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. I recently completed my first four-year term in a rural village in the central part of Thailand where less than 1% of the population is Christian. Along with other missionaries and the local Thai church, we partner together to see churches planting churches in nearby villages. Leading Bible studies in areas without a church, visiting believers and non-believers in their homes, teaching English at the church and organizing various outreach events is the focus of our church planting efforts. I plan to return to Thailand in September 2018.
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. There, I 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. My 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.
Follow Emily's blog: https://beackerson.blogspot.com
Brian (& Maria) Walls
I’ve been the Ministry Director for the Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ for the last 7 years or so. Youth for Christ (YFC) seeks to reach young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus. As director, my duties vary a lot, but all of my efforts are focused on setting up YFC staff and volunteers to be successful in their ministry interactions.. I also meet with local pastors, youth leaders, and local outreach groups to help them with programming, curriculum, and using our tools. I’m also currently taking seminary classes and serve as Chaplain with the Lake County Captains.
Learn more about Brian’s work: yfccleveland.org
Matt (& Laura) Pheneger
I serve as the U.S. Director for Ambassadors Football whose mission is to communicate the good news of Jesus to all people through football (soccer). Ambassadors Football is based here in the U.S., and we are privileged to have a global impact, working in over 20 countries. Locally we are focused on 3 areas of ministry: club, camps, and community. In addition to praying for and implementing ministry plans, I am blessed to invest in, develop, and engage with our staff in Northeast Ohio, Pittsburgh, the Pacific Northwest, and those who serve with us on short term projects.
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.