Phil & Ann Baur
Pioneers (Kissimmee, Florida)
Phil is the Director of the US Office of SEND International, which provides resources and administrative and logistical support for SEND’s missionaries sent from the United States. It is Phil’s job to provide the leadership that will keep SEND focused on recruiting, training, deploying, and supporting those who are faithful to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ among the unreached. He also works with SEND’s international leadership team considering where and how God would have SEND work to build His Kingdom.
John & Donna Bechtel
COTW Missionary Ambassadors (West Palm Beach, Florida)
John and Donna Bechtel have been instrumental in the building of the Chiang Rai Training Center in Northeastern Thailand. The building was commissioned in 2012 and now has the potential to train and equip Chinese pastors and evangelize up to 10,000 local Thai and Chinese students in the two local universities. John is serving as Asia Advisor for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries which takes him to Asia often.
Chiang Rai Training Center
John and Donna Bechtel have been instrumental in the building of the Chiang Rai training Center. The building was commissioned in 2012 and now has the potential to train and equip pastors, and teach up to 10,000 local Thai and Chinese students.
Deborah Berruti (Knight)
SIM International (Niger)
Deborah is head of the department of physical rehabilitation at Galmi Hospital. On top of providing Occupational Therapy intervention for inpatients and outpatients across the lifespan and overseeing visiting therapists, she is training a Nigerien nurse to work as a therapy assistant. She is also involved in continuing eduation and discipleship with the nursing staff and surgical residents, as well as evangelism with her patients.
James has been teaching in the MK elementary school at Galmi Hospital, and will also be involved in the running of the hospital’s laboratory. James is involved in relationship-ministry with both evangelism and discipleship capacities.
Leanne has been serving the Lord in Austria for 32 years. As women’s ministry leader in her local Austrian church, she focuses on equipping and releasing women into ministry. The movement of refugees across Europe has dramatically affected her church and ministry. Her local church is the closest Evangelical church located near the largest refugee center in Austria. On a weekly basis, they see refugees come to Christ. These refugees have fled countries that are closed to the gospel. A typical week for Leanne includes women’s Bible studies, leadership training, prayer groups, a mom’s conference planning, discipleship groups, English classes in her home, and mentoring women beginning new ministries in the church and neighborhood. One such outreach is a weekly afternoon coffee/craft time for refugee women and children at The Oasis (International Teams ministry), located right near the refugee facility. The women show God’s love in word and deed to the refugees traveling to Austria. Leanne and her sons Jonathan (‘98) and David (‘02) continued on with ministry in Austria after the death of Leanne’s husband, Warren, in 2011. Through it all, God has been faithful and His call on Leanne’s life to serve Him in Austria has only been strengthened.
Mark & Carolyn Kinzer
Africa Inland Mission (Kijabe, Kenya)
Mark and Carolyn began their 26th year of ministry at the Rift Valley Academy with the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. They are once again involved in the boarding side of life at RVA as they become instant ‘parents’ to 11 girls in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades with the start of the school year! Carolyn is team teaching Kindergarten and Mark will return to his duties as the Assistant Superintendent. They will be involved in discipleship of high school students again as well as mentoring younger staff members. Their three sons are now finished with their undergrad studies and are now living in Michigan, Nepal, and Tanzania. Their two daughters will begin their sophomore year at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. The Rift Valley Academy was founded in 1906 in order to serve the families of missionaries who work on the continent of Africa. That mission continues today. RVA currently serves nearly 500 students whose parents work in 25 countries in Africa and who are made up of 30 different nationalities.
TEAM (Taiwan, Republic of China)
Nancy has a multi-faceted role in TEAM Taiwan. Her primary ministry goal is to help believers learn to study the Word for themselves. She does this by both leading and training others to lead inductive Bible study groups, in conjunction with Taiwan Precept Ministries.
In addition to this, Nancy is the Member Care Facilitator (watching out for the physical, emotional, and spiritual welfare of her fellow missionaries) and the Mobilization Coordinator (connecting potential missionaries with the ministry area) for TEAM Taiwan. She also is on the board of the Trailblazer Camps youth camping ministry.
Gregg & Karen Lewis
AIM (United Kingdom)
Gregg and Karen are part of AIM’s International Office in Bristol, England. Gregg is responsible for administration and information flow with AIM’s worldwide offices. Karen is AIM’s personnel director, responsible to ensure that the right people are recruited for strategic ministries, that they are well cared for and developed. She liaises with AIM’s worldwide sending offices and receiving offices in Africa.
Buena Vista Missionary Association (Nashville, Tennessee)
Ed is the founder of the Buena Vista Missionary Association, which goes under the name: The CAUSE. For many years it provided support for evangelistic Bible teaching, discipleship, and aid for indigenous ministries throughout South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Philippines, and the Orient. Teaching assignments took him to China over 20 times. Then for the past few years The CAUSE has concentrated on partnering with the indigenous ministries among the Burmese people in Myanmar and Thailand. This included the establishment of an orphanage and village for handicapped and elderly, and a Pastors Training College and support of the radio ministry called “Temporal to Eternal” designed for Buddhists and monks in monasteries.
Santiago and Bethany Meekins-Coloma
Resourcing Christian Education International (Quito, Ecuador)
The Alliance Academy International (AAI), founded in 1929, is a Christian international school located in Quito, Ecuador, which serves families from over 32 countries. Through educational services and outreach ministries, AAI strives to develop followers of Jesus Christ who live with a focus on eternity. As the Coordinator for the Early Childhood Program, Bethany leads a team of committed teachers who are passionate about serving over 140 students and their families. Bethany is also responsible for the development of the school’s new Social Work program. Santiago continues to serve as a School Counselor for students in preschool through twelfth grade. Additionally, Santiago is the Child Safety & Protection Primary Report Receiver who oversees inquiry and support for children and others involved in cases of suspected abuse. Together with your faithful support, Bethany and Santiago continue to serve the people of Ecuador by teaching the truth and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dave and Rachael Rogers
Dave is a LIFT graduate who was called into college ministry with The Navigators, an international, interdenominational Christian ministry. Navigators mentor, coach, teach, and train people in character and spiritual growth that is anchored in integrity, the Bible, and the life of Jesus Christ. Since September 2012 Dave has been serving with a Navigators team at Boston University. Dave’s vision is that students in Boston will become disciples of Jesus and through the power of the spiritual multiplication the gospel will be advanced into the nations. Dave and Rachael, a member of BU’s Navigators team, were married on May 21, 2016.
Laya Sirikul and husband Nok (who went home to the Lord in 2016)
Mobilizing and training churches for evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Raising up young generation leaders. Preaching and teaching; pastoring a church.
Suen Douh Camp
Fanling N.T., Hong Kong
Over the last 39 years, Suen Douh Camp has served a broad spectrum of the population of Hong Kong. Suen Douh was founded by Camp missionaries John and Donna Bechtel in 1971 when an orphanage was purchased for a miracle $1. Since its inception, Suen Douh has had over 2 million camper days, and over 120,000 young people have accepted Christ. The zeal of Suen Douh’s 35 staff members to serve Christ has driven them to bring the population of Hong Kong face to face with the claims of Christ. CAMP-of-the-WOODS has been a strong partner from the first day of operation and many of our staff and guests have visited and worked at Suen Douh Camp. Their campers are usually school children that stay two nights. The gospel is presented in an environment with few interruptions and the local church is used to follow up with new believers. Donations given to Suen Douh Camp go towards a scholarship fund to help unchurched children attend the camp and hear the gospel.
Since the summer of 1981, the purpose of Unlimited Potential, Inc. has been to share the greatest news ever told through the greatest game ever played. UPI is a discipleship ministry to professional baseball that continues to have the opportunity to go into countless countries and share the hope we have in Christ through the teaching of baseball fundamentals.
UPI staff members disciple and train professional players, coaches, umpires, and front office personnel and their families throughout the U.S. and overseas to reach their worlds for Christ. The UPI staff also partner with Baseball Chapel and serve as Major League chaplains in Chicago, Atlanta, and Arizona.
Mickey Weston, Executive/International Director for UPI and current chaplain for the Chicago White Sox, will spend two weeks at CAMP-of-the-WOODS this summer teaching the Baseball Sports Emphasis.
Skip Britton (retired) - wife Joan who went home to the Lord in 2012
Trans World Radio (Fairfield Glade, Tennessee)
As a retiree, Skip is available to speak at missionary conferences, pulpit supply, etc. He also uses his home as a haven for missionaries on furlough. Prior to retirement, Skip and Joan were involved with Trans World Radio in several countries. Skip was pastor/chaplain over several TWR offices in Europe, worked with personnel, radio program editing and performed administrative duties. Today, Skip is active in his local church and serves as part of a precious ministry team conducting weekly Sunday worship services. He also ministers at a state correctional site.
Ted Crossman (retired) - wife Marieanne who went home to the Lord on August 15, 2017
Wycliffe Bible Translators (Waxhaw, North Carolina)
In 1954, Ted and Marieanne went overseas primarily as Houseparents at Rethy Academy, a boarding school for missionary children in Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo) with Africa Inland Mission. Ted also taught TEE classes and worked with national church leaders and Marieanne worked in ministries with national women. After returning from overseas in 1983 they joined Wycliffe to serve at the JAARS Center, just two miles from their apartment in the home of daughter Lois and husband, Matthew. Since retiring they are grateful for continuing opportunities to volunteer as needed at JAARS as well as serving in various ministries in their local church. The mission of JAARS is to make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth. The local staff of members and dedicated volunteers work together to provide sustainable solutions in transportation, technology, media, and training for many different organizations involved in translation projects.
Ruth Lang (Retired)
Mercy Ships (Van, Texas)
Ruth has been working with Mercy Ships for over 20 years. She currently works at the international headquarters located in Garden Valley, TX. She is a member of the Mercy Ships prayer team and still bakes cookies for special occasions. You can find her cookie cookbook in Camp’s bookstore.
Scott & Jane Nyborg (retired)
United World Missions (Penney Farms, Florida)
Beginning in 1966, prior to retiring, Scott and Jane worked with the Latin America Mission, now known as United World Mission. Scott held several positions including Director of In-Depth Evangelism Associates, Assistant to Director of the Mission, Personnel Director, Church Ministries Director, and was responsible for the mission’s “Christ for Miami” ministry. Due to the onset of macular degeneration and other medical conditions, they were advised by their retirement community to move into their assisted living facility. Scott and Jane are able to attend and participate in their church, be members of a small group Bible study and be available to pray for the needs of the wonderful staff that assists them every day. Scott’s eye problem has not progressed for several years and every day he reads 5 chapters of the Bible as well as related books and magazines. Jane is caregiver and driver to church and medical appointments. They praise God every day for His faithfulness in 62 years of marriage and ministry.
Midge Pittman (retired)
Skogheim Christian Trust, South Africa (Shorewood, Illinois)
Midge is part of a ministry team that reaches out to five nursing homes each month. In addition, she publishes a monthly church newsletter and is part of a church-led street ministry. She continues to pursue the establishment of The Shepherd’s Place to address crucial needs of people who are hurting and hungry and in need of a new beginning in Christ. Midge and ministry partner, Kim Brinkman, are working with a group of key community partners to obtain and renovate a 60,000 sq. ft. building for ministry purposes. Midge is trusting God to enable her to return to South Africa in December 2016 to share in the Skogheim Conference Center’s 50th year in ministry. Midge raised the funds to purchase the Center for the AEF in 1977. The Skogheim Center ministers to thousands each year.
John & Doris Stam (retired)
United World Missions (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Prior to retirement, John preached, taught and counseled throughout Costa Rica and many other Latin American countries. John was also involved in several writing projects. He recently finished Volume IV of a commentary on Revelation. He also maintains a very popular blog at juanstam.com.
Doris is the director of the retreat center located on their farm.