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Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Psalm 96:3-10

“Missons is not the ultimate goal of the church.  Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.  Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man.”1 The centrality of missions, of evangelism, even of outreach and mercy in the name of Christ, is the glory of God. The fuel, the passion, the drive for missions and ministry must be a passion for the greatness, the glory, of God. God deserves to be worshipped, honored and glorified, to be recognized for who he really is in all his majesty and beauty.  Our desire to make him known and to minister to others in his name must come from hearts transformed by the gospel of God’s grace bestowed upon us in Jesus Christ.

We take seriously the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them all that he has commanded. We believe that the primary method of accomplishing the Great Commission is through the planting of biblical, Reformed, confessional churches. We focus our U.S. and global missions efforts in that direction. We also focus on supporting local ministries that provide assistance to others in the name of Jesus Christ.

Our Missionaries


Garry and Anita Chambers, Belize, MTW

Garry and Anita met at LeTourneau University, where they were preparing for missionary service. Garry, who grew up in southern Florida, dedicated his life to full-time mission service while in high school. Anita was raised in Illinois and Ohio, where her father pastored several churches. She accepted the Lord when she was seven-years-old and later developed a desire to serve in foreign missions. From 1982 to 2001, Garry and Anita served in a cooperative agreement with Lumiere Medical Ministries in Haiti for 15 years, then in the LMM home office in North Carolina. In October 2001, Garry and Anita accepted a new assignment with MTW to serve at the Presbyterian Clinic in Patchakan, Belize. Garry works as the MTW Country Director for Belize and Anita, an RN, works in community health and health education in the Presbyterian schools. They will also help improve the evangelism outreach of the medical ministry in concert with local village churches. Other responsibilities include coordinating medical visitors, hospitality for visitors, and building relationships in the Belizean medical community. Their goals will include evangelism, church growth, and promoting better health for the people of Belize.

Presbyterian Medical Clinic, Belize
Prayer Card (pdf)


 

Bill Schweitzer and family.

Bill and Pam Schweitzer, England, MTW

Bill and Pam Schweitzer, originally from the U.S., are planting confessional, Reformed churches in England. Bill currently serves as pastor of Gateshead Presbyterian Church. Despite being the birthplace of the Puritans and the Westminster Standards, England is currently extremely secular and has almost no confessional, Reformed churches. Bill and Pam have six children.


Sebastian & Isabel Heck, Germany, MTW

Rev. Sebastian Heck, a native German,is a church planter in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition, he is a co-director of a Reformed publishing house in Germany, and he teaches at Reformatorisch-Theologisches Seminary. He holds an M.Div from a German Seminary and is currently pursuing a part-time PhD from the University of Apeldoorn, Netherlands.  He and his wife Isabel have three children: Sophia, Tabea, and David. Germany was once the land of the Reformation. That was 500 years ago. Today, Germany is a post-christian and thoroughly secular country, one of the darkest places in all of Europe. Beautiful bastions of the Reformation have long become museums that tourists frequent instead of places from which the Gospel can spread. The many beautiful steeples still adorning the German countryside are for the most part nothing but reminders of an all too distant past in the cultural history of Germany. Do they think we need a new Luther or Calvin? Not necessarily. However, the Reformed church has always believed the dictum ecclesia reformata semper reformanda est, i.e. that the Reformed church is always in need of reformation. Towards that end, they are praying and working to bring the Reformation back to Germany. For this they depend on the help of brothers and sisters, churches and denominations elsewhere who have a heart for Germany and its history and who see its strategic place in Europe. So they are praying that Reformed churches worldwide would come to their aid that once again the Reformed faith – and through it the glory of God – would shine brightly in the land of the Reformation Visit Reformation 2 Germany for more information on this exciting work.

 

Kevin & Maria Bidwell, Sheffield, England, MTW

Rev. Kevin Bidwell is a church planter and pastor of Sheffield Presbyterian Church, part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW). Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK and there are around 1.4 million people in greater Sheffield. There are a number of large cities nearby which means that within 90 minutes’ drive of the church, there are around 7 million people and there was no Presbyterian church there until Sheffield Presbyterian was planted.  In 2010, a church planting Bible study began and in April 2011 the church was formally constituted with 11 members. The church two services on the Lord’s Day and a Sunday school for adults and children.  The church has seen new converts as well as spiritual and numerical growth. The main aim now is for the Lord’s help for particularization in the medium term, for the Lord to raise up elders and deacons, for new families to join, and for continued growth. The church is already working on planting other churches, including assisting in a  monthly Bible study in Berlin, Germany. They are also working long term to plant another church in Leeds, Yorkshire which has 1.7 million in greater Leeds.

 

Local Ministries

Summerhill Community Ministries, Atlanta

Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. is a community based, indigenously-led Christian organization which exists to reach Atlanta’s inner city youth and families for Christ. They seek to accomplish their mission by providing opportunities for personal, spiritual, family, and community improvement. By doing so, they encourage, empower, and equip our youth and families to reach their full potential in Christ in order to impact others. They minister in a community that as long been plagued with crime, unemployment, teen pregnancy, one parent families, racial strife, poor performing schools, drugs, violence, a high suicide rate, and a pervasive spirit of despair and hopelessness.
View their website for more information.


Helping in His Name Ministries, Stockbridge

Helping in His Name is a Christian food bank, serving people in need and striving to end hunger in Henry County. Visit their website for more information.,


Pregnancy Resource Center of Henry County


1 John Piper.  Let the Nations be Glad!  The Supremacy of God in Missions (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1993), p. 7.