Stained glass window in Costa Rica, where one of our global missions outreaches is held

Global Missions

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19-20))
 
We are blessed to join with the work of the Holy Spirit in fulfilling our Lord Jesus Christ’s Great Commission. Through the work of global missions, we pray that God’s kingdom would be furthered and that His name would be glorified in all the earth.
Pastor Frank Monge

Pastor Frank Monge

Costa Rica

We joyfully support two men, both native Costa Ricans, who are doing the work of the Lord in Costa Rica. Pastor Frank Monge and his wife Illeana lead Together for Christ Church in Tejarcillos, a suburb of San Jose. Together for Christ Church is a small church, much like SBC, that ministers to the people of one of the poorest areas of one of the most affluent, advanced, and free Central American countries. Their ministry is set among a predominantly Roman Catholic religious culture. They also contend for the faith with many strains of prosperity gospel “churches,” which bring people out from one unbiblical gospel into another, which of course is no gospel at all. Many people in the area are either unchurched altogether or involved with various cults or forms of the occult. Additionally, they minister in an area with many broken families. It is unusual for fathers to remain with their families to support, lead, protect and love them. This context makes for a church demographic where men are conspicuously absent. Thus, they often minister to struggling mothers who shoulder all the responsibility for the family and their very young children.
 
Children of Together for Christ Church

Children of Together with Christ Church

For the past several years, Together for Christ Church has been in transition toward learning, teaching, preaching and loving the biblical Doctrines of Grace. They have by the grace and enablement of God made much progress toward faithfully and competently making sense of the Holy Scriptures, in both faith and life.
 
We have supported this church for over four years and send a team of two or more people from our congregation each year as we are able. On these visits, we provide teaching and pastoral training. We have covered topics such as hermeneutics, biblical eldership, and what it means to follow Christ. We also provide help with curriculum needs for the children of the church and with material needs for the ministry. Please pray for Frank and Illeana, their ministry, and how the Lord would have you personally become involved.
 
First missions trip to Together for Christ Church

First missions trip to Together for Christ Church

We also support Daniel Lobo and his wife Natalia. We first met this couple when they served as our translators at Together for Christ Church. Daniel is currently a seminary teacher, while also completing his own seminary studies. Additionally, he works as the General Editor for a major Reformed Presbyterian publishing company, translating Reformed Christian works into Spanish. His expertise in translation and precision in both Spanish and English have enabled him to personally contribute to the translation of Calvin’s Commentaries and many Puritan titles. His most recent ongoing work is the translation of the study notes of the Reformation Study Bible (2015). Daniel is an ordained minister and serves as an Elder in the local Reformed Presbyterian Church. He gives graciously of himself when he translates the seminars we conduct during our annual visits. He also regularly and faithfully disciples Pastor Frank and Illeana. Together they have studied 1st and 2nd Timothy in their entirety, as well as other parts of the Old and New Testaments.
 
Please pray for Daniel and Natalia, their ministry, and how the Lord would have you personally become involved.
 

Wycliffe Bible Translators

From the Wycliffe website: “…approximately 1,600 languages around the world are still waiting for a (Bible) translation project…Wycliffe Bible Translators exists to help speakers of these remaining languages get the Bible for themselves. And we won’t stop until all people have God’s Word in a language they understand.” At SBC, we support Michael and Rachele Sleep, who serve in Indonesia as part of the Wycliffe organization. Michael visited SBC in 2017, sharing their heart for ministering to the people of Indonesia in spiritual and practical ways. Michael is working at Hillcrest International School, where a top need was for a Network Administrator. He previously worked in the States, learning valuable skills that have prepared him for his new role in many ways. Rachele went to school to be a dental assistant and worked with an oral surgeon. She was looking for an opportunity to re-enter the medical field, and finally found one through their work in Indonesia. She now works for a dentist who serves missionary families and people in the surrounding communities.
 

Voice of the Martyrs

Voice of the Martyrs is an organization dedicated to “serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.” We support VOM because we strongly believe that we are called to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. We also pray for the persecuted church regularly and have held several viewings of VOM’s documentary videos for our congregation.
 

Ligonier Ministries

We support the teaching fellowship of Dr. R.C. Sproul. The mission, passion, and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible.
 

HeartCry Missionary Society

The HeartCry Missionary Society exists “to glorify God through the establishment of biblical churches by equipping and mobilizing indigenous churches and missionaries in the least evangelized areas of the world.” In obedience to the Great Commission, we are all called to make disciples of all the nations. Equipping local believers to plant local biblical churches is an effective way of doing this. So, we are pleased to be able to support HeartCry’s work as part of our global missions outreach.