Joanne Colvin – in Ghana, with Rafiki
Joanne Colvin is a long-term Rafiki Overseas Staff member serving as Education Director and Rafiki Bible Study Director of the Rafiki Village Ghana. This thriving village has sixty- eight children living in eight cottages, each as a family with a national Mama. The Rafiki Bible Study curriculum is only for African schools, with lessons for classes in preschool, elementary, junior high and senior high classes. Joanne conducts three-day seminars for local church school leaders who train others to teach God’s Word with the Rafiki curriculum. All who use the curriculum will study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, as one story of redemption in Christ. Many at Faith PCA know Joanne personally as she was called to serve in Africa while among us. See Joanne’s staff page on the Rafiki website.
Paul and Dawn Fisher – in Mexico, with Mission to the World
Paul and Dawn Fisher serve in Guadalajara, Mexico with Mission to the World – PCA. The Fishers have served in Mexico since 1987. They are engaged in cultural/educational ministries and medical missions. Paul’s primary focus is in the area of leading worship at church and teaching music at “Soli Deo Gloria” Music Academy. Musicians there are trained for worship, evangelism and church-planting efforts. The Fishers have nine children keeping Dawn very busy as she home schools the children. Learn More about the Fishers on their website.
Wes and Jami Baker – in Peru, with Christian Missionary Society
Wes and Jami Baker serve as long-term missionaries in Peru. They are from New Braunfels, TX, but have spent the last six years in Peru. Wes is an instructor in Seminario Biblico Reformado and mentor to pastoral candidates and church planters. Jami home schools their seven children and runs a very busy household while being a marvelous hostess to interns, college students, and short-term interns. We at Faith Presbyterian have been privileged to hear Wes teach us from the pulpit when here on furlough. Read the Baker family’s Peru Mission Update.
Tim and Cheri Hoke – in Uganda, with African Bible University
“Please teach us the Word of God rightly so that we can go back to our villages and teach the people rightly.” This request from students at African Bible University of Uganda resonated in Pastor Tim’s heart. After thirty years of pastoral ministry (19 of those at Faith PCA), he recognized that God was calling him to help provide sound biblical training for future pastors and “servant leaders” in Africa. Indeed, he sensed that God has been preparing him for this his whole life! Cheri, an elementary school teacher for twenty-five years, also eagerly anticipates helping to train Christian educators of African children. Together, rather than winding down for retirement, Tim and Cheri are committed, by God’s grace, to gear up for the gospel ministry in Uganda! This is Africa’s hour. The light of the gospel is shining on the Dark Continent!
Learn more about the Hokes’ ministry on their website.
Bud Nelson – in San Antonio, TX as Area Representative with The Navigators
Bud has been ministering with The Navigators for twenty-nine years and is assigned by to minister to U.S. military men and women. The Navigators is an interdenominational Christian organization seeking to advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers. Bud meets with men for discipleship one-on-one and leads men and women in Bible study. In 1979 Bud and his wife Lynn began ministering with The Navigators. Their assignments have been: San Diego, California 1979 – 1981; Oak Harbor, Washington 1981 – 1984; Angeles City, Philippines 1984 – 1990; and San Antonio, Texas 1990 to the present. Bud and Lynn were married twenty-seven years. Lynn went to be with the Lord February 14th, 2003. Bud has continued to minister with The Navigators. He has served as a ruling elder at Faith Presbyterian Church for sixteen years and is licensed to preach in the South Texas Presbytery.
“And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”