We at Lakewood New Life Church believe that world missions is the heart beat of God and is a central part of our ministry. Our church currently supports mission work, both locally and internationally in the following ways:
• Financial and spiritual support for local missionaries
• Short-term mission teams
• Financial aid to support ministers abroad with their vision to preach the gospel
• Establishing leaders to assist in church plants
Short-term mission trips introduce new places, cultures and struggles to the local body of Christ. Through supporting and participating with the partner ministries abroad, both young and old alike are able to experience first-hand the joys and challenges of missions work.
Sophea and Jenny Sem in Cambodia
Sophea, a Cambodian national, was married to Jenny, a missionary intern, in 2003. They now pastor a church located in an area just outside the city limits, called New Phnom Penh. The church has grown in the last 6 years, since opening in 2004 and now has around 250 members meeting in 30 small groups in homes around the community every week.
Sophea and Jenny Sem are joined by an adopted daughter named Elise (age 10), a son named Joseph (age 6), a daughter named Abby (age 4), a daughter named Zanna (age 2), and a son named Elijah (born May 3, 2010).
Uriel and Becky Castrillon in the Dominican Republic
Uriel and Becky Castrillon along with their four small children left a comfortable life in the United States and moved to the city of Barahona in 1997. They have planted a couple of churches that are reaching out to their communities with the light of God’s Word. DR Mission also provides food and aid to needy families with sponsored children through its Bread of Life feeding centers, and it offers a pre-school program in Cristobal that prepares children to go into Elementary School.
DR Mission’s vision includes planting more churches in other communities, creating sustainable development projects such a Water Purification Plant in the town of Salinas, an agricultural project in Cristobal, and a trade school for High School graduates.
Mission to the Fatherless
The goal of Mission to the Fatherless is to rescue orphans and abandoned street children from a life of abuse, disease, starvation or poverty. Life expectancy in Kenya is only 46.4 years. Because of aids, malaria, cholera and other diseases, many have lost their parents. Other children are abandoned when their parents are unwilling or unable to care for them.
Mission to the Fatherless supplies children with a loving home environment, food, education and medical care. They are raised in a family setting centered on moral and spiritual values, helping them to become useful citizens as they grow into adulthood
Rescue in Israel
Rescue In Israel is an organization whose purpose is to help fund and build the work of rescue, helping the homeless, the poor and the addicted find help and hope so they can become godly, productive citizens in the Land of Israel. The commitment of Rescue In Israel is to demonstrate the love of God and share the Good News of the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. The high calling of Rescue In Israel is to see individuals come to faith in Yeshua, Jesus the Christ as their Lord and Savior.
George Wehnes is the Founder and Executive Director of Rescue In Israel. He brings the experience of 20 years in the work of rescue and was the founder and director (1995 to 2004) of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission in Olympia, Washington.
Julia Schatz, e3 partners
In 1997 while Julia was attending Moody Bible College and Evangelism Explosion classes, she learned about the opportunity to participate as a team member on a short-term mission trip to Israel. From the time Julia first put her faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior at the age of 32 she has been a student of the Bible. As a result, Julia had a deep affection for and a high regard for the Lord’s beloved Israel. She immediately concluded she would not be qualified to go to such a sacred place. Julia is deeply grateful for friends who encouraged her to embrace this opportunity as a wonderful gift from God. Participating on the team going to Israel in 1997 began a whole new chapter in Julia’s life. While serving and sharing the gospel for a life changing ten days God gave Julia a “heart transplant,” a God compelled love for the people in that part of the world. Julia was invited to join the staff of e3 Partners which at that time was called Global Missions Fellowship. She has served the Lord through e3 Partners Ministry since 1999 when she helped to launch the ministries logistics department in San Diego, while co-leading short term church planting teams to South America, Cuba, India and many other countries in the Middle East. Although she experienced God’s love for people all over the world she always felt homesick for the Middle East. In the past 13 years God has narrowed her field of ministry to the Middle East and Central Asia (MECA), where she has been mobilizing many medical teams and outreach teams to take God’s hope, love and compassion to people living in the pain filled shadow of spiritual darkness. Julia is grateful to God for the blessing of serving in the very place where God first ignited in her a passion to share His glory among the nations.
Matt & Anna Ross
Matt and Anna Ross are current students at the Spanish Language Institute in San José, Costa Rica. They moved to Costa Rica on January 1, 2017, with plans to spend eight months studying Spanish before transitioning to Granada, Nicaragua, in August where they will join the Nicaragua Serge team. They have made a five-year commitment to serve in Granada.
Matt and Anna have a heart for meeting the spiritual and physical needs of those living in extreme poverty. After meeting the team and exploring the ministry opportunities in Granada, Nicaragua, on a trip in July 2015, it became clear to them Granada is where the Lord would have them serve as long-term missionaries. Matt will work with men and teenagers struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, lead discipleship groups, and participate in sports ministry programs. Anna will implement a Community Health Evangelism program at the Granada Christian Education Center (GCEC) and assist with discipleship classes for the children and families of the GCEC.
Working with LOVE Inc. allows us to increase our ability to reach those in need. We partner with them and several other churches, in a display of unity, to provide assistance with things such as rent, bills, house repairs, groceries, and much more. Love Inc. truly exhibits the values and missions of Jesus Christ.
The Malachi House is a special hospice care ministry that reaches out to individuals with limited or no financial resources who have 6 months or less to live. Thanks to countless volunteers and donors, Malachi House provides an environment full of comfort and companionship while aiming to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of their residents.