"YOU HAVE FREELY RECEIVED FROM HIM, AND HE CALLS YOU TO FREELY GIVE." - MATTHEW 10:8
We believe that as followers of Jesus we have all been called to live as missionaries (Matthew 28:18-20). For most, we will never be called to pick up and move overseas. However, we are all called to be witnesses of God's love and grace wherever He has planted us. We want you to see yourself as a missionary in your daily life and recognize what God has given you that He wants you to give to others.
Below are the stories of many of our StoneBridge family members who are doing just that. We hope you will be inspired in your own journey. Please reach out to find our how you can support them or to get involved.
Acts 6 is a homeless outreach ministry started by StoneBridge Church member Richard Wannall. The mission of the Acts 6 ministry team has grown to aid the needy in our community through prayer, encouragement, generous giving, unselfish service, and compassionate outreach Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am-12 pm. To learn more about the serving on the Acts 6 team, contact Courtney Schreer at Acts6sb@gmail.com and listen to Richard's story on the Doing Your Deal Podcast here.
The Table on delk
The Table On Delk, led by Tina WIlliford, provides a safe place for those currently or at risk of being sexually exploited to have a meal and make meaningful connections with volunteers who desire to show them the Father’s love. By showing them His love through genuine interactions, telling them that their lives matter and that He has a plan and purpose for them, some of those served have taken steps toward healing and restoration. To learn more and to sign up to volunteer, visit www.thetableondelk.org and to hear more about Tina's story, listen to this Doing Your Deal Podcast episode.
dwell apartment ministry
The mission of Dwell, started by Russell and Megan Marshall, is to expose the people of Dwell Apartment community to the Gospel through word and deed. They put this vision into practice by serving, breaking bread, and cultivating authentic relationships with their neighbors. The Church at Dwell gathers weekly in the leasing office to pray, worship, and study scripture. If you are interested in learning more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 770.714.1302. Listen to the Marshall's story on the Doing Your Deal Podcast here.
Taking care of widows and orphans (modern day single parent families) in their time of need is a command of the Bible that Mission 1:27 takes seriously. With poverty and trauma at the root of many of the challenges these families face, Mission 1:27 works to provide resources to address those issues through programs like free after-school enrichment programs, teen programs that help youth navigate the difficult challenges they face while preparing them for adult life, single parent and Life Group programs to provide support for adults in their unique circumstances, counseling programs, tutoring, social and enrichment activities for senior adults, food co-op programs to help ease the strain on the family budget and more. If you feel led to help through financial contributions or through volunteering, visit www.mission127.ngo and listen to founder Angie Smith's story on the Doing Your Deal Podcast here.
uga athens: eliza lemmon
Eliza Huffman is on staff with Cru at the University of Georgia as an intern. Cru exists for students to know God, grow in faith, and go to the world. Join Cru in prayer as they seek the Lord to provide in raising up students who are passionate about Jesus and eager to learn. To learn more, reach her at email@example.com.
West Virginia: Grace Brannen
Grace Brannen is serving in McDowell County, West Virginia, Alongside Zera House, a ministry based in the area, she is working to create a long-term program for survivors of sexual exploitation where they can heal, grow, and learn about the love Jesus Christ has for them. She has been in West Virginia since 2019 and has been working domestically with trafficking survivors for even longer. If you would like to support her, please visit zerahouse.org/staff or contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memphis: The Winkle Family
The Winkles currently live and minister in Memphis, Tennessee. They spent nearly 10 years living overseas, but came back to the US in 2014 to finish their adoption of their youngest child. At that time they discovered their son Micah had cancer. Once he beat cancer they knew they wanted to use what they had experienced to encourage, bless, and walk along side others going through childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Since then, they've remained in Memphis and God has allowed them to also use their years in the mission field to serve with refugees and asylum seekers.
Australia: Geoff and Sherry Maddock
Geoff and Sherry Maddock live and work in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Australia, Geoff has returned after two decades in the U.S. and is now working for an international sending organization. Sherry, who grew up in Marietta, is now a permanent resident of Australia. She is employed in the work of neighborhood place-making with a city church, in addition to working as an urban gardener with indoor plants. Since graduating together from Asbury Theological Seminary, they have served alongside people on the margins, specifically refugees and people seeking asylum. Their 18-year old son is a dual citizen, finishing up his final year of high school. Contact the Maddocks at email@example.com
Catalyst for Africa: Michael Mozley
Michael Mozley has served as the Executive Director for Catalyst for Africa since 2013. God led Michael to start Catalyst for Africa because he wants to see the continent of Africa won to Christ through African leaders. Catalyst for Africa’s purpose is to transform communities through leadership training, utilizing four core values: intimacy with God, integrity, stewardship, and family priority. Currently, Catalyst for Africa has linked hearts with over thirty pastors and lay leaders in twelve different countries: Senegal, Mali, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, and Uganda. For more information or to receive Catalyst for Africa’s newsletter go to catalystforafrica.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tanzania: Susan Kelly
Susan has been serving in Tanzania with e3 Partners since 2013 and is currently the Strategy Coordinator and Community Transformation leader in the unreached Zaramo and Digo people groups. Using simple, biblically based methods, she and her team of national partners use Community Transformation to build relationships in unreached communities that are closed or resistant to the Gospel. By equipping a few local believers how to tangibly love their neighbors, barriers to the Gospel are broken down which aids in locally-led evangelism and discipleship to improve physical health, community well-being and social issues. Contact Susan at email@example.com for more information on how you can support her in this work and listen to her episode of the Doing Your Deal Podcast here.
Germany: Ben and Chistina Hartman
The Hartman Family serve with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) and have been living and serving in Kandern, Germany since July 2018. Kandern is in southwest Germany and their ministry is with both Germans and Muslims. Ben has a passion for sharing Christ in the workplace with like-minded co-workers in Switzerland which historically has been harder to get missionaries into and the cost of living is very high. Cristina works primarily with refugee woman and children through one-on-one visits and in a cafe setting using Biblical storytelling. They also live in community with German friends and neighbors sharing God's truth with them. Connect with the Hartmans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montenegro: Cory and Jessie German
Cory and Jessie German and their three kids, Josie, Caleb, and Amelia, are serving with Cru in Montenegro. After 4.5 years working with Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, they now work on the Operations team in the Central and Eastern Europe Area office serving 19 countries. Contact the Germans at email@example.com for more information on how you can support them.
Asia Minor: Justin and Elizabeth
Justin and Elizabeth have been serving unreached people in northwest Asia for 15 years. They lead a team that consists of three families and is located in two different cities about one hundred miles apart. The three families are asking the Lord to move in powerful ways in the hearts of the 2 million people throughout the region. They have a vision to see locals living in hope and freedom. The Lord has called them to serve and connect through local business and they are hoping to operate an outdoor family recreation center in order to gain citizenship, bless the community, engage large numbers of locals, and put down deep roots of identity and kingdom values. Contact the Leonards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asia Minor: Josh and Mandy
Josh and Mandy have been serving in Asia minor since 2013. After leaving the US as a newly married couple, they are now a family of five. From the beginning, their ministry has been focused on church planting and serving in the local church. What started as a tiny meeting of one or two people has grown over the years into a community of people who love Jesus. They ultimately feel that they have been called to a discipleship ministry in the likes of John the Baptist and their heart has been to see local leaders increase as they decrease. They can be reached at email@example.com.
ArabiAn peninsula: The M family
The M Family have been serving in the Arabian Peninsula since 2017, working to see God's word known among the people there. S works in the medical field and J is raising their two boys. As there is no church to speak of in this region, most of their time is spent sowing seeds, praying, learning Arabic, and building relationships with locals. Contact them for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
south asia: The DJ family
The DJs live and work in South Asia in an area that is considered one of the poorest and most unreached states in their country. They do Business-As-Mission, and have started a textile business where they train and employ women in an impoverished area by providing a safe work environment and fair wages. Through the business the've had the opportunity to share and teach about the love of Jesus, pray for their employees, provide free child care, and offer nutrition and health benefits. Their heart is to see the Lord move through Kingdom-minded business in a spiritual and holistic way among the least reached. To contact the DJs email email@example.com.
southeast asia: The F family
T and LA have been living overseas as missionaries and church planters since 2008. They moved back to the US in 2023 to be closer to family and to launch a new season of ministry in multiple countries of Southeast Asia. They will make extended trips to that part of the world, training and working with local indigenous believers as well as church planting networks with the intent of reaching new peoples who have never heard the good news of Jesus. To learn more about their missions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect Missions: The S family
The S Family serves in Atlanta where they mobilize for ministry in the Muslims world. They raise up prayer, conduct trainings and disciple believers seeking to serve among unreached people groups. For over 10 years, they have been taking groups to the Middle East to pray and minister. Their family serves with Connect Missions where they help the Church go and make disciples by connecting people to Christ, His Church and His Mission. To join them in ministry, you can give to them here or reach them at ConnectMissions@gmail.com and sign up for their monthly prayer newsletters here.
Peru: Arthur and Mary Alice Ivey
Arthur and Mary Alice have been working in Peru with TMS Global since 2001. Arthur has a strong call to disciple youth and adults in small groups and to train the Peruvians to do the same for others. Mary Alice has a call to minister to children through Kid’s Clubs, to evangelize, and to see people set free through prayer. They also work with teams from the states that do evangelism, discipleship, leadership training, Christian business training, and medical missions in different places in Peru. Their heart’s desire is to see people set free in Christ so that they can do the same for others. Currently the Peruvians are taking responsibility to do most of the ministry activities and take over the administration of the ministry in Peru. Arthur and Mary Alice work closely with them to encourage them in this endeavor. You can contact the Iveys at email@example.com.
chosen vessels: bekah baxter
God revealed a revelation to Bekah Baxter about his direction for her life when she was a teenager on a short-term mission trip. Bekah was amazed to see that more than 5,600 miles from home, God was at work in amazing ways through his people. She began interacting with missionaries and asking them how she could help their work. From there, she created Chosen Vessels - a ministry that provides care for missionaries and assists them with special projects. Contact Bekah at firstname.lastname@example.org and listen to her story on the Doing Your Deal Podcast here.