Missions

We seek to facilitate a loving, vibrant ministry of sharing God's blessings with the nations -- one that abundantly sustains present international partnerships and lavishes love on cross-cultural workers through prayer, monetary support, relationship building, and provision for other spiritual, physical, and emotional needs; develops avenues to serve our foothill communities; seeks new ways to extend God's love as our Father leads; and effectively coordinates with other churches and organizations to accomplish these assignments.


OUR MISSIONARIES

VIV PENFOLD -
VivViv and his wife Jean are involved in discipling and ministry in their home church in Stockport, Cheshire, UK, as well as in churches in the U.S. and Europe.  As part of Missionary Ventures for over 15 years, Viv and Jean now serve in Ministry and Field Development in Europe and India in various missionary endeavors, including evangelism, discipling and church planting, under their ministry banner, “No Limits”. (3,Kipling Close, Offerton, Stockport SK25HS, Cheshire, UK; Email: viv.penfold@googlemail.com


ZACH AND SARA PRIEB -
Priebs Zach and Sara Prieb and their 2 young daughters, Ellie (4 yrs.) and Mikayla (2 yrs.), are currently learning the language and culture of Asia Pacific with New Tribes Mission.  Having reached a high enough language proficiency level, the Priebs were moved to the town of Manado on the island of Sulut to continue their studies and begin ministry activities at the Indonesian Missionary Training Center for Tribal Missions.  Here, they study with Nationals and tribal people who will continue evangelizing in their home towns.  Zach has been asked to start a skills program, which would allow Zach and Sara to be directly involved with helping tribal  works, eventually opening doors to new works through a “community development” program. Our church contributes $100 per month to their support. You can stay connected with the Priebs through their blog at: http://blogs.ntm.org/zachary_prieb

(PO Box 315, Friant, CA  93626; Email: zprieb@gmail.com or scprieb@gmail.com). 

MATT AND SHELLEY ACTIS -
Actis FamilyMatt and Shelley Actis and their 4 daughters, Lindsay, Kennedy, Chloe and Sophie, have been living for 3 years in Armenia, about 180 mi. from Bogota in what’s called the “coffee axis” of Colombia.  This family is church-planting with United World Mission, making disciples of their group of  believers, taking them deeper in the Word of God and their relationship with Jesus Christ.  They have also started the Hands of Hope Foundation, a micro-enterprise project, as a practical way to serve the community.  One of their current needs is a larger building for teaching the many children who are eager to learn about Jesus and the lessons of the Bible. Our church contributes $100 per month to their support in addition to the amount contributed by some individual supporters.  You can stay connected with the Actis Family through their blog at: http://actisfamily.blogspot.com/

(Mateo Actis, Condominio Quintas del Bosque, casa 18, Armenia Quindio, Colombia; Email:mattactis@gmail.com).       

DELWYN AND ARIELLE GRIFFITH -
Matt Del and Ari Griffith and their 2 young boys, Ezra (3 yrs.) and Silas (2 yrs.), are currently serving with New Tribes Mission in Senegal, West Africa.  Living in Dakar, they are learning French, the official language of Senegal, and the native African customs and culture of this country.  After 1 ½ years in Senegal, the Griffiths are exploring options for their future ministry in Africa.  Arielle has passed the required level of French and may soon be working with linguistics and the writing of a tribal language.   Delwyn would like to teach the Word of God to the tribal people, eventually planting a church where evangelism would continue. Our church contributes $100 per month to their support. You can stay connected with the Del and Arielle through their blog at: http://blogs.ntm.org/delwyn-griffith/2013/.  
(Email:delgrif@hotmail.com).

THE NEW LIFE MINISTRY ORPHANAGE -
The orphanage is overseen by Pastor Enoch, who originally took the children into his own home; however a building is currently under construction to house the orphans and caretakers. Our people have pledged $640 per month for the support of 16 orphans, but the number of children has now increased.

THE NEW LIFE MINISTRY TRAINING CENTER -
The training center develops local couples who then do evangelism and church planting in unreached tribal areas of the state of Andra Pradesh in India. People in our church have pledged $480 per month to support the recent graduates of the training center as they begin their ministries.

THE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER -
The Pregnancy Care Center provides counseling services for women with unwanted pregnancies in an effort to help them choose life for their unborn child. Hundreds of women respond positively and many become Christians in the process. Our church contributes $100 per month.

(169 N. Clark St.; Fresno, CA  93701; Email: pccfresno@sbcglobal.net)

 
DEBORAH NAIGAGA AND CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP- 
Deborah Naigaga, from Uganda, has joined the staff in Fresno of Child Evangelism Fellowship as a field missionary, training, equipping, and supervising the 394 volunteers in the CEF programs. One of the CEF programs is the Good News Clubs where the Gospel is taught to children in school libraries and classrooms after school hours one day a week. There is a Good News Club in 88 schools in 24 school districts in the South Valley, ministering to 6,796 children in 2015-6. Deborah not only serves in Good News Clubs and trains volunteers, but she also is involved in 5-Day Summer Clubs and seasonal Party Clubs for the children. The Church of Tollhouse supports the Good News Club at Foothill Elementary. (CEF office 559-226-5539 or email: deborahngg@gmail.com)

TJ and Lily Shropshire-
TJ and Lily Shropshire, and their two daughters, Ava and Penny, are also serving in Dakar, Senegal, with New Tribes Mission.  They are currently completing their first two years of French language and West African cultural study.  After this, they hope to join the Griffith family in southern Senegal, church planting and translating the Bible for an unreached people group in this region.   (886-547-2460   www.tjandlily.com

Christ Sanctuary International (CSI) Uganda-
The work on the new CSI Junior School building has been completed, and school is in progress for over 150 students, many from Muslim families.  Four other schools have been started in surrounding areas, so there is a need for desks, tables and chairs.  The new CSI Medical Center has been opened, with staff, furnishings and an ambulance!  A tractor for the Luweero property has been purchased, and a container filled with supplies for CSI is awaiting shipment in Oregon.  Nine churches have been planted by CSI.  (CSI  USA  c/o Carol Woody 2371 S.E. Meadow Court, Gresham, OR 97080  503-665-2905  carolswoody@gmail.com

Robert and Alicia Lawrence-
Robert and Alicia Lawrence, Banah de Cristo Ministries, had a vision to start the Escuela Superior de Teologia, an “Advanced Institute of Theology” in Sonora, Mexico.  Their desire is to raise up a new generation of Mexican National graduates who are able to attend this totally self-sufficient institution—a model which allows the poor in a 3rd word country to attend any school of ministry.  Graduates would then become Christian conference speakers, apologists, professors, scholars and authors with a profound understanding of the Scriptures in relation to the culture of Mexico.  Currently, students are learning construction skills as they work on the school building, as well as studying the Scriptures. (USA 623-239-6530, www.banahdecristo.com

Operation Christmas Child-
Each year families and individuals at the Church of Tollhouse fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to bring Christmas joy to children overseas who have little or nothing of their own.  In 2015-6, Samaritan’s Purse will deliver boxes with the Gospel enclosed to over 11 million boys and girls in 109 countries.  More than 7.4 million children worldwide have enrolled in the follow-up course, The Greatest Journey, and 3.3 million have accepted Christ as their Savior.  425 boxes were sent from 5 churches in our local area.