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“Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man.”- John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions
Before Jesus ascended to the Father he told his disciples that “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8b ESV. The church is called to be a witness in local communities, larger regions and whole countries, but it must not stop there. Christ’s command in Matthew 28:19 is to “…make disciples of all nations.” At Gresham Bible Church we want to see the gospel spread to globally.
We regularly support three missionary families that are working to spread the Kingdom of God globally.
•Billy & Terra Kerr (Josiah & Abbey) – Basque Country, Spain
The Kerrs are originally from the Portland area. They are living in the Basque Country of northern Spain learning about the Basque people, culture and arts through ethno-music studies, language exchange, and music. For more information about the Kerrs journey in Basque Country sign up for their monthly updates.
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•Thomas & Cristy Slawson (Isaiah & Nadia) – Russia, Alaska & Canada
Thomas and Cristy are originally from Mississippi. In 2005 they joined InterAct Ministries and served for almost five years in St. Petersburg, Russia. During their time on the field they focused on discipleship of church leaders and coordinating ministries throughout the country. In 2011 they returned to the United States for health reasons and relocated to Gresham, Oregon to serve from InterAct’s home office. Thomas now serves as public relations director and supports ministries to least-reached Native and immigrant communities in Russia, Alaska and Canada.
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•Matt & Sharon Mormance (Eliana, Maia & Alex) – Slovenia
Matt and Sharon grew up in the Portland area. They first went to Central and Eastern Europe in the fall of 2006, where they spent two years in Lithuania pioneering a ministry to university students with Campus Crusade for Christ. They now serve with Josiah Venture.
Slovenia is a country with 2 million inhabitants and is about the size of New Jersey. Only 1,100 -1,200 people in all of of the country claim to be evangelical Christians. This places it among the most un-evangelized countries of the world. Since mid 2010 they have lived in the capital city of Ljubljana, Slovenia along with their kids Eliana, Maia, and Alex. There, they work primarily with university students and strive to see the kingdom of God grow as students are introduced to Jesus, grow in their faith, and are trained to support and equip the local church in Slovenia and around the world.
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