UPDATES ON VBC MISSIONARIES & GLOBAL MISSION PARTNERS & CONTACTS
VBC supports missionaries and Global Mission Partners both nationally and internationally. Please pray for these men, women, and families as they serve the Lord and share the gospel.
See below for updates and information on some of our Global Mission Partners & Contacts.
For a complete list of VBCs Global Mission Partners and Contacts, click here.
PAT & SHEILA SMITH
VBC's Urban Ministry currently takes place in Oakland and is led by our own Pat & Sheila Smith, longtime members of our VBC family. After God redeemed their own lives of brokenness, He turned Pat & Sheila's hearts to help those in crisis, addiction and homelessness. The Urban Ministry provides not only daily necessities (such as food and toiletries), but the volunteers enter into a relationship with the ones they serve and share the Good News of Christ.
The mission of VBCs Urban Ministry is to reveal the way of salvation to all who hear the gospel and to make the most of all opportunities so that people may become part of the kingdom and may join us in spreading the gospel, all enabled by the Holy Spirit, of course. Currently, the services offered are:
Feeding & Chapel Service: 3rd Saturday of the month - Cityteam Oakland, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tent Cities - West Oakland: Every other Saturday & 1 Sunday a month
Men’s Bible Study: Wednesday Morning - Cityteam Oakland, 10:30am - 11:30am
The Women’s Day: 2nd & 4th Friday of each month - Cityteam Oakland, 11am - 2pm.
Living and serving at the El Roi Baby Home at the Refilwe Community Project in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nicole currently manages the care of 12 babies at a time, newborn to 3 years of age. Additionally, Nicole manages a team of 8 local and international Aunties who help tend to the babies 24/7. Please pray for Nicole in all of her roles at Refilwe, that God would uphold her in strength, wisdom, grace and love as she cares for the precious babies at El Roi and all the members of the Refilwe community.
For updates and prayer needs, visit Nicole’s blog.
JOZSEF & DANIELA DANKO
Jozseph and Daniela have a home church in Ukraine that ministers to the gypsy community and war torn families. In their own words, "the focus of our ministry is to built God's kingdom, to bring people to Christ, teach them to depend on the Lord, be led by Him, to love Him, spend intimacy time with Him, be equipped and let them bring Christ to every corner of this region and wherever God wants to use them."
LAJOS & EVÓDIA BUDAI
Budai Lajos and Evodia live in Oradea, Romania. Lajos is the pastor of the First Hungarian Baptist Church in Oradea Romania, a church of about 500 people, along with another pastor, Adrian Giorgiov. Currently Lajos has been asked to pastor a newly planted church near their home. In addition, Lajos and his wife provide outreach events to spread the gospel and they are involved in supporting the orphans in their community.
Lajos and his wife, Evodia, have been married over 23 years. Both come from pastor’s families and early on felt God’s call in their life. They have recently adopted a little girl and now have 5 children and are dedicated to building God’s Kingdom with their large family. Lajos was the president of the Hungarian Baptist Youth Convention and has been teaching in Bible Schools. He has been in the leadership of the Convention of Hungarian Baptist Churches of Romania since 1996. He has been the vice president for mission in the Convention from 2015.
Timo and Manuela Heimlich
Berlin is sometimes called the “capital of atheism”, but also “party hub”, and “start-up capital of Europe”. According to the University of Chicago, Eastern Germany is the least religious region worldwide. At the same time Berlin draws internationals from around the globe and has a global influence. Around 90,000 mostly Middle Eastern refugees settled in Berlin over the last years. Manu (from communist East Germany) and Timo (from West Germany) came in 2005 as church planters to East Berlin to plant a church, organize community partnerships as platforms for gospel transformation, and develop international leaders. As of 2018, Timo is serving as a church planting catalyst in Berlin so that church multiplication will happen in all parts of the city and among all people groups leading to a changed city that has global gospel impact. A two year training program is available for young future leaders in the urban world.
For more information, please contact Timo by email. Monthly prayer updates are available.
SAMSON AND QAMAR TITUS
Samson and Qamar oversee and lead Ten.14 Ministries in Pakistan. The goal of the ministry is to increase the ministry workforce, provide reliable transportation for the ministers in Pakistan, stimulate the local Pakistani economy, provide ambulatory care to the “Untouchables”, and help provide an opportunity for quality education for those who would not have it otherwise through Daniel's School System.
Samson and Qamar were born and raised in Pakistan as fourth generation Christians and have been married since 1989. After attending All Nations Christian College in London, England, they returned to Pakistan in 1991 to work with the tribal (Bheel) people in southern Pakistan. In 1994 they came to US and were ordained to be ministers of the Gospel in 1995. They set up the mission’s office to raise much needed financial support for the work of Ten.14 ministry in Pakistan. After Qamar’s Father, Dr. William Daniel, passed away in 1996, they were placed in the leadership position to oversee the work in Pakistan.
Visit their website: ten14.org
To visit Daniel's School System Youtube channel, click here.
Next Step (formerly Valley Pregnancy Center) is a Christian-based organization started in 1988 as a way to offer a safe and caring place where women facing an unplanned pregnancy could find confidential information about all of her options without the pressure of time and cost.
Their passion is to empower women in making a confident choice. A choice that reflects her own values and beliefs. They provide support, while honoring the woman as an individual and their main focus is on the client and the client’s needs. They serve and honor all clients regardless of their race, religion, age, gender, political views or other distinctions.
Visit their website at: www.next-step.org
Pastor Fadheel pastors a church in Zakho, Iraq among the Muslim and Yazidi surrounding communities. Pastor Fadheel and his church serve the Yazidi and the Christian families by providing for their basic needs, such as food and water. Their focus is to also disciple those who accept the Gospel, so that they can take the Gospel to their own. They do this through weekly worship and teaching services, usually followed by family meal, in addition to Sunday services and weekly Breaking of Bread and Prayer meetings.
Pastor Fadheel's vision for their church is to see people transformed by the gospel, partner with churches locally and globally, raise and appoint leaders (based on the description in 1 Timothy 3). In addition, they plan to start an authorized preschool, develop biblical curriculum for discipleship and expand their women's ministry.
Cindy Vesperman serves as Awana missionary in the San Francisco Bay area and in the California Central Valley. Since starting her time ministering with Awana in August 1999, Cindy’s role has grown in addition to serving in over 100 churches in her ministry area, she also serves as support raising coach to Awana Missionaries and Missionary Appointees across the country.
Cindy was first introduced to Awana her sophomore year in High School when her church started an Awana club, she began as a student leader and has firsthand experience in the value of training youth to serve. Cindy enjoys spending time with her three teenage nephews, as well as playing clarinet and saxophone in church and community music groups.
See Cindy’s latest update here.
JONATHAN & CHRISTIANA ADEBOYE
TOMGNET is an indigenous mission organization first established in Nigeria in 2004 and later in the US through the instrumentality of Rev. Jonathan Adeboye. Prior to this Jonathan had served for over 25 years at top leadership level in Christ for Rural Areas Ministry (CRAM), also an indigenous Nigerian mission organization. TOMGNET’s vision is to see the earth “full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).
TOMGNET’s mission statement is to “walk worthy of Christ, plant churches, proclaim liberty to the captives, impact humanity with God’s love and promote inter-agency cooperation for accelerated kingdom expansion.” They do so globally and among the unreached people, in particular through 1) a holistic approach to missions work; 2) indigenous Church planting; 3) the promotion of collaborative efforts among churches, mission agencies, Christian groups and individual missionaries with similar vision; and 4) being a channel through which God diffuses the fragrance of His love to humanity, by undertaking community development projects (CDPs).
On the ground, TOMGNET has three missions fields where they have/are planting churches: Baruba (the Kwara State of Nigeria, reaching out to animists who have been culturally Islamized), Niger Republic (predominantly Islamic), and the Benin Republic (the youngest of their fields, but the fastest growing. They have 4 missionaries and 17 missions stations there). Jonathan and his wife Christiana oversee 11 missionaries throughout these regions at this current time among many other social programs they are working on.
Click here for the Adeboye website to read their doctrinal statement and to learn about their outreach ministries.