Welcome to our Saddlerock Global Missions web page. We wish to introduce you here to our regularly supported missionaries.
The Global Missions team especially seeks to “identify and assist qualified missionaries who will bring the Gospel to the unreached, unchurched, unengaged peoples of the world”. We believe this task should include involvement of the congregation, sharing the love of God by helping to meet our missionaries’ personal needs, and aiding church planting efforts. The team meets monthly, carefully and prayerfully considering updated information on currently supported missionaries, as well as others seeking support. We try to arrange for our missionaries to speak to and with the congregation whenever possible.
We hope all SEPC members, as “senders” of missionaries, will become acquainted with those in the field, leading to strong support in prayer and regular communication. Both of these types of support are highly valued by our missionaries, who often feel quite isolated and face difficult circumstances.
We encourage you to meet with any of our Global Missions team members for questions you may have about the work of our missionaries, or how best to connect with them.
Please click on a picture or name of missionary for specific information.
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Tom & Laura Clifton: FAMILYLIFE
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John and Kristen Koeshall
There is nothing we are more passionate about, than to see University students in Germany have life-changing encounters with Jesus. Serving as pastors in Germany since 2007, we invest in student’s lives with the goal of helping them grow into maturity and in the full potential of their areas of giftings.
We currently live in the city of Erfurt in Thuringia, mentoring student leadership teams throughout former East Germany, and as group leaders of the local group in Erfurt. We plan national and European retreats and training conferences, as well as bi-annual student-leader training weekends.
To contact the Koeshalls, please email us at email@example.com.
CHRIS AND DEBBIE GIBSON
Chris and Debbie Gibson are “Member Care” providers and are currently in their 11th year on the field in Budapest Hungary serving under “World Outreach” and “Ministry Essentials International”.
Chris is an ordained EPC minister with over 25 years experience in pastoral ministry. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with training in Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling. He is trained in Critical Incident Debriefing and Crisis Intervention, having worked 12 years with emergency services personnel in the Detroit area and also in team relational reconciliation.
Debbie, as a former senior pastor’s wife, elementary school teacher, youth worker, mother of four daughters and now a missionary knows well the ups and downs of ministry life. She brings a woman’s perspective to the work they do, counseling alongside Chris. Debbie’s ministries also include intercessory prayer, mentoring women, and hospitality (welcoming those in need into her home and guest apartment for weeks at a time). Together they run the Budapest Garden House Counseling/Ministry Center. Contact them at their email address.
Cam and Valerie Hamm and Family
Cam and Valerie are with Wycliffe Bible Translators and live with their three young children as part of a five-family team in Cameroon assigned to a cluster of 10 related languages called the Ndop Cluster. The team’s goal is to train local Christians to complete the task of Bible translation in all 10 languages in the cluster. Cam serves half time as a linguistics coordinator for their mission in Cameroon. He supervises 5 linguistics consultants and helps those who are called Consultants-in-Training to stay on track towards their goal of becoming consultants. The other half of his time is spent on linguistic research.
Cam has enjoyed his increased responsibility as linguistics coordinator, and this has given him opportunity to help others as he moves along the path towards becoming a linguistics consultant. But it has also been frustrating at times to not see much progress on linguistic issues that need attention (like devising a way to mark important tone features in the Bafanji language). It is demanding work to understand these properties of the grammar, and it takes creativity to find a solution to this puzzle. But it is so crucial for the gospel message to be clear. Lord willing, the gospel of Luke will be published in 2016. Pray that they can get a good system together, test it well, and then mark all these distinctions in the gospel, so that it is clear, before the book goes to the printers.
Valerie has been involved in a couple of small language/translation projects while her main focus is homeschooling their children and taking care of the household. Valerie has also started a kids’ Bible club on Friday afternoons as a way for their family to connect with neighborhood kids and share the gospel. She also participates in a growing women’s Bible study.
Cam says,”Praise the Lord for seven languages in the Ndop Plain that are in various stages of producing the New Testament in their language. We hope another will soon begin and that leaves only one other. Alone it would be impossible! We need people, time, wisdom, money—needs and more needs. Yet we stand amazed at how God has provided thus far and trust him for the future.”
Jesse and Sarah Dempsen
Jesse and Sarah Dempsen, with their girls Lyddie, Millie, and Rosie, are serving with Sacred Road Ministries on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington. Sacred Road is working to "to be a unified and growing community of believers who have a passion for God, for each other, and for the lost, and who are prepared and equipped to serve the Lord by ministering in the community of Native America and the world” (from the Sacred Road mission statement). People of the Yakama Nation suffer from the devastating effects of extreme poverty and addiction, leading to broken families, child abuse and neglect, and school dropouts. Sacred Road seeks to reach out to this hurting community with the light and hope of Christ through youth ministry, children’s ministry, hosting short-term teams, and Hope Fellowship church services.
Jesse and Sarah joined Sacred Road to help develop an after-school program to address the educational needs of kids on the Yakama Reservation. The program is designed to help the children:
- Grow in their faith and in their relationship with God and others
- Build learning skills
- Develop a sense of responsibility for their learning
- Set expectations and learning goals for themselves
- Become independent, self-motivated learners
Kids in the program get homework help and opportunities to further their learning through art, music, nature exploration, and hands-on projects.
In addition to Kingdom Kids, Jess also drives a bus for youth group and church, leads a kids’ club in the summer at one of the housing developments on the Reservation, and is a small group leader for kids at church. Sarah leads the preschool group on Sundays and helps tutor kids in the after-school program, in addition to taking care of their three girls.
brett and christine Butcher
Brett and Christine both joined the staff of Cru in January of 2003, long before they met. Their first 4 years were spent in college campus ministry in Oregon and Illinois, respectively. In 2007 they both transitioned to the International Headquarters in Orlando, FL where they met and married. They both have a passion to see the lives and marriages of Cru staff be emotionally, relationally, and spiritually healthy; helping staff members to live out their God-given call to full-time ministry.
Christine has been staying home with Max and also serves on the Year One team, Cru’s intern program at the international headquarters for recent college graduates. The goal of the program is to provide interns with professional training and opportunities to share their faith as they deepen their understanding of the gospel and serve full time in operational ministry.
Brett is on the national Partner and Staff Care team that oversees the growth, development and care of staff for all United States ministries in Cru. He works on a variety of special projects that range from overseeing our engagement survey for all Cru staff to helping Cru effectively mentor men and women struggling with sexual bondage and win the battle for healthy sexuality.
Please note: For security reasons, it has been decided to limit Sara's identity due to the conditions in her region of ministry.
SEPC supported Sara during her two-year internship in Asia, and we are continuing to be one of her support partners as she is now a “career” member with her sending organization. She has been in Southeast Asia during this past school year pursuing her Master’s degree in Linguistics, with the goal of becoming a translation consultant.
Jack & Holly Stagge
Faces 4 Hope Educates, Enables, and Empowers East African tribal people by connecting cultures, building Christ-like relationships, meeting needs, and providing opportunity.
Following after Christ’s example, Faces 4 Hope is called to serve the disadvantaged, the oppressed, and those who hold no hope in their future, including the poor, the widows, and the orphans.
Les & Cindy morgan
Since 1989 Les and Cindy Morgan have been serving as PC(USA) missionaries in Southern Asia. The country has a predominantly Muslim population, with Christians making up less than one half of 1 percent of the population. The Morgans work closely with the local church, a denomination of over 19,000 members in 94 congregations, and have nurtured and helped carry out that church’s health ministries.
Since 2006 the Morgans have lived in a major city, a teeming metropolis of millions of people. “With more than 100,000 people per square mile,” they write, “the traffic, the crowds, and the filth can be overwhelming. Although living here is definitely a challenge, opportunities for service abound. Here we are blessed to be able to live out our passion—to embody the loving presence of Christ for those who suffer.”
Roman & Janice Stefaniw
The Seed Company, Southeast Asia
Greetings from Asia -
We are thankful for your support. In the last century your vision and commitment helped us translate the New Testament for Imbongu people in Papua New Guinea. In this century you help us to expand our work and fulfill God's calling to make Scripture available to people In many countries of Asia, as well as the Pacific. We are doing this as translation consultants who train others and make sure translations are done well, and through my work as consultant manager for the Seed Company. Some of the most populous countries in the world are in Asia.
Samuel and Sara Robinson*
Samuel and Sara work for Servant Partners, a sending organization that serves the urban poor with the goal of bringing about long-term change/transformation in all aspects of life (spiritual, physical, mental, social) through discipleship, strengthening and growing the local church.
*Fictitious names for security reasons