Missions

Reaching the Nations Through Community and Service

Read below to check in on our current missionaries supported by our church family!

David Tyokighir (Nigeria)

Greetings from NIgeria and thank you very must for every support! We are thanful to God for his faithfulness. With your financial and prayer support, our ministry is going well. God is using World Renew to reach out to many traumatized persons in northern Nigeria. This is a growing need in view of persistent insurgency in the country. We are thankful to God that in spite of this situation ministry is going on well. Presidential, senatorial, state and gubernatorial elections in Nigeria are scheduled to hold on 2/16 and 3/2 and we request your prayers. Thank you very much!

Lane Lareau (Clarkston, GA)

Praises: Praise God for space to rest and celebrating the gift of marriage for Lane and Kim with their beloved community of friends and family. Praise God for favor with Ethiopian communities to have additional trainings on the calendar. How to Pray: Pray for restored families in the Amharic-speaking community as they apply resources in their community for English classes to begin bridging cultural gaps within families. Pray for smooth transitions and new staff members as they onboard into team rhythms and fundraising. Pray for margin and balance in life and work as the team prepares for its March workshop to vision cast with Hadiya-speaking leaders.

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Brent & Hollie Dodd (Mexico)

God has given strength and safety, as many patients were flown to and from the hospital in 2018. Lives were saved and patients received the medical help they needed, which they would have not have received without the service given by the aircraft. Thank you for praying for us as we serve in a high risk area. Please pray for all of the UIM Aviation pilots and mechanics who will be meeting in El Paso, TX for meetings. They will be discussing technical issues, procedures/policy changes and spend a great deal of time in prayer and in God's word. Please pray for wisdom from the Lord that decisions will be made and with God's wisdom and guidance to best serve others and the Kingdom work ongoing in Mexico. Continue to pray for the aircraft itself and the maintenance that is needed to complete our work. I have been studying to take my written exams, so I can get my flight instructors rating. I plan to be stay with a missionary couple to lower their flight cost.

Colleen Degen (NW Indiana)

Update: Suburban Chicagoland had over 20 students attend Urbana, seeing some make first time decisions to follow Jesus, some recommitments, some committing to reach new corners of campus and even one who decided to apply to come on IV staff when he graduates in December! Please pray for all those who made committments at Urbana, that God will be with them in saying yes to him, even in the midst of a busy semester. There is so much happening across the area this semester that I get to oversee. At college of Lake County, their staff is on sabbatical so the students are taking charge and leading small groups and monthly outreach tables! At Jolie Junior College some volunteers are helping the students with outreach tables. At PNW the students have planned their fourth annual Worship Night and 24 Hour of Prayer. At IUNW, two student leaders are praying for God to open their eyes to those in their midst who need to hear the gospel.

Sara Burgett (NW Indiana - Lake Central Schools)

Praise God for a student who has found hope and healing through Campus Life! For our continued partners in prayers and financially as well as our leaders and community support team! Praise God for 4 new students recently attending local youth groups! Please pray for our spring break trip coming up in March and for many lost students to be able to attend and hear the Gospel and for God to grab hold of their hearts! Pray for many students to receive new life in this new year through a relationship wtih Jesus! This is our hearts' desier and mission of Youth for Christ! Thanks for partnering with us in this mission!

Rev. Tshililo Liphadzi (South Africa)

I am pastor in the Reformed Church in South Africa Synod Soutpansberg. I am serving a congregation called Reformed Church Midrand between Pretoria and Johannesburg. This congregation has been mandated by our classis Gauteng to plant five churches by 2023. We now have five fellowship centers in the area with the intention to grow them into local churches. I have a few prayer requests: Perseverance in building our seminary without which we cannot sustain the church planting work all over the country; Reaching our goal to plant five churches by 2023; Monthly trips to the Seminary: safety, health; and finally Leadership that I am working with.