Kevin and Leilani Humble were called in 1993 to be missionaries in Indonesia. Through their partnership with World Venture, their work is resulting in converts from Islam and Hinduism. In cooperation with World Venture, they are reaching seven out of the ten people groups in Southwest Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their greatest need is prayer for their fellow cross-cultural workers would be encouraged. Pray for break through of the spiritual darkness over the regions where they are bringing the gospel. Finally, pray for their family and children. To contact them: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron and Nancy served as church planters in Northern Mexico during their first seven years with Missions Door. They took part in starting three new churches in Baja, California and one in Sonora.
In 2000 Aaron’s ministry increased as he began to serve as the National Ministry Director for the country of Mexico. This included giving oversight to the church planters, both foreign and national, as well as oversight of SEBANO, the Conservative Baptist Seminary in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
In the last 15 years Aaron’s ministry with Missions Door has continued to grow. Today, with over 20 years of service, Aaron is the Ministry Director for Asia, Mexico and South America.
His ministry includes training missionaries and pastors as well as leading short-term mission teams to the various countries where he serves. The biggest area of need for all the foreign fields is financial support for the indigenous missionaries and local pastors. To meet this need Aaron starts economic projects in the poorest countries so that missionaries and ministries will not be dependent on foreign funds.
Aaron and Nancy Palmatier were both born in California, raised in Catholic homes, and became Christians as young adults. They met while students at California State University in Chico. After graduating in 1985, they went their separate ways.
In 1986, Aaron became associate pastor at Central Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. Moving into an area with a high rate of crime, drugs and prostitution, he began working among young people.
In 1987, Nancy served with the Latin America Mission Spearhead Program in Mexico City. There the Lord gave her a vision for missions and a heart for Latin American people.
Aaron and Nancy met again in 1988. The following year they were married and continued serving as a team in the church where Aaron was ministering. After eight years of ministry in Sacramento, Aaron and Nancy were appointed in 1994 by Missions Door for ministry in Mexico.
Aaron and Nancy have two children: Manuel and Karina.
After graduating from college in electrical engineering, Myke served a two-year missionary term in Kenya. It was there that Myke first considered career ministry.
He says, “We serve an awesome God! My passion is to see students’ lives changed by the power of Jesus, and to plant and strengthen college ministries that help facilitate that change.
“I want to see students encounter Jesus, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and become equipped to minister while at college, in the local church, and after graduation.” Myke’s plan is to develop the Arizona State University ministry and he also serves on the Leadership Team for the Southwest region.
Myke, raised in a Christian family, made a conscious commitment to Christ while in high school.
Melody came to know the Lord in Junior high. After graduation she served with Campus Ambassadors in Ashland, Oregon until their marriage in 1985.
In 1991 they moved to Minneapolis to begin a new ministry at the University of Minnesota.
The winter of 1999 found Myke, Melody and son Matthew relocating to Tempe, Arizona. They now work on the campus of Arizona State University-Polytechnic.
Myke and Melody have one child: Matthew.
At the age of 17, Ramon felt God call him to full-time Christian ministry, so he registered at Seminario Bautista de Nogales (SEBANO), a theological institution of the Conservative Baptists in Mexico.
After graduating from seminary in 1978, he began serving as a missionary in Sonora, Mexico, where he planted two churches.
In 1983, Ramon felt the need to train other Mexican nationals for ministry, so he moved to Nogales, Sonora, and started teaching at the seminary. He also pastored one of the churches in Nogales.
In 2003 Ramon graduated in Business Administration from the Nogales Technological Institute. After serving at the seminary for 21 years, in 2005 Ramon was appointed as the Executive Director of the seminary.
Ramon is developing a new strategy for the seminary to reach a greater number of students in the Nogales, Sonora and Northwest Mexico area. The extension program of the Nogales Baptist Seminary involves courses in different cities and great ministry in the prisons of Nogales.
Ramon was born and raised in a Christian home in Mexico. He accepted Christ as his Savior when he was 16 years old.
After God called his wife Alma to heaven, Ramon married Ana Cruz in May 2015. Ramon has three daughters: Sonia, Lily and Amy.
Sam and Becky live in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, where they now serve seeking to reach the 300,000 community college students there. Sam and Becky desire to see thriving ministries on all ten community college campuses in the Phoenix area.
They have been in campus ministry in Arizona with Missions Door since 1995. They have found that the college campus is perhaps the most open area in the United States for sharing Christ. The needs are great. The false teachings, philosophies and appeals to the flesh draw many into lifestyles from which they never escape.
Statistics show that even among church-attending kids up to 90% leave the church and 51% leave the faith by the time they graduate from college. But the Trommlers are seeing God change lives as people come to faith and grow in faith through His Word.
Sam says, “Campus ministry is essential because students are at perhaps the most pivotal place in their lives. Most of them are looking for answers to the biggest questions in life. It is also the last really open time for reaching them with the gospel.”
While reading the Bible in Pennsylvania at the age of 22 Sam came to see that, “if Jesus Christ means anything in my life, He must mean everything!”
With a desire to serve God he enrolled at Southwestern Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona, to prepare to serve on the foreign mission field.
While attending Southwestern, he met Becky whose parents were missionaries with CBInternational in Brazil where she grew up.
After Sam graduated from Western Seminary, Sam and Becky served as church planters with CBI in northeast Brazil for eight years.
Sam and Becky were married in 1978 in Brazil during a short-term mission experience. They have three children, Samuel, Joshua and Micah.
Willie and Lena completed their courses of study at the Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, Arizona, and have been active in ministry among the Navajo people ever since.
Willie has worked with Navajos in small groups in Gallup, New Mexico, and in Kachina Village in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Willie also taught at Indian Bible College in Flagstaff for four years. In addition, he took on the chairmanship of Western Navajo Bible Fellowship Incorporated, which consists of 27 sound, Bible-believing churches on the western Navajo Reservation.
From 1988 to 1993 he pastored First Baptist Church in Tuba City, Arizona, and from 1993 to 2004 he planted a church (Kaibeto Baptist Church) in Kaibeto, Arizona.
From 2005 on he has been working with the new church planting location at Mesa View Baptist church in Black Mesa, Arizona. He knows firsthand the urgent need for planting sound, Bible-believing churches on the Navajo Reservation. Willie and Lena have been with Missions Door since 1993.
Willie and Lena’s desire is to plant new churches and come alongside established but struggling assemblies. Through an established church-planting team they plan to bring sound, Bible-based teaching, create strong leadership and build permanent facilities for gatherings.
They believe Christ is the real answer in reaching out to Natives who are satanically confused and in bondage to sin.
Willie and Lena Tsosie were born on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, and they were raised in the tradition of their people. Both accepted Christ during their high school years.
Willie is concerned because the Native religion is strongly emphasized, and culturally-related hindrances to Christ’s church are readily condoned.
The Native American church (drug use is required in worship) has become the norm, and cults are moving onto the reservations. In addition, economic and social changes are taking place as more and more Navajo people have been paralyzed with alarming financial and domestic problems.
Emotionally-charged churches, mixed with pagan beliefs and worship, are widespread on the reservations; many are in serious trouble or have closed.
Willie and Lena were married in 1976 and have four children: Angela, Alana, Avadina and Avery.
Angela is married to Clifton Askan and has two children: Julina and Taylor. Alana is marriage to Keidrick June and has two children: Kamya and Kayomi.
Joaquin was appointed to the Mission in 1985 and began serving in his home town of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Over the past 30 years Joaquin has served in church planting, leadership development, and has had the opportunity to equip and train missionaries around the world. He was asked to join the Executive Leadership Team in 2011 and became the first internationally-born Vice President of Ministries.
As of July 2015 Joaquin was promoted to Vice President of Engagement and Innovation. In short, Joaquin’s goal is to engage people to support not just missionaries, but programs that impact the lives of people and communities. He will be working on bringing new ideas, new methods of fundraising, and revenue to the Mission. In this new role Joaquin brings a fresh perspective and non-traditional ways of connecting people with opportunities.
Joaquin has a passion to develop strategic alliances and to collaborate with other organizations that will help expand the Kingdom of God. In the past he has collaborated with organizations such as Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, Arizona Christian University Natural Church Development, and others.
Joaquin was born in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 18 he went to Charleston, West Virginia as an exchange student. After returning to the Dominican Republic, he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. Following his conversion, Joaquin planted a new church in Santo Domingo in an impoverished community while attending a Bible institute there.
In 1985 he joined Missions Door when he was appointed to work in church planting, leadership development and as country coordinator. He returned to the United States in 1992 to complete a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Communications (Missions) at Denver Seminary.
In 1995 the Vargas Family moved to the border town of Nogales, Mexico, to serve as missionaries, where they planted a new church and worked in leadership development.
In May of 2003 they moved to Denver when Joaquin was asked to join the Executive Leadership Team of the Mission. His initial responsibility was to oversee Latino ministry in the United States, as well as help the Mission better serve the Spanish-language missionaries. Soon he was asked to oversee ministries in the Caribbean and Mexico, and then all of Central America.
Joaquin is married to Oneida, also a Dominican, and they have three grown children: Mariel, Abraham and Laura. Mariel lives in San Francisco, California. Abraham is married and lives in Los Angeles, California. Laura is married and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Laura and her husband presented them with their first grandson, Lincoln Daniel Bell, in March 2014.
Ted and Malia met in Belgium, fell in love and married. And, like their parents before them, they have chosen to spend their lives spreading the gospel in a culturally rich but spiritually pour European setting.
After two terms ministering in church development, Ted and Malia Winston refocused their ministry toward youth work. Youth evangelism had already been an important part of Ted and Malia’s ministry over the past 10 years. They had been involved in helping Jeunesse et Vie (Young Life Belgium) with camps and clubs. And with WorldVenture’s agreement, the Winstons’ involvement with Jeunesse et Vie was stepped up to a full-time partnership.
Ted leads a youth club, directs camps, helps in teaching and discipling new counselors and speaks at different events. Malia focuses her time on making contacts and working in discipleship.
This new generation of young people is more spiritually committed, and there have been 14 baptisms among young people this past year. The Winstons are both encouraged and excited for the future.
The Winston family has integrated into a new church. Ted runs the "building" team dealing with improvements or purchases. Malia teaches Sunday school and leads worship. She is working on developing relationships with the girls. They both help lead a small group in their home.
Primary Ministry :
Working with youth in Belgium
Prayer Needs :
Conversions and commitment!
Major Challenges :
Building trust relationships so this generation will be open to the gospel. Young believers need the challenge to walk boldly in the light. Leadership development.
The People :
French-speaking youth (14 to 20 years old) from various socio-economic backgrounds who come from secular or Roman Catholic or evangelical homes.
Tom and Laura serve with WorldVenture in West Africa* where Tom is involved in translating the Bible into a local or indigenous language and Laura is reaching the hearts and lives of children through the Bible club that meets at their home six days a week.
(*Due to security reasons the name of the place and country where they live and minister is no longer publicly displayed.)
They both have the bedrock conviction that it is through the Word of God, the Bible that people come to know God and the truth or reality of Jesus Christ and in doing so are reborn into a new life based on faith in Christ. They also believe that true spiritual growth toward maturity in Christ can only happen in conjunction with the Word of God as a person internalizes its truths and principles and seeks to live by it its teachings.
While in a foster home during his senior year of high school due to the faithful witness of a classmate Tom accepted Christ as his Savior a month before he turned eighteen and then desiring to know God’s Word better attended Northern California Bible Institute (now Shasta Bible College) and then transferred to Southwestern Bible College (now Arizona Christian University) where he met Laura.
Laura grew up in a stable and godly family in Tucson and at a very young age put her faith in Christ and then later at the age of eleven through the prompting of the God and his Word decided she would serve Christ as a missionary and with this goal in mind after graduating high school she enrolled at Southwestern College.
A few weeks after Laura’s graduation Tom and Laura were married in May 1979. And a year after Tom’s graduation they moved to Portland, Oregon where Tom attended and graduated from Western Seminary. Shortly after this they were accepted by CBFMS (now WorldVenture) to work in Bible translation and church planting in West Africa where they have been faithfully serving since March 1991.