God is moving in the nations, filling the earth with the knowledge of His glory (see Isaiah 11:9-10).
At the heart of Faith Promise is our calling to reach the nations with His love. Our missionary stream, which flows from your Faith Promise giving, supports six missionary families. They are all Hatfield members called to make a difference on their frontlines across the globe. Their impact spreads widely through the Middle East, Russia, Armenia, Southeast Asia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.
Most of these incredible people will visit home this April, and you will have the opportunity to meet them and hear first-hand how God is moving in the nations they serve. There’s no cost involved in joining us, but because we want to provide you with a cup of coffee or tea and some light snacks, we ask that you please complete this short form >>, indicating your attendance on Saturday, 15 April, at 18:00.
And keep reading for a sneak peek into how God’s transforming the nations through our missionaries.
Dave and Frances | Russia, Armenia and Asia
Dave and Frances van den Berg have been travelling missionaries in Russia and Asia for 25 years. They run ministry schools in Russia, Armenia, and Indonesia and present training to raise and equip pastors and missionaries. This year they have been travelling in Armenia and Russia and are trusting for open doors into Turkey. The Lord has used them to lead people to Him; they have prayed for many to be filled with the Holy Spirit and have seen God do the miraculous as they have trusted Him.
Ursula | Namibia
Ursula de Villiers is a missionary in northern Namibia. She continues the mission work she and her husband Pieter started in Namibia 34 years ago. They evangelised the Himba, a previously unreached people group. They also planted churches, discipled leaders and established a Christian school in the town. Ursula also manages the ABBA Guesthouse in Opuwo, which helps to support various ministry projects.
Ps. Kalusha and Njangee | Accompanying Ursula
Pieter and Ursula raised a local pastor, Kalusha, to lead the missional church in Opuwo. He and his wife, Njangee, now run the church and have taken over much of the mission and outreach work. Kalusha is also the Opuwo Christian School pastor and is actively involved in the community by serving on various forums to make a difference. This couple deeply loves people and longs to see them discipled and evangelised in the remote villages of northern Namibia.
Andrew and Elita | International workers
Andrew and Elita have served as international workers in the Middle East for the past 29 years. Disciple-making in the Middle East is a journey of living with locals in their communities. It entails many visits, drinking coffee, and sharing meals and stories. They want to see God’s Kingdom established among Muslim communities through evangelism, discipleship, mercy ministry and church planting. This past year, they cared for individuals with special needs, attending to their medical and spiritual needs. They reached out to women, sowing seeds of hope and encouragement. This past season, they were blessed to have seen the harvest coming in as more Muslim families responded to Jesus and were baptised.
Stephan and Christiane | Lesotho
Stephan and Christiane serve in the beautiful mountains of Lesotho, where they have planted and lead the Operation Mobilisation (OM) base ─ OM is a faith-based missions organisation operating in 100 countries to share the gospel in unreached communities. They planted a community church in Ha Khanye in Lesotho. They want to see a discipleship group in every village in Lesotho and have been steadily planting groups in surrounding villages. The discipleship groups focus on helping people understand what it means to follow Jesus and to entrust one’s life to a living God. They reach out to the community through various development projects like farming, sewing and carpentry. This month, they ran a special church planting training with OM to train 300 pastors with a vision to bring about a breakthrough in the region.
Deidre | Zimbabwe
Deidre is a missionary in Chegutu and continues the work she and her late husband, Theunis, started over 24 years ago. She pastors a local church, preaches, and leads worship. The couple pioneered the Shanduko project after seeing a great need amongst the young people, many of whom have lost hope and make poor decisions due to the challenging circumstances in Zimbabwe. This project includes skills and discipleship training, which allows people to experience the Father’s Heart and learn skills like carpentry, farming and sowing to assist in job creation. Deidre and her team completed their 40th training class in the past year, and business owners approached her to present the Shanduko training to their employees. This brought about a visible change in the employees’ lives and opened more doors to present the training to other businesses. Their Sunday school has also grown significantly, and they recently refurbished a shipping container so the kids can have a place to meet, protected from the weather.
Abe and Joy | Southeast Asia
Abe and Joy serve in the lush green and humid Southeast Asia. They believe in God’s power to completely transform lives and trust Him to use them to reach unreachable communities. Amazing doors for ministry have opened among the local and ex-pat communities, and opportunities to minister and pray for people have increased. The two have seen the Lord do amazing physical and emotional healing as they prayed for the community, often resulting in individuals and families giving their lives to Jesus. They hosted several discipleship retreats for believers from a Muslim background and started an internship programme for Bible college students to join their outreach and community development projects. Abe and Joy also reached out with their team to those affected by the recent earthquakes in the region. Unfortunately, the couple cannot be here in April, but we encourage you to pray for them.
A quick reminder that if you want to hear more detailed stories of God’s transforming power across the street and across the globe, attend our Faith Promise Missions Event on Saturday evening, 15 April. You will have the unique chance to enjoy a cuppa coffee with our missionaries. Register here >> by 11 April at no cost to you, or email Naomi at email@example.com if you have any questions.