Missions Is Our Mission
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
One of the core principles that our Go Lead Team operates
under is that to be truly effective we must have partners in our efforts to
“make Jesus known.” God intends for us
to work together, hand in hand. Our
partners serve locally, nationally, and internationally. Aldersgate provides financial and prayer support
for our partners and sends work teams to serve with many of them (view service opportunities).
Aldersgate's Missionary Partners
These missionaries need our prayer support as well as the financial assistance we provide through our Faith Promise giving. Please pray for them, their families, their ministries and those they serve.
Ed and Linda Baker, Professional Resource Consultants - TMS Global
Ed and Linda Baker are the team leaders and water and sanitation team specialists for the Professional Resource consultants (PRC) ministry of TMS Global. The PRC is comprised of various specialists and professionals answering a call to serve as support for field missionaries; indigenous churches or groups; and other mission agencies. The mission of the PRC is to demonstrate the holistic Gospel and enable transformation by providing specialized consulting to help Kingdom workers address local needs.
Ed and Linda have been full-time missionaries with TMS Global since 2000. They spent seven years in Paraguay and two in Nicaragua using the gift of clean, abundant water as a mechanism for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While there they completed 48 water projects and coordinated the construction of churches, schools and homes for pastors. Since coming back to Atlanta in 2011, Ed and Linda have worked on water projects in South and Central America, Haiti and Africa, serving most recently in Liberia. Ed and Linda have had a very effective ministry over the years. They pray God will continue to use them and bless their ministry as it expands around the world. Check out www.aguadevida.org to learn more about Ed and Linda and their work.
Joyce Chellis - Professional Resource Consultant - TMS Global
Joyce, a registered nurse, is a CoServe Consultant with TMS Global, offering expertise in pastoral care for missionary families, and aiding parents in practical, spiritual, and educational training of children so that families can learn to thrive in a cross-cultural environment. She seeks to build resilience among cross-cultural workers by offering wellness programs, facilitating spiritual retreats, and mentoring young people who are preparing for missionary life.
She served in eastern Europe for 13 years providing nutrition and feeding programs, medical care, educational programs, church planting and mentoring of new believers. After leaving the field for a year to deal with a diagnosis of terminal cancer (that God chose to miraculously heal!), she relocated to India in 2012 where she worked first in a mission hospital and then moved out into nearby villages to share the Gospel and provide needed healthcare. Her greatest contribution while there was mentoring and encouraging fellow missionaries in a very difficult and dark place.
Kristin Fisher, Myanmar - She Is Safe
Kristin Fisher works for She Is Safe, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent, rescue, and restore women and girls from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world, equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and a strong future.
As the Country Director for She is Safe in Myanmar, in Southeast Asia (formerly Burma), Kristen builds and leads partnerships with local churches and organizations so that together they can prevent human trafficking and share the Gospel. Through her work with She Is Safe teen girls and children from slums are equipped with education and vocational skills with a focus of understanding their value, strength, and purpose. You can learn more at https://sheissafe.org.
Cameron & Anne Gongwer, Professional Resource Consultants - TMS Global
Dr. Cam and Anne Gongwer are part of TMS Global CoServe group working as Professional Resource Consultants in healthcare, literacy and library ministry. Their service in Ghana, West Africa, began in 1998; their work focuses on health, literacy and discipleship ministry. Now based in South Bend, Indiana, they continue to collaborate with Methodist Church Ghana in helping to plant churches through evangelism and mobile medical clinics. Cam is assisting in the development of the Methodist Health Service system and collaborates with Ghanaian Christian health professionals on school health screenings and internship programs.
Cam developed the Ankaase Methodist Faith Healing Hospital into a district hospital providing physical and spiritual care to local patients under the authority of Methodist Church of Ghana. He directs Crosspoint Global Health Ministry to collaborate in community health transformation and equip health workers for servant leadership. Anne founded the Methodist Reading Town Library in Ankaase which continues to develop and grow; she is involved in mother tongue literacy work in Ejura, Ghana. Their daughter Caylor will be a student at Asbury University starting in the fall of 2017.
Neal and Shirley Hicks, Japanese Outreach - TMS Global
Neal and Shirley Hicks serve God through TMS Global. After serving in Japan for over 30 years with his late wife Mari, Neal relocated his ministry to the United States in 2012 and married Shirley in 2014. They work to bring the Gospel to unreached Japanese families living in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area where a cultural shift has occurred, creating a thriving multi-cultural community. There are currently over 150 Japanese-owned companies in Tennessee.
The Hicks are involved in daily English conversation classes and Bible Study classes, weekly Japanese worship services, cooking classes, and monthly outreach to Japanese businessmen through the International VIP Club. When Japanese workers return to Japan, the Hicks help them establish a relationship with their local church to continue in their Christian growth. The ministry of the Hicks has been greatly enhanced by the recent establishment of a church and multicultural center they call Crossroads of the Nations which provides the opportunity for a collaborative community to engage in service and impact lives for Christ.
Szabolcs Kerekes, Hungary - Church Resources Ministry (CRM)
Szabolcs Kerekes has been involved in church planting in
Hungary since 1998. He has published several books and translated materials for
use in mentoring key pastors, church planters and future leaders. Szabolcs
teaches by example, evangelizing and serving the poor, sick and outcast in many
ways. He conducts several youth camps each summer and ministers regularly in a
Budapest prison for girls. He also has a passion for teaching and mentoring pastors and youth leaders in post-Communist eastern Europe.
Szabolcs and his wife Hajni live in Budapest. He appreciates our support and considers our prayers, financial support and love as a backbone of his ministry.
Eric & Liz Soard, Tanzania – General Board of Global Ministries, UMC
Eric and Liz Soard have served as missionaries with GBGM in Tanzania since 2011. They help to develop and equip holistic communities of faith, empowering and equipping 14 Methodist churches they have planted in the Geita, Mwanza, and Mara districts. They do economic and community development work and have started Wesley College to train church leaders in theology and development.
Auburn University graduate Davis Rhodes has served with the Soards since May 2016. His role is economic empowerment of the 22 churches in the region through asset-based community development. Aldersgate members funded construction of a water well and brick-making machine in 2017 to provide employment for young men and allow churches to build meeting houses at a reduced cost.
Adam & Melissa Williford, Mexico - Yugo Ministries
Adam and Melissa Williford have been missionaries with Yugo Ministries in Baja California, Mexico, since May 2013. Yugo exists so that lives can be transformed by Jesus Christ in Mexico and around the world. By partnering with local pastors they are able to proclaim the Gospel in three ways: outreach, discipleship and orphan care.
Adam and Melissa share a passion for foreign missions and a passion for reaching out to those who are in need of shelter and food and are starving for the Love of Christ. A large part of their ministry is providing homes and addressing physical needs of families in need which creates opportunities to share the Gospel. Yugo also provides children's, women's and sports ministries, plus church planters and training to help equip local pastors to work within their communities. Adam and Melissa are from Montgomery and have family connections at Aldersgate. To learn more go to www.yugo.org.
Mark and Eliza Wittig, Colombia - Christian Union Sports Club
Mark Wittig served as a missionary with OMS International in Colombia for 25 years as well as serving as a professor at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia. He lives in Medellin with his wife Elizabeth and two children where he supervises the Christian Union Sports Club (CUSC) as a means to evangelize and disciple youth and their families in the lower socio-economic areas of the greater metropolitan valley of Medellin.
The Christian Union Sports Club, officially founded in 1991, evolved out of a neighborhood soccer tournament that was organized as a way to reach out with the message of the Gospel to young men who were being recruited into a life of violence and crime spawned by the Medellin Drug Cartel. Today the CUSC has 42 full-time sports staff, 166 soccer teams with 3,500 participants, a city-wide soccer league and a sports complex with three soccer fields. Mark's work also includes small business ventures such as a brownie factory and clothing factory as a way to provide employment for local residents and resources for the ministry. If you are interested in learning more, visit www.cosdecol.com.
Mary Woods, Costa Rica - Methodist Rural Center
Marion and Mary Woods served as missionaries in northern Costa Rica from their marriage in 1993 until his death in April 2016 at the age of 97. Mary continues the work Marion started in 1950. She manages the Methodist Rural Center in Ciudad Quesada which serves as a retreat center for Costa Rican churches and as a base for Volunteer in Mission Teams working in the northern part of Costa Rica. The ministry focuses on church building and strengthening by providing materials for physical and spiritual growth including sewing ministries, teaching ministries, building ministries, and provision of medical and dental care. Aldersgate teams worked with Marion beginning in 1984. Mary's first trip to Costa Rica was with one of our teams in 1986.
To learn more about the Woods and their ministry, visit the Methodist Rural Center website. Mary is grateful for our financial support and our prayers.
Church Planters, Central Asia - Youth With A Mission
This missionary couple serves with Youth with a Mission Strategic Frontiers in Central Asia. He has been planting churches since 2005; she joined him in 2011 when they were married. They served in Turkey until early 2018 when they moved their ministry to its current location.
They have a heart to see the Gospel spread throughout the Middle East with many leaders being raised up and equipped to reach their own people. They are working to plant house churches in an area where most have never heard the Gospel. He attended Aldersgate with his family when his father was stationed at Maxwell AFB. She is from Azerbaijan and was raised a Muslim before coming to the Lord in 2002.
General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)
Aldersgate helps support the following missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the United Methodist Church through our Alabama-West Florida Conference apportionment giving.
Revs. Jay & Grace Choi, Philippines
Revs. Jay and Grace Choi have served in the Philippines since 2002. Jay serves at Union Theological Seminary, an ecumenical theological formation center founded in the Philippines in 1907 and jointly sponsored by The United Methodist Church and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
Grace is a community health worker in several community outreach programs of Harris Memorial College and teaches piano and voice at the school. For more than 100 years the college has been the only training center for deaconesses in Southeast Asia. It was established in 1903 and has played a major role in the ministry, life and mission of The United Methodist Church.
Sara Flores, Quito, Ecuador
Sara Flores, a native of Bolivia, serves in church development and community ministries, working with the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador. Her work places emphasis on diaconal ministries in support of projects that respond to the prioritized needs of congregations and their communities. Sara earlier served as integrated ministries advisor for the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia from 1993-2007, working to strengthen the church's ministries in health, education, and community development.
German Gomez, Clanton, AL
German Gomez, a native of Mexico, is assigned to San Juan Mission in Clanton, AL, through the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries. He serves as the pastor of mission, jail ministry, social work, and mission development and has planted several churches.
German says he has a calling to preach, teach and make
disciples. He sees God moving through his ministry when he sees families
changed through the work of the Holy Spirit, when he goes to the jail to preach
and sees the change the Lord brings to the prisoners, and when the prisoners
leave the prison and the Holy Spirit brings them to the church. German
and his wife Leticia, who is also a GBGM missionary serving at San Juan
Mission, have three children.
Rev. Rhett Thompson, Panama City, Panama
Rev. Rhett Thompson serves as pastor of an Evangelical
Church in Panama City, Panama, and as the national coordinator of Volunteers in Mission in Panama, helping construction and medical
mission teams from the UMC. Additionally, he has coordinated efforts
of the church to strengthen its outreach into surrounding low-income neighborhoods through a day-care program and other projects.
Rhett has also been involved in the development of a comprehensive rural health project which serves the Ngobe Indians, the poorest of the poor in Panama. This project includes the provision of potable water, adult literacy classes, community organization, and pre-school education for the Ngobe children. A native Alabamian, Rhett is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology and a Masters in Family Counseling from the Catholic University of Panama.
Aldersgate's Local Ministry Partners
We provide opportunities to serve locally through the partner organizations listed below in addition to our own food pantry and back-pack ministries and delivery of Meals on Wheels through the Montgomery Area Council on Aging. We also conduct a Great Day of Service annually.
Communities of Transformation partners limited-income families with community volunteers and provides them with the tools they need to move out of poverty. Topics such as finances, healthy relationships, physical and spiritual well-being are covered. In a safe and nurturing environment, participants develop goals leading them on a pathway to a better future. The volunteers also grow as they and these families tackle issues together. New relationships develop, along with deeper understandings of the challenges these local families face. To learn more, visit www.communitiesoftransformation.org.
Let God Arise Ministries Inc. is a non-denominational local outreach mission with an emphasis on evangelism and discipleship through God’s Holy Word. A team of dedicated men & women volunteers, committed to preaching, teaching and reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, serve in the Montgomery County Detention Facility and local city and federal jails. To learn more, go to http://www.letgodarise.org/.
Mary Ellen’s Hearth @ Nellie Burge offers hope, help and healing to homeless women and children throughout the River Region. They offer hope by providing life skills training. They offer help by providing transitional housing. They offer healing through Christian love and support. The goal of Mary Ellen's Hearth is for the families served to leave within two years...their dignity and self-respect restored...prepared for a life of independence. To learn more, go to http://www.nellieburge.org/.
Medical Outreach Ministries ministers to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the medically underserved by providing free healthcare and a “medical home” to those in need. This is accomplished by eliminating the main obstacle to obtaining quality healthcare – the cost. MOM is a faith-based, free health clinic serving adults in Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore counties. They provide healing hope by treating each patient with dignity, compassion and respect. To learn more, go to www.medicaloutreachministries.com/.
Reality and Truth Ministries serves and glorifies Christ by promoting the one source of truth amidst everyday realities, through encouraging, teaching, loving and gifting others. This is accomplished by meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the homeless and needy in Montgomery and Tel Aviv, Israel, through Bible studies, daily devotionals, group fellowship and interaction with volunteers and daily meals. A new Montgomery facility is under construction which will enable them to provide clean clothing, lockers, hot showers and much more. To learn more, go to www.realityandtruth.com/.
Renascence, Inc. provides transitional housing and programming for non-violent offenders on parole from the Alabama Department of Corrections. These men spend a year getting their lives in order so they can become productive citizens of their communities. Renascence provides needed assistance and encouragement in a safe environment for their residents to transition and grow. To learn more, go to https://halfway-home.net/.
SKIP (Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents) helps meet the needs of children of incarcerated parents by providing supportive services to the children and their families. They help children and families to cope better with the separation caused by incarceration, to maintain family ties, and to break the cycle of incarceration. Their programs help "Skippers" become self-reliant, responsible adults by giving them hope and options for the future; thus, enabling them to become productive citizens. To learn more, go to http://www.skipinc.org/.
Aldersgate’s Other Ministry Partners
Hurricane Michael Recovery On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall as a category 4 storm near Mexico Beach, Florida, then ripped through the Panama City, Lynn Haven, and Mariana areas before heading into southwest Alabama, Georgia, and beyond. The Alabama-West Florida Conference has been working hard to bring aid and assistance to the area since the storm hit and are committed to long-term Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. These efforts include managing and overseeing all active disaster recovery activities, directing, assigning, and coordinating the work of regional team coordinators, and creating and implementing a strategic plan for recovery. To learn more go to www.awfumc.org/michaelrecovery.
Red Bird Christian School, one of the ministries of Red Bird Mission, is a K-12 school which provides a quality education in a loving, Christian environment for children and youth, both local and international. The school empowers their students with tools such as exceptional college preparation, spiritual growth and Christian leadership development to help them escape the cycle of poverty they are exposed to and live in daily. The mountains provide a glorious setting for the school and its two dormitories. To learn more go to www.redbirdchristianschool.org.
The Dream Campaign, located in Savannah, GA, creates opportunities for at-risk youth and their families to discover their gifting, develop as leaders and dream for their future. Started by Glenn and Morgan Paddock in 2012, this ministry provides simple, yet impactful, positive childhood experiences with consistent positive role models. Those they mentor learn to embrace their future with confidence in who God created them to be as they discover, develop and dream. To learn more go to www.helpmedream.org.