Our local mission is to reach the hispanic community in Tyler. To do this we have enlisted the help of Adalberto & Patricia Benitez who are from Cuernavaca, Mexico. The Benitez have started and pastor a hispanic congregation that is now part of Trinity Fellowship.
Viktor and Ksenija serve in Subotica, a city in northern Serbia. Beside leading a growing church, he is leading a network of 15 churches. He is the cofounder and leader of the Evangelical Forum an association that trains, mobilizes and mentors younger leaders for evangelism and church planting across denominational lines. Two years ago Viktor and Ksenija started a three year Bible school in their church. Ksenija serves as the leader of the Bible school and this year they have 20 students. Viktor also has an apostolic role among the Roma Gypsy people in Serbia, which is a fast growing movement in the country. Viktor is a bridge builder between churches, ethnic divisions, denominational differences and ministries from abroad who are looking for contacts and ways to minister in the Balkans, where the "Macedonain call" is echoing strong in this time of history.
Viktor and Ksenija have a big heart for pastors and their wives. Often they will host pastor couples who are tired and need counsel, encouragement and rest. Annually they organize retreats and conferences for them.
Love-in-Deed is our ministry to those in need. Each one of us has had a time in our life where circumstances caused us to have to ask for help. Love-in-Deed is here for those times to help families and individuals with groceries. Over the last 29 years we have helped over 100,000 people in their time of need. We have two Love-in-Deed services on Wednesday Evenings at 6:30. one in English and the other in Spanish.
The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) was formed in 1995 and launched in 1996, through the cooperative efforts of both Messianic Jewish and Gentile Christian leaders.
After years of communist rule, God began preparing the hearts of the Jewish people in the former Soviet Union. In1993, one group, Hear O Israel Ministries (later integrated into Jewish Voice Ministries International), began doing large outreach festivals of Jewish music and dance in major cities in Russia.
Additional festivals followed in Belorussia, Ukraine, and Moldova. In each festival, the Good News was proclaimed. By God's grace, the people responded and tens of thousands of Jewish people came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus), the Jewish Messiah. Leaders were desperately needed to start new culturally-relevant Messianic Jewish congregations.
As a result of this work of the Holy Spirit and an unprecedented awakening in the "land of the north," Hear O Israel Ministries began a Messianic Jewish Bible school in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1994 under the direction of Hear O Israel's leader and Messianic Rabbi, Jonathan Bernis.
On a parallel track, Dr. Dan Juster, a leading Messianic Jewish theologian, author, congregational leader, and Director of Tikkun Ministries, had started Messiah Bible Institute (MBI) in1981. It began small with Dan Juster training the first students and graduates, Asher Intrater and Eitan Shishkoff. In time, MBI grew and effectively trained a number of Messianic congregational leaders. Some of the teachers and staff included Dan, Asher, Eitan, Dr. Michael Brown, and Dr. Michael Rudolph.
In 1995, Jonathan Bernis and Dan Juster joined efforts to train leaders for the fledgling Messianic Jewish movement in the former Soviet Union. Together with B'nai Maccabim Messianic Synagogue in Chicago, Illinois; G-d's Grace Foundation in Beloit, Wisconsin; and Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas; they officially formed a new training school. They had the conviction that as ministries work together, rather than independently, there is a multiplication of talents and fruit for the Kingdom of God. In time, Gateways Beyond International in Cyprus, and Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue in Dallas, Texas, would also join this coalition (2002 and 2007 respectively).
They named this newly formed ministry the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI), and chose Dr. Wayne Wilks Jr., from Shady Grove Church, as the one to pioneer the school.
The school started in Odessa, Ukraine, in the fall of 1996. Odessa is known as the southern gateway city of the former USSR to Israel.
Bill and Gerda Brown, originated from Canada and Denmark, Have been missionaries for 40 years. After pastoring in Canada for seven years, they ministered for two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa, nine years in Uganda, East Africa, and twenty eight years in Mexico. They have abeen extensively involved in the training of national ministers and both hold Bachelors and Masters Degrees of Arts in Christian Education as Well as Doctor of Devinity Degrees.
Bill was Vice-President of Gospel Mission to Uganda for nine years and President of La Nueva Esperanza (New Hop Bible College) in Mexico for ten years. This was the largest Charismatic Bible college in the country at that time.
He was at the same time Director of Missions for Glad Tidings Missionary Society of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Gerda has been a co-laborer together with her husband for these years as well. She has been instrumental in establishing choirs, training music groups in worship on the various mission fields and using her skills in teaching and playing organ, piano and accordion. She has led many congregation into the Song of the Lord. She has authored two books, Carismas de Dios, an extensive work in Spanish on the gifts of the Spirit and El Poder del Evangelio, on the Book of Romans, both of which have been published, and are being used in many parts of the Spanish-speaking world as teaching material in Bible colleges.
Bill has authored a booklet AEl Plan de Dios A Travez de la Biblia@ (The Plan of God According to the Bible) which is a visual aid presentation, used with the presenting of Bibles. It has been powerfully effective in hundreds coming to know the Lord as their personal Savior.
Bill and Gerda have traveled extensively in the Unites States, Canada, and throughout the world, including 19 countries in Africa, Denmark, the Orient, Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, Spain and the Arctic. They have conducted pastors and leaders seminars as well as strengthening the local churches they have established through training national ministers. They also have been instrumental in spearheading missions projects in a number of churches and have conducted missions conferences in both the United States and Canada.
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