Claudia Adamee3 Partners email@example.com
Since 1997 Claudia has led multiple church planting expeditions to several countries through e3 Partners. Claudia now serves as the Chief Staff Officer for e3, which enables the ministry to steward God’s people by helping them find their place in God’s unfolding story and maximize their impact.
Her direct field ministry includes serving on the Germany Strategy team that focuses on church planting among German nationals and outreach to immigrants and refugees. Claudia leads short-term mission teams to Germany in partnership with local churches, which are reaching people with the gospel of Christ and connecting them with long-term discipleship opportunities.
Claudia says, “From day one, when God called me to serve full-time through e3 Partners, it has been an amazing journey fueled by the partnership of our home church, Valley Ranch Baptist. It is a privilege to represent Christ and all of you as we expand the Kingdom of God throughout the nations.” Claudia asks that her VRBC family pray that God would give her wisdom and spiritual discernment to accomplish His will.
Juvenal and Katty BejarPeru firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bejars host North American churches on mission trips to experience the transforming power of evangelism and discipleship alongside national church members. Their goals are to start new churches and to train new leaders. Currently, they have been training around 400 pastors and leaders every year in Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Also, training couples for the ministry in a way they can be pastors in different places in Peru.
The Bejars ask that we would pray for their health, strength, and finances for mission trips.
Click here to watch a short video from the Bejars.
Lou & Yesi CondeEl Buen Pastor and Common Hope
Lou Conde Sandoval has been the primary contact for the VRBC Christmas Store in Peru. He and his sisters have served for over fifteen years in the Sunday School Program at our sister church, El Buen Pastor, which was founded by their home church, Iglesia Peniel. After being told they could not have children, Lou and his wife Yesi gave birth to Jose Samuel (‘Sammy’) on June 20, 2012. Lou and Janis Townsend, a VRBC member, formed an organization called Common Hope to continue working with the Christmas Store children. Lou and Yesi live in the community near El Buen Pastor where Lou works. During the Peruvian summer months Lou supervises a busy summer program with camps and special interest classes; Yesi teaches a class with young mothers and toddlers. During the school year, Lou oversees homework help sessions and visits the families in the community. He also leads a choreography and dance group called “Salt of the Earth” formed by elementary and adolescents in the community who perform at El Buen Pastor and the Christmas Store and do street ministry in Lima.
Click here to watch a short video from the Condes.
Chris and BaileyOverland Missions
Chris and Bailey are missionaries with Overland Missions. Their vision is to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the most remote and forgotten places on Earth. They are currently in North Africa where they are implementing their vision to create a viral move of God. There they are also teaching Advanced Mission Training to students on mission in the Arab world.
Chris has attended VRBC his entire life and is honored to have the church partner with him and his wife in furthering God’s Kingdom. At VRBC, they are partnered with the Sims/Struffolino ABF. Click here to watch a short video from them.
Javier and Patricia Ibañez
We are the founding pastors of a church serving the Lord on a full-time basis, sharing the Gospel with middle/upper class people in a very Catholic area of Lima, Peru. We lead three services a week, a Bible school class and meet with the Youth twice a month and with the Marriage couples and the Women once a month. We also focus on a personalized pastoral care through counseling and visitations. We pray and work to become a missionary sending church to all the nations by making disciples that will go out to make more disciples. We are thankful that our church is growing and now paying her rent, but she is still unable to support us totally. We end up short every month, which is a hindrance to the effectiveness of our ministry. Please pray that God would provide the needed funding for the ministry of the Ibañez family.
Kelly and Jenni JessenCompass 31 and e3 Sportreach
The Jessen family lives in Thailand where God has expanded their ministry beyond what they ever could have imagined. Their goal is training and discipling nationals to reach the lost and transform lives through the power of Jesus Christ. Kelly teaches at a Back to Jerusalem training center where Chinese who want to join God on the mission field outside of China are trained. He is also working with Thai pastors and leaders to train, equip and strategize in church planting, church strengthening and community transformation. Jenni leads in a ministry to help restore women who have become mothers through sexual exploitation. Finally, they are partnering with others to develop a storying approach in order to educate targets and hopefully reduce the supply of victims to the human trafficking epidemic in South Asia. Living in an “unreached” country, the spiritual assaults of the enemy consistently hit the Jessens on all fronts including physical health, finances and relationships; consistent prayer covering them is their most pressing need.
You can learn more about the Jessen’s ministry at http://compass31.org.
Jim and Sharon MustainLoving Community
In June 2014, after 34 years of being a successful pastor, nine years at Valley Ranch Baptist Church, Jim & Sharon became the founders of Loving Community, a Texas faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Loving Community, a church without walls, seeks to faithfully live out the mission of being good neighbors by connecting people into relationships and serving the needs of the community. Based in their town home neighborhood in Lewisville, TX, Jim & Sharon are practitioners in a holistic model of life and ministry, living out the Jesus model, “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14, The Message
Their daily rhythms are rooted in their community. They build relationships by hosting missional community groups, discipleship huddles, and seeker discussions. They lead teams of neighborhood, business, and church volunteers to serve in schools, senior adult homes, and other ministry venues. Jim provides community pastoral counseling and officiates at weddings and funerals, typically for those in no one’s church. He consults with churches, helping them imagine a missional posture.
Their prayer is that of the missionary Paul: ”So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much — but well.” Philippians 1:9
To watch a short video about the Mustains and Loving Community, click here.
Tom and Kerry StickneyAfrican Christian Outreach
Tom Stickney, former VRBC Minister to Students, and his wife Kerry serve as the Executive Directors of African Christian Outreach (ACO). ACO is a ministry that was started by Tom’s parents in the early 1970’s in Kenya.
ACO focuses on equipping the next generation of students through evangelism and discipleship on campuses across Kenya. Fourteen national staff on eight campuses spend time knocking on doors sharing the Gospel, leading Bible studies, and spending one-on-one time with students. Students involved in the ministry are also plugged into the local community around them through partnerships with orphanages, high schools, slums, and agricultural ministries. Our prayer as a ministry is to equip and empower the next generation of leaders to change their own country and East Africa.
You can learn more about the Stickneys’ ministry at tomandkerryinkenya.blogspot.com.
Todd Szalkowski, VRBC-supported missionary to South Sudan and the US-Mexico border, finished his race on this earth January 30, 2017, and he finished well. Todd personified James 2:18: But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
Todd was a man of deeds. A doer, a driver, a force for God’s Kingdom. He pushed, loved, supported, sacrificed, and never wavered from making his life about the Gospel. He walked into active war zones for the sake of the Gospel. He shaped leaders and empowered more than we know, and he leaves behind a spiritual legacy of disciples and churches in Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and South Sudan. We loved him and will miss him greatly.
Though Todd cannot be replaced, we are currently transitioning to another missionary or mission organization to build upon Todd’s legacy and continue his work for God’s Kingdom.
Talsy Vegae3 Partners
Talsy is the National Director for e3 Panama. She serves in partnership with e3 Partners Dallas to equip pastors with their Timothy Team, mobilize short-term mission teams, pray, evangelize, make disciples, congregate, and develop leaders to plant new churches located within walking distance of every village or city in Panama. Talsy serves the Ngobe Bugle, Nasso and the Kuna tribal groups of Panama. Her work includes extreme expeditions to remote villages (among the tribal group), expeditions to the city, Leadership Development Conference (workshop), Thompson Bible workshop, and workshops on orality (story-telling) among the Ngobe Bugle.
Charlotte Woottone3 Partners email@example.com
As a church planting coordinator with e3 Partners Ministry, Charlotte has the awesome privilege of taking North Americans on short-term missions trips and seeing their lives transformed as God uses their testimonies to tell a lost world about His love. As the coordinator for Ministry to Children with e3 Partners, she is helping to develop materials and training for nationals to effectively minister to children and establish a children’s ministry as each new church is planted. This often involves being a part of an e3 expedition in a country where children’s ministry has not been introduced; modeling for the team as well as the nationals how children’s ministry can be implemented and the rich benefits to be reaped when children are led to accept Christ at an early age. As new churches are planted, nationals are also encouraged to start a program for children as well. Charlotte continues to co-lead teams on expeditions as a church planting coordinator and incorporate the children’s ministry as part of the new church plant. If you are interested in traveling with Charlotte on a mission trip, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214 803 0463.
Hayden and LinleyCru
Hayden and Linley are serving in Greece with a college student ministry. As Greece faces economic crisis, there are few places to turn for hope. Many students are unhappy with the Greek Orthodox Church because they believe it is outdated, and church and God are the same thing to them. Hayden and Linley are seeking to teach students how to study the Bible for themselves so these students can then spread that to their friends, family, and beyond.