"Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus wants His people to take the gospel, and the new life it brings, to the whole world. This mission starts locally and then extends to the corners of the earth (Acts 1:8). God is involving His people in His sovereign plan to bring together a people for Himself from all languages and nations. The Church has been entrusted with the best news in the world: news that there is reconciliation with God and adoption into His family.
At Trinity, we believe that God advances His mission in a special way through men and women who cross barriers for the Gospel. What we mean by this is that, while we all participate in raising up disciples, some will make the decision to fight obstacles to the Gospel many of us will never face.
This is why we at Trinity think it is critically important to support the work of domestic church planters and global missionaries.
Find below some of the missionaries and domestic church planters we support.
Moses and Harriet Kintu are teaching at the Nairobi International School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya where they are training church leaders. In 2014 Moses graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a PhD in Theological Studies-New Testament. Moses and Harriet met while serving with Campus Crusade for Christ. The Kintu family made Trinity Community Church their church family for nine years and continue to have many close ties within our church. Serving with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)
Ron and Leslie have been with Wycliffe since 1992 and served in the Republic of Congo and in Gabon in central Africa. The Radkes currently live in Dallas, TX, where Ron works as part of a team of writers and editors for a series called Translator's Notes that gives verse by verse help to translators, especially those who are translating into their own language. Ron also travels overseas a couple times a year as a translation consultant, most often to Madagascar and Nigeria, where he helps train national translators and checks their work for accuracy. Based in Texas, serving in Madagascar with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
David Niblack serves in Geneva, Switzerland where he is on staff at the Bible School of Geneva. The school trains and equips French-speaking people, most of whom will return to work in churches in France. David oversees all the first-year students and has three main roles—teacher (of New Testament), resident director for the students who are living on campus, and ministry team leader for short-term trips the students take throughout France. There is currently a great need for well-trained French pastors. The evangelical church in France is growing and this is opening many new opportunities. It is his great privilege to be able to invest in students, many of whom will go on to plant churches, be pastors, and have influence within cities all over France. More at his website.
Stephen and his wife, Mandy, have been married since 2010 and have been blessed with four beautiful children. He accepted the call to preach the gospel in 2002. From 2010-2019 he faithfully served the body of Christ at New Life Fellowship Church in Waukegan, IL as Assistant Pastor and Elder. While in Illinois, he also worked as the Director of Development at PADS Lake County, the local homeless shelter.
Beginning in 2017, Stephen and Mandy began praying about church planting. Simultaneously, unbeknownst to them, the Lord was kindling passions within a few long-time South Bend residents to plant a Christ-centered, disciple-making, community-loving church in South Bend.
Understanding the need for another gospel-focused church in the urban context, it became clearer and clearer, by God’s grace, that He was leading Stephen and Mandy to move from the Chicagoland area back to Stephen's hometown. Stephen joined the staff of Gospel City in July of 2019 as Church Planter in Residence and will plant Redemption City Church in the fall of 2020.
We are passionate about the local church. Whether training pastors, making disciples, or starting congregations, the barrier-crossers that we support are all people who are pouring their efforts into the local church. This is also why we have a history of focusing especially on church planters and pastors in hard areas. God’s mission is advanced as people are drawn into local, Gospel-proclaiming churches and so we focus our resources toward enabling those God has called to support that work. In the future we hope to raise up more church planters, missionaries and pastors in our midst through residencies and other means. Please join us in praying and strategizing toward that goal!
There is a group of people from the congregation who form a Missions Team. The Missions Team maintains relationships with our missionaries, facilitates the church's involvement in missions and evaluates mission opportunities. Our goal is to equip and encourage the people of TCC to participate in the work of Global missions, local missions and church planting.
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Are you connected to someone looking for support that you think we should consider? We have a strategy and system in place to consider candidates and are always eager to hear who you're interested in seeing us connect with.
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Every month we take time to pray for our missionaries, our area, our country and the world. Want to join or have something of note you want us to pray for? We're all ears!