Austin is the Program Director at Camp Beechpoint, Inc., a Christian Children’s Camp since 1959. Beechpoint’s mission is to serve urban and under-resourced youth from Chicago and urban and rural areas of Michigan. Several years ago, they began a camp partnership with a ministry in NE India to train local Bible College students to use the tool of camping in reaching and evangelizing children in India. They also assist the students in running a week of camp for children in a rural (mainly Muslim) community. FPC supported Austin’s parents, Mark and Betsy, from 1993 – 2018. Betsy is the granddaughter of Earl and Fleta Rose, long-time members of Spirit Lake First Presbyterian Church.
After nearly 35 years ministry mostly to students, we are excited to be joining Campus Crusade or Cru’s Ministry with the Jesus Film. This will ultimately have us based out of Florida. The Jesus Film has been translated in over 1500 native languages and has been directly involved in launching over 1 million local churches. But there are still people who haven’t heard of the name of Jesus. A revised strategy is to translate the Jesus Film to the next 500 smaller language groups finding narrators who can translate the story of Christ. Because of consistent security threats, it is more prudent to have smaller showings using tablets and small projection equipment for ongoing showings of the life of Jesus. Jim and Amy have three children. Jim and Amy have been indirectly supported by First Presbyterian through ministry partners from the congregation for nearly 30 years and became part of the First Presbyterian mission budget in 1998.
Bob is the Director of Global Operations Leadership Development for Campus Crusade for Christ Ministry. His mission is to develop the next Generation of Leaders for Cru. Bob is currently involved with 3 different Leadership Development initiatives in Cru – one for emerging leaders in the U.S. , one for 16 of our Current U.S. National Directors and one for our Global Operations Leaders. His main focus for all 3 of these groups is the recruitment of outstanding Christian Business Leaders who coach our Cru Leaders every other week via Skype Video. Bob and Sherry have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Sherry is from Arnolds Park. First Presbyterian Church has supported Bob and Sherry since 1974.
Bruce is a Ministry Partner Development Coach/Trainer/Shepherd with Campus Crusade. He serves as a coach/shepherd to new and senior staff who serve internationally in 193 countries. He also debriefs their American Staff members who return to the States for furlough and works with them in further training and development as leaders. Bruce and Kari have 2 children. First Presbyterian Church has supported Bruce and Kari since 1990.
MAF’s mission is to increase the effectiveness of the church using aviation and other technologies to overcome barriers in reaching the world for Christ.
MAF has a fleet of 54 aircraft serving the most remote areas of the world transporting missionaries, national church leaders, medical personnel and sick and injured native people. Every hour flown saves 3 days of travel by ground maximizing the ministry of missionaries and national evangelists.
MAF also provides communication and high tech equipment to the many areas they serve. Courses in Bible, theology and ministry provide distance learning to people in many remote nations.
Medical and disaster relief is a major concern for MAF. Food and drugs are transported into areas hit by floods, earthquakes and other emergencies. Flying doctor services use MAF to transport medical staff quickly to emergency areas. Probably the best-known service of MAF is the life-saving air-ambulance of critically ill native peoples and mission personnel to hospitals. Countless lives are saved by these flights, often from dangerous and crude landing strips in rough terrain.