Jesus encouraged his followers not to make converts, but disciples. Realizing a harvest of this kind requires commitment and devotion. We support a number of ongoing foreign mission efforts.
Planted by Stephan Bilak in 1991 after years of broadcasting the gospel through the Iron Curtain, a vibrant church in Ternopil, Ukraine is now helping with other church planting ministries in Ukraine. Various members of the Troy Church have traveled to Ternopil to help with Bible education, family camps and the annual VBS which attracts children from all over the city. Visit the Ternopil Church website for more information about the continuing impact that this church has in their community and in other parts of Ukraine.
We have been involved in the mission work of Marty and Diane Quigley in Guatemala since it began in 1981. Their efforts there are wide and varied. They are involved in distributing Bibles in the native languages in both written and audio format. In their contact with local people they have identified and met a number of benevolent needs, particularly widows, orphans and disabled people. Their main focus is education. Marty is teaching local part-time rural pastors who are sincere and dedicated, but have very limited reading skills and consequently little knowledge of the Bible. Diane is helping the local Christian school by serving on the board and assisting in teaching English. Their two children, Joe and Miriam, have both been involved in additional mission work.
Harold and Enid Fowler have been in Italy for forty years. One of their main objectives is building up the local churches, particularly the one in their hometown of Matelica. A major objective is translating Bible resource materials into the Italian language and distributing them among the church leaders. These materials, which are so readily accessible to us, are not available in the Italian bookstores. The Fowlers are also actively working to promote unity and cooperation among churches in both the instrumental and a capella fellowships of the Churches of Christ.