“…and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundations, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.’” Romans 15:20-21
At Yamhill Christian you will hear a lot about relationships–loving God and loving people. The Missions Team is all about relationships, too, but with the purpose of “taking the message of Christ” to the world. The Gospel travels best via relationships.
Christ was sent into the world (a cross-cultural event!) and called people into relationship with the Father. Those who respond to Christ’s call to relationship are, in turn, sent into the world (John 17:18). Missions worldwide is a complex enterprise and extensive in scope, but we can participate locally.
There are four levels of participation that the Missions Team encourages:
Pray: Get informed about the people we support. Get educated on the deeper issues and challenges of missions worldwide. And then pray as an informed believer.
Give: Support the local church financially, which includes our missionaries, with regular giving. Contribute to special needs as they present themselves.
Train: Equip yourself for ministry, right here in the local congregation. Serving in the local church will help you learn important skills that are needed to work effectively elsewhere.
Go: Be available for ministry opportunities that are outside our congregation.
Our Supported Ministries
Currently Yamhill Christian Church supports four ministries, listed here by geographical area.
East Africa – Rwanda
We support Africa New Life Ministries (ANLM) and two national workers in that organization. Charles and Florence Buregeya, both native Rwandans, serve in a challenging situation. They grew up in an era of social and tribal tension which, on occasion, has become violent. Their personal stories of being in the midst of this tension, their suffering and conversion, their call to service and their journey of faith will challenge and inspire.
In supporting ANLM, we are supporting nationals. Their work, together with a stateside team, has grown into a multifaceted ministry. They help orphaned children, proclaim the gospel and plant churches, build schools, supply educational assistance through child sponsorship, offer self-sufficiency programs for women, reach out to street kids and, recently, formed Africa College of Theology to educate national church leaders.
For more information, visit www.africanewlife.org
We support Jason and Sarah Koppen who serve at Indian Bible College. Jason grew up in Yamhill and Sarah grew up in Newberg. Jason is currently the college president and Sarah assists him in his work. Their vision for the bible college is not only on education, but on the transformation of lives. Most of the students who attend Indian Bible College operate in two worlds–Anglo and Native American. The Koppens see the college as a catalyst for helping send Native American missionaries throughout the world.
For more information, visit www.indianbible.org
We began supporting Connie Sitton decades ago when she was preparing for cross-cultural ministry with CRU, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ. She served 18 years in Nigeria as a disciple trainer in what was a volatile religious and social situation. Upon returning to the States she took up a position at CRU headquarters, Orlando FL, screening & selecting workers for cross-cultural ministries. She now screens and selects applicants for Headquarter positions that provide oversight of this large & multi-faceted organization. Connie and her HR team know the importance of having “the right people in the right place at the right time.”
For more information, visit www.cru.org
Oregon & Other US Locations
We support Jim Ramos in a discipleship/transformation ministry for men that is called The Great Hunt for God (GH4G). In their unique approach, they form teams of men in local churches that focus on five critical aspects of manhood: “Protecting integrity, fighting apathy, pursuing God passionately, leading courageously and finishing strong.” The small groups are inter-generational & systematic in their approach to building men’s character. Yamhill Christian Church, Jim & Shanna’s home church, supports these servants under the category of “home missions.”
For more information, visit thegreathuntforgod.com