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David and Cheryl Cross are serving in Orlando, Florida.  They have 5 children; Johnathon, Rebecca, Lydia, Michael and Faith.  They serve with Global Professionals.

Family Mission Statement:

We exist as a family to enjoy life in Christ together by loving one another as a model for all people and strengthening one another for greater service and trust in God.

Ministry:

David is the founder and president of Professionals Global, an organization which seeks to help followers of Christ integrate work and faith among the unreached. Cheryl works as Director of Language and Culture Acquisition at Professionals Global. David casts a vision for sending out tentmakers both within the organization, and as a representative to churches, other mission organizations, donors, and foundations. In order to do this, he connects with people and builds relationships, preaches, teaches, and writes. David and Cheryl also actively reach out to Muslims in Orlando where they have seen over 550  people come to faith through their ministry. The Lord has used their work to plant 50 churches overseas.

Four main teachings undergird Professionals Global:

  1. To ground the Church in the biblical teaching of the intrinsic value of work
  2. To demonstrate the biblical integration of work and faith
  3. To call the Church into the mission of God’s people including missions as the expression of God’s heart for the nations
  4. To illuminate the strategic value of global professionals in completing the Great Commission
2018 Highlight:

We have established multiple training events with several mission sending agencies, universities and churches. Our highlight would be our training in New York City in December that equipped 26 missionaries with tools for language acquisition. Some of the comments we heard through our survey were: “Really enjoyed this training and learned a lot! Very practical and I appreciated the clear way the info was presented.” “This workshop was fantastic and for the first time, I feel confident & excited about language learning!” “I loved all the stories about real life scenarios!” “I’m so glad I did this training and felt it was well worth the investment!” “I didn’t know learning any language could be done in such an easy way. Hard work but not complicated.”

2019 Goal:

It may sound ambitious, but we are aiming for 24 training events next year. At present, we only have four (possibly nine). If we hit 24, we will have challenged and equipped 480 missionaries.

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The “D” family is currently serving in Europe.  Due to security reasons they have asked that no other information be shared online.  If you would like more information about this family please email our Missions Team.  

Victor and Dawn Ladeira live and serve in Alaska.  They are with SEND North.

Mission Statement:

Shining the light of Jesus in western Alaska

Ministry:

We live in a village of 200 people (over 300 miles from the road system) where we seek to share the light and hope of Jesus through everyday life. Victor can fix just about anything and Dawn does some photography, gardening, and visiting. 

2018 Highlight:

10 kids went to bible camp. Some want to return. 1 got off the plane and stated “I decided to follow Jesus.”

2019 Goals:

Making camp happen for those that want to return (fundraising with those kids) as well as continued camp follow up.

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Brad and Deb Mashburn are serving in West Africa with Converge.

Mission Statement:

Sharing God’s word and working for community development and empowerment among a rural West African people group.

Ministry:

Brad and Deb Mashburn are sharing the Good News of Jesus with a people group in West Africa. There are fewer than 100 Christians among this unreached people group of over 6 million. In this hearing-dominant culture they teach key Bible stories chronologically, gradually building up to the death and resurrection of Jesus and his fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. They also work with other missionaries to produced written scriptures in the local language using the Arabic alphabet. 

Brad and Deb work with villagers to implement appropriate development strategies to help them increase their economic capacity and ward off food shortages and chronic health challenges. They endeavor to follow Jesus’ example of caring for the physical needs of unbelievers as well as their spiritual need to know Jesus Christ.

2018 Highlight:

New women’s group started in a village with 14 women participating. Brad has a men’s group that had been meeting for about 5 years with only 3 or 4 men participating. This year, that group grew to 12 men regularly participating. They consistently came and actively participate in the Bible study. Brad is discipling one man who is showing a lot of promise as a national missionary for Jesus among his own ethnic group.

2019 Goal:

Develop a coalition of churches to pray and fast for the people we serve. Develop a strategy to catalyze a movement to Christ among them. Recruit new missionaries and partner with nationals to implement movement strategy.

Tim and Felicia Ryan are serving in the Bahamas.  They have two children; Shadow and Richelle.  They are with All Saints Camp.

Mission Statement:

To compassionately share the love of Christ by assisting to meet the daily, basic needs while coordinating relational ministry and construction teams to assist and to be involved in practical projects within the lives of the residents.

Ministry:

Tim and Felicia are in a season of ministry transition. They had previously been working with the Adventure Learning Centre and serve at the All Saints Camp in Nassau Bahamas to help those living with HIV/AIDS and various health issues. As their ministry in the Bahamas comes to a close, Tim and Felicia are working to transition well from All Saints Camp and to consider where God is leading them next.

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Jim and Cindy Sweeney serve in the community of Cielo in the Dominican Republic.  They are with Mission Emanuel.

Mission Statement:

Mission Emanuel is a cross-cultural, relational, Christian ministry that strives to promote discipleship through short-term mission trips focused on community transformation. We do this through education, clean water, a dental and pediatrics clinic, physical therapy, and a community center for athletics.
Our ministry verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has becomes a new person. The old life is gone; a new one life has begun!”

Ministry:

Jim serves as the Executive Director of Mission Emanuel with a staff of over 50 employees. His main focuses are on raising up national leadership and Short Term missions.
Cindy serves as the Director of Sponsorship with over 400 students ranging from preschool to university.

2018 Highlight:

Kelly Hardee came on staff to work with our woman’s Cooperative to develop more products to sell in our co-op store. After rebranding, improving displays, and along with the new products, sales have doubled. This directly impacts income for the families of these woman, who have had to take on the task of being the financial provider of the household.

2019 Goal:

1)Our number one goal is to see people receive the gospel and be transformed by it.
2)In order to do this we need to raise salaries for over 50 employees. Our goal is to provide a sustainable living for our Dominican employees as well as our American employees.
3)Have American missionaries come and be a part of transforming our community. Lives are changed when hearts are engaged!

Carla Unseth is serving in West Africa.  She has one child, Jaime.  She serves with Pioneer Bible Translators.

Mission Statement:

Building a Bridge to God’s Word through linguistic and exegetical consultation

Ministry:

Carla works for Pioneer Bible Translators as a language and translation consultant. She works with teams that are on the ground in various parts of Africa to help check the translations for accuracy. She also helps answer language questions, which often includes writing alphabets!

2018 Highlight:

Over the past year, the Baga team made a lot of steps forward. Half the book of Deuteronomy is ready to print, and the other half is being consultant checked. Leviticus is being drafted. 1-3 John is being consultant checked, and Mark is waiting for a consultant. This is a huge leap forward for this translation, and I assisted with different pieces of each of these books! 

2019 Goal:

This year I will be co-leading an orthography workshop for a North African language group. It will be a challenge, but I think it will be very enjoyable. I will also be taking a trip with my daughter and my parents to visit West Africa and consider the possibility of moving there longer term to get more translation and language learning experience.

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