The Kingdom work of Chandler Bible Church is multiplied across the globe by these faithful workers sharing Jesus overseas. Being in a foreign culture is epic, yes, but it’s also exhausting and discouraging at times. Lift up these brothers and sisters in prayer. We’re all in this together!
Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Eastern Europe
Throughout the developing world, the Lord is raising up Christian laborers for His global harvest. Many of these workers are sent to difficult and gospel-deprived mission fields as evangelists and church planters. Brother Walt has the privilege of training these national believers to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission.
After seminary, Walt served as a pastor at a large US Church for eleven years. He was then sent to Southeast Asia as a church planter among an Unreached People Group. Walt completed his doctorate and now trains national workers at schools and missionary training centers in many countries in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
(For security reasons, Brother Walt’s full name and picture never appear on the Chandler Bible site.)
Jonathan and Susan Kopf
New Tribes Mission
Papua New Guinea
Jonathan and Susan have been living with the Hewa tribal people of central Papua New Guinea since 1999. First, they had to learn the Hewa culture and language, along with their team members, Keith & Angie Copley. Then, they started in Genesis and worked their way through the Bible with their Hewa friends. We praise God with the Kopfs that in late 2005, the Hewa church was born!
Since that time, Jonathan and Susan have continued to teach, disciple the believers, and translate the New Testament into the Hewa language. They also provide simple medical training, literacy education, and support for the Hewa believers as they themselves take the Kingdom to other Hewa villages. The Kopfs passion is to do everything possible to assist the new Hewa church toward reaching maturity in their faith in Jesus.
• Pray that the Lord would give wisdom and strength to the Kopfs as they press forward with New Testament translation and discipleship in the village.
• Pray that the Lord would develop deep faith in the hearts of the Hewa people so that they would be fully in love with Him.
• Pray for the Hewa young men who have a growing passion to share the Gospel message in other Hewa villages. Pray for wisdom, maturity, and deep faith.
Bernie and Mary Miller
Greater Europe Mission
Colorado Springs, CO
Bernie is a mission coach and church planting researcher and strategist. Mary serves in women’s ministry through their church. She mentors young mothers and supports women who are dealing with emotional trauma in their lives.
As a mission coach, Bernie works with individuals and churches exploring ministry possibilities in Europe. This involves helping people discern how God is working in their lives and suggesting next steps for them to take on their spiritual journeys toward the mission field.
Bernie works with GEM field leaders in northern Europe to develop and promote strategic discipling and church planting opportunities. He comes alongside American churches in forming partnerships with global churches and ministries. For individuals, he oversees the missionary applicant assessment and orientation process. He also does a variety of research on key cities helping field leaders discover potential spiritual inroads into communities and people groups.
They have served on the field in Latvia. Bernie currently works extensively with GEM’s ministries in the north and northeast of Europe.
• Spiritual breakthrough and revival in the cities of Cologne (Germany), Sofia (Bulgaria), Stockholm (Sweden), Lille (France), Dublin (Ireland), and London (England). We, as a mission, are focusing prayer, missionary resources, and new strategy efforts, believing God is on the verge of significant Kingdom progress in these cities.
• Pray for more laborers in the harvest fields of Europe. We desire God to raise up dozens of people with a passion for discipleship and the spiritual gifting to shepherd multiplying disciples.
• Wisdom and insight for Bernie as he coaches people interested in missions in Europe.
• We would more effectively demonstrate the love of God in visible and practical ways to our children, our neighbors, and others we have regular contact with.
Merle and Claudia Wiens
Claudia grew up in Hawaii with relatives who practiced the ancient Chinese religion of Taoism. God’s plan was the best and she was introduced to a Bible-believing church at a very young age. Claudia accepted Christ into her life with the help of a Sunday school teacher at the age of 9.
As a teenager growing up in a Christian home in Kansas, Merle had many questions about the Christian faith. A dedicated rancher patiently answered the tough questions and walked him through a personal relationship with Christ. At the age of 18, Merle gave his life to Christ.
Serving on a church missions committee, Claudia & Merle’s eyes were opened to the great spiritual needs of people in different countries. They began to pray and ask God to give them confirmation that he could use their gifts to serve in missions overseas. When the doors opened with ReachGlobal, the international arm of the EFCA, Merle & Claudia accepted his leading and have served in Africa since 1991.
Their first assignment was in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1991-1995) working in a literature ministry. For the next two terms (1996-2004), the work was in leadership and administration in Nairobi, Kenya at the Africa Area Office. The Africa Office was moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2005.
Currently, with his responsibilities as the Associate Africa Leader, Merle works very closely with our Africa Leader. Together, they oversee the ministries in several countries, mentor our ReachGlobal staff, promote growth and expansion for African ministries including church partnerships, and interface with our national church partners. Claudia has been involved with a youth ministry to unreached South Asian young people and their families with the gospel of Jesus through various outreach activities in private schools and personal contacts.
Merle and Claudia have been married since 1981. They have two grown children and recently added a son-in-law to their family. They count it a privilege to partner with many churches and individuals to spread the gospel on the African continent.
Jon & Jan MacKinney
“Be Ready” Seminars and www.revelationplainandsimple.org
Through Biblical teaching, personal stories and down-to-earth understanding, Pastor Jon leads audiences throughout Rwanda on a lively journey through the Book of Revelation.
Short Term Missions
Chandler Bible supports and encourages its members to participate in short-term missions trips. In the past, members have gone to Haiti, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, and Papua New Guinea.