Our Missionaries

Missions at Granny White

Below are the missionaries and their ministries we support here at the Granny White church of Christ.  We ask that you look over the list, pray for them, and if you know someone who lives in the areas served let them know about our mission efforts.  We would love to put you in contact with them!

Adam and Melanie Barr | Cumbernauld, Scotland


 

The Barrs’ work with the Graham McDonalds in a challenging, working-class area out from Glasgow: Cumbernauld. The congregation is extremely active and has a vibrant youth group meeting during the week that brings in parents to the worship services. Summer camps and area-wide meetings perpetuate great communication.


A new program, Applied Preacher Training , was begun in late 2013. In 2017, after years of searching and waiting for God to reveal His plan, an undeveloped tract of land was purchased by the church for the eventual new home of the congregation. Adam and Graham have raised funds to pay for this land purchase and are now in the planning phase to build and fund a new facility for worship and service outreach to the community.

www.cumbernauldchurchofchrist.uk

Our Missionaries Scott Tominey | Cumbernauld, Scotland

Scott Tominey is the first student in the newly-formed Applied Preacher Training program began in fall of 2013 at the Cumbernauld Church of Christ in Scotland. Scott has a university degree in history and politics from Glasgow Caledonian University and declined positions in graduate schools in order to begin this two-year program to study to become a gospel preacher which he completed during 2015.  The first service for the new Perth congregation, which Scott is to spearhead, was conducted by him and a group from Cumbernauld on November 16, 2014.  Worship and Perth Youth Club continue regularly in rented space in that city. Scott continues to work with the Barrs and McDonalds in Cumbernauld to preach and to work with the youth. We were fortunate to have him visit us in September, 2014. www.facebook.com/scott.tominey

Keep up at www.facebook.com/scott.tominey  &  www.perthchurchofchrist.co.uk

Brad and Ronya Johnson | Brisbane, Australia

Brad and Ronya Johnson, along with their son Orian, have been working in the Brisbane area since 2001.  

They minister in Australia in these ways:

1) A roving support and preaching ministry to three different churches of Christ in and around the Brisbane, Queensland region.

2) Indigenous ministries involving community support, scheduled Christian events, preaching and teaching in outback Queensland and northern New South Wales.

3) West End Church of Christ street ministry involving the organization and facilitation of congregational life, weekly bible studies and material aid to the underprivileged and homeless people in the western inner city suburb of Brisbane.

Read more at http://ozgraceandpeace.wordpress.comwww.clevelandchurch.org

The Bellevue congregation is their sponsoring church.

Alexander and Eleni Melirrytos | Athens, Greece

 

The Jerusalemesque Omonia congregation, dating back into the 60’s, owns one floor in an office building in the heart of downtown Athens, a melting pot city drawing myriads of Eastern cultures into this gateway city that interfaces easily with the West. About 85 meet in three groups according to language of the service: Greek, Bulgarian and English. The Russian congregation meets with Greeks and electronic translation booths provide communication as needed. Around 7 languages are spoken in the diverse but exceedingly close group that experience intense weekly Bible study, joyous table fellowship weekly and regular family retreats at Cenchrea, ancient Corinth, and a ladies’ event Philadelphia.  Currently Omonia members are spending 3-4 days per week working with refugees, largely Muslims from Syria, Afhanistan and Iraq, who come to their building for services ranging from food and clothing to assistance with medical and immigration interviews and such.

www.facebook.com/eleni.melirrytou

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Daniel and Julie: Southeast Asia

 

Partnering with Pioneer Bible Translators, Daniel and Julie moved to a country in Southeast Asia to learn one of the predominant languages and plan to participate in translating the Bible or study materials into a language from one of the local language groups. They moved there with their infant daughter Mae in February of 2013 and later had a son Teddy; a third child will be born in early 2016. Having celebrated their second anniversary in the country, they have adapted to the customs, are working as secular teachers and are learning the national language where they live. In 2016 Daniel hope to complete an M.Div. from Oklahoma Christian. Both Daniel and Julie will complete their M.A.'s in Linguistics through the University of North Dakota in conjunction with their work with Pioneer Bible Translators. Following a hiatus in the U.S., they returned to southeast Asia at the end of 2016 to begin the translation phase of their work.

Follow their story at www.bringinghiswordtolife.org

Nashville Inner City Ministry

Granny White has been a big supporter of NICM since its inception over 30 years ago. NICM ministers to children and families deep in our cities housing projects with weekly Bible classes where children are bused to our building and other churches for Monday or Tuesday night classes, the Inner-City church of Christ, after-school services of mentoring and tutoring, summer camps, Conquerors Teen program, thrift shops, life-skill classes, and counselors who work when the projects come alive at night. For the first time since its inception, the ministry now has a home at 1000 Apex Street in the 37206 zip code of East Nashville. This site will house all the ministries, including the 20+ buses. Opportunities for you to help with this work are available. Much of the remodeling of the factory-use structure is finished with facilities complete for worship of the Inner City Church of Christ, the bus repair shop and a playground; other needs are a commercial kitchen and more classrooms.  On Monday nights the Edgehill children come to our building for classes, as has been the case for around 30 years.  Somer and Aaron Morrison head up this Bible program—a great opportunity for you to participate in teaching and forming relationships!

Learn more at www.innercityministry.org.

Nuevo 89 | Ensenada, Mexico

Following a visionary plan by Mike Cochrane, Granny White church is partnering with Baja Missions to plant a new church in Ensenada from the parent Colonia 89 congregation. This work- in-progress was made possible from monies supplied by Granny White to purchase a tract of land in 2013 on which a group is building a home for the minister's family. The construction began in February, 2015, in partnership with the Bentonville and Pleasant Ridge congregations.  The church will meet in the house at the onset. As the church grows, a meeting place and classrooms will be built adjacent to the minister’s house on the property. This exciting new work represents a ground-level opportunity for our church to partner in this Spanish-speaking work. This new work is an outgrowth of our annual youth trip in May to work with City of Children and the church in Ensenada, Mexico. See more about the Baja Missions overall project at  http://www.bajamissions.us

Byron and Sandra Cana | Suba, Bogota, Columbia

 

The Cana family work with a team from Great Cities Missions composed of five family units, all of whom moved to the Suba region of the great city of Bogota, Columbia (8.5 million people), as an outgrowth of the original Calle 13 church. The team is actively planting an organized, Biblical church of about 300 that hopes to be self-supporting seven years after its inception. The Cana family, composed of Byron and Sandra, graduates of Baxter Institute, and boys Diago and Derek, are originally from Guatemala where they grew up in the church. Sandra supervises the women’s ministry. They arrived in September, 2012, to begin their work and celebrated their third anniversary as a church this past October. The Canas have learned English to keep in touch with us!

Keep up at www.greatcities.org.

Ron and Georgia Freitas | Continent of Great Cities

Ron and Georgia Freitas serve at Continent of Great Cities missions ministry. Ron is the Associate Director, and Georgia serves as the Director of Missionary and Women and Children Development. Ron and Georgia also nurture the team members through regular visits and retreats. Great Cities’ Mission is sharing Jesus with the Latin world! To achieve that mission, carefully trained teams are trained for six months and then sent to plant churches in the huge metropolises of North, Central, and South America. Great Cities is committed to assisting teams in whatever is necessary until the goal of establishing a 300-500 member church, meeting in its own building on a main avenue of the targeted city has been reached. Congregations are to also be led by national elders, deacons, evangelists and ministry leaders and should be able to fully support at least two full-time ministers upon completion of the mission.

www.greatcities.org

African Christian Schools, Nigeria

Emmanuel Adeoye, Samuel Moses and Danjuma Kaika Ogbere

Willie Cato, father of three of our Granny White members and first husband of Maxine Hunter, and several forward-thinking church leaders started this foundation in the early 60’s that led to the establishment of Nigerian Christian Bible College in the east of Nigeria and West Nigeria Christian College in the West where literally hundreds of preachers have been trained over the years. There are more Christians in Nigeria than in the U.S. now thanks in part to this amazing organization. See www.africanchristianschools.org . Emmanuel, Samuel and Danjuma are Bible teachers at WCBC where Biodun Owolabi is the chief administrator. Preachers are educated here and return home to reach thousands that worship every Sunday according to the New Testament. In 2015 a new computer classroom was established which allows students to have access to a large amount of Biblical material, including the possibility for Bible teachers to get graduate work online.

www.facebook.com/AfricanChristianSchools

 

Eastern European Missions

EEM is famous recently for distributing hundreds of thousands of Bibles in the school systems in Russian and Ukraine, including youth camps advertised through “Million Dollar Sunday.” www.eem.org. Since 1961, EEM has been providing Bibles and Biblical literature in the languages of the nations of Eastern Europe. For many years, until God brought communism down, EEM had to find ways to smuggle Bibles through the Iron Curtain. Today, EEM supplies Bibles and Biblical literature in 20 languages, free of charge, to the people in the nations of the former communist bloc. Whether it is to one person who asks for a Bible or all of the public schools in an entire state, EEM provides God’s Word to people who want it.

Lewis and Tammy Short, Maasailand, Tanzania

 

The Lewis Short family left in September, 2014, for a 7-10 year mission to the Maasai region of Tanzania.  After working on the Swahili language for several months this Fall, they moved to Monduli to teach the Bible in conjunction with the Tanzania Christian Clinic which already has a presence in the area since 2009, along with three small congregations of the church. Lewis and Tammy, who grew up in missionary families in Taiwan and South Africa, bring their considerable experience in the mission field which includes 13 years in Italy.  Lewis has a M.Div. degree from Harding School of Theology and speaks/reads Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese and Biblical Greek and Hebrew in addition to new proficiencies. Tammy is a nurse, and plans to help the clinic with community health teaching in conjunction with Lewis' evangelistic work.

Follow them at: www.facebook.com/ShortFamilyTZ

Edward and Salina Ho, World Christian Broadcasting

A unique Chinese ministry extends  from Nashville to all parts of the globe through the Ho’s work. The Natchez Trace church provides a building in which the Middle Tennessee Chinese Church of Christ has formed near Vanderbilt and meets on Friday nights and Sundays for regular services. Around 50-70 participate. There are four elders and a full program. The Hos also works for World Christian Broadcasting as Chinese correspondents, and the organization looks to open the big transmitting station in Madagascar just after the beginning of 2016 as all permissions are now in place. Together with the station in Alaska, virtually every nation in our world will have access to short wave radio programming in a wide variety of languages. See www.worldchristian.org and www.smzg.org/home.

Jesus and Carmen Rodriguez, Arlington, TX


Jesus and Carmen are a part of a new two-team plant in this Texas town that is 27% Hispanic, and they are working with Great Cities Missions to establish this new congregation. Their son Emil is attending universities, and their son Gabriel and wife Jonelle married in March, 2015, and now work with the youth and worship ministries at Arlington. Natives of Puerto Rico, the Rodriguezes previously spent several years establishing the Hispanic Mesa church in Arizona in 1998, where Jesus served as primary evangelist and later as an elder. The opening ceremony for the Arlington congregation held September 30,2012, was attended by 245 interested people; see more at Arlington Iglesia de Cristo on Facebook. They congenially share a building with an older congregation whose ministry is smaller.

Daniel and Suisun: Myanmar

Our newest work to facilitate the Tachileik, Myanmar, congregation, is the result of the persistent efforts of Daniel Kappa since 2012. For most of his life he has been passionate about serving God and following after His Word. Knowledgeable in the teachings of the Bible, he made contact with believers and was soon convicted in the importance of using the Bible as a guide and authority. The church in the North East region of Myanmar is growing rapidly as Daniel and his wife were themselves baptized, and now he continues to teach, baptize and establish new congregations in outlying areas, as well as to add to the number of those worshiping in Tachileik. Because of the many dialects within the country of Myanmar, Daniel has begun work on a preaching school. This preaching school has a variety of dialects represented and the Word is reaching areas that were impossible to reach before its establishment. The first group of 12 students has begun their first year of a two year study. The congregation in Tachileik has a building which is paid for, which the members constructed. Daniel and his family live downstairs and the church meets upstairs. The political structure within Myanmar is challenging at times, but Daniel is well in tune with the environment and the church is thriving in spite of various limitations. This work is literally reaching people who have never heard the Word of God. Daniel is married to Suisui and has two children, David and Gabriel. 

Mission committee members Bill and Elizabeth Marquette are largely responsible for identifying and supporting this work from the beginning.