Missions

Missions is a partnership in the gospel between the local church and those who serve around the world. Calvary is privileged to partner with some who serve in the United States and many who serve in foreign countries. Some are directly involved in church planting and others indirectly through support ministries. Laboring together the gospel is proclaimed both near and far. Take a few moments to learn about and pray for our missionaries.

 

Brazil, Ellie Driesinga

Ellie chose to follow Christ at the age of 15 after realizing she didn’t have the peace and joy a believer should have. During her years at Cornerstone Bible Institute, Ellie came to a willingness to serve wherever the Lord would lead. This turned out to be in Brazil with Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission, who she has been serving with since 1999. She arrived for her first term in 2002 and has served in several areas of ministry during her time there. She first taught English at a Christian school before moving on to language school. Since then she has been involved in deaf ministries, camping ministries, Sunday School and children’s programs, discipleship, Bible studies, teaching English as a second language, working as field treasurer, helping in a church plant, and a dorm mom. She now lives in southern Brazil and, along with coworkers, is helping in a church plant.
Ellie’s Latest Prayer Update
Ellie’s Facebook Page

Brazil, Jon & Denielle Johnson

Both Jonathan and Denielle grew up in Christian homes where their parents taught them about Jesus Christ, salvation and ministry. Jonathan had the privilege of spending four years of his life in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa when his family served with New Tribes Mission. God began to prepare Jon and Denielle’s hearts for overseas missions while they attended Cornerstone Bible Institute in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Jon, Denielle and daughter, ElliAnna, moved to Fortaleza, CE at the end of 2008 with Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission. Carter and Noella have since been born. Evangelistic Bible studies, planning and coordinating church events, preaching, developing relationships, discipleship, teaching and training make up their ministry portfolio. During a typical ministry week they meet to disciple various couples and individuals, teach a Bible studies in homes and at church, work with youth, provide training in teaching and music ministry, among other duties. They share, ‘ElliAnna, Carter, and Noella Susan are our greatest responsibility and provide our greatest joys and challenges. We understand that God has given us our children to be our ministry and to be involved in our ministry.’
The Johnson’s latest Prayer Update

The Johnson’s Blog

Cornerstone Bible Institute, Ruth Haynie

Born in 1954, Ruth Haynie began her teaching career by ‘playing school’ with her siblings. As the daughter of a pastor she began teaching toddlers in church at the age of 14. Ruth went on to earn a BA in Diversified Education, a life teaching credential (California), and an MA in English as a Second Language. She served both in Haiti and Bolivia as a missionary school teacher. Her teaching experience ranges from elementary school to adult education, she has been ministering at Cornerstone Bible Institute since its inception in 1994. Ruth has a love of teaching and loves training others how to teach as well.
Latest Prayer Letter from Ruth
CBI Website

France, Tom & Brenda Guffey

Tom and Brenda serve with Greater Europe Mission at the Camp of the Peaks in France. The purpose of the camp is to build the church in France by providing a refuge for God to save the lost and strengthen the found. Tom is an accomplished potter whose work and skill have been used as a tool in a country where artists are greatly admired. He first went to Camp of the Peaks in 1979 and knew he would one day return full time. Brenda is a certified elementary and special education teacher. Her cooking skills have greatly helped their ministry at the camp as she oversees the organization and cooking of meals. They have three children, Terah, Rhea and Noah.
Latest Prayer Letter from the Guffey Family (Be patient, this is a very large file and may be slow to open.)
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Camp of the Peaks Facebook

Frontier School of the Bible, Lagrange, WY Jeff & Nickie Robinson

Germany (Wittenberg), Paul & Chelli Sudbrock

From a very young age, Paul knew God was calling Him to the mission field of Germany. During his freshman year at Baptist Bible College he met Chelli, the woman he would marry and who would, in March of 1995, be beside him for their first term as missionaries to Germany. Their first term they focused on learning the language and since then have assisted in many works. They currently serve in the city of Wittenberg, the very same town that God had impressed upon Paul’s heart many years before when reading a book about Martin Luther. The Sudbrock family have been blessed with 4 children; Skyler, Samantha, Serenity, and Sadie. They serve as independent, fundamental Baptists as part of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International.
Latest Prayer Letter from the Sudbrock Family
The Sudbrock’s Website
The Sudbrock’s Blog
The Sudbrock’s Facebook page

Ghana, Andrew Johnson

Medical Church Planting, Greg & Linda Waller

Greg and Linda, along with their son, Timothy, have a unique ministry serving under Truth for Today Baptist Mission. Both Greg and Linda came to know the Lord in their youth but did not serve Him diligently until years later. Greg is a medical doctor and Linda is a nurse; both were established in a successful medical practice when the Lord began dealing with them about foreign missions. They served for 7 years on the mission field of Guyana, South America where they started a church in a remote village using their medical skills, as well as traditional means, to get the work going. After complications with their visas they began a new ministry of worldwide church planting. Operation Renewed Hope sets up medical clinics around the world for the purpose of evangelism and church planting. They have seen the Lord bless greatly with this unique ministry.
Latest Prayer Letter from the Waller Family
The Waller’s Website

Mexico, Missionary Aviation, Bryon & Sandy Brock

Having both come to know the Lord at a young age, Bryon and Sandy were also challenged to surrender to full-time missions. They met in Wyoming at Frontier School of the Bible and married in 1983. Bryon began missionary pilot training, but they struggled with their call to missions and tried to get comfortable serving in their local church. After yielding once again to the Lord, He opened the door for them to serve with United Indian Mission International. UIM is a church planting mission with ministries in Canada, Mexico, and the US. Having served with UIM for over 12 years, Bryon is now the Aviation Director. The mission serves many missionaries in remote, dangerous areas as it is becoming increasingly unsafe due to the drug cartel and the Mexican authorities. Bryon and Sandy have 4 children and base their ministry in Tucson, AZ.
Latest Prayer Letter from the Brock Family
UIM Aviation Web Site
UIM Facebook Page

Mexico, Ron Winter

While in college, Ron was saved out of a Lutheran background. Due to the influence of a Christian friend, he memorized Scripture and understood the truth of the Gospel. Once saved, he began to attend a Baptist church and soon knew that the Lord was leading him into full time service. He graduated from Baptist Bible College as did his wife, Connie. Raised in a Christian home and saved at a young age, Connie was also been a part in all areas of the ministries that they have been involved in since. The Winters first served as a co-pastor in Fulton, MO, where the Lord began to speak to them about missions. After taking groups on missions trips to Mexico they eventually moved there to begin planting churches. Connie ‘won the victory and graduated into glory’ in September of 2016 after health complications. Ron continues to live and work in Mexico. They were blessed with 4 children who were all saved at an early age after being led to the Lord by their parents.
Latest Prayer Letter from Ron
Ron’s Web Site

Mozambique, Arnie & Rubenita Johnson

Philippines, Walter & Cheryl Spicer

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Walter and Cheryl Spicer serve at Faith Academy with New Tribes Mission (now known as Ethnos360). Faith Academy is one of the largest schools for missionary kids in the world. Both Walter and Cheyrl attended Calvary Bible College in Missouri. Cheryl graduated with a degree in both Bible and Missionary Nursing and Walter graduated with a double major in Bible and Secondary Education. Walter is also certified to help students with learning difficulties. They were challenged in the area of missions during their years in college and joined New Tribes Mission after that. Walter is the middle school vice principal and teacher, and Cheryl is one of the school nurses. They are also very busy with after-school activities which help make school fun. Faith Academy, located in Manila, has a vital role in the evangelization of Southeast Asia. Walter and Cheryl have 5 children that they feel blessed to raise.
Latest Prayer Letter from the Spicer Family
Spicer Family Blog

Tanzania, Neil & Rachelle Kunnari

Niel says, ‘My wife and I became interested in cross cultural work during our time at Bible school. It was there that we attended conferences and met some people involved in such work. We then realized these folks were just normal people who gave their lives to God to be used in a cross cultural setting. After finishing school, our interest continued to grow, so we went on a short term trip to West Africa. There we caught a glimpse of what God is doing through His universal body. The highlight of our trip was listening to the stories of some of the believers there. Many of them had given up much when they accepted Christ, but they had no regrets, only joy! These stories could not have occurred if the Body had not sent workers out of their own culture and into another. An example of this is found in Philippians 2:5-11. Knowing what Christ has done for us, my wife and I want to share this news with those who have never heard!’
Here is a Video Update (password: Two years) Neil & Rachelle made in March of 2017.
Latest Prayer letter from the Kunnari Family
Kunnari Website
Neil & Rachelle’s Facebook Page

Uganda, Lawrence & Rebecca Lantz

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Lawrence and Rebecca Lantz became Baptist International Missions, Inc. missionaries in 2002 and have served in Uganda since Aug. 2005. They are being sent through Valley Forge Baptist Temple in Collegeville, PA.
Latest Prayer Letter from the Lantz Family
Lantz Website
Here is a video update from the fall of 2017

Ukraine, Holly Friesen

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Holly says, ‘God blessed me with godly parents who instructed me in God’s Word from the time I was small and modeled for me lives dedicated to serving God. I was saved at the age of four and at the age of thirteen committed my life to missions. I am a part of a team of missionaries working in southern Ukraine and live in the city of Odessa. The goal of ABWE in Ukraine is to strengthen the existing church, and to facilitate a church planting movement that will ultimately lead to a missions movement. One of the avenues we use to reach this goal is the mobile clinic ministry that holds monthly clinics in areas where national pastors and evangelists are working to start churches. Working alongside Dr. Miriam Wheeler, I am currently involved on a regular basis in 10 villages. As a nurse practitioner I have been able to assist in seeing and treating patients. This has provided me with many opportunities to share the hope of salvation with my patients and to encourage the believers in these villages. God has also given me a burden for pro-life ministry. While in Peru I saw how effective pro-life ministry can be as an evangelistic and discipleship tool. We plan to open a pregnancy care center in Odessa within the next couple of years. Our desire is that this ministry will be used not only to save the lives of the unborn, but also to introduce their families to the Savior! As we partner with local churches in starting this ministry, we pray that it will become an effective tool in strengthening and growing the churches.’
Latest Prayer Letter from Holly
Holly’s Facebook Page
Holly’s Blog

Uruguay, Belinda Spilman

Wales, UK, J.A. & Pam Richards

J.A. and Pam Richards were both born in the State of Kansas in the USA. After meeting, marrying, and raising three children, they surrendered to God’s call in Nov. 1984 to work for the Lord on a full-time basis. After graduating from Baptist Bible College in 1988 and surrendering to God’s call to Wales they have worked in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, Bassaleg (Newport), Penarth and Cardiff. In June of 2005 J.A. became the Oversight Pastor at Cornwall Street Baptist Church.
Latest Prayer Letter from the Richards Family
Cornwall Street Baptist Church