The Antioch Partners*
The Antioch Partners is expanding long-term (two years or more), cross-cultural, incarnational ministry opportunities for Presbyterians. Its conviction is that every follower of Jesus is a missionary, a “sent one,” but for those called to long-term, cross-cultural engagement, special training and support structures are necessary and this is what TAP provides. TAP works alongside local Presbyterian churches in the U.S. to help people get from where they are now to where God is calling them to be, and then not just to survive, but to thrive, in their ministry callings. Specifically, TAP serves local churches in the assessment, training, sending and support of those called to long-term, cross-cultural engagement. It was formed in 2007 through a strategic alliance of The Outreach Foundation & Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship. Covenant provides support through its annual budget.
Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.theantiochpartners.org
EPC World Outreach*
World Outreach is the mission sending agency of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Its principal calling is to glorify God by starting disciple-making movements among least-reached people groups, especially among Muslims. World Outreach currently has about 60 family units living primarily in a belt stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia, all who had developed teams of financial and prayer supporters (both individuals and churches) before leaving for their fields of service. World Outreach is supported through Covenant’s annual budget. Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.epcwo.org
Chris & Debbie Gibson/EPC missionary care*
Chris & Debbie Gibson have been supported by Covenant since it joined the EPC; Chris is a minister and a licensed counselor. Until 2016, they were based in Budapest as missionary care providers, leading a support ministry for EPC missionaries in Europe & the Middle East - offering counseling, spiritual nourishment, mentorship and training. Their goal was to keep missionaries in the field by helping them address the unique spiritual, emotional and practical challenges that come with such a calling. Chris & Debbie have recently taken the role of Coordinators of Missionary Member Care for EPC World Outreach, and they are now based in Nashville but are often on the road.
Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.epcwo.org/missionarymembercare
Ron & Beth Mills/International students in the U.S.*
Ron & Beth Mills serve as foreign missionaries within the United States through International Students Inc. They show Christ’s love to students from other nations who are enrolled at U.S. universities. Until recently, they were based in Arizona, caring for unreached students and building teams of staff, volunteers and local churches to nurture students at that state’s universities. In the spring of 2016, the Mills were called to Denver, where Ron is the ISI City Director, shepherding the staff there and working to expand the ministry to the thousands of international students in the area. Beth is involved as well. Covenant began supporting the Gibsons many years ago, when they served in the Comoro Islands. Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.isionline.org, www.isidenver.org
The Outreach Foundation*
The Outreach Foundation engages Presbyterians and global partners in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and building relationships that deepen mission passion. Its priorities are building the capacity of global church partners; sending and supporting missionaries; caring for vulnerable children; expanding support for mission; and transforming lives through mission involvement. Covenant has supported The Outreach Foundation for years, along with a number of its mission projects in places like Iran, India, Brazil and Zambia. Covenant’s mission teams to Kenya travel through Outreach and work with its mission consultant Stu Ross; these trips take place every other year and involve working alongside Kenyans to construct church buildings, schools, orphanages, girls’ rescue centers. Executive Director Rob Weingartner & former Executive Director Bill Bryant (also former interim at Covenant) have preached at Covenant, and mission consultant Sasan Tavassoli has taught on Islam. Member Kirsten Shaw serves on the board, and member Boyd Shaw is a former board member. Learn more about the ministry, how to support it, and available trips: www.theoutreachfoundation.org
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship*
As part of God's mission to the world, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship invites believing communities to engage people groups where the good news of Jesus and his kingdom is not yet known. Its vision is summarized as: “For every people, an indigenous church; for every church, a mission vision.” PFF has associate directors across the U.S. who work with congregations to get them involved in establishing churches among unreached people groups. PFF staff also seek new places for Presbyterians to be involved in frontier mission. Covenant supports PFF in its annual budget and has also provided salary support for director Bill Young; however, Bill will no longer need support as of Aug. 1, due to retirement. Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.pff.net
Salt & Light/Sal y Luz*
Covenant has been involved in ministry in Honduras for 20+ years. Members helped found the Jackson-based Salt & Light Ministry Foundation, which partners with Ministerio Sal y Luz in Honduras to help families provide for themselves spiritually, economically and physically. Programs are in the areas of evangelism, leadership development, education, health, construction and economic development. Covenant adult Sunday school classes sponsor children through scholarships, and once a month Change for Children has Covenant’s children collecting for the S&L children’s feeding program. Covenant members participate in a trip each June in which they may help build homes, churches, schools or medical facilities; assist with optical or dental clinics; lead children’s Vacation Bible School or Bible study for men and for women; and serve in other ways. Early in the year, Covenant member are usually part of a smaller group that travels to Honduras to assess needs and plan and to install and maintain water systems that are designed by Living Waters of the World. Covenant member Slade Exley is Treasurer and finance program chair and member Susan Exley is Secretary and chair of publicity and resource development. Members who are also on the board are Dick Blount, Sara Kimmel, Ann Marshall and Wayne Taylor. Learn more about the ministry and how to support it: www.saltandlightministrie.org
Lisa & Werner Schobesberger/Austria*
Covenant-sponsored missionaries Lisa & Werner Schobesberger lead an International Teams ministry to refugees in Linz, Austria. At the House of Hope, their team offers relationship, welcome and dignity in Christ to those who have left behind everything familiar. Introducing many to Christ for the first time, they provide pastoral care and spiritual encouragement; distribute Bibles and other Christian literature; and train disciples. They meet practical needs through German classes, furniture & clothing distribution, translation, creative & recreational activities, after-school help and other assistance. The Schobesbergers are the daughter and son-in-law of Covenant members Joe & Helen Martin (who are themselves former missionaries to Brazil), and they have two children, Sara and Ben. Learn more about their ministry and how to support it: refugee-ministry-linz.jimdo.com
Dennis & Betty Sink/Worldwide church planting*
Dennis & Betty serve with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in its Global Church Movements division. GCM’s purpose is to fulfill the Great Commission through equipping, training and supervising church planting teams who plant multiplying, self-sustaining churches and faith communities where few or no churches exist. The goal is to work in close partnership with the body of Christ to establish 5 million multiplying churches and faith communities throughout the world by 2020. The Sinks, now based in Orlando, are responsible for coordinating efforts throughout many sensitive areas of the world. Prior to this, they served in Latvia for many years, initially helping business people and teachers take the Gospel into the workplace and more recently focusing on helping believers plant a mission community in a village where no church existed. Betty is a former member of Covenant. Learn more about their ministry and how to support it: www.5sinks.com, globalchurchmovements.org
Stewpot Community Services*
Stewpot, housed in the former Central Presbyterian Church building on West Capitol Street, has been serving noon-time meals seven days a week since its beginning in 1981. Often more than 120 people come together for a nutritious meal provided through inter-faith efforts and cooperation. Stewpot offers other services such as shelter, clothing, counseling and children’s programs. Covenant provides financial support for this ministry and participates in providing and serving a meal on the 4th Sunday in alternating months. Bill & Gretchen Cook and Mary & Clay Lewis are Covenant’s coordinators. Clay Lewis serves on the Stewpot Board.
Learn more about this ministry and how to support it: www.stewpot.org
Joseph & Mandi Inger, India*
Covenant sponsors EPC World Outreach missionaries Joseph & Mandi Inger (in public materials, their names and specific location are undisclosed due to sensitivities regarding their location). Their mission is to see God change lives and transform communities by partnering to equip leaders, establish churches and engage in holistic mission. Their primary work is leading a microfinance company called MEDIC, in which they partner with local leaders to help poor women break out of cycles of poverty. They seek to honor and serve Christ by honoring and serving the poor. They affirm the dignity, worth and potential of the poor as they are created in the image of God, and they use this platform to enter into Hindu and Muslim communities to proclaim the Gospel. Covenant has partnered with the Ingers since 2012.
Learn more about this ministry and how to support it: www.medicbihar.com, www.medicinternational.org, or MEDIC Bihar on Facebook