God is using His Word and the good news of the gospel to change lives everywhere, and we are thrilled to partner in His global vision for the world. God has privileged us to uphold missionaries for Christ in England, Japan, and the Philippines. We pray that God and His glory would be magnified through His chosen ambassadors in these fields.
THE GalbraithS' - Havant, England
Glen & Tammy - thegalbraiths.org
Glen and Tammy met while attending Faith Baptist Bible College. Upon leaving school, they worked in different secular industries before entering the ministry. Their first full-time ministry was as program directors at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp. After three summers at camp, Glen and Tammy began looking in to opportunities for overseas missions. They joined Baptist Mid-Missions (BMM) in the summer of 2001 and arrived on the field in 2004. They ministered as church planters for eight years in Aberdeen, Scotland before God directed them to England. They have three 3 married children and 5 grandchildren.
THE SMITH FAMILY - Kumamoto City and Kikuyo, Japan
Norman, Susan, Chloe, Cameron, Melodie - www.smithlife.net
Norman and Susan met in 1996 in Ames, IA. Susan graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA and was working in the Student Personnel Office. Norman arrived as a student in Ornamental Horticulture at Iowa State University. They met at what was then Campus Baptist Church (now CrossRoad Baptist) and soon began dating, marrying in November 1997.
Working with international students at Iowa State helped them see the need for missionaries and gave them some practical experience in ministry. Norman dropped out of his Ph.D. program at ISU and started at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 1999.
The Smiths' were sent to Japan by CrossRoad Baptist Church with the assistance of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE), arriving on the field in January 2003. After two years of language training, they joined Pastor Kishimoto on the island of Nagashima for an additional two years of language and culture training as they assisted at Nagashima Grace Baptist Church.
After a furlough in 2007, the Smiths returned to Japan and joined Sue Hahn, a veteran ABWE missionary, in beginning outreach in Kumamoto. Kumamoto is a prefecture with 1.5 million people, the majority living in Kumamoto City. The Smiths are currently concentrating their efforts in Kumamoto City and the suburb town of Kikuyo. Kikuyo has 35, 000 people and no Protestant churches.
Ruth Potter - Manila, Philippines
God prepared Ruth for her calling by directing her to Maranatha Baptist Bible College, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Church Music (piano proficiency). She then continued her education at Bob Jones University, graduating with a Masters in Church Music (violin proficiency).
After serving for two years in the Philippines, the Lord burdened her to pray about a long-term ministry. She served an additional two years while seeking much prayer and counsel. Through this time, God confirmed His will for her to return to the Philippines indefinitely. God continues to reassure her of this call through Scripture, the encouragement of her fellow missionaries, and the peace and joy He gives her as she makes preparations to return with Gospel Fellowship Association (GFA). She is sent out by Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina.
As she returns to the field, she has several goals in mind. She plans to serve in a local church by discipling women and children, by participating in the music ministry, and by sharing the gospel through visitation. She will also continue to teach at Bob Jones Memorial College, under the direction of Doug and Ruth Bachorik. Furthermore, she hopes to reach out by teaching music seminars throughout the Philippines and surrounding Asian countries.