Steve and Teri Pardue work in the Philippines to support the efforts of an international seminary, the Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST). AGST specializes in equipping current and future faculty, deans, Christian authors, and church leaders from around Asia (from Pakistan to Indonesia) through post-seminary degree programs (ThMs and PhDs in Theology and Biblical Studies).
Stephen teaches theology courses, and also leads the students in weekly spiritual formation meetings. In addition, Teri is involved in supporting expectant and new mothers through education and one-on-one support.
Both Steve and Terri grew up in the Philippines. They met and started dating in Manila while they were in high school. They have three children (6, 4, and 2), with one on the way.
Steve did a BA in Ancient Languages, an MA in Historical and Systematic Theology, and a PhD in Systematic Theology at Wheaton College. Teri is trained in early childhood education, and is also certified as a doula through Dona International. Steve has taught on the high school, college, and seminary levels, and Teri has been supporting women through birth and postpartum support since 2009.
They have been uniquely prepared through their various life experiences to return to the Philippines to serve the global body of Christ in a concrete way.
Victor and Rachel Kuligin have been missionaries in Africa since 1994, for 14 years in Namibia and now, since 2009, in Cape Town, South Africa. Victor is a full-time lecturer and Academic Dean of Bible Institute of South Africa, a Bible college that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theology. The college was founded in 1923 and has trained hundreds of pastors, church workers, and missionaries who serve around the world, currently with about 300 students in all its programs. Rachel is a homemaker who is very active in their local church, involved in a weekly prayer meeting, small group, and teaching Sunday School for 4th and 5th graders.
Mark and Ruthi Brucato serve with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) in Bologna (northern Italy), along with their children, Elianna (5) and Gabriel (4). They work with Nuova Vita Church in the training of leaders, encouraging and preparing church planters, and equipping the local church for ministries of mercy. Mark is a pastor at Nuova Vita. Ruthi leads the ministry of Vite Trasformate - an outreach to women trapped in prostitution in Bologna. As a family they are passionate to share the gospel with their Italian friends and neighbors.
Jeff and Tamara Hershberger have been serving as missionaries in Japan since 2012. God has given them a driving vision to see the gospel of Jesus Christ held out to the largest, least-reached people group in the world.
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EMMANUEL TAHEAR ANDChicago, Illinois
Emmanuel and Adugna serve in the Chicago land area as Culture ConneXions missionaries with SIM. They also have a vibrant international ministry that includes mobilization, church planting and compassion dentistry.
Emmanuel has been ministering to the local immigration population. He has helped to plant churches in the Liberian, Vietnamese and Pilipino church communities. He helps local pastors and their churches to expand their ministries. Through networking with the local churches Emmanuel coordinates the annual Nations Worship event where many churches worship and fellowship together.
Emmanuel also ministers to local pastors in countries like Ethiopia and trains them to teach the gospel.
He has authored book in Amharic about reaching out to women who are often neglected in ministry and is currently working on an Ahmaric evangelism manual aimed at sharing the gospel with Muslims.
Adugna is passionate about helping underprivileged people with dental needs. As a dentist licensed in Sweden she is able to perform dentistry in most parts of the world. Adugna puts this into practice by participating in several mission trips to foreign countries through the year, most notably Dominican Republic, Ethiopia and North West Africa.
Her Ethiopian heritage and knowledge of the culture and language has enabled her to quickly form strong and lasting bonds with the people of Sendafa where her team from LWCC (Living Word Community Church) work alongside the HIV/AIDS project of an indigenous mission organization. Being able to speak Ahmaric allows Adugna to converse on a deeper, spiritual level with patients and enables her to share to gospel in an authentic way.
In the Domican Republic Adugna partners with the Kids Alive Orphanage in the towns of Costanza and Jarabacoa to serve their children through a mobile dental clinic. It is a unique gift for Adugna to serve the same children year after year since she has records of past procedures and is able to plan for future dental health. Of course seeing the same face every time helps tremendously in lowering the anxiety most children feel when they go for a dental checkup.
In North West Africa she works in a country that is closed to the Gospel.
…’Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?’ 1 Chr 17:16