World missions have been a vital part of our ministry since the inception of Franklin Christian Church. We take very seriously the “Great Commission” of our Lord Jesus Christ when He said “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”. From the beginning, we have contributed at least 10% of our annual budget to support missionaries around the world, and their efforts to spread the gospel, particularly among unreached people groups. Currently we have close working ties to missionaries in Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Amazon region of Brazil, India, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, China, North Korea, Nagaland, New Zealand and Australia, as well as supporting the American Indian Christian Mission. We also support the International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES) organization, and have given thousands of dollars towards relief efforts of major disasters around the world. Our congregation is encouraged to support other missions on their own and take short term mission trips. The church has sent out at least three of our own members for extended stays on the mission field.
Africa: Botswana Zimbabwe Christian Mission
Richard Lee, a Native South African has been evangelizing to the people in Botswana and Zimbabwe for more than 25 years. Richard provides leadership development and church planting (over 50) and with his wife Debbie (who passed away to be with the Lord in 2012) they have reached out to many people in many impoverished areas of Africa.
The American Indian Christian Mission ministers to Navajo and Apache children from two of the largest Indian Reservations in Arizona. Their school has offered a Christ-centered education to hundreds of children since it began in 1985. Through various ministries they continue to seek to build relationships of trust and respect with the children, their families, local pastors and tribal leaders. The poverty on the reservations is devastating and A.I.C.M. lifts the children up to a better life through Christ.
non-government organization dedicated to helping the poor, feeding the hungry, healing the sick and providing education. Some of their focus areas are:
- Teaching – Hunchun Special Education School which provides over 100 handicapped children with vocational schooling and the Hope Foreign Language School which provides adults with language and computer training.
- Healing – both locations in China and N. Korea have medical clinics.
- Feeding – In N. Korea, CRAM runs the Sonbong Bread and Soymilk Companies which feed children within a 50 km radius of their business location.
- Training/Teaching – CRAM also provides Christian leadership training for nationals who are planting churches
Australia: Australian Christian Mission
Tim and Dawn Yates are Americans that are Missionary’s in Cameron Park, Australia. They have planted 2 churches and Tim has taught the children about Christ in the public schools where it is allowed under Australian law. They have three children–Lauren, Lean, and Anna.
Brazil: Central Brazil Mission (CBM)
Earl and Ruth Haubner went to Brazil in July, 1969. They live in central Brazil in the city of Goiânia. Goiânia is a city of over one million people. Their mission is called “Project Amazon: Christ, Life and Health.” They want the people to know Jesus and to have “an abundant life” in and with Him. The mission has planted and built churches as well as having a medical boat that travels down the Amazon river to serve the medical and spiritual needs of poor villagers all along the river.
Dominican Republic: Melchor & Kassie Marte
Kassie (Faber) Marte is FCC’s first Timothy. Kassie attended FCC as a young child. She met Melchor on a Missions trip and In January of 2007, she moved to the Dominican Republic and in June of that year, she and Melchor were married. Kassie went to Bible College in Joplin, Missouri and hopes to start a women’s ministry in the DR. Melchor was educated in Bible College in Panama and studied Engineering as well in the DR. His goal is to start a sports ministry for the youth in the DR. They have 4 young beautiful children together.
Dominican Republic: Christian Dominican Evangelistic Mission (CDEM)
Alberto Rivas was born on February 14, 1965, in the Dominican Republic as Juan Alberto Rivas. He became a Christian at age 20 at Hoya del Caimito church in Santiago. He attended the Bible Institute in Panama and then graduated from Colegio Biblico in Eagle Pass, Texas. He is the founder and leader of CDEM and has a passion to reach his people with the message of Jesus Christ. Alberto and his wife, Robyn, have four children: Abigail, Lynnette, Jonathan and Lori. Alberto Rivas has planted 3 churches in the D.R. since 2001.
Dominican Republic: Servants Heart Ministry
Ramon Hernandez was born in Moca, Dominican Republic in 1970. He has 10 brothers and sisters. Ramon came to know Jesus at the age of 12 and has been working in the church since 1982. He studied at Bible College in Panama and became an ordained minister in the Christian Church upon his return to the Dominican Republic. He worked 10 years in the capital, Santo Domingo as a minister with Centro Christiano. He also worked with Go Ministries traveling all over the country planting churches. Ramon managed a church camp in Salcecdo for 6 years and led numerous revivals with hundreds of attendees from various denominations which resulted in many Dominicans being baptized. Currently, Ramon has teamed with Servants Heart Ministries to expand Gods work throughout the D.R. Currently Ramon is evangelizing to children as well as adults in addition to running 3 food programs in 3 different villages spread out across the countryside. Servants Heart Ministry was started by two FCC members.
Haiti: Hands and Feet
The project is dedicated to building a community of cottages to raise orphans in a land suffering political upheaval and extreme poverty. The Hands & Feet Project started under the leadership of Drex and Jo Stuart, parents of co-founder Mark Stuart and lifetime missionaries who have previously served in Haiti. It was also co-founded with the help of a long time FCC member.
International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES)
Serves as a channel for Christian Churches and individual Christians to meet the physical and spiritual needs of suffering people throughout the world when disaster strikes. FCC has supported this organization for over 10 years. IDES has also supported some of our own FCC Missionary’s in times of great need and crisis.
India: Nagaland Outreach
Elilo Patton started an orphanage in Nagaland India in 2009. She teaches the children about Christ with the strong hope that they can be the future leaders of the church in India. She attended Berean Bible College in Bangalore, India with a Bachelor of Theology and then attended Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, IL and graduated with a master’s degree. Elilo was recently married in Nagaland. Elilo and her new husband are working together to expand the orphanage in 2013.
India: PV Alexander Ministries
P.V. Alexander Ministries are in the Kerala State of India. This ministry is involved in new church evangelism; operates 3 orphanages, a 100 bed hospital, a nursing school, a Bible college to train preachers and a printing press. Former FCC pastor Dr. Phil LeMaster has known and worked with P.V. for over 20 years.
New Zealand: Rechurch
Joe Flammer. Joe and Amy moved to New Zealand in 2007 with the goal of planting a healthy church in New Zealand. The Flammers are part of a team that launched Rechurch in 2010 in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Two years later, in spite of devastating and continual earthquakes, Rechurch is a growing and thriving Christian community. Since moving to New Zealand, the Flammer family has grown. They welcomed Brooklyn in 2010 and Lincoln arrived in 2012.
Tanzania: Pioneer Bible Translators
Brad & Tammie Harvey Brad & Tammie Harvey are Bible translators in Morogoro, Tanzania through PBT. Bible translating begins by determining the need and in many cases, giving the people an alphabet and written language before actual Bible translation can begin. Brad accepted Christ in 1979 while in High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and shortly afterwards dedicated his life to full-time ministry. Tammie accepted the Lord while in Junior High in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1982, they both went to Milligan College and met as Freshmen. They graduated in 1986, Brad with a BA in Bible and Sociology, Tammie with a BS in Biology and minors in Sociology and Chemistry.
Dominican Republic Mission Trip: June 2012
Nagaland Outreach Children’s Mission
PV Alexander Ministries