For a small church, FCC has a large number of local, international and short-term missionaries.
- Mark and Odie Goddard are church planters among tribal people in Paraguay.
- Anthony Goddard, (Mark and Odie’s son) is finishing an internship in West Virginia and hopes to begin fulltime ministry in Brazil next year.
- Stephanie Konrad is a fulltime missionary running a birthing clinic in Guatemala.
- Julia Murray returned from Guatemala in June after 9 months working at a group home for children with special needs.
- Stephen Wright is studying and doing outreach with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) in England for a year.
- Amy Thompson runs The Door ministry to young people in Alliston.
In upcoming newsletters, we will feature the lives and ministries of each missionary. This month we are sharing some personal concerns that you could remember in prayer:
- Ministering to families (there are a lot of teen suicides in their village) prevents Mark and Odie from having a lot of time to themselves. They are often happy for thunderstorms and internet failures because it gives them family time. Odie is recovering from pneumonia and needs rest.
- Anthony is raising support this year as he prepares for Brazil.
- Stephanie struggles with the Guatemalan health care system that is corrupt and compassionless. Each week at the clinic she faces women raising babies in poverty on the outskirts of a dump.
- Julia is very much connected to the children she lived with in Guatemala. It was upsetting to hear that one little girl passed away last week.
- Stephen is deaf and shared that he will be meeting many new people from all over the world in YWAM, and it is difficult for him to lipread and understand new accents.
- Amy ministers to young people who face huge struggles with relationships, addictions and pregnancy. It is hard to comprehend that young people from Alliston are being trafficked in Toronto.
Our missionaries are doing incredible work for God and some are seeking God’s direction for future ministry. We encourage you to follow them on their blogs or subscribe to their newsletters. All of them need our encouragement and prayer support. Stay tuned for “A Day in the Life of…” in future issues.