Our Missionaries

When I was young my parents took my two sisters and I to a Methodist Church about twice a month but we never missed an Easter or Christmas service.  Then in my teens we moved to another city and stopped going to church all together.

In Nov. 1981 Sheila and I were married and then in Jan 1982 we were expecting our first child.  We decided at that time we should start attending the Lutheran Church we were married in.  Our daughter was born in September with a terminal illness and we felt the  weight of sadness, uncertainty and confusion.  During this time our church never reached out to us except for one couple.  When our daughter died people avoided us, even our church family.  When our Pastor who had presided over the funeral asked us a few weeks later how our daughter was doing, it hurt very much and we decided at that point that if this was Christianity we wanted no part of it.

Matt and Becky Crain

Missionaries to Papua, New Guinea

Matt and Rebekah minister in Papua New Guinea with the Michael Berbin family. Matthew grew up in Pennsylvania, while Rebekah spent much of her childhood as a MK in the Philippines. They both graduated from Bob Jones University where Matthew studied missionary aviation and Rebekah studied elementary education. The Lord’s direction in the Crains’ lives testifies to how the Lord can use short-term mission opportunities to direct people to full-time service.

Both Matthew and Rebekah first went to PNG as single short-term missionaries. They met in PNG, and the Lord directed their lives to marriage while serving there together. After finishing deputation as a couple, they returned to PNG in July 2007 and are continuing their work there.

In 2006 John & Joanna married and moved to Anchorage, AK.  They spent the last 10 years there being part of the community and serving in their local church.  It was through their service and schooling that God placed a desire in their hearts to serve Him in full-time ministry wherever He might lead.

We have partnered with the ABWE-UK team, ministering through church planting & restoration. We will be working alongside British believers in an effort to establish new local churches or to revitalize those that are struggling to remain open. The vision of this ministry is to: Restore. Equip. Send.

John and Joanna Frey

Missionaries to England

Jeff and Battina Shue

Missionaries to Rio Grande Valley

With our unique location on the Texas/Mexico border, we have a great door of opportunity open to reach out to the Mexican people across the border, as well as to the local 90% Hispanic population on this side of the border. If you are interested in being a part of helping with any of the following outreaches, please contact us. 

Even though we have not personally planted any churches in Mexico, we have made our focus one of assisting the national pastor in his church planting efforts. These are some of the churches that we have ministered in!

John Mark, Déborah, Elizabeth, and Daniel James Steel are sent from Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, and serve with EMU International, with the purpose of assisting Uruguayan churches in evangelism and ministry training, primarily in the contexts of the Primer Instituto Bíblico F.V. Dabold and the developing Facultad de Estudios Bíblicos del Uruguay (FEBU).

John Mark and Deborah Steel

Missionaries to Uruguay

Alaska Baptist Association

Missionaries to Alaska

The Alaska Baptist Association is a body of fellowship and cooperation in the defense of the faith and in the proclamation of the gospel of God’s grace.  The purpose of the ABA is to maintain an association of sovereign, Bible-believing, Christ-honoring Baptist churches; to promote the spirit of evangelism, to spread the gospel; to advance Baptist educational and missionary enterprises at home and abroad; to raise and maintain a testimony to the truth of the gospel and to the purity of the church and to raise a standard of Biblical separation from worldliness and compromise.

The ABA is a voluntary affiliation of churches whose messengers gather in stated meetings for the conducting of the association business, for mutual fellowship and counsel, to maintain uniformity in faith and practice among the churches and to cooperate in promoting the evangelistic, educational and missionary goals of the churches.

In the Lord’s timing, I will return to the village of Aibai in the Simbu Province of PNG and will continue working with the Berbins, the Crains, Belinda Richter, and Rachel Langendorfer. We minister in churches in the villages of Aibai and Kilau. I will continue my personal ministry to women and young people, teach Sunday school, and serve in other church ministries. I will also continue teaching at South Simbu Christian Academy.

Lonita Lohse

Missionary to Papua, New Guinea

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