After spending 16 years in Youth Ministry, Rudy started BULA Ministries in 2009.
BULA is a Christian non-profit organization devoted to global outreach and service through short-term missions and to developing on going partnerships with missionaries serving around the world.
The goal of BULA is to recruit, organize and equip people for short-term mission adventures that will mutually challenge each participant and support the ongoing ministries of Christian missionaries serving abroad.
BULA means “life” in Fijian, and is said as a greeting, a way of saying–“good life to you”. It is a fitting name for this ministry, because the hope is that through the adventure of short-term missions, each participant, and those we minister to, will come to a deeper relationship with Jesus, and truly experience life to the fullest (John 10:10b).
Rudy has a BA in Christian Ministries, with a minor in Missions, and an MA in Organizational Leadership. She also teaches for Fresno Pacific University as an adjunct professor.
Visit http://bulaministries.org/ to learn more about the ministry or become involved.
John was born in New Jersey, and grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York. He grew up in a Christian home and from a young age heard the gospel and came to know the Lord as his Savior. In his late high school years he was encouraged and challenged to consider full-time ministry by his youth pastor. John attended Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University) receiving training in the areas of youth ministry, pastoral ministry, and missions. He first felt the burden for overseas mission work when the Holy Spirit used a chapel speaker at GBC to show him the immense need and how he could be used to make a massive difference.
Naomi was born in Washington, but, being the child of missionaries (Ken and Kathy Kemper), she grew up in Tanzania, a country in East Africa. She loved her experience as a missionary kid and appreciates the vast and varied opportunities she was able to have. She has always had an inner desire and burden to go back to Africa to serve. Naomi graduated from Grace Bible College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. She has a passion for serving special needs, having done so from her time in college, and is excited about the new opportunities the mission field brings.
John and Naomi met at GBC and were married in 2013. They knew from the beginning that God made them to be involved in foreign missions and He was calling them, but had no idea what the timing looked like. John and Naomi desired to be available and willing to Gods leading, no matter what direction that looked like. God used a six-week-long mission trip to Eastern and Southern Africa to give clarity and peace to their specific calling during this time of their lives.
John and Naomis passion and burden is to reach Unreached People Groups (UPGs) in Tanzania and the continent of Africa. They are based in Tanzania, but the nature of the work takes them throughout the country.
Doing sports ministry is our passion. Church planting through discovery Bible study in and through sports is our ministry. Disciple making through mentoring and coaching is our DNA.
Our Sports Ministry aims to serve churches that teach about God’s grace, empower sports leaders, and equip coaches to transform their communities through sports.
I, Simon Mwanamoya, have been involved with churches that teach the grace of God as a pastor for 22 years, I have been active in sports ministry for the last 14 years in Zambia and Africa as a whole, and I recently came on board with GMI as a missionary.
My family and I have been called by God to open the new field of Eswatini with GMI. This call has been on our hearts for a long time. We now feel it is the right time to go to Eswatini. Our target to leave for Eswatini is May/June 2022. Currently, we are working on the registration of GMI, making sure we have all the registration papers in place and other documentation needed for our work permits.
My wife, Edah, and I have been blessed with five beautiful children. Shalom is 20 years old and she is going to college next year. She LOVES the Lord. Eunice is 15 years old with the passion to see peace in Africa. She is in grade 10. Simon Jr. is 12 years old and loves soccer. He is in grade 8. Daniel is 10 years old and a very cool, kind person with big dreams; he is in grade 6. SanteMercy is our youngest daughter who is turning four years. Edah works as a tailor, equipping disadvantaged women with tailoring skills with 200 women in Kabwe, Zambia, in womens leadership development.
If you would like to find out more about this mission field or support the Muananoya's please visit:
Missy grew up in MI, but currently lives in WI with her husband, Jim, who is pastor of Grace Bible Church in Beloit. Jim and Missy have 3 children, one grandchild, and another expected in November. In addition to these roles, Missy is the Mailroom, Warehouse and Social Media Manager for Berean Bible Society.
Missy’s interest in missions springs from the very heart of God expressed in Matthew
9:36- 38, “When Jesus] saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” When TCM approached Missy about the Member Care Coordinator role, she was overjoyed...yet hesitant, because Member Care is a big responsibility. She’s thankful God doesn’t depend on our resume— He values our willingness.
As Member Care Coordinator, Missy looks for ways to come alongside TCM missionaries and share their personal burdens so they can be more effective in their work. That means connecting regularly with them to listen to their concerns, pray with them, build them up in their walk with the Lord and direct them to practical resources related to the personal challenges they’re facing. It means acknowledging special days and/or events in their lives and looking for ways to encourage them. It means offering support for their unique concerns as singles, couples and families. It also involves facilitating communication among the missionaries as well as with the TCM leadership and supporting churches/individuals.
In her Member Care role, Missy regularly burns the midnight oil–due to international time differences–in audio/video calls with TCM missionaries. She
looks forward to facilitating stronger, personal connections between churches in
America and the TCM missionaries they support for the benefit of both.
To find out more about TCM or support Missy's mission please visit:
Nathan and Jessica Killion were married in 1999 after meeting at Grace Bible College (now Grace Christian University). In 2002, their son, Matthias, was born. A few months later, they moved to Olney, Illinois, where Nathan served as the pastor of Faith Bible Church until the end of 2007. During that time, their daughters Abigail (2004) and Chloe (2006) were born.
From January 2008 to January 2021, the Killions served with Things to Come Mission as missionaries to Thailand. Their work there included student ministry, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. They were also involved with the ministry of TCM within Southeast Asia through the Southeast Grace Conference, the Grace Theological Center for Mission, and the TCM Member Care Team.
In February of this year, the Killions began serving with The Navigators. They are working with International Students, a cross-cultural ministry to reach international college and university students in the US with the good news of Jesus and equip them to be ambassadors for Christ as they return to their home countries. The Killions plan to be based north of Seattle, WA
To learn more about the Navagators or how to support the Killian's visit:
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