The majority of these missionaries are supported through the Free Will Baptist International Missions. Below you will find some of these men and women that have visited our local church.
“Free Will Baptist International Missions exists to labor with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.” Our mission statement drives everything we do. It has been the focal point of our efforts from the first missionary sent out in 1935 to those sent in 2015. This mission statement is not limited by location, ethnicity, race, language, or any other criteria. The gospel is for all people.
France – David Reeves
David is Kentucky’s first FWB international missionary in 40 years. He is from Owensboro and the Green River Association. He will be visiting with us soon.
David was appointed as a short-term intern to France in the April 2016 board meeting. He will work with the J’Pense team—Dennis, Carol, Joel, and Lydie Teague—in their outreach ministry. J’Pense (I think) brings young people together in a neutral environment and addresses their pressing questions about life (apologetics) with the goal of introducing them to Christ. David’s role will require him to make new contacts, invite them to J’Pense events, and organize J’Pense discussion groups with them.
Honduras – Pastor Castro
Pastor Amilcar Castro and his wife Mayra are doing great work for the Lord in Honduras. Please pray for the church there and the people who so desperately need the Lord in that impoverished country. Since Pastor Castro launched the church six months ago, 82 people have been saved!! If you can help them with financial gifts of any size, please let Pastor Joel know. Many of the people in the community have nothing to eat and little to wear, so the church is trying to alleviate those needs and tell them about the love of Jesus. You may not be able to go and minister, but you can pray and give!
France – Myriam Le Louarn
Myriam (Mimi) was appointed as a short-term intern to France in the April 2015 board meeting. She will work with the J’Pense team—Dennis, Carol, Joel, and Lydie Teague—in their outreach ministries, J’Crois (I believe) and J’Pense (I think). J’Crois, initiated to encourage and strengthen young French believers, has resulted in several salvation decisions. J’Pense brings young people together in a neutral environment and addresses their pressing questions about life (apologetics) with the goal of introducing them to Christ.
Kenya (Samburu People) – Eddy and Amanda Simmons
Appointed as career missionaries in April 2015, Eddy and Amanda Simmons work among the Samburu people group of Kenya.
Kenya is located on the eastern coast of Africa and is touted as 40% evangelical Christian. However, at least 30 unreached people groups numbering close to 4.5 million individuals populate the country. The Simmons will live in an isolated region of the country using chronological Bible storytelling to share the gospel with the unreached, semi-nomadic Samburu tribe.
The Simmons already have significant experience working among the Samburu using orality as the basis of their methodology.
France – Jerry and Barbara Gibbs
Jerry and Barbara Gibbs were appointed to France in August of 1972. They arrived in France in March of 1974 and began their first term by working with the young people of the church in Rennes. The St. Nazaire church, where they currently minister, was started during their second term. They continue to place emphasis on discipling believers and adding families to the church. This has resulted in a growing ministry and an emerging group of potential leaders.
In 1995 an adjoining property was purchased and a multipurpose building was constructed by a team of men from the First Free Will Baptist Church of Newport News, Va., and the men of the St. Nazaire church.
Barbara assists in the ministry through teaching Sunday school, helping the music ministry and conducting Bible studies with ladies. She shows hospitality to the unsaved, to church members and to visiting missionaries. She also provides secretarial help when needed.