for 9 years ministering among Muslim and
Buddhist university students. A church was birthed through this ministry.
Upon the clear leading of the Lord, they left
Indonesia and served in Taiwan for almost 9 years. V became the ministry
director of their mission organization. The Lord also used them to start a
campus ministry in a university. Praise God that this ministry continues to
thrive under the leadership of another couple who took over when God led V and
M to return to Indonesia in 2020.
V & M's ministry is two-fold:
- To shepherd the international church where 50% of the members are workers ministering to the Muslims.
- To reach out to Chinese Indonesians students
During the pandemic, V & M ministered to the church online. They resumed meeting in person in January 2022. The church members are growing in their faith. Praise God that six people were baptized, including one who used to be a Buddhist. Pray for them as they shepherd the church.
They do volunteer work in the university – holding English Club, training teachers and teaching students. They had been meeting with teachers and students online since March 2020, but on October 2022, they will start meeting in person. It's illegal to share the gospel in public. Pray for divine appointments.
DAN & NA TISDALE
Dan is serving with Global
Recordings Network Thailand assisting the Thai staff on an ongoing basis by
designing evangelistic materials, which includes the website and smartphone
app. He also helps the office run smoothly which enables the office to get the
Gospel out to more people in Chiang Mai and throughout Thailand. God has given
Dan a vision of giving every person in Thailand the opportunity to say, “Yes”
to Jesus. In 2010, God directed Dan and Na to join GRN to help see this vision
become a reality. Na is a gifted teacher, linguist, and Bible curriculum writer
who thrives when sharing the Word with children and training and equipping
believers. Together they have two sons, Daniel (22) and Tytus (9).
*Alternate or incomplete names have been used to protect missionaries' identities.