Australia: Geoff and Sherry Maddock
Geoff and Sherry live and work as placemakers in the center of the city of Melbourne, Australia. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city’s 4.8 million residents, the Maddocks seek to love and serve those left behind and cultivate a sense of place for all city dwellers. They started in this new context in late 2016.
Between 1999 and 2016, Geoff and Sherry lived in an urban neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky. With their son, Isaac (born 2003), they worked as missionaries with a focus on neighborhood development and urban food systems. With a commitment to neighborhood transformation their priorities included neighborhood associations, non-profit boards, city government committees, and local food economy initiatives. For many years they operated an urban farm on the lot next to their home —the 4th St Farm. This 1/10 of an acre garden incorporated raised beds for vegetables, chickens, bees, and more than 20 fruit trees. The support for their vocation in mission comes from friends, family, and several churches in Georgia.
They are authors of “Sowing Seeds of Shalom in the Neighborhood” (available on Amazon for Kindle). It was the first briefing paper from the Summit of the International Society for Urban Mission (ISUM) and offers theological frameworks, principles, disciplines and practical suggestions for Christians who long to be involved in neighborhood transformation
Bosnia: Cory and Jessie German
Cory and Jessie German are working in Sarajevo, Bosnia serving as operational and administrative staff to help support and serve their ministry staff working with high school and college students throughout Bosnia. Ministry in Bosnia is primarily relational and we are glad that we get to work both in the office and out in the city and on campuses meeting and ministering to Bosnians.
Cambodia: Matt and Catie Nelson
Matt and Catie have served in Cambodia since 2012. After spending most of 2015 in the US for the birth of their daughter, Hope, they have returned to Cambodia. Previously they held vocational jobs that sought to break cycles of poverty by empowering and equipping Cambodians with marketable skills, all the while building relationships and sharing the Gospel. Their current work in Cambodia focuses more on discipleship and building up the Cambodian church. For more information or to be added to their quarterly newsletter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 MMozley@catalystforafrica.org
CULTURELink: Larry and Karen Ragan
CULTURELink’s mission is to make disciples of those who will make disciples of all nations. It accomplishes this mission by educating, equipping, and exposing the church on how to effectively and healthily impact the globe for the cause of Christ. Since 2010 Larry and his team have trained over 1600 short-term mission project and team leaders which now deploy numerous teams to over 125 nations. CULTURELink also works directly in Hungary, Romania, India, Kenya, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. In Kenya, Karen is an inductive Bible studies teacher and works with Woman of the Word. She travels often to equip these women.
Karen and Larry Ragan have personally experienced God’s work in more than 50 countries. Larry, native to Marietta, graduated from Wheeler High School in ’81 and Georgia Tech in ‘86. After completing seminary, serving as the mission’s pastor for First Baptist Church in Atlanta, a missionary in Hungary, and as a teaching pastor at North Metro Church, Larry founded CULTURELink in 2010.
Larry and Karen live in Marietta, Georgia with their two children, Luke and Cameron. In addition, they maintain their zoo of a dog, four cats, and one frog. The animal count shifts daily! For more information on CULTURELink visit www.culturelinkinc.org or e-mail Larry directly at email@example.com.
Germany: Ben and Cristina Hartman
Early in 2017, God put the Hartmans on a path to answer a call to Europe. Ben was on a business trip with some co-workers where one of them told him about the ministry of Greater Europe Mission. That night he went back to his hotel and looked them up online. He discovered that they have a team in Kandern, Germany called eDOT (electronic Discipleship, Outreach, and Training) that leverages technology to create applications to spread the Gospel and see people throughout Europe discipled for Christ. He was excited to find this opportunity to use his technical skills directly for the Kingdom. Some of the projects that eDOT is involved in include topical Bible studies in foreign languages, evangelistic smartphone apps, text messaging programs, and applications related to the refugee situation that is currently happening across Europe.
They also use their time in Germany to build intentional relationships with people they encounter each day- opening their home to have people over for dinner or dessert- or both! Meeting and knowing their neighbors, taking meals to others, serving other families they meet through the local bakery and their kid’s schools- hoping to be a light to their neighborhood and those they meet and interact with on a daily basis.
Tanzania: Susan Kelly
Susan Kelly serves with e3 Partners as the Community Transformation Coordinator for Tanzania. Working alongside a small team of nationals, they are uniting churches and communities in the most impoverished regions of the country to work together for true transformation without bondage of dependency. They are bringing hope by educating and empowering people to use their own resources to create sustainable solutions for their biggest challenges. In the process, they are opening doors for evangelism and new churches to be established. For more information about this transformative work or to receive Susan’s quarterly newsletters, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asia Minor: Josh and Mandy
Josh and Mandy have been serving in Asia Minor for three years. Their vision is to see healthy local churches established in their city. They are praying that their city will be transformed as believers do life together in Gospel-centered community, sharing Jesus with others, and serving their neighbors as Christ did. Josh and Mandy count it an honor to be used by Jesus to establish His church and ask for your prayers that those living in darkness in their city would come to see the marvelous light that is found only in Jesus. If you would like to know more about their ministry, you can follow them at HarvestHarbor.com or contact them at email@example.com.
Although the names and faces of this team cannot be displayed online for safety reasons, please pray for Turkey and the families we have serving there We lead a team of three families – six adults and seven children – focused on discipling and facilitating the start of churches among Muslims in northeastern Turkey. We are praying for a harvest of Jesus followers in a region where there once were many churches, but now sadly only a handful of believers exist. Our organization’s vision is to see movements of Muslim peoples from all around the world following Jesus.