HOMEGROWN MISSIONARIES

HOMEGROWN MISSIONARIES

In this article, Diane Pflederer introduces us to homegrown missionaries that were sent out from FUMC. Our calling to be transformative beyond Peoria has taken form in these 3 that we support with our prayer and resources. Pictures or parts of names may be missing for security reasons.

By Diane Pflederer
FUMC’s homegrown missionaries Erin W. and her husband, Micaiah, are serving with the CRU organization in Western Asia with their four children. Their ministry focus will be university students. They are currently focusing on learning the language of their service area. They recently moved to a different part of town, and since that time, they have been meeting their new neighbors. Their ministry work has already seen several students placed in their trust.  Erin and Micaiah look forward to taking on more work in the future once they are further along in learning the local language.  Their prayer needs are for wisdom and direction in the midst of the pandemic, for God to bless their language learning, and for God to continue to work in university students’ lives.  
FUMC’s homegrown missionary Mark Krupa is serving in central and eastern Europe for Josiah Venture, a Christian outreach to youth covering fifteen countries.  For over twenty years, he has served as a full-time missionary in the Czech Republic.  Mark is temporarily living in Austria, but will return in May to the Czech Republic if the borders are reopened.  The focus of his ministry is directly serving young people through youth groups and camps.  He also trains youth leaders who work within churches. Mark began participating in mission trips as a youth in our church. In college, he volunteered in Young Life. He became acquainted with Josiah Venture when he was a student in Bradley’s study abroad program in Denmark. He received a Masters of Divinity at Moody Theological Seminary, with financial help from the John and Judy Stanley Scholarship Fund. He’s trained as a certified ICF Life Coach from Creative Results Management and coaches online with men in ministry.  He enjoys hiking, photography and video especially with his drone.

Over 80% of Czech youth are atheistic or agnostic.  Ten percent of the youth who are involved in Josiah Venture ministries are followers of Jesus. Often, the teen is the only member of the family who is a believer in Christ.  Mark uses technology with young people to help them grow in their faith.  Mark’s prayer requests are that hardened hearts may be softened so the light of Christ will shine through and that healthy churches will continue to be planted across Czech and Central and Eastern Europe. He asks for special prayers for those young people who’ve accepted Christ to remain strong and growing in their faith.
FUMC homegrown missionaries Mike and Amy are serving in Southeast Asia with an international Mission organization.  They have three sons, and a baby on the way. The focus of their ministry is training local believers to start reproducing house churches.  They’ve been involved in training dozens of local believers.  They are currently coaching about a dozen people to start doing outreach and church planting.  They’re engaged in leading Discover Bible studies with spiritual seekers.  Their prayer needs are for God’s anointing on them to be filled with the Spirit as they serve, and for a new openness to the Gospel in their region.  They also need prayer for the local church in their region that it might catch fire for God, and for the lost. Also, pray for the fruitfulness and effectiveness of the people they’re training.