Missions Updates- Last Updated April 2023
Viv & Jean Penfold
Missionaries Viv and Jean Penfold spent years in various endeavors including evangelism, discipling andchurch planting in India under their ministry banner, No Limits, and raising funds in cooperation with MissionaryVentures. They are currently involved in discipling and ministry in their home church in Stockport, Cheshire,UK, as well as churches in the US and Europe. www.nolimitsmissions.co.uk New Life Ministry Missionaries Viv and Jean Penfold started New Life Ministry and raised funds with Missionary Ventures forthree orphanages in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The Church of Tollhouse pays for the upkeep of one of them, the Tanuku Children’s Home. At the 3 homes there are 40 children altogether, who are housed, fed, clothed, educated, and taught that Jesus loves and is caring for them. More recently, the Penfolds oversaw the completion of the Isnapur Medical Center outside of Hyderabad, Pradesh. With Missionary Ventures, The Kingdom Discipleship Center was also started to train disciples in church planting and evangelism, especially in unreached tribal areas. Hundreds of new churches have been planted through the efforts of this center’sleaders.
Del & Arielle Griffith
The Griffiths are serving with Ethnos360 to help people connect to God and to each other in their neighborhood in West Africa.They arrived in West Africa in 2012. They have studied two national languages and connected with a local body of believers in the capital before starting their work amongst an unreached people group in a remote village.Presently, they are working at attaining a proficient language level in this ethnic group. Del recently acquired proficiency and Arielle is close to attaining it and with a good understanding of the culture they will turn their attention towards finishing the translation of the Holy Scriptures, literacy, and teaching the Scriptures with the goal of seeing a group of disciples formed that then go and form other groups of disciples.
Ethnos360 Acct #202091
TJ and Lily Shropshire
TJ and Lily Shropshire and their 3 daughters, Ava, Penny & Mae, are also serving with Ethnos360 and theGriffith family in the Jola Fogny region in Southern Senegal. They are currently building their house andlearning the Wolof dialect with goal of church planting, translating the Bible, and preaching the Gospel to thisunreached people group.
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Zach & Sara Prieb
Zach and Sara Prieb and their 3 children, Elizabeth (Ellie), Mikayla and Elijah, are serving with Ethnos360 inthe Asia Pacific area of Manado, Sulut. Indonesia. They have been learning the local language and culture anddoing ministry activities at the Indonesian Missionary Training Center for Tribal Missions, where nationals canget Bible and cross-cultural training for evangelism in their own country. Zach has started a Vocational SkillsProgram, teaching 12 various skills classes (electricity and installing circuits, solar power, electronics &computers, responsible farming techniques, as well as the 17 Old Testament Prophetic Books) while Sara is home-schooling their children, teaching about gardening, and updating the Health Curriculum as part of theHealth Team of women. Zach and Sara both teach a Discipleship Class.
Matt and Shelley Actis
Matt and Shelley Actis and their 4 daughters, Lindsay, Kennedy, Sophie, and Chloe, are serving with UnitedWorld Mission in Jinja, Uganda, where they are working in an impoverished rural village called Bugosere. Theirdaughters are now in school in Kenya and the US. Matt continues to teach Biblical studies with local pastors,and Shelley teaches young girls education classes at their New Life Skills Center. Both have been teachingGrowing Crops God’s Way to improve local farming techniques, and the Ugandan girls have also been learningto sew at the Sewing Center.
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Christ Sanctuary International (CSI)
Uganda Pastor Tucker and Irene Nsabuga have started the CSI Church and the CSI Junior and Elementary Schools in Kampala and 5 other elementary schools in surrounding areas. Over 684 students, many from Muslim families, are sponsored to be able to attend these Christian schools which are greatly needed, as government schools are too expensive and out of reach for most families. The CSI Medical Center has been opened with staff,equipment and an ambulance! The Luweero property and a tractor have been purchased, where crops are grown to feed the CSI and surrounding population. Containers filled with classroom and medical supplies have been received from the USA, and CSI has planted 9 churches. A new vocational school is starting soon to teach valuable life skills.
CSI-USA c/o Carol Woody 2371 S.E. Meadow Court, Gresham, OR 97080
Banah de Christo Ministries, Mexico
Robert and Alicia Lawrence had a vision to start the Escuela Superior de Teologia (the Advanced Institute ofTheology) in Sonora, Mexico. In 2017, the Mexican government gave them permission to offer the LIC in Biblical Theology. Their desire is to raise up a new generation of Mexican national graduates who will attend this totally self-sufficient institution—a work/study model which allows the poor to attend any school of ministry. Graduates would then become Christian conference speakers, apologists, professors, and authors with an understanding of the Scriptures in relation to the culture of Mexico. Currently students are learning constructionskills, as they work on the school building, as well as studying the Scriptures.
Deborah Naigaga and Child Evangelism International
Deborah Naigaga from Uganda has joined the Fresno staff of Child Evangelism Fellowship as a fieldmissionary, training and equipping the 394 volunteers in the CEF programs. One of these programs is the Good News Clubs where the Gospel is taught to children after school for 1 hour/week. There are now 88 clubsin 24 school districts in the south valley, ministering to 6,796 children in 2018-19. Other CEF programs include 5-day Summer Clubs and seasonal Party Clubs. The Church of Tollhouse supports the Good News Club at Foothill Elementary.
CEF office 559-226-5539
Pregnancy Care Center
The Pregnancy Care Center is a faith-based, life-affirming, independent, locally organized and funded non-profit organization that has been offering help and hope to women, families and babies in the Central Valley since 1984. They have impacted the lives of more than 110,000 individuals and helped 20,000 moms and dads keep their babies in 35 years. The new center is located at 1127 E. Olive Ave., Fresno, with a second office at Maple and Herndon Ave, and a mobile clinic offering pregnancy tests, ultra-sounds, compassionate counseling, education and resources to men and women, in addition to offering healing and restoration tothose hurt by abortion.
Client for appt. or info: 559-237-0683
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. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered over 100,000,000 shoebox gifts in over 160 nations. Each box includes a Gospel booklet in the child’s own language, and a follow-up discipleship course of 12 lessons is also offered.5 million children received Christ as Savior over the past 5 years. 600 boxes were sent from the local area lastyear.
Contact the Church office at 559-855-2106 to reach Coordinator Kathy Shrewsbury.