In order to care for and get to know our missionary friends serving around the world, we invite you to “adopt a missionary” for a one-year term. While we are always encouraging our church body to support missionaries financially, this program is designed to bolster missionary families through encouragement and prayer. We encourage you to assist missionaries in this creative way either individually or with your small group or adult fellowship. Once you have signed up, you will be given specific details of the ministry and personal needs of your missionary.
Examples of how you can encourage a missionary:
As you assist your adopted missionary, we trust that God will move your heart to see the world through His eyes. Missionary adoptions can be renewed each year if you wish.
We encourage you to scroll down through the many fantastic missionary families that God has brought into our church family.
Location: based in McKinney, Texas, they minister to 16 countries in Africa and 11 in Asia
Missionary Agency: East-West Ministries
Monnie and Joan, a mentor couple in our Titus 2 Sunday Adult Fellowship, work part-time with Voice of the Martyrs (Oklahoma) and part-time with East-West Ministries (Plano, Texas). Monnie trains and mentors persecuted pastors in communist, Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic countries. He was a pastor for 36 years, and has focused on missions for the last 15 years. In a “typical” year (sans Covid), Monnie makes 19–20 international trips to countries such as Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, India, Republic of Georgia, Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and South Korea.
Monnie and Joan were called to this area of missions due to their honeymoon experience. On their honeymoon, they took a team of eight to Asmara, Eritrea from May to September 1974. On the day the Brewers left Eritrea, the country fell to the communists and all their friends were raped and killed—because they were Christians. Their first experience as a married couple introduced them to the Persecuted Church, and that is who they have worked with exclusively for the last 46 years.
They have four adult children.
Hobbies and Interests: The Brewers enjoy travel, mentoring younger couples, entertaining, and reading. Monnie has been in 158 countries, and Joan has visited 55.
The Joseph Family: Abraham, Laura, and their children, Abigail (19) and Andrew (16)
Location: Manila, Philippines
Missionary Agency: WorldVenture
Abraham and Laura both teach at the International Graduate School of Theology, where students from nearly twenty Asian (and some African) nations are equipped for ministry in their homeland. Abraham teaches in the theology discipline of the graduate program and is also the director of the school’s academic programs (Dean). Laura teaches in the Partners in Ministry certificate program for wives of degree students. She also serves on the board of Faith Academy, an MK-focused school.
Asia is home to the most unreached people groups, and the church is in dire need of strong leaders to build maturity. The Josephs were called to disciple and give theological training for leaders throughout Asia for the strengthening of the church.
Hobbies and Interests: The Josephs like traveling to new places, and new music. Laura and the kids enjoy watching movies and TV series. Abraham prefers books and keeping up with current events worldwide. They all have enjoyed taking up new exercise regimens in recent months.
Location: Moscow, Russia
Alisa’s mission focus is evangelization and discipleship. She teaches English as a foreign language to young business people. Due to the new freedoms of the younger Russian generation, they desire to know more about the West and to learn English. Through this, she is able to introduce them to the Reformation that spoke into the ideals of Western culture—namely the Bible’s message of redemption and the value of the individual made in God’s image. These unfamiliar concepts are fascinating to them. Alisa shares her personal testimony and the Good News of Jesus Christ—the Reason for hope. Many have accepted the Gospel, and some have made steps to embrace it. Numerous students have become very close friends as she continues, by God’s grace, to disciple them.
Alisa’s deep desire to have “meaning and purpose” in her life led her to mission work. She and her husband, Valentin, have a mixed family of six adult children.
Hobbies and Interests: Alisa’s interests include gardening. She is currently writing an interactive workbook for EFL students to help them learn to speak English.
Missionary Agency: Global Outreach International
Here, the missions focus is leadership development, evangelism, and education.
Hobbies and Interests: This ministry partner enjoys spending time with family.
The Li Family: Jacob, Josephine, and their children, Josiah (10) and Jesse (6)
Missionary Agency: Power to Change (in Canada), formerly known as “Campus Crusade for Christ in Canada,” which is closely affiliated with Cru in the United States.
Since 2015, both Josephine and Jacob have been serving as full-time lecturers at the East Asia School of Theology (www.east.edu.sg). Their focus is to equip Christian leaders in Southeast Asia by providing them with quality theological training and giving them much-needed encouragement. Many of their students come from closed or persecuted countries; yet, these students have an unwavering commitment to proclaim the Gospel to their own people, even at the risk being imprisoned or killed. EAST also has several education extension centers through which the students are trained in their own country, often in their native language. Most recently, their ministry has started to offer courses online, making classes even more available to people around the world and not just in Southeast Asia.
Josephine and Jacob both grew up in Canada and studied in U.S. (namely, at Dallas Theological Seminary). Through their collective experiences, they were shown that the West has been blessed with numerous theological education opportunities, not to mention an abundance in quality Christian resources. They were called to share what they learned (from the West) in Southeast Asia, in a way that’s contextualized to the various Asian cultures, for the purpose of edifying current and future Asian Christian leaders, and for the glory of God. The Lis firmly believe that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Because of this, they feel God’s expectation that they share their knowledge and ministry experience to equip and encourage current and future church leaders in Asia.
Hobbies and Interests: Jacob enjoys watching movies and flying—at one point, he wanted to be a missionary pilot! Josephine is very creative and enjoys beauty. She enjoys arts and crafts, and is constantly looking for fresh ways to point people to God through art.
The Post Family: Jason, Mandy, and their children, Emma (16), Zoe (14), Ruby (12), and Wyatt (10)
Location: Galway, Ireland
Missionary Agency: WorldVenture
Jason and Mandy focus upon church planting, leadership development, and missionary leadership. They were called to this area of missions due to the lack of Gospel witness in the West of Ireland. They love Stonebriar Community Church.
Hobbies and Interests: The Post family enjoys reading, family time, sports, and spending time outdoors.
The Poth Family: Kirk and Sandlin
Location: Sligo, Ireland
Missionary Agency: WorldVenture
The Poth’s mission focus is church planting, evangelism, and leadership development. The Lord directed them to Post Christian Catholic Europe back in 1984—first to Austria, and then to Ireland. Both countries have a very low evangelical presence of less than .02%. Ireland is the least-evangelized English-speaking country in the world. The opportunities are great for Gospel witness and advancement here.
Hobbies and Interests: Kirk loves the Psalms, Luke–Acts, his family, cycling, and golf. Sandlin enjoys reading, quilting, hand crafts, and loving on her grandchildren.
The Hutcherson Family: Caleb, Nicolette, and their children, Isla (11), Ruby (8), and Luka (6)
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Missionary Agency: WorldVenture
Caleb and Nicolette focus on theological education at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and ministry to at-risk children through Safe Haven Society. Both wanted to use their skills, education, and passions in a place where many have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel.
Hobbies and Interests: The Hutchersons enjoy reading, board games, running, taking walks, and hiking.
Staszek and Asia Bialecki
Missionary Agency: CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
Staszek teaches biblical and theology courses for CRU missionaries in Eastern Europe and pastors a House Church meeting within their home. Asia focuses on evangelism and discipleship of women and the Re:generation ministry within CRU and the local church in Poland.
Staszek and Asia both came to know the Lord through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ while they were college students. Both decided to join CRU full time upon graduation to continue to spread the Gospel in predominantly Roman Catholic Poland. They married in 1993 and grew from college ministry to staff training combined with local church ministry. Staszek received his seminary education at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Theology degree in Old Testament and New Testament studies. He is currently in his second year of the Ph.D. program at DTS with the focus on Bible Exposition.
Staszek and Asia have four adult children. They miss their friends here at Stonebriar.
Hobbies and Interests: Staszek enjoys cycling, Nordic walking, and other physical activities. He enjoys listening to audiobooks and podcasts while exercising. Asia enjoys craft card making and scrapbooking. She also likes to listen to online seminary classes and reading course books.
The Mogos Family: Ben, Anda, and their son, David (8)
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Missionary Agency: Global Outreach International
Ben focuses on church planting, leadership development, and Bible college teaching. Anda specializes in Christian counseling and Bible college teaching. Together, they lead Insight for Living Romania: Ben is Chuck’s “voice” in the Romanian language, and Anda runs the office.
Ben and Anda were born and raised in Romania during the Communist regime. Bucharest is their hometown, where they both received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theology and got married. Right out of college, Ben served as an assistant pastor in a difficult church plant in the city. Needing much more training, they came to Dallas Theological Seminary, where Ben earned his Master of Theology and Anda received a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling. During their time in Dallas, they were members of Stonebriar Community Church, and Ben was ordained for ministry there in his senior year at DTS. They always knew the Lord was equipping them so that they could return to serve Him in Bucharest. The city has only 0.5% Evangelicals and desperately needs the Gospel. God called the couple to plant a new Christ-honoring, Gospel-centered and grace-oriented church in the very center of Bucharest where there was no other Evangelical church. Upon their return to Bucharest, they were also appointed to bring Pastor Chuck Swindoll’s sermons to their country and open the office of Insight for Living Romania.
Hobbies and Interests: The Mogos family enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with their pets.
The Hudson Family: Shane, April, and their children, Asher (10), Benjamin (4), and Levi (3)
Location: Castelldefels, Spain
Missionary Agency: WorldVenture
Shane and April focus on evangelism and making disciples. They share the Gospel with rock climbers and others in their community and teach disciples in an evangelical seminary.
During their studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, God used their professors to compel them to take the Gospel to a foreign nation. Upon recommendation from a mentor friend and deeper study of the country and culture, the Hudsons learned that merely one percent of the population of Spain trust in Jesus as their Savior. The total population is about forty-six million. Thus, they feel it is imperative to be active in sharing the Gospel in Spain. Rock climbing provides them easier access into the lives of people that would not normally associate with them. Additionally, Shane and April hope to pass on to the next generation of church leaders the excellent theology and Bible study methods that was shared with them at DTS.
Hobbies and Interests: The Hudson family enjoys climbing, reading, building with LEGOs, watching American football, collecting sea glass, hiking, and skateboarding.
Marlen and Aselia
Location: Cardiff, Wales
Missionary Agency: Pioneers
Marlen was called to serve in the area due to the refugee crisis and a vision to reach Muslims for Christ. The nature of Marlen and Aselia’s ministry in the UK could be well-described as a pioneering journey. “First of all,” they shared in a recent ministry update, “the Lord has called us as one of the first national workers sent from Kazakhstan into a global mission field. It is a great privilege and also a huge responsibility. We have been learning a lot what it meant to serve the Lord outside of our home country. Secondly, as people who came from a Muslim background, we have a privilege of connecting with our audience on a common ground. This gives a fast opportunity for ministry in terms of flexibility, building natural relationships and pioneering new approaches in leading people to Christ. There are many things to learn during the next three years of pioneering our life and ministry in Cardiff.”
Marlen and Aselia are originally from Kazakhstan, where they spent most of their lives serving with CRU. They connected with Stonebriar in 2006–2009, while Marlen was studying at Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2016, they received a call to work with Muslim refugees and immigrants in the UK. It took them some time to actualize it, but in May 2018, they finally moved to Cardiff, Wales where they started to do what they believe the Lord has called them to for their new season of life. They have four daughters, three of whom attend boarding school. The eldest is in college.
Hobbies and Interests: Marlen enjoys tennis and other sports.
Location: home mission base: Flower Mound, Texas, serving in leadership in Russia, Albania, Kenya, and the Ukraine.
Missionary Agency: Come and Sew Ministries
Steve and Kathie have been members of Stonebriar since 2001. Their ministry is to bring the Gospel of Christ and training for long-term discipleship and prayer. They accomplish this work by using “creative life skills evangelism,” training and partnering with evangelical churches and mission programs in each country that host sewing classes, beauty training, and creative workshops. The people reached are the poor, widows, single moms, orphans, trafficked women, and the abused. Criteria for being trained with the ministry’s life skills is strict, and each student is required to attend Bible study and prayer time with a trained leader from that culture. Many of their students are coming to Christ after being loved deeply, taught well by tailors in their culture. “Christ is our mission and sewing and skills is our method.”
Kathie ran a sewing school in our home teaching women and children to sew for 12 years. Though “ministry” was not initially the intent, many students were reached with the love of Christ as they stayed after class and allowed Kathie to minister to their hurts.
The first 10 years of the Arnold’s work began in Russia as a fact-finding trip at the behest of Josh McDowell Ministries to bring the Gospel into state-run orphanages through sewing classes. Kathie’s sewing curriculum and the things she did to reach others for Christ in her first home sewing classes are now established as the CASMI program used around the world. Steve enmeshes his lifelong corporate career and business skills to solidify the ministry and keep it strong. Both Steve and Kathie use their natural talents for Kingdom work and trust God with the unknown—wherever they are called to serve.
Kathie and Steve have 4 adult children and 14 grandchildren. All are active in their churches and three grandsons are involved with missions work.
Hobbies and Interests: Working together on projects (just finished a camper reno), hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, and learning new things. Steve enjoys reading and working in the garage on creative projects. Kathie enjoys sewing projects for the family and teaching their grandkids how to sew.
Jenny, Ronnie, and their children, Journey (20), Harvest (17), and River (15)
Location: home mission base: Dallas, Texas with ministry across U.S. and overseas
Missionary Agency: Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
Jenny currently is involved in engaging women in Gospel conversations, inviting them to study and live out biblical womanhood, and helping equip them to reach other women for Christ. Her background as an RN also provides her a special connection with the medical community, allowing her the opportunity to host and facilitate weekly discipleship and prayer meetings with nurses, helping embolden their spiritual care provider role in the healthcare field. Her mission focus also involves helping her husband, Ronnie, in his role with Cru. His area of mission is Gospel and farming integration focusing on developing aquaponics as a tool for evangelism and discipleship. Aquaponics is a type of urban farming that raises fish and grows vegetables in one connected environment. Together, their mission focus is aimed at developing practical and sustainable tools that express the kindness of Jesus as they partner with like-minded believers and churches in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the communities they are reaching for Christ, locally and overseas.
Jenny felt a growing desire to serve in full-time ministry since coming to know the Lord in high school. After pursuing an education and career in nursing, Jenny continued to volunteer for church activities, which led her to join a medical missions team. There she found fulfilment meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those in extreme poverty, and eventually extended her mission to reach others with the Gospel as a health care specialist.
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, singing hymns, writing songs, listening to sermons online, and spending time as a family— biking, watching movies, and doing family devotions together.
Location: Based locally, serving globally
Missionary Agency: Cru, Josh McDowell Ministry
Update: On September 22, 2020, our beloved friend and missionary John Crone passed on into the eternal presence of our Savior. The Lord blessed John with 83 years of life on earth and 50 years of faithful ministry with Cru, where he and his wife, Linda, devoted their lives to sharing the Gospel around the world. Please join us in praying for Linda and the Crone family as they mourn their loss and rejoice that John is at peace with Jesus. To learn more about John’s life in ministry and to find ways to honor his memory, visit his memorial page on the Josh McDowell Ministry website: https://www.josh.org/crone/
John’s missions focus is the global publishing of Christian books. An early step in his calling was leaving the Air Force to seek God’s will. John continues to follow His leading one step at a time.
Hobbies and Interests: John enjoys photography and painting military miniatures. Linda likes working on crosswords and jigsaw puzzles.
Location: Based in Plano, Texas, ministering to a number of countries where South Asian people live in large numbers
Missionary Agency: Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
Cathy’s ministry, Naya Jeevan, means “new life” in Hindi; they offer strategies, resources, and training to mobilize Christians to share Christ with their South Asian neighbors.
Cathy and John were called to ministry and missions work through the gift of teaching, compassion for the lost, and a passion to do “what needed doing.” Two of their four adult children are also missionaries.
Hobbies and Interests: Cathy enjoys reading about Asian religion, history, and culture, playing Sudoku, creating diamond art, classical music, and copying the Bible by hand.
Location: locally-based to reach areas such as Somalia, North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others
Missionary Agency: Unto (a ministry of Cru)
Al serves as a staff member of Cru and the CEO and President of Unto, the humanitarian ministry of Cru. Unto accelerates getting the Gospel to the hardest to reach areas (what they call “the tough places”) in the world for sharing the Gospel. Unto expresses the kindness of Jesus by relieving suffering in a way that maintains or restores dignity so that the Hope of Jesus Christ can be revealed.
Susan and Al’s calling is getting the Gospel to people who have never heard of Jesus. With some exceptions, those individuals are living primarily in the developing world or places of poverty, war, and strife where Christians are not readily accepted. Their ministry has to lead with acts of kindness so profound that it makes even the most ardent opposition to the Gospel take notice—they use humanitarian kindness to open doors for the Gospel.
They have two adult sons (ages 20 and 18).
Hobbies and Interests: They both enjoy sharing Christ with lost people. Susan enjoys scrapbooking. Al loves to grill. They love to travel as a family.
Keith, Megan, and their baby daughter, Ava
Location: currently in Dallas, Texas, and serve abroad in Moldova, Uganda, Mozambique, and Japan
Missionary Agency: Teach The Story
The Lindleys were called to missions because the need for seminary-level education around the world is great. Over 80% of church leaders worldwide do not have any formal biblical training. Their ministry focuses on training and equipping leaders of the impoverished church through pastor conferences in Moldova, Uganda, Mozambique, and Japan.
Keith and Megan were called to build up the global church through a ministry of training church leaders. In keeping with this calling, Keith became an ordained pastor, earned a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, is a current PhD candidate at Dallas Theological Seminary, and has eight years of experience teaching the Bible and theology. Likewise, prior to becoming a missionary, Megan served for five years as an educator with Richardson Independent School District.
Hobbies and Interests: As missionaries training church leaders in Japan, among other countries, Keith and Megan spend most of their free time studying Japanese.
Missionary Agency: Bridges International (Cru’s international student ministry)
Logan works to share the Gospel, disciple, and train university students to model that process both on campus and off. His major focus is raising up international believers who can either return to their home country and share the Gospel, or if they are already there, to become the leaders of ministry in their home country.
Logan’s life was deeply impacted by mentors who modeled following Christ in his daily life and taught and gave opportunities to share his faith with others. Knowing that Christ-followers do not have a “certain mold” to fit, he is called to minister to university students as they search for answers and form frameworks that shape the rest of their lives. He hopes to return overseas in the future to continue furthering evangelism and discipleship.
Hobbies and Interests: Logan enjoys reading, spending time in nature, listening to a wide assortment of music, movies and video games with good story lines, and entertaining, sharing good food, and laughing with others.
Location: Regional focus on South Asia and the Indian sub-continent
Missionary Agency: The Good Samaritans International (TGSI)
Vinay is serving full-time with The Good Samaritans International. The focus of The Good Samaritans International (TGSI) is to facilitate church- and community-based missions and outreach among the indigenous people groups it serves. The Good Samaritans International is offering assistance in the area of leadership development, Bible training, and nurturing of first generational believers, fulfilling needs and opportunities for Christian ministry service in the mission field. TGSI is committed in the area of education and literacy programs, building projects of ministry activity centers, holistic missions through vocational training and relief, health care, and ministries for women and children.
Born in India, Vinay felt called to Christian ministry-missions, touched by God’s compassion for people and the Good News of the redemptive love of Christ our Lord Christ. Vinay’s passion for missions grew stronger seeing the people’s needs first-hand, their search for godly assurance of life eternal as a gift. To further prepare himself in his calling, Vinay graduated from Dallas Seminary with a Masters in Theology degree with emphasis on Bible Exposition and World missions. Vinay also completed the seminary internship program with emphasis on missions and outreach, under the pastoral leadership at Stonebriar Community Church. His passion is two-fold—to assist the native church around the world (beginning in India) in its holistic ministry and to encourage believers in Christ towards active involvement in missions.
Hobbies and Interests: Vinay has been part of the church choir. He enjoys rich music, reading literature and theology, and travel and film photography.
Additional Missionaries at Risk
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Missionary Agency: Global Training Network (GTN)
Our background in training and facilitation, and first-hand experience of the critical need to equip church leaders in order to multiply disciples led us to dedicate our lives to serving Christ’s church around the world. This ministry serves and trains national ministry leaders to be empowered for Christ’s purposes. Developing ministry leaders who know the cultures and languages where they serve is the focused strategy for multiplying discipleship and church leadership around the globe. In addition to theological education, a range of leadership skills that are essential to ministry multiplication are taught including training in strategy and execution, facilitation, communication, and vision planning. Church leaders are also provided useful, contextualized tools for coping and dealing with the pressures that accompany leadership. This ministry also has a keen interest in serving at seminaries, Bible colleges, and American churches, as these are centers for preparing future ministry leaders.
Hobbies and Interests: Bego enjoys gardening, fishing, reading, and cooking.
Missionary Agency: WorldVenture
Joy heads a school that exists to provide Christian education for the missionary community, the international and diplomatic community, and local non-churched families. Tim is a Child Safety Officer for the school and the Child Safety Team for WorldVenture. He trains students, staff, and parents on issues related to child abuse and conducts consistent response measures whenever a disclosure, discovery, or suspicion of abuse arises. They are also seeking to develop a personal ministry among unchurched locals in the recovery of trauma, abuse, and deprivation.
Although their call to missions developed independently in different regions, they were brought together serving as pastors to international students. They have two children.
Hobbies and Interests: Joy likes the study of history and local culture. Tim enjoys hunting and fishing.