Living Waters in Action
2nd quarter 2016 update
Who: Rich & Martha Millhouse
Serving: Strategic Partnering Team of ReachGlobal Europe
Supported since: 2014
Our connection: RJ & Melanie Greseth went to college in northern Minnesota
Rich and Martha Millhouse have served with ReachGlobal for 22 years. For 18 years, they lived in Romania, where Rich served as the pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of Craiova, and was also involved with BIG (Church with a Global Impact), a country-wide Romanian movement which trains leaders for work in the local church. In June 2012, the Millhouses released the work of the Craiova church into the hands of the Romanian nationals.
In the summer of 2014, they moved to Budapest, Hungary. Rich joined the Strategic Partnering Team of ReachGlobal Europe. This team explores, develops, and facilitates partnership relationships with nationals in several European countries. Since moving to Budapest, he has made trips to Albania, Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania.
Generally, nationals know and understand their own cultures well, and are best equipped in many cases to reach their countrymen for Christ. ReachGlobal wants to come alongside nationals in as many European countries as possible, and help them be more effective, support and encourage them, and partner with them as they minister.
The recent refugee crisis in Europe has become a focus in the news, as well as in ministry. Several different mission agencies and churches are currently trying to coordinate ministry opportunities where possible. Currently, the situation remains fluid, as the Hungarian government changes strategies, including closing refugee camps. There are refugees who are open to hearing about Christ, and some have come to Christ, and even been baptized.
Another thing that Rich has been able to do these past two years is being part of small teaching teams that have traveled to Israel and Egypt, to teach week long intensive training courses with believers. Rich really enjoys this type of teaching.
Rich is also on the preaching team at the Danube International Church that we are a part of in Budapest.
Martha coordinates and sends out the monthly internal mission newsletter, and helps with communication within the Europe division of the mission. She has experience in writing and editing, so she is enjoying returning to this type of role.
She has also been involved in the women’s ministry of Danube International Church, and spoke at an evangelistic event before Christmas.
Rich is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Martha previously served with Campus Crusade for Christ at the Josh McDowell Ministry. They havethreechildren; David, Ben and Elizabeth. David has just finished his junior year at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, Ben will be a senior next year at the International Christian School of Budapest, and Elizabeth will be a sophomore, also at ICSB.
Information about the Strategic Partnering Team:
The Strategic Partnering Team generally works in the ‘white spaces’ where ReachGlobal doesn’t have teams, looking for and developing relationships with national pastors andministry leaders with the aim of seeing morehealthy churches planting morehealthy churches.
Afew years ago, when weswitched from a "country"focus to a "city" focus, we started to lose connection with a few important relationships.We were failing to connect with someleaders or churches where we no longer hadteams. This team was started to nurturethose relationships once again, and to explore new ones around Europe.
Here is the vision statement from the SPTeam:
We exist to explore, develop, and catalyze collaborative relationshipsin the 'white space' with movementleaders resulting in the multiplication of transformational churches.
So, when we meet someone who has a vision that is larger than their local church, a "multiplying transformational churches"kind of vision, we see whetherthere are ways we can help them realize that vision, in a way that "addsvalue." There arethree things we canalways offer: clarity, coaching, and connecting to resources. We can help them gain more clarity in their vision, offer coaching and encouragement along the way, and/or connect them to resources necessary to realize theirvision. (I’m not talking about salaries here, but materials, training, or specific projects.)
In April, our team met in Berlin and invitedfour outstanding pastors wholead movements in Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, and Romania tocome together to talk about disciplemaking for two days. These guys told each other what they were doing, asked each other questions, did a bit of trouble shooting for each other, and generally encouraged each other. What did we add? We helped them gain more clarity, facilitated peer-coaching, and helped connect them with resources that, hopefully, will help them overcome some obstacles they face.
It’s not always like that. Onedenominational leader asked for someone to coach him once a month. Another pastor was receiving coaching, and he started a church planting network in his city. Rich works with a leader in Romania who is a church planter and does consultations with other churches around the country. James Lauderdale and Joshua Dunckel have been working with larger evangelical networks and network leaders. The Jarmans are working with movement leaders (and looking for more) in the Nordic Baltic region. It’s different for each member of the Strategic Partnering Team.
We’re hoping that the Strategic PartneringTeam will continue to grow through more full and part-time additions because there is simply a lot of work to be done. There is a lot of area to explore if we’re going to have influence in every country in Europe and there are many leaders who need someone to walk alongside them to help them realize the vision God has given them for their city or country.
1st quarter 2016 update
Who: Marc and Stephanie Carrigan
Serving: Medical missions, Uganda
Supported since: Sept 2015
Our connection: Emily Schoenhals got to know Stephanie through her moms group at Grace Presbyteria.
Below is a note Stephanie sent a couple weeks ago. If you would like to
follow the Carrigan family, check out their blog at http://www.thecarriganslife.blogspot.com/ A few recent updates, the Carrigans just purchased a van in January, helpful since they are 8 hours from a grocery store! They have broken land for their new home, please pray for the final funding needed for the home. They have been spending time over the past two months meeting with local pastors and church leaders to explore ways to connect their healthcare ministry with the outreach of the church. They’ve had the opportunity to go on home visits in the community and to attend evangelism training sessions led by a local believer to help them understand how to reach out effectively in this culture. Please keep Marc in your prayers, that he will receive his work permit in the early part of 2016 so that he can apply for a medical license and begin medical ministry in the spring. Most recently, there has been water shortages in their village so please pray for the missionaries and locals to be provided for.