Larry is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and served for twenty-nine years as a pastor. Upon retirement, Larry and Joyce joined SIM International and went to Liberia as missionaries! God used them to minister to the Gbandi people at The Discipleship Training Center in Kolohun, a village in the Liberian interior. During the civil war in Liberia in the early 1990s, they fled when rebels attacked their village. Larry and Joyce then served statside for five years at a SIM retirement village in Sebring, FL. In 1995, they moved again to minister to Internationals in Dallas, Texas. Now retired from SIM, they continue to minister through their local church and on occasional mission trips to Africa. Larry and Joyce have proved their faithfulness through fifty plus years of minstry, and have been a tremendous encouragement to numberous followers of Christ.
Dr. Joycutty and Leala George, India
Dr. Joy George, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, is the president of Asian Christian Academy in Bangalor, India, which is a graduate level seminary training Indians and other Asians for ministry. The ACA Ministry also includes a 35 bed hospital, an orphanage, a Christian day school, and a twenty home community for tsunami survivors attended by one of their seimary graduates as a missionary. Joy and Leela have three married children who are also involved in the ministry of ACA. Their two sons are graduates of Dallas Seminary, and their son-in-law is a physician in the ACA Clinic. Web site: www.acaindia.org.
Paul and Sheila Hosier, Honduras
Paul, Sheila, and their five children currently live and serve in Honduras with the Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International, which exists under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to evangelize the lost, disciple the saved, and minister to the needs of the poor. Paul and Sheila were members of JBC from the mid-nineties until 2007, and he was on staff as part-time Assistant Pastor from 2002 through 2006. They have been in Honduras since July, 2007. Web site: www.godtrusters.com.
João & Sophia, Miguel, Jordana Mordemo
Since meeting Christ at age 16, João’s driving passion has been to see the Lord Jesus glorified in all areas of his life and among all peoples of the world. Having pastored and planted churches, co-founded a globally integrated missions movement, and established a “business as mission” consultancy, among other things, João can perhaps best be described as a “Great Commission Entrepreneur”. He has worked cross-culturally for 20 years, five of them in Belgium and 15 in Brazil, where he still serves. He has preached, taught and trained leaders in over 40 countries on subjects such as evangelism, missions, leadership and business as mission (BAM). João serves as president of Crossover-Brasil (called CCI-Brasil), and vice president of Crossover’s international leadership team. He serves on the global Business as Mission Think Tank steering committee, and as the BAM Coordinator for COMIBAM. João is author or co-author of numerous book chapters and articles, including in the Lausanne Movement’s Occasional Paper on Business as Mission (contributor and editorial team) and Business as Mission: From Impoverished to Empowered (contributor). Additionally, he serves as professor of missiology at several institutions in Brazil, the U.S. and Europe.
Not long after beginning to minister in Brazil, João fell head over heels in love with an incredible Brazilian named Sophia, who shared his passion for God's glory among the nations. Sophia holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Paraná and is certified by the Cooper Institute as a personal trainer. While she thoroughly enjoys working as a personal trainer, her deepest joy comes from rearing their two children, Miguel and Jordana, supporting João and participating with him in ministry, and discipling young women to be faithful followers and worshippers of Jesus Christ.
Terry and Ruth are graduates of Texas A&M University. They were active with the Navigators while members of Jacksonville Bible Church during Terry's five years in the Marine Corps. Upon leaving the Corps, Terry served as a Navigator Staff Representative at Camp Lejeune for two years. They have been in Kieve since 1998, primarily doing evangelism and discipleship among students and other young adults. Their three children, Jeneal, David, and Katelyn, are very fluent in Russian after a number of years in Russian schools. They now attend a Christian school where there are more opportunities for extra-curricular activiities and the teaching is in English.
Evangelist B. Shalem, India
Evangelist B. Shalem works in Cudapa, Andhra Pradesh, India, sharing Christ with downtrodden people. We came to support him through the ministries of Asian Christian Academy, and one of their graduates, Chebrolu Eliphaz, who spoke at JBC in 2005. Evangelist B. Shalem's ministry is an outreach of the Bible Baptist Church in Adnhra Pradesh, pastored by Rev. Elephaz. He is married and the father of three children.