OUR SUPPORTED MISSIONARIES
BARRY AND BETH GOULD
In 2007 a short-term mission trip to Haiti opened the hearts of Barry and Beth Gould to the Haitian people, and as result they spent one year (2008-2009) in Haiti as Global Partners’ GO-Net missionaries. They lived and ministered on the island of LaGonave where Barry worked in maintenance and construction at the Wesleyan hospital and Beth, a nurse, worked and taught in the hospital. Barry returned to Haiti in February 2010 to assist with earthquake relief efforts.
In August 2010 Global Partners appointed Barry and Beth to long-term missionary service in Haiti. They will be serving the Haitian people by working with WISH (West Indies Self Help), an organization committed to supporting the LaGonave Wesleyan Hospital, as well as many other community development projects.
"We will go out to those who are in need and share the bountiful blessings the Lord has given us. We go humbled by the thought that our gracious God has allowed us to go and do the works He has prepared for us. Although we are just simple laymen, we pray that as we live and share our lives with the Haitian people we would be worthy examples of a Christian life.
" This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth (1 John 3:16-18 NIV).
CHRIS AND MELISSA GEORGE
Christopher grew up in a parsonage in the Western New York District of The Wesleyan Church. At a youth convention at the age of 14, he felt a call into full-time ministry. Melissa grew up in the Central New York District of The Wesleyan Church. She always knew that God was preparing her for missions work. Both Chris and Melissa are graduates of Indiana Wesleyan University.
In the spring of 2003 Chris and Melissa led a short-term mission trip to Perth, Australia, and they fell in love with the ministry and the potential in Perth. They felt the Lord calling them back to minister in Australia as full–time missionaries. Since 2004 Chris and Melissa have served as Global Partners’ missionaries in Perth.
Their mission, together with the Lord, is to:
• plant healthy churches throughout Western Australia;
• nurture and disciple new believers in their faith;
• provide relevant ministries for adults, youth, and children in the community of Landsdale, Western Australia.
Chris and Melissa have three children Makayla (‘03), Dawson (‘05), and Brayden (‘09).
I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. –Ezekiel 36:23
Bethany Morse, long-term Global Partners’ missionary, completed her two-year intern missionary term to Zambia in June 2003. She served at the Zimba Mission Hospital where she worked in the pharmacy, worked in the male and female wards, assisted with anesthesia, helped to host visiting work teams, and assisted with mission business. She returned to Zambia as a long-term missionary in 2004 where she worked at Jembo Rural Health Center and worked as the “in-charge” of the health center.
In October 2007 Bethany returned to North America in order to receive further training and education. She successfully completed her master’s degree in nursing in October 2010. Global Partners has reassigned Bethany to Sierra Leone where she will work at the Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital. She is excited to be putting her new skills to use in a place where they are needed and show the love of Christ through medical ministry. Bethany's desire is to lead people to Christ by example. She wants to be able to demonstrate God's love to others so that they may come to find life in Christ.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2 NIV).
JERRY AND JUDY MANWWARING
In 1988 Jerry and Jody Manwaring received their missionary call during a life-changing work team experience in Fortaleza, Brazil. They were appointed as Global Partners' missionaries in 1993. They served in Haiti (1993-1997) developing Theological Education by Extension and then in Zambia (1997-2003) as business manager and acting missions director, as well as coordinating and hosting work teams. In 2003 they accepted the invitation to join the Africa area missionary team headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa. "Wherever we are we want to live in such a way as to live out our life verse 'shining like stars in the universe' as we 'hold out the word of life'" (Philippians 2:15b-16a NIV).
Jerry serves as Africa area administrator, working closely with the area director. He is also the Central Africa regional director, providing missionary leadership to Zambia, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jody is responsible for communications with supporting churches, prayer partners, and monthly e-mail prayer letters.
Jerry has a master's in management and has studied for the ministry through classes at Indiana Wesleyan University. Jody earned her bachelor's degree in theology from Hebron Theological College, SA. They have both taken FLAME and Equipping for Ministry ordination courses.
MIKE AND CINDY HELVIE
Since 1994 Mike and Cindy Helvie have ministered as Global Partners' career missionaries. They first served in South Africa, working in theological education by extension and in church leadership development. In 2005 they were reassigned to Albania, a primarily Muslim country, where they worked in church planting. Mike and Cindy will now be returning to Africa. As of January 2008 they were assigned to ministry in Zambia.
Mike was born and raised in Logansport, Indiana. He earned a B.S. degree in Christian ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University. Cindy (Mortier) was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She earned a B.S. degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. They have both earned M.A. degrees in counseling from George Fox Evangelical Seminary.
At age 19 Mike sensed a call to missions, and Cindy felt her call to missions when she was 11. Mike and Cindy met at college, and together began to fulfill their call. They served in South Africa from 1992-1993 with the Wesleyan Gospel Corps.
Their vision for missionary service is to help people lead healthy lives and become whole so they may enable themselves, their families, and the their churches to experience and respond to God's grace.
The Helvies have two children: Eric and Melody. Eric is married to Megan and they have one son, Elliott.
JIM AND KAREN PICKETT
In November 1999 Jim and Karen Pickett were appointed to Mozambique as missionaries after serving there for one year as GO-Net volunteers. Since 1998 Jim has been involved in leadership development and teaching in the Bible school. He enjoys helping pastors develop their ministry skills. Karen has been involved in teaching in the local church and in missionary kids’ schools.
Jim accepted Jesus at a camp meeting in Binghamton, New York, as a young child. His interest in missions began when his family housed missionaries in their home and with his involvement in YMWB (now Wesleyan Kids for Missions—WKFM). Shortly before his twelfth birthday, the Pickett family went to Brazil where they served for the next 13 years.
Jim has a B.S. in pastoral ministry, Christian education, and missions. He received an M.A. in Christian education and missions. From 1988-1998 Jim pastored in New York in the Central New York and Eastern New York/New England Districts.
Karen (Kent) was born in Papua New Guinea to Wesleyan missionaries, Chuck and Linda Kent. She became a Christian at the age of five. Throughout her teen years she remained active in church ministry. During an altar call at Pace '86, Karen committed herself to go anywhere the Lord called her. Karen has a B.S. in Spanish and secondary education from Houghton College and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
Jim and Karen were married in 1989 and have two children: Carissa ('99) and Benjamin ('02).
CASA HOGAR ORPHANAGE
In 2006, Alicia Smith felt called by God to leave her middle school librarian job in California and move to Honduras to be the director at the orphanage. In February of 2007, we sent our first work team down to Casa Hogar. Since then we have sent at least one work team a year to help with maintenance projects, bring supplies, play with the children, and be an encouragement to Alicia. CWC is happy to lend support to Casa Hogar.
Casa Hogar Cuidad de Esperanza is an orphanage in Honduras. It is located outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa in the mountainside village of Yaguacire. The orphanage was started in February of 2001 with 12 children. Presently the orphanage has 23 children ranging in ages of 4 – 18. This orphanage is the vision of Pastor Jose.
Honduras is a country filled with thousands of children living on the street. Honduras is the 3rd poorest country in the western hemisphere. Many parents simply cannot afford to take care of their children and literally abandon them or give them up to the state. So this orphanage was established to care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the children.