EP & LULU BRION
After serving the Lord for 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 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 was to give these pastoral couples a break from the ministry, so that they can return to their churches refreshed, renewed, and recharged. These pastoral couples were invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat, wherein they received VIP treatment of food, pampering, and gifts. They attended relevant seminars and small group discussions to help them become more effective in their ministry. From 2010 to 2016, Pastor Ep & Lulu served about 275 pastoral couples through these retreats. They also developed and field-tested a spiritual journey with both discipleship and leadership tracks to help the pastors in their ministry. In 2016, the Baptist Conference of the Philippines adopted this as their national unified curriculum.
After a year-long home service in 2017, Ep and Lulu returned to the Philippines in 2018 with a new vision, “to deeply influence catalyst churches in Metro-Manila with the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality discipleship program which in turn would impact other churches in the Philippines.”
Since 2018, Ep and Lulu have introduced the EHS program to leaders of 2 big churches (with membership of not less than 1,500), 4 smaller churches (with membership of 200-250), and a good number of pastors, Christian workers and church leaders. To date, 3 churches have already rolled out the EHS study to their small groups.
has had the longest lockdown in the world
due to the Covid pandemic. The resulting restrictions
have gravely affected every area of life for Filipinos: social, economic, religious, and political. This
is the same with ministry. The Brions have had to live with circumstance-induced
limitations, especially the restrictions
on in-person, face to face ministries. They praise the Lord for modern technology such as Zoom and Messenger, through which they have been able to connect
and continue to minister.
Ep and Lulu can be reached at email@example.com.
JIM & LISA BLACK
mission: We are asking God for a gospel movement among every least-reached
people group — in our generation.
What in the world does an international leader of a
continent do to advance the cause of Christ and his kingdom?
- Supervise our Converge
missionaries in Sub-Saharan Africa. That is not as daunting as it sounds
because all our missionaries are in teams that are supervised by team leaders.
There are, however, times when our team leaders need some help with overseeing
the people on their teams. That is when Jim comes in to help the difficult
issues where our team leaders just need help from their immediate supervisor. We
have 43 missionaries in the Africa region.
- Recruit more missionaries for our
teams and start three new teams over the next five years. We have personnel
needs in all four of our teams and recruiting new missionaries is something I
do in partnership with our team leaders and our Mobilization team. We are looking
to recruit 30 more missionaries over the next five years. Please pray and
- Identify potential new partners in
conjunction with our Impact Team leader. To accomplish our mission, we must
find faithful national partners to come alongside. Our goal is to equip
transformational leaders who will catch the vision and implement strategies to
make disciple makers and equip other transformational leaders to start and
strengthen gospel movements.
- Lead our team of leaders for our
region by holding them accountable, providing ongoing training and support,
encouraging them, and offering them opportunities for dialogue with each other
and with our US based leaders.
Ruthie Burton’s long-standing mission has been “Proclaiming Jesus `Christ to the Deaf and Children of Brazil.” Ruthie 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 Ruthie 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.
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
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 Muslim families and have grown up as Muslims, but the Lord has
been gracious and has saved us in Jesus Christ. We’ve found the light, and
it became our desire that our light is seen by all men (Matthew 5:16),
especially by our fellow Somalis. To be equipped for this mission, I (Abdi) had two years of Bible training and four years total at a Christian evangelical
college [Daystar University College] in Kenya, earning a bachelor in community
development in 1997. I served the Lord in Kenya as a Somali program producer
for a Christian radio broadcast, in Djibouti as a development officer and
evangelist, and in Belgium as internet and social media evangelist.
Kawser became a Christian in Djibouti; after getting married in 1998, we both
attended a one-year Bible course in Kenya to be evangelists. She had been
active as an evangelist, focusing on sharing the gospel with the Somali Muslim
women and disciplining those who come to the Lord. She has also set up an
international prayer network with Ethiopian and Somali Christian women via
telephone. Because of persecution in our homeland of Somalia, we had to flee.
God brought us to Belgium, where we have been living for the past 18 years.
Again, God is calling us to go back to East Africa to serve him amongst the
Somalis. God has miraculously sent us as missionaries serving with a Christian
ministry working among the Somalis throughout East Africa and far beyond through the following avenues.
- Producing weekly
30 minutes programs for Somali Gospel TV
- Ministering through the internet and social media
- Producing weekly short evangelistic
videos, writing scripts, editing and voicing scripts and voicing new music for
- Developing new written & audio
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, and now in Arizona under
a ministry to foreign students. Their major
campus ministry is in one of the biggest universities in America which has
approximately 10,800 foreign students from 152 countries.
Their team provides the foreign students a safe
place to experience the love of God by (1) praying with them and for them,
(2) coming alongside them as they start a new life in a place away from
home, (3) facilitating activities that the students find
valuable like: English Conversation groups, sight-seeing trips,
experiencing American Holidays, visiting American homes, and visiting
American churches, (4) conducting seekers Bible study groups and
(5) hosting a yearly Christian conference and spiritual retreats.
Myrna and the team are grateful for their
ministry partners. They covet prayers
for the journey, opportunities, and challenges ahead.
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.
At present, V serves as the shepherding pastor
of the church they started before. They also minister to missionaries working
in neighboring islands. Praise God that the Lord also opened for them an online
ministry among the teachers and students of a university in spite of the
Please pray that God will continue to bless them
with wisdom and strength and that there will be breakthroughs, especially in
their ministry in the university
“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
Dan is serving with Global
Recordings Network Thailand assisting the Thai staff on an ongoing
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.