Leading the Way, Spreading the Truth, Sharing the Life
Welcome to Grace Bible Church's 2023 Missions Conference!
Here you'll find information about the missionaries we'll be hosting at this year's Missions Conference. Be sure to join us in-person or online!
After four years with Wycliffe in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fred and Karen Vinton are now preparing to serve in Tanzania. Karen is a Bible translation consultant who checks local-language translations for accuracy, clarity, and naturalness. As a Scripture Engagement specialist, Fred works to make sure the translated Scriptures reach their audience and are used widely in churches and homes. Please prayerfully consider how you might partner with Fred and Karen in their Wycliffe ministry.
Genesis joined TCM in 1992 after five years of service in the Philippines where he ministered as an evangelist, pastor and Bible school teacher. After one year in Kenya he married Verna and they continued ministering together in Embu, Kenya.
In Kenya the Maraats lived in Embu (Bible school and field work) and Kisumu (planted a Grace church) before establishing the Grace Bible Church in the high-altitude city of Eldoret in the western part of Kenya.
In 2004, the Lord laid on the Maraats hearts the country of Thailand and its 65 million mostly Buddhist citizens. The Lord opened doors and on May 28, 2008 they arrived in Thailand to begin language study.
The Maraats have served in Tailand since that time and will be relocating to Indonesia.
Robby and Tegwen Heath have a rich missionary heritage. Robby is the grandson of TCM missionaries to the Philippines, Bill & Eunice Heath. Tegwen is the granddaughter of TCM’s first missionaries, Vernon & Darlene Anderson, and daughter of TCM missionaries and International Director, Ben & Joyce Anderson. She was born and raised in Kenya. Robby felt the call to be a missionary at an early age when missionaries would come to his church and tell their stories. Though their families had long been connected through the ministry and they had met when they were children, Robby and Tegwen were reacquainted when they attended Grace Bible College (GCU) in 2006. They were married in 2009 and went to the Philippines in 2016 for a year of training and teaching. In 2019, the Heaths went to Kenya for their first 4-year assignment to help with church planting and to start a Bible school.
Robby and Tegwin are pictured here with their 3 children, (from left) Vesta, Vivian and Vernon
Paraguay is a landlocked country in the center of South America — about the size of California — and shares a border with Bolivia to the northwest, Argentina to the south and southwest, and Brazil to the east and northeast. The total population is about 7.5 million from both indigenous and Spanish backgrounds. Evangelical Christianity accounts for less than 10% of the population.
In 2013 Grace Ministries International initiated two survey trips to Paraguay where valuable information was gained concerning the country´s social, economic, and spiritual condition. Survey and ministry trips continued in 2014 to help give a better picture of what it will take to effectively do ministry there. In June 2015 GMI opened Paraguay as a new field engaging in evangelism and Bible study in Ciudad del Este. By 2017, a church was planted in downtown Ciudad del Este.
GMI team members Cory and Kim Hodgson along with Cleiton and Vivianne Menor are also now living and serving in Paraguay. The Menors planted another church, Iglesia Bíblica Bereana (Berean Bible Church) on the south side of the metropolitan area. There is also a Bible study led by Cleiton in the city of Foz de Iguazu across the river in Brazil. Efforts are also underway to reach the northern part of Ciudad del Este with a church planting effort.
Cory and Kim are pictured here with their 3 children (from left), Timothy, Elijah and Naomi.