Missionaries

Contact: Ed Wong,  Elder of Missions

We believe God calls us to serve others in both word and deed. This led to a large commitment to missions in our congregation. We support 14 missionary families all over the globe, and reach out to the community through backpack drives, thanksgiving dinners, Easter blessing grocery gift cards and general kindness.


We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm.  Our meeting is open to all in our congregation -- we are all called to serve God's people in need.


Listed below are the missionaries that we prayerfully and financially support. Contact them via email by clicking on their name.  Find out more information on the web by clicking on the name of their organization.

  • Pierre and judy allard (just.equipping)

    Just.Equipping is a charity committed to educating, training and equipping in the area of restorative justice. Since 2006, a number of training missions have taken place in Africa: Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo and Cameroon. Just.Equipping can play a crucial role in the reintegration of offenders, the rebuilding of communities, the comfort of victims and the future of corrections and chaplaincy in these countries. Their unique partnership with Queen’s University lends credibility to the academic component and allows them to issue an international diploma in Restorative Justice. Visit their website where you can read their Africa reports and also have access to a number of videos to help you understand their work better.

  • Edwin & Sylvia Caruana (Global Fellowship)

    Edwin and Sylvia are based in Malta but work mainly in North Africa. Edwin has four main roles:  

    • Works with Global Fellowship overseeing the work being done by indigenous ministries in North Africa. 
    • Pastor of an International Baptist Church in Malta. 
    • Director of the Friendship House reaching North Africans that live or travel in Malta. 
    • Facilitator for the North Africa Partnership-a partnership of over 200 missionary agencies. 
  • Christine Vatuone (Informed Choices)

    Christine Vatuone is the Executive Director for Informed Choices (formerly South Valley Pregnancy Care Center). The Center is dedicated to serving women, as well as their families and partners who come seeking help in making decisions about their unplanned pregnancies and related concerns. Informed Choices meets clients where ever they are in their pregnancy, helping them sort fact from fiction, including providing ultrasound images and pregnancy tests with a trained on-site nurse.  There are also support classes and an on-site shop for baby supplies.  Informed Choices is dedicated to providing a warm and safe environment, regardless of age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation or circumstances.

  • Karmelo & Ivon Kresonja   (Evangelical Church In Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina)

    Karmelo Kresonja is pastor of the Evangelical Church in West Mostar. He also works with Vanya Bule at Camp Emek Beraka - a summer camp that is held in the mountains at Boracko Lake near the city of Konjic.

    "If you had asked me beforehand if these peoples could live together, I would have said no," Kresonja says. "What we are witnessing in Bosnia-Herzegovina is a true miracle of divine reconciliation and healing."   For a brief movie clip of Karmelo's heart for the work, click here.

  • Daniel Mahan (Advent Group Ministries)

    Daniel Mahan is the Executive Director of Advent Group Ministries. Since the 1980s, Advent has seen God's hand guide them - currently they provide a residential drug and alcohol program for adolescents, a community-based outpatient drug and alcohol program for adolescents, and a low-cost counseling center.

  • Eric is involved in Christian leadership training and teaching formerly  in a seminary in Kiev, Ukraine, and now working remotely with the group as they transition to take over running the seminary.  Kiev-Talbot equips Slavic students to earn a master's degree from Talbot (the seminary of Biola University in California) without having to move out of the Russian-speaking world.

    Josie focuses on raising our sons, Dietrich, Lev and Max, and on serving KTS and SEND through communications, using newsletters, brochures and other means to recruit students and to share what the Lord is doing in this part of the world.

  • She Is Safe tackles the issues of abuse, privation, exploitation and spiritual darkness of women and children in 10 countries least reached with the Gospel.

    You can receive monthly audio updates via email by signing up on the SIS website: www.sheissafe.org. We want folks to be as informed and prayerful as possible - particularly with our new initiative on the abuse and exploitation of girls. This is likely one of our biggest spiritual battles so far. Please pray with us!

  • Louis & Lisa Shanks (Wycliffe - The Seed Company)

    The Seed Company was launched by Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1993 with a mandate to accelerate Bible translation. It started with pilot projects in 10 different languages linked to prayer partners and investors. Four years later, the model was working in 50 people groups and growing.

    Today, The Seed Company is working with several hundred local translators who are leading the translation process in more than 350 language translation projects. These translators are responding to the local churches’ and ministries’ need to make Scripture available more quickly for church planting and discipleship.

  • Bret & Mindy Taylor (Wycliffe - JAARS)

    Bret serves as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries. He coordinates a team who work to help revitalize missionaries and their kids (MKs). The ministry offers extensive programs for the 100 plus MKs who live near the JAARS center as well programs for MKs living globally.  This growing ministry also helps missionaries in transition by offering pastoral counseling, a furloughing women’s support group, a support group for widowed missionaries, and much more. 

    JAARS is a technical branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators primarily geared towards supporting missionaries through software development, multimedia presentations, and transportation of materials. The JAARS center population is unique as it has a mixture of both short-term (or transient) and long-term (or station) MKs living there.  For more information about JAARS, click here.

  • Jim & Suzanne Witty (Care Corps International)

    Care Corps was founded by Jim Witty to provide a Christian crisis-care ministry in a response to the victims of war and disaster.

    This ministry of supporting and training the church, missionaries and relief work in crisis areas of the world has expanded to 20 countries. By invitation, Care Corps teams train national pastors and mission staff working in areas of disaster and war. This compassion ministry supports and assists the church in their mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and practical ministry tools to show God's love, care, healing and hope to victims of trauma.

  • Donna Zimmerman (Young Life – South Valley)

    The Zimmerman's helped found a Young Life Club in the South Valley area.  Young Life thinks the world of kids. We believe that they deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life leaders are caring adults who come sharing that hope as well as fun and lasting friendships with kids. Young Life is also all about fun. From club and camp to Campaigners and other activities, teenagers will have blast laughing, trying new things and being with their friends.

  • Daniel is the US Development Director for Medair, an international humanitarian organization inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world's most remote and devastated places. Medair brings aid and recovery to people in crisis then stays to help people recover with dignity--working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact.  Medair provides a range of services: health care and nutrition, safe water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter and infrastructure to the highest progessional standards of quality, accountability and sustainability.  MHPC supports Medair as a missional organization which shows Christ through their actions of relief.

  • Local Mission: Gilroy compassion center

    Located at 370 Tomkins Court in Gilroy, the center serves the needs of the homeless in the South Valley with dedication to provide a pathway to stability that maintains self-respect and recognizes the dignity of each human being.  Board President, Jan Chargin, loves to invite area churches and their members to come serve.  Center hours are:  8 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday (December 1 - March 31 extended hours  6 a.m. - noon)  In addition, Saturday Suppers are offered weekly April through November 2-4pm - volunteers needed!  Click here to fill out their volunteer form.