Sophea SemPastor Sophea Sem is a Cambodian national, who accepted the Lord in 1997 and entered the ministry part-time in 1999 as a youth pastor and small group leader. He later came on staff at the church full-time, working with the youth, with outreach to English students, discipleship groups among the students, and leading small group Bible studies. In 2001 he was serving as an assistant pastor in New Life Fellowship, with Chuck McCaul.
Jenny Ringer came to Cambodia, originally, in 1997, as a missionary intern with the McCaul family. She lived and worked with the McCauls for one year, from 1997 to 1998, and then returned to Portland, OR, where she finished a Bachelors of Theology at Portland Bible College. Upon graduation in 1999, she returned again to Cambodia, to work with the growing church there.
New Life Fellowship, Phnom Penh Thmey
Sophea was married to Jenny in 2003. A few months later, they both felt the Lord leading them to step out and pastor a church plant that was struggling. The church is located in an area just outside the city limits, called New Phnom Penh, or Phnom Penh Thmey (in the Cambodian language). They began working with the church plant at the end of 2003 and reopened the church in 2004, with the support of House of Praise International church. Pastor Gilbert Silva and Pastor Bob Kistemaker visited Cambodia in 2003 and it was a divine appointment from the Lord! In partnership with House of Praise, the church has grown in the last 6 years and now numbers about 200 people in our weekly worship service, with around 250 members meeting in 30 small groups in homes around the community every week.
The Sem Tribe
Sophea and Jenny Sem are joined by:
An adopted daughter, Elise, age 10,
A son, Joseph, age 6
A daughter, Abby, age 4
A daughter, Zanna, age 2
A Son, Elijah, born May 3, 2010
For more information, please see our web site: www.cambodiaoutreach.org.
Joseph DennisonRev. Joseph Dennison is the founder and president of Berachah Ministries and Missions in India. It is a Christian ministry, committed to proclaim the love of Christ, obeying His great Commission (Matt 28:18-20). He has been serving the Lord since 1977, first with Campus Crusade for Christ in different parts of India till 1996 and then leading his own independent ministry. He has a degree in B.Sc. and M.A. in English literature and M.Div. in Theology. His wife also serves the Lord with him. He has two children, the elder one Judy who has a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering and also studied in Christ For the Nations, Dallas for 3 years. She had her internship completed in House of Praise International Church in May 2010. His son, Hagin pursues his studies in a degree program.
Their ministries concentrate atleast in five areas.
Work among the professionals in the marketplace. It includes personal evangelism, follow-up and discipleship in small groups.
Church planting ministry. Establishing churches in villages and among the tribals.
Conducting seminars and conferences.
Berachah Bible College and Training Center.
Doing social and welfare work among widows, sick and old people.
For further information, please visit our website: www.bmmission.org
Ruth RuibalJulio and Ruth Ruibal started Ekklesía Colombian Christian Center in Cali, Colombia, 1978 – a local church with ministries in education, health and communication. After Julio’s martyrdom in December 1995, Ruth and their two daughters, Abby and Sarah, stayed on – Ruth as senior pastor in Ekklesía. Due to continued threats against the lives and families of the leadership, over the next five year period the elders and leaders left for other countries. At the same time, threatened congregational members left, but the Lord sent new people, some who visited out of curiosity. They found the Lord, were discipled, and several are now being trained for leadership. The vision is to raise leaders who will not only take their place in the local church, but be used to help establish and strengthen other churches. Ruth continues to be a vital part of the city-church leadership and an instrument to bring unity to the pastors in Cali. However, the message and ministry of unity that the Lord has given her has gone beyond their borders to over 30 countries in all six inhabited continents. Her travels make it all more imperative for strong leadership to be raised in the local church.
Abby, married in March 2008, continues her studies towards a masters’ degree in Child and Family Therapy at Liberty University. She and her husband, Shane Holcomb, have a call to full-time ministry and counseling. Sarah, to be married in October 2008 to Nathan Bashaw, is active in Ekklesía and the church’s grade school where she teaches choreography and disciples teens. She frequently accompanies Ruth in international ministry.
For more information about this ministry or to view our monthly newsletters, visit our website: www.ruibalministries.wordpress.com
Ken and Diana KaasikKenneth and Diana were born again in the late 1970’s and met in the largest Assemblies of God Bible college in Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from this four-year Bible school, they were married and immediately left to go to Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1980’s. After graduating Rhema, they were actively involved many years in various ministries in the local church. Kenneth has been licensed and ordained with Rhema Ministerial Association International (RMAI) for approximately 15 years.
Kenneth Kaasik grew up in an Estonian household, having parents who escaped from Estonia during the Soviet take-over in 1944. Ken’s first language was Estonian.
Kenneth and Diana left for what was then the Soviet Union in early summer of 1990 with their 3-year old daughter and 1-year old son. They were planning to move to continental Europe as missionaries when they received a surprise invitation to move to Soviet-Estonia from Ken’s cousins who were the most popular singing group in the nation at the time, having much favor with the leadership of Estonia.
The Kaasiks were the first Word of Faith or full-Gospel missionaries to take up residence in Soviet Estonia, and possibly the first in all of the USSR. This was about fourteen months before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
For more information, please see our web site: www.jkk.ee/en
Eriq JaquithEriq Jaquith - more information forthcoming.