The Parsons congregation has had the blessing of supporting the church in Bonaire since 2005. We are especially thankful for Martin Klamm and his family who returned to the United States in 2014. Martin played a tremendous role in securing land, constructing a church building, and spreading the gospel of Christ on this Caribbean island. Martin’s influence on the people of Bonaire will be felt for years to come, and we are truly thankful for the sacrifices that Martin and his family made for the Lord’s church in this region of the world.
Jonathan Servanie began his work in Bonaire in June of 2014. Jonathan is from the neighboring island of Aruba, which is a blessing because he can speak all four of the languages commonly spoken in Bonaire. Jonathan is also a graduate of the Trinidad School of Preaching and Teaching. His education, knowledge of the languages and culture, and his cheerful personality are all great assets in his service to the Lord and His church. Jonathan is blessed to be working with Ben and Viviana Henricus and family who also moved from Aruba. Ben and Viviana work in secular jobs and help the church in their time off. The church in Bonaire is blessed to have these brethren working with them.
We are excited about the future of the church in Bonaire, and we feel privileged to be the overseeing congregation for this work.
Jesus commanded his disciples to preach the gospel, and He exhorted them by stating that the fields were white for harvest. Following His teaching and the example of the first-century church, we support missionaries around the world. We invite you to learn more about these works and the wonderful men and women who sacrifice daily to share the gospel of Christ.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
Hawatthia Jones and Byron Benitez
The Parsons' congregation enjoys a very special relationship with these two servants of Christ in Linda Vista, Guatemala. This work is under the oversight of the Kingsley Terrace church of Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana. How did we find this work to support? Hawatthia is from neighboring Lexington, Tennessee and grew up at the Broad Street congregation. Byron is a native of Guatemala and was raised in Inglewood, California. Byron became a Christian in 1989 after studying with “Hi” at the March Air Force Base. Both young men decided that they would work together to spread God’s word and in March of 2000 they began their work in Guatemala. We have been a part of this work since its inception and continue to support them in their efforts. They both also serve as instructors at ITL (a preaching school in Guatemala).
Paul and Hettie Gerber
The church at Parsons has had the pleasure of working with Paul for several years on the mission field in South Africa. Paul was born in South Africa and was baptized in 1968. He began working in the ministry in Namibia before attending Freed-Hardeman University from 1978-83. During his time at Freed Hardeman, the Parsons' congregation became associated with Paul while he was ministering at the Central congregation in Decaturville. Upon graduation in 1984, Paul returned to South Africa to plant the church in new locations and it was at this time that the Parsons' congregation began to support his work. Currently, there are ten (10) towns that have congregations as a result of Paul’s efforts. We have continued our support of Paul, and within the last three years, a school of preaching has been established there.
Glen and Trevor Tattersall
We have had the opportunity to work with Glen Tattersall for the last 10 years in the work in Launceston, Tasmania. We appreciate the difficulty of this work, but also understand the need as there are only around 2000 Christians in a country of 22 million souls. Glen and his son Trevor work with the Balfour Street Church of Christ in Launceston and Glen also serves as a faculty member at the Tasmania Bible School and also is the webmaster of the web site www.churchofchrist.com.au. We were saddened by the loss of Glen’s wife and missionary partner Quin after her courageous battle with cancer.
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Jason and Devan Pierce
Jason and Devan Pierce have made the decision to move to Suva, Fiji, where Jason will serve as the Academic Dean and a full-time instructor for the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Oceania. This will be a new extension program of the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The program is a two-year, full-time program that consists of forty-eight (48) courses with a minimum of thirty (30) hours per course. During the program, students will study all sixty-six (66) books of the Bible, as well as taking classes in Bible backgrounds and history, Biblical languages, and Bible doctrines. Additionally, students will be involved in a minimum of six (6) one-week evangelistic campaigns during their two (2) years of study. The goal of the program is to not only train teachers and preachers in local congregations, but also to teach native Pacific Islands Christians how to plant new congregations of the Lord’s church throughout the South Pacific. Jason’s primary responsibilities will involve teaching courses in the school. He will also be responsible for overseeing the academic affairs of the school and recruiting short course teachers for the program. Devan will be involved in teaching specialized ladies classes for the wives of the students. In addition to their work with the school, Jason and Devan plan on being involved in helping to build up the local churches in Fiji and personal evangelism. Jason and Devan will be working with Jason’s parents, Rocco and Debbie Pierce. Rocco will serve as the Director of the school and as the other full-time instructor in the program.