It was a great privilege for Lancaster Baptist Church to begin supporting many new missionaries and church planters as a result of its 2010 Missions Conference. As an added blessing, many of these young, eager missionaries are graduates from West Coast Baptist College. We already met the stateside church planters, so let’s introduce our missionaries to foreign fields.
Ryan and Elisabeth Strother
I went to London in 1996 to study history, but I was away from the Lord at that time. When I came back to the States, I began going to church again and got my life right with God. In 2000, God called me to preach during a missions trip. Immediately God began dealing with my heart about going back to London, England to plant churches. The city of London is divided into 32 boroughs, and we would like to see a church in every borough. We really have a desire to see men in England called to pastor churches. Over 30% of the city of London are immigrants, and we are praying that God would call missionaries from this population to go back to their homelands with the Gospel.
Nicholas and Susan Ruby
We’ve been on deputation for about a year, and we pray we will be in language school in April. El Salvador is a wide open country. In the 60’s and 70’s, many missionaries came to the country, but a civil war broke out in 1980 that forced the missionaries to leave. But the seeds of the Gospel were still there, are we are beginning to see that fruit today. We want to start churches and see people saved and discipled. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for West Coast Baptist College—I got the heartbeat for ministry there.
Jesse and Lynne Pilalas
US MILITARY IN JAPAN
Both my wife and I grew up in military families, and we saw the need for missionary work in our military. After graduating from West Coast, Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan asked us to come. We served there for 2 years working with the youth and Christian school. While we were there, God reopened our eyes to the spiritual needs of the military abroad.
Michael and Christine Campbell
I was saved when I was a teenager, and God used the testimony of many men of God at West Coast Baptist College to direct my heart to missions. After I graduated and got married, my wife and I worked in a local church for a few years before God burdened us to take a survey trip. While we visited Uganda, we saw the great need in the country of Rwanda. It’s the most densely populated country in Africa, yet has few fundamental churches. After much prayer and counsel, we knew God was calling us to go to there. We want to see churches planted and help train national pastors with a heart to follow the Bible in all aspects of their lives.
I felt God’s calling to missions at church camp when I was 13, and God has given confirmation after confirmation over the years. I am so excited it’s finally time to go. I’ve been learning Mandarin Chinese for the last two years, but I’ll need to use most of my first term really learning the language. I hope to support the pastor there with outreach, discipleship, and ladies counseling—just anything they need help with.