Missions

A big part of our identity at Maywood EFC is wrapped up in our commitment to introduce people all over the globe to Jesus. Since the late 70s, a big part of our budget has been set aside to do just that.

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you’” (Matthew 28:18-20).

We delight in being part of all aspects of Jesus’ great commission.

Missions is changing as, more and more often, we encounter a global society. As the West becomes increasingly post-Christian, this “going” Jesus talks about can take many forms. It can mean learning the culture and language of those living right around us. It may mean sending out missionaries to places where there is no other possible way people there could learn about Jesus. It requires flexibility and change of methods, as the world and political climates are in constant flux.

Our Missions focus is increasingly centered on evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and training of national workers and pastors. We support seminary educators, missionaries who are church planters or who oversee church planters, and various local ministries. The goal is helping national leaders to develop self-sustaining, healthy churches where new believers can be taught what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

We believe that getting to know our missionaries helps us better support them in all ways, especially in prayer. Their lives inspire us with their dedication, innovative methods and risk-taking faith. That is why we recently started something we call “Lunch and Learn”, a periodic opportunity to hear an in-person report from one of our missionaries. These meetings will be casual and open to anyone who wants to attend following our second service.

 

Short-Term Missions Trips

Attenders of Maywood often go on short-term missions trips here in America and abroad. Short-term mission trips bless and transform the lives of all those involved by allowing them to see how God is at work. The Missions Committee specifically and strategically supports both adult and youth missions trips with financial help. Many of these short-term trips focus on helping and encouraging our missionaries that we support in Romania (with Camp Horizon) and Lynch, Kentucky (with Heritage Ministries), as well as other places around the world.

 

Get to know all of the missionaries our church supports and how you can pray for them.

(Some missionaries serve in areas hostile to the Gospel and have had their names abbreviated or changed to protect them.)

Africa

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    Zamani and Habiba Kafang

    Professor at a seminary in Nigeria

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    Bob and Stephanie Milligan

    Teach and mentor students at Rift Valley Academy

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    Jon and Nadia Matson

    Doctor in the Rift Valley and teacher at Rift Valley Academy

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    Julius and Agnes Muthengi

    Train pastors and church leaders in Kenya

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Asia

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    Larin and Pam Adams

    Bible translation and mentoring missionaries in Thailand with Wycliffe

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    BC

    Training church planters with the EFCA

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    Church leadership with the EFCA

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    Tim and Susan Driscoll

    Church planters in Japan

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    Church planters with the EFCA

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    JB

    Business missions

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    JM

    Church planters with the EFCA

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    JJ

    Church planters with the EFCA

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    Andrei and Natasha Kolmakov

    Church planter in Russia with Slavic Gospel Association

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    TL

    Training locals with the EFCA

 

Central and South America

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    Carlos and Meredith Block

    Evangelism with unreached people in Peru with the EFCA

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    Francisco and Joyce Lievano

    Train, mentor, write, and translate in Venezuela

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    Carlos and Carrie Morales

    Evangelism and outreach in Mexico City

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Europe

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    Mihai and Florica Balint

    Pastor and working with the Roma people in Romania

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    Cristi and Neolina Bunta

    Pastor and working with youth in Romania

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    Gary and Terri Camlin

    Church planters and trainers in Portugal with the EFCA

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    Al and Elizabeth Dyck

    Church planters in Spain

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    Camp Horizon

    Summer camp for unchurched youth in western Romania

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    Alex and Isabel Jaruchik

    Russian-language Bible teaching via radio

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    Todd and Jana Patterson

    Professor at a seminary and outreach in Slovakia with the EFCA

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    Pierre and Lisa VanVuuren

    Train pastors and workers in Slovakia, especially with the Roma

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United States

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    Tom and Dora Becker

    Anti-human trafficking ministry with the EFCA

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    Bruce and Marti Brumfield

    Northern Illinois AWANA coordinators

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    Child Evangelism Fellowship

    Evangelism to children in Northwest Illinois

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    Tom and Linda Clinton

    President of First Love International

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    Melanie Derr

    Evangelism training with Kids Around the World

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    Connor and Hannah Dimick

    Evangelism and discipleship to college students at Eastern Illinois University with Campus Outreach

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    Sharon Heldman

    Evangelism to those in nursing homes

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    Steve and Jill Horsman

    InterAct Ministries in Alaska

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    Andy and Barb Krause

    EFCA Reach Global coordinator

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    Lydia Academy

    Educates and helps at-risk youth in Rockford

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    Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford

    Provide care and spiritual support for familes

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    Evangelism and training to Muslims

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    Jordan and Kjelse Rittmeyer

    Outreach to college students in Utah

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    David and Giselle Russell

    President of SonSet Solutions technology ministry

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    Tim and Jen Sales

    InterVarsity minister at Rockford University and Rock Valley College

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    Tim and Julie Sigman

    Evangelism and discipleship of international students in Washington DC

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    Jeff and Linda Sim

    Outreach and care in Eastern Kentucky with Heritage Ministries

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    Stateline Youth for Christ

    Evangelism and teaching to children in Rockford area