Profiles for each of the missionaries that we regularly support are listed below. Pray that their ministry will be effective as they seek to serve the Lord in our world today.
Lee founded WITS (Walking in Their Shoes) International in early 1999 to provide on-site care for Christians working overseas. This includes tent makers and independent workers as well as those sent by agencies or denominations. Available to missionaries without charge and meeting with them at their request wherever they are in the world, WITS provides counseling for missionaries. The ministry provides confidential psychological and spiritual counseling and support. WITS is supported by individual concerned Christians and faithful supporting churches, supporting with both finances and prayers. A financial report is available upon request.
Lee & Carolyn Baas
101 Washington PMB 261
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 844-3360
Ben and Christi Byerly listen to, encourage, train, and resource Christian leaders in France and in different African countries. Christi works to create communities of God’s grace through professional transformational coaching, coach training, and leading spiritual retreats (Matt 13:31–32). Ben provides online and modular theological training, academic support, coaching, and spiritual direction to scholars and leaders across Africa (Eph. 4:11–13).
Christi is the daughter of Jon and Phyllis Masso and grew up at Fairlawn and WCS. After graduating from Wheaton College, Ben and Christi were married in our church in a double wedding. They are the parents of Kiara, Leïla, and Liam, and have been serving overseas since 2002.
Ben and Christi Byerly
18 Rue des Chevreuils
+33 6 13 75 19 17 - Ben's phone and WhatsApp
+33 6 19 27 00 80 - Christi's phone and WhatsApp
Steve Coffey is the U.S. Director of Christar, a non-denominational mission organization whose vision is to cultivate Christ-honoring transformation in communities where He is yet to be worshiped.
Steve and his wife Beth have been privileged to live and serve in Sudan for one year and then in France for 12 years. In 2001, they returned to the U.S. to serve in direction of the Christar Church Planting Division. Today Steve and Beth are privileged to serve the Christar community in 25 countries around the world and reach out to internationals living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Steve & Beth have three children: Steve, Janelle (married to Jared Price) and Nathan (a student at Liberty University). Steve's education includes a B.S. in History Education, Liberty University; M.Div., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (emphasis in Cross-cultural ministry); and Doctor of Strategic Leadership, Regent University (emphasis in organizational leadership).
Steve & Beth Coffey
1500 International Pkwy, Suite 300
Richardson, TX 75081
Phone: (800) 755-7955
"Christus Victor," the Latin for "Christ the victor," emphasizes Jesus Christ and victory through Him as the center of our ministries. Christus Victor, a holistic Christian ministry, started among the urban poor "squatters" of greater Metro Manila, Philippines, seeks to fulfill the Great Commission particularly among the urban poor in developing countries. In 1981, a prayer group began in the home of Mike and Lourdes Pastor of Mayamot, Antipolo City (on the urban fringe of Metro Manila). Soon the fellowship developed into a house church.
By 1987, the church incorporated as Christus Victor Ministries with Rev. Lourdes Sendiong Pastor (M. Div., Th.M., D.Min.) as first full time minister. In 1990, Christus Victor Preschool for squatter children began. Christus Victor Academy opened in 1991 for elementary students and for high schoolers in 1994. Recently, the ministry moved to a permanent 320 square meter lot and new building. Christus Victor Academy has received a Department of Education government permit to operate. The Christus Victor Church is a member of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, itself a member of the World Evangelical Fellowship.
15 St. John Street
Maries Village II
Mayamot, Antipolo City
Emma Kuipers is a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators serving with SIL in central Africa. She has worked with SIL for over ten years, doing linguistic research, helping with production of literacy materials, and working as the exegete for a Bible translation team. She is in training to become a translation consultant which will allow her to serve multiple language communities working toward having the Scriptures in their own language. SIL longs for minority language communities to experience transformation flowing from God's Word into the Church and society through their languages.
Mailing address in US
c/o Marvin and Betty Kuipers
1 Jewett Lane
South Hadley, MA 01075
Jason and Deeanne are serving with DiscipleMakers, a Christian mission organization ministering to college campuses. Jason ministers at their headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania. He supports all DiscipleMakers missionaries and their ministry to college students by maintaining the computer systems and services. Jason and Deeanne also disciple students at nearby Penn State University and host students in their home. They have selected Matthew 6:21 as their life verse: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Jason grew up in Whitinsville, attending Fairlawn and WCS; he and Deeanne have three children: Isaac, Esther and Seth.
Jason & Deeanne Maas
731 W. Beaver Ave.
State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 235-1430
Michael and Karen Masso serve with Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) in East Africa. They served in Uganda for 13 years, South Sudan for 5 years, and as of 2014 are based in Kenya while continuing to visit and support the work in South Sudan. Michael teaches community development at Moffat Bible College, and both Michael and Karen provide consultation and missionary care for the people working with Serge world-wide. The mission partners with local churches to bring the hope of the gospel through theological education, leadership training, and holistic development projects including water, health, education, and agriculture. The Massos have three children: Acacia (’97), Liana (’99), and Gabriel (’02).
Michael and Karen Masso
2351 Mt. Carmel Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
Bob & Wanda McRae have been missionaries with Christian Light Ministries for 30 years serving in Guatemala. They now share their time with Cedar Lane Missionary Homes live in Laurel Springs, New Jersey and and Christian Light Foundation in Guatemala. At Cedar Lane they serve missionaries home on furlough by overseeing facilities, new construction and pastoral care to the missionaries. Bob & Wanda travel to Guatemala 3 to 4 times each year to work with their Bible School by extension where they presently have over 5000 students studying the word through our Bible courses.
Bob & Wanda McRae
103 Cedar Lane
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021
Phone: (856) 679-0424
Children’s Haven is committed to sharing God’s love and the gospel story with the children and teens of Worcester and the Blackstone Valley. We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ can change a life forever. As we connect with children and teens in our neighborhood, we build relationships and share the gospel with them. Our desire to see their lives transformed by Christ’s love and in turn, transform their families and community.
Larry and Ruth Spalink work in Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s great mega-cities. Japan is a prosperous and modern but spiritually dark place, with less than 1% of the people knowing Jesus. Religious Japanese (there are also many atheists) worship what they themselves refer to as a plethora of “gods” with a variety of functions. Most of them practice various Shinto (Japanese indigenous religion) and Buddhist (imported from East Asia and mostly concerned with funeral rites) ceremonies that often involve offerings and prayers to the dead or to nature “gods.”
Larry is Resonate Global Mission's Japan team leader. He works with a cluster of churches, helping them enhance their worship and evangelistic programs. Additionally, he develops plans and budgets, oversees other staff members, manages finances, and does liaison and consultative work with the Japanese church. Since the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Larry has also become deeply engaged, in partnership with CRWM’s sister agency, World Renew, in support and recovery activities in the disaster zone north of Tokyo.
Ruth is Christian Academy in Japan’s school’s health officer and health center director. She’s also coordinator of the Support Team that works to help students succeed who struggle with learning disabilities and other special needs.
Rev. Lawrence and Mrs. Ruth Spalink
Higashi Kurume-shi 203-0013 Japan