DAY 3 | BIOS
Andre and Karen Provost
Andre and Karen Provost have a long tenure in missionary service. As a single person, Karen worked with children in Honduras from 1976 until 1985. During a mission conference in 1985, she met Andre, a single missionary who was leaving for Thailand for his first term. They got married and moved to Thailand together.
The first seven years in Thailand, they assisted local churches while learning the language and gaining knowledge of the culture. In 1992, burdened by unchurched areas, they moved to an unchurched district, where they planted their first church
In November 2019, God brought them back to Thailand with a vision to start a new work of training Thai workers to plant networks of village-based churches. Their long-range goal is to see churches planted in every village throughout the provinces of Northeast Thailand.
Catalina says: “I am a result of the mission’s work”. She came to know the Lord as her Savior in one of the church plants in her home town in Quito. A year later she met her husband Jim who was serving as a missionary in Ecuador. After marriage, both of them returned to Ecuador as full-time missionaries.
Catalina has been working in the Life-Giving Ministry for the past 20 years. She is the founder of the Showers of Grace Pregnancy Resource Center, the first center of its type in Ecuador. Since 2012 she has been traveling as a volunteer with LIFE International, as an International Training Specialist. Her travels have taken her to Latin America, Africa and Asia training men and women in different topics of the Sanctity of Human Life, including Post-Abortion Recovery.
Cheri Thompson and her late husband, Rick went to Kenya in 1987. Beginning in 1992, Cheri began working with street children in the slums of Nairobi. Ministry grew to a Sunday morning Bible Club and soccer club and then to a drop in center where over 50 street children came to receive a hot meal, medical care and learn about the love of Jesus. In 2003, Cheri opened Challenge Farm in Kitale, Kenya. Challenge Farm is “home” to over 170 children today. 24/7 care is provided for the once orphaned and abandoned children. Hot meals, medical care, counseling, education and technical and agricultural training are provided through the generous gifts of supporters and the child sponsorship program. Some of the current staff of 47 were once street children cared for at the Farm, who went on to University and received degrees and now work in administration, finance, maintenance and social work.
I (Marlene) am a full-time Globe missionary and crisis counselor. I am living an exciting adventure-filled life! I thank Jesus for saving me and giving me the opportunity to live and work all over the world helping share the gospel, teaching God’s Word and praying for the lost, sick and hurting.
The ultimate goal at CRM is to make Christ-followers and disciples empowering people to connect with their purpose for being created, to nurture goodwill in the community, and people in times of crises, and to teach, train and pray for others to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and others.
There are three main ways we do this here in the U.S. and abroad:
1.Mentoring 2.Counseling 3.Writing
No information is available due to country sensitivity issues.
Becky Durr lives in Pensacola, Florida, and became an international missionary after she retired. Becky has traveled all over the world helping pastors and missionaries on the field, assisting them with their ministry, counseling or whatever is needed. Some countries of ministry have been in Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, Republic of Georgia, Scotland, Lebanon, Syria, Philippines, Japan, and Cuba. Her heart is to encourage others to walk in the freedom of who God has called them to be.
Johnny and Yvonne cruz
Johnny Cruz has been involved in missions since 1982, when immediately after graduation from Bible college, he went to Spain. He ministered there for nine years – and also met and married Ivonne, the “lovely Honduran señorita” he met in Spain. In 1992, the Cruz family returned to Honduras and are now Latin America Directors of INSTE, a TEE program (theological education by extension) . Over 8,000 students are enrolled in the program in nineteen Latin American countries.