"All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies" (Psalm 25:10).
Covenant Church (PCA) - Houston, TX
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Transforming Hearts, Conforming to Christ

Missionaries

Covenant is involved in the global ministry of the Word of God by actively supporting missionaries financially and through prayer.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

--- Matthew 28:18-20

 

Glenn & Frances Camenisch  

 Portugal

Glenn and Frances have served with MTW in Lisbon since 1979.  They are from Kentucky and Tennessee respectively, but were raised in Brazil where their parents were missionaries.  In Brazil, the Lord brought them to faith in Jesus.  Although they grew up together, they re-met after college, "fell in love," and married in 1973.  While attending King College, Glenn felt called to ministry.  He received his B.A. in Psychology in 1972, then continued training at Reformed Theological Seminary.  Frances graduated from Belhaven College with a Bible major.  Upon graduation from seminary in 1976, the Camenisches served the Collinsville Presbyterian Chapel of First Church in Gadsden, AL.  But having felt called to missions during seminary, they began preprations to go with MTW's Brazil team to Rio.  However, the Lord closed that door and led them to Europe.  In Portugal a small Presbyterian denomination founded on the inerrancy of Scripture has been established.  The Camenisches work with this church through preaching, teaching, music, evangelism, and counseling.  They have three children: Joel (4/20/75), Andrew (10/25/76), and Sara (2/06/81).

Brenda Carter

 

Taiwan

Brenda has been serving in Taiwan since 1986 with MTW.  The first two years in Taiwan she taught English at Christ's College.  In 1989, she started studying the Mandarin language and taught English classes to help a missionary who was starting a church, the San Yi Gospel Center.  After her last co-worker left in 1997, Brenda stayed in San Yi, praying for a Hakka pastor to come.  In 2000, a young church member from San Yi, "Joshua" Tsai, started seminary training.  His heart is for his town and plans to stay on in San Yi after his training.  The San Yi Gospel Center joined the Taiwan Hakka Association of Churches in 1993.  The Hakka Association is a non-denominational group of churches with the vision of planting churches among the Hakka Chinese of Taiwan.  Three to five percent of Taiwan's overall population are professing Christians.  But among the Hakkas this percentage is only 0.3.  Over the years, the Hakkas have been considered resistant to the gospel, but when the facts are studied, they have been a neglected group.  Brenda hopes you will join in the work of giving the Hakka Chinese an opportunity to hear the gospel.  Brenda is a member of Covenant Church. 

Ian Coulter

 

Houston

Ian Coulter is a director of the PCA Church Without Walls (CWW) ministry in Texas and President of the Biblical Institute for Islamic Studies of Greater Houston (BIIS-GH). His 15,000 mile journey across Islamic Asia in 1974 led to empathy for the Islamic peoples, followed by a diploma from All Nations Christian College in England in theological and cross-cultural studies and a BA degree in Islamic studies from the American University of Biblical Studies. He has been active in organizing Meetings for Better Understanding between Muslim and Christian communities in Texas since 1990 and also in educating and equipping Christians for ministry to Muslims.

Sam & Lois Mateer

 

Chile

Sam, a native of Park Ridge, Illinois, graduated from Northwestern University where he met Lois at a missions prayer group.  He has degrees from Fuller, Princeton, and Westminster Seminaries. Sam was ordained in 1966 and has pastored Presbyterian churches in Birmingham, Alabama and Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.  Lois, the daughter of a minister, grew up in Michigan.  She has degrees from Azusz Pacific University.  Her ministry includes music, Bible studies, and discipling women.  The Mateers began their missions career in Quito, Ecuador in 1981 where Sam served as a team leader as well as participating in the founding of three churches.  In 1988 Sam was appointed team leader of the Santiago Oriente church-planting team in Santiago, Chile.  They participated there in the founding of two churches, Cristo Rey and San Marcos, and are now working on a third, Corpus Christi.  The Mateers have four grown children.  Kathy, married to Greg Zeigler and the mother of one child; Stephen, married to Lori O'Donnell, and the parent of two boys; and Vonnie and Dawn, working and living in Denver and Santiago, respectively.

John & Cathy Rug

 

Chile 

Both John and Cathy received the Lord Jesus Christ at age 18.  They met at Geneva College in Western Pennsylvania and were married.  As time passed, they became interested in the spread of the gospel in other lands through various missionaries' visits to their local church.  In 1984, the Rugs were appointed to Chile by MTW and have been involved in church planting since 1986.  Currently they are working with the Viña del Mar church-planting effort in Reñaca and applying the gospel to Chile's "disposable" peoples, including the blind and children who have been abandoned.  In order to facilitate a church-planting movement to this largely overlooked group of people, the Rugs minister to them, their relatives, and friends.  This is done through the work of a resource center for the disabled, in cooperation with the church-planting effort in Viña del Mar, enabling the church to become more effective in crossing special needs barriers with the gospel.  Cathy also teaches quilting to women.  Some have come to know the Lord as a result, and others are now open to the message of truth.  The Rugs have four children: Ana Beth (5/29/82), Elena Lois (9/5/84), Benjamin Gray (1/31/87), and Juanita Ayrin (4/22/92).

 

 

 Kaz & Katie Yeagashi

 

Japan

Kazuhiko (Kaz) Yaegashi was born and educated in Japan, studied at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, is a minister in the PCA, and wears many hats.  He has served in Japan since 1977, where less than 2% of the population are Christians of any denomination.  Kaz serves as an evangelist/pastor at the Yamagata Chapel (Orthodox Presbyterian), teaches at a high school and an extension seminary, and works as a wedding counselor!  Kaz is married to Katie and they have five children.  In a recent prayer letter, the Yaegashis write: "The most encouraging thing about serving in Japan is that we have opportunities daily to share the message of God’s love in Jesus Christ.  There are no restrictions on, or persecution of, the church of Christ here.  We could hold meetings from dawn to dusk all week long if we had the stamina.  As it is, we have classes of one sort or another every single day. The most discouraging thing is that so few people who hear the message of Christ believe it."

 

 

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