FBC Community Missionaries
FBC Abilene in partnership with Connecting Caring Communities (CCC) and Janet Mendenhall, reaches out to the Valley View and College Heights neighborhoods. CCC exists to build meaningful relationships that foster safe, caring, and whole communities. CCC trains and encourages neighbors to live missionally through our Haven House program; leads Friendship Houses in vulnerable neighborhoods; and unites businesses, churches, individuals, organizations, and the city to make our community a safer, better place for everyone. CCC is proud to be partnering with FBC in the Valley View Friendship House and the College Heights neighborhood.
Sandy & Duane Hammack
Duane and Sandy Hammack are based in Colorado where they serve leaders, missionaries (all around the world), and church staff by helping to provide holistic care at Potter’s Inn. Potter’s Inn is an internationally recognized ministry specializing in caring for the souls of marketplace leaders, missionaries, pastors, and other ministry leaders. It was established with focus on care of the soul–to help usher individuals into an understanding of their own lives, personal histories, and journeys as they search to find the great love of God. Potter’s Inn is the ideal setting for them to express their calling and gifts as they come alongside God as He works to transform the lives of His people.
If you would like to learn more about Potter’s Inn, please visit www.pottersinn.com.
Jeff, Alicia & Ethan Lee
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) field personnel Jeff, Alicia, and Ethan Lee have been serving six years in Skopje, Macedonia. The Lee family are compelled to join God in ministry among the poor, marginalized, and neglected. Their calling is to serve people marginalized by poverty, show the love of Jesus Christ to many who feel unloved, and to share life together in community with the people God places around us. Jeff and Alicia seek to be the presence of Christ by engaging in holistic, relational, and healing ministries among the ethnic groups of Skopje, Macedonia. They seek to build relationships with Albanians, Macedonians, Turks, and the Roma Gypsies in order to foster meaningful relationships that create lasting change. If you would like to keep up with the Lee family and their ministry in Macedonia, please visit their Facebook page: Partnership Macedonia – Updates from the Lees.
David & Lauren Bass
David and Lauren Bass serve in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as CBF field personnel. Cambodia is in Southeast Asia located between Thailand and Vietnam. Phnom Penh’s population is just over 1.5 million people, with twenty percent of the population living in poverty. Buddhism is practiced by 96.9% of the population, with Christianity at 0.8%. Their goal is to start a church in each of Cambodia’s 13,869 villages. David and Lauren are partnered with the Cambodia Baptist Union, and will work to support the Cambodian pastors by developing theological training programs as well as economic development initiatives. The goal is to equip Cambodian pastors to help Cambodia’s churches go from new and dynamic to deep and sustainable.
David Pearson is an FBC member and recently graduated from Baylor University. David currently serves as the Youth Pastor for a group of 20 or so youth at Ladywell Baptist Church in Livingston, Scotland. He is also in charge of the “Joy Club” where each week elementary aged kids who are part of the church or community can come for fun activities held at the church. David also does the children’s sermon almost every week, as well as playing the drums with the worship band alongside some of the youth. Once a week, David has been asked by the school next to Ladywell Baptist Church to come at lunchtime in an effort to meet the children and get to know them better.
You can keep up with David and his ministry in Scotland by finding him on Facebook, or emailing him at the email above.
Venantie Uwishyaka recently graduated from Logsdon Seminary and was ordained at FBC. Venantie has moved back to her home in Kigali, Rwanda to start the Family Life Ministry. The Family Life Ministry will focus on mentoring, premarital counseling, and therapy. Training will also be available for people from churches on how to mentor couples through premarital counseling. They will prepare strong families called to go on mission in other countries, like Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia, who have gone through years of war.