Financial Support for Other Individuals
Recently the leadership at Parkside Church has recognized a way to expand our missions reach. While our primary pattern has been, and will continue to be, developing and sustaining full-time missionaries under the Parkside umbrella, we see an opportunity to support some in our church who are serving in full-time ministry with other organizations. As part of a three-year trial, we will be providing pastoral care, as well as $5000 per year, to five Parkside family members who are already engaged in ministry or missions work:
I am serving as a missionary in Thailand with OMF International, working with the team at Mahasarakham University. Maha Sarakham is in Isan, the NE part of Thailand. My team has established good connections with the faculty at the university to practice English with the students each week. We operate an English center called 180° Learning Center. There is no Christian student ministry on campus as there are only a handful of Thai Christian students out of an enrollment of 41,000. Therefore, our aim is to make disciples from the students who currently do not know the Lord. At each English teaching session, we tell a Bible story and pray for the students. We then try to build gospel relationships with the students and professors through one-on-one interactions, Bible studies, or small group meetings. Additionally, each Sunday afternoon, a worship service is held for the international Christian students. There are very few churches in the region (and no English speaking ones!) so this is a great source of encouragement for the students who attend.
Follow Amy’s blog: amycottle.wordpress.com
I am currently serving with Bridges International with my husband, Blake, at the University of Texas in Houston. We have the great privilege of connecting with international students from around the world. We want to come alongside students and introduce them to Christ, build them up in their faith, and send them back to their home countries equipped to influence others for Christ. Our week consists of meeting with students for investigative Bible studies, discipling believers, and building relationships with students off campus through activities, trips, dinners, and living life together. We also help connect interested international students to local families and churches.
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Brian (& Maria) Walls
I am blessed to serve as the Operations Director with Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ. I have been staff with YFC since 1994 and have served in various roles over 25+ years. Currently I focus on helping our two dozen staff and couple hundred volunteers impact lost teens with the life changing message of Jesus. I help our jail ministry (Juvenile Justice Ministry), our urban outreach (City Life) and our suburban staff (Campus Life) creatively reach lost young people with the Gospel and get them planted into local churches. Our JJM jail outreach does programming at both the State Lock-up and the County detention center. Our City Life outreach is mainly through our near west side City Life Center by Metro-Health Hospital. Our Campus Life outreaches are in various schools on the east and west side.
Learn more about Brian’s work: yfccleveland.org
Matt (& Laura) Pheneger
I serve as the Operations Director for Ambassadors Football, an international organization whose mission is to communicate the good news of Jesus to all people through football (soccer). My responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day running of the mission as we come alongside our staff and volunteers globally to provide them with what they need to minister. We seek to reach kids, teens, women, men, and entire families who are passionately involved in football. Training national staff, local churches, and others to form soccer teams, clubs, camps, and community outreach programs, in order to coach players with excellence and direct them to Christ, are just some of the ways Ambassadors Football is reaching the next generation with the good news of Jesus.
Learn more about Matt’s work: ambassadorsfootball.org
We are also supporting a fifth individual who has requested to remain anonymous due to security concerns in the countries to which he is ministering.