Global Missions

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Woodland Hills supports many missionaries and ministries that share God’s love around the world. Click on the links below to learn more about some of these and how you can support them. Due to the sensitive nature of some missions, we cannot publish information about all of them. You can also contact Laurie for more information at lpreston@whchurch.org.

COFHED

COFHED
  • COFHED is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with a mission to engage in long-term community-based development work in southern Haiti.   We build relationships while helping the community organize. We assist in identifying community needs and assets.  We give the opportunity for leadership development. We emphasize spiritual health, growth, and so much more.

Dan & May Workman

Dan & May Workman
  • The Workmans (Dan, May, Silas and Efrem) are in Rennes France serving with Cru (called Agapé).

    Dan directs the campus team endeavoring to reach the 60 thousand college students in Rennes with the life changing message of Christ. He is also in charge of the French evangelistic site Everystudent.com and follow up site StartingwithGod.com.

    May serves on the technology team that provides support to Cru in France. They are modernizing the communication structure and revamping online financial processes. Administrative tasks that staff do are piece by piece being put online.

    They've been serving with Cru since 2001 and greatly appreciate the faithful support of Woodland Hills!

Emily Dunham

Emily Dunham
  • I am working for Young Life in Madrid, Spain. Our goal is to serve and love young Madrileños and their families with the love of Jesus in hopes of giving each kid in Madrid the chance to hear about Jesus in their own language and cultural context. As I walk alongside young Spaniards and as they learn to journey with Jesus and to be leaders in their communities, my vision is that they will eventually continue the ministry to allow every kid in Spain to hear about the love of Jesus.

    Young Life uses:

    Contact Work - Because kids don't care how much you know till they know how much you care, Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids "contact work." But kids just call it friendship.

    Club - We like to think of club as a "party with a purpose." It's controlled chaos that's almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God's love for them. After all, that's what the celebration is all about.

    Camp - Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their lives. How else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and you hear the greatest love story ever told?

    Campaigners - Campaigners is a weekly gathering for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. We're with kids for the long haul to help them take the first steps of faith with unconditional love. Along the way, we encourage kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation.

Esperanza Viva

Esperanza Viva
  • “Will you help me?” These were the words of Juan, an eight year-old gang member living a life of begging, theft, and child prostitution. These are the words of countless other children, throughout the world, as they look for any form of help in a world that ignores them. 

    In 1994, Esperanza Viva Youth Home was founded with the purpose of helping these forgotten children who live in a world of people who don’t see them. Esperanza Viva, a home for abandoned and at-risk children, is the heart of Living Hope International (LHI). Through the ministry of Esperanza Viva more than 400 children have been cared for, educated at the on-site school, and introduced to a God who loves them.

    Living Hope International's mission is to provide for the emotional, physical, educational, and social needs of at-risk children, youth, and families, as well as to equip, support, and send leaders to provide similar services throughout the world.

    Other integral parts of the ministry of LHI is Nations Church, dedicated to training and equipping individuals and families for ministry, and La Viña Practical Ministry Training Center, an international school for training youth to effectively serve the Lord.

Jerry & Susy McNally

Jerry & Susy McNally
  • Jerry and Susy are the founders of Esperanza Viva (Living Hope International), a children's home in Puebla, Mexico. More information is available on their web site.

Joanie Peterson

Joanie Peterson
  • Joanie Peterson is a full time missionary partnering with "Ministère Chrétien de développement International" in Burkina Faso.   She and her African colleagues are involved in church planting and community development among the Samogo people in the village of Kawara.  In 2010 the first few villagers responded to the gospel and started following Jesus.  Then in 2013 there were eleven members of the Church who were baptized and are actively testifying of their faith to others in the village.  The work of development continues as the founding of a Technical High School for the region is underway.  She is also involved in hosting teams who come to serve along side of the national team.

    On the side she serves in a local Church in the capitol city of Ouagadougou in the music ministry and gives music lessons.  She has been active in missions in Africa since 1990.

Karl & Kristen

Karl & Kristen
  • Karl and Kristen, Jemma and Tor are based in Island Southeast Asia with a Bible translation organization.  Their passion: “Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands” (and may the islanders do that in their heart languages). Karl’s special role is language assessment – helping the church understand which areas need Bible translation the most.  Kristen has been involved in the equally-important task of homeschooling Jemma and Tor. Karl & Kristen thank you for partnering with them and ask that you would pray that they would know God more and make him known among the nations.

Kevin & Kathy Johnson

Kevin & Kathy Johnson
  • Kevin and Kathy are serving European church planting with Christian Associates International Kevin is the regional director for Ireland and the United Kingdom and is working to establish new and vibrant missional churches throughout the British Isles.  With only 2-3% of the European population following Jesus, this vast mission field, often referred to as 'post-Christian', is strikingly open to a new move of the Spirit.  Kevin works to raise and send out new church planting teams and with the help of Kathy, provide ongoing support an encouragement to those already in place.

Kòt a Kòt

Kòt a Kòt
  • A little about us...

    Founded in 1997, Kòt a Kòt began as a way to care for six little girls in Haiti. Our goal was to provide resources so these girls could be raised in a loving, Haitian Christian family while maintaining ties to their families of origin and surrounding communities.

    Kòt a Kòt is a Haitian Creole phrase that means "Side by Side". The girls are now young women and becoming more like partners...we are walking side by side with them rather than leading them. It is our desire to empower them, as they become independent and contributing members of their communities.

    Our two oldest young women graduated from secondary school in May 2014 and they have both enrolled in nursing school.  The other five young women are in secondary school and forming their own hopes and dreams for their future vocations.

    We invite you to walk side by side with us on this exciting journey. If you would like to receive more information or Kòt a Kòt updates, please email Marcia Erickson at kotakot1997@gmail.com

Mark & Melinda Cathey

Mark & Melinda Cathey
  • Mark serves as International Regional Director, Europe & Russia, Church Resource Ministries (CRM), shepherding CRM mission teams that develop leaders to strengthen and start churches. CRM staff envision movements of fresh, authentic churches, pioneered by godly leaders, fired by a passion for their world, compelled to multiply their lives and ministries so that the name of God is renowned among the nations. Melinda is the founder and Executive Director, The Harbor, CRM. The Harbor is a two-year residential program for graduate orphans in Russia. The mission of the Harbor is to prepare orphans for successful integration into society by addressing five core areas of need, as follows: education, vocational training, life skills, counseling and spiritual formation.

Melissa & Sergio Mejia

Melissa & Sergio Mejia
  • We are the current Directors of Ignite Ministry and Ignite Christian Community Development Center in the heart of Aguas Del Padre Siguatepeque, Honduras.  We are passionate about the development of the communities that surround us.  We believe that together with the community we can see broken communities be healed and restored.  We believe we can achieved this by uniting action with the Word of God.   

    Ignite community center is a beacon of HOPE and OPPORTUNITY for a hurting community.  Under the umbrella of Ignite we have and continue to develop ministries that target specific areas of society such as Education (onsite Middle School), Spiritual growth (weekly family meetings), Health Care (onsite small clinic), as well as community projects aimed at community development such as construction (building homes for families in need).

    We invite you to come and be part of what God is doing here in Honduras.  We receive groups year round who partner with us to continue to push forward God's Kingdom in love and unity.

Nibakure Children's Village

Nibakure Children's Village
  • Located in Nyamata, Rwanda, Nibakure Village is an innovative center of care and learning. With the help of the widows of Rwanda, Nibakure provides orphaned and vulnerable children with safe housing, a foster family, healthcare, education and career training.  Our mission to these children is to “Let Them Grow, Give Them Hope”– Nibakure in Kinyarwanda. Nibakure currently cares for 21 children and supports the education of 2 additional youth in our local community.

Nick & Madeleine Avignon

Nick & Madeleine Avignon
  • Nick and Madeleine are Haitian-born Americans who have been doing mission work in the village of Lougou, southern Haiti, especially in the area of community-led development and Christian discipleship training.

North India Indiginous Partners

North India Indiginous Partners
  • Partnering with local ministries to bring God's transforming love to the people of North India, by enabling benevolence, education, and leadership training services.

Ron & Linda Pitzen

Ron & Linda Pitzen
  • Ron and Linda established Peacemakers International Missions and have been in Belize since August 2011.  Their heart’s desire is to see the nation turn to Christ.  Working with individuals, men, women and marriages, they believe the family is key to Belize’s restoration.  Many churches and individuals receive discipleship, teaching and healing.  Praying for the sick is a vital part of their ministry.  As God leads, they will travel and minister in surrounding nations, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, etc.

Ryan & Molly Nielsen

Ryan & Molly Nielsen
  • Ryan and Molly Nielsen have a heart for at-risk children, and have been serving Living Hope International since 2003.  They serve Esperanza Viva Youth Home in Puebla, MX for orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children which has about 100 children under its full-time care. Ryan is the construction coordinator for the Living Hope Community, overseeing all the details of building and maintaining the permanent home for the children. Molly, a stay-at-home mom to their four children, has a passion for building relationships with the children and staff of Esperanza Viva, and being a living example of a loving family serving together.

The Harbor

The Harbor
  • The Harbor is a Christian residential program located in St. Petersburg, Russia. It exists to restore the lives of orphans who recently left the state system due to their age (17 years). It is a holistic approach that addresses the teenage orphans educational, emotional, psychological, spiritual, vocational, and practical needs.  In so doing, it offers them real hope for a future, breaks the cycle of orphans giving birth to orphans, and gives them the opportunity to become productive citizens.

    The Harbor has four outreaches: residential program, vocational training center, youth culture club and young mothers program. The residential program focuses on orphans who recently left the state system and addressing their needs in family style environment. The vocational training center focuses on orphans who are still residing in the state system and offers them a variety of classes to enhance their education, ie. computer, cosmetology, carpentry to name just a few. The youth culture club focuses on children in the community from troubled families and tries to help them deal with their situations in a constructive way. The young mothers program focuses on young moms and their children. The majority of moms were raised in orphanages and had children out of wedlock. The goal in this program is to help them keep their children and to teach them healthy parenting strategies.

    The Harbor’s goal is to replicate the model across Russia and CIS. Since 2001, The Harbor has trained people from 20 different cities in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Currently, four additional models have been started, and three more are in the development phases. As of 2013 there are 140 graduates who have successfully completed the program. Of them 90% are doing well, 80% have accepted the Lord as their personal Saviour, and 45% have graduated from some of the finest universities and colleges in the country. We give glory to God for every life that has been touched, transformed and healed. Thank you for being active partners with us and for helping us to touch one life at a time.

Tim & Huyen Bartholomew

Tim & Huyen Bartholomew
  • Tim and Huyen Bartholomew are physicians who have worked in Ngoaundere, Cameroon for a number of years as part of PAACS (Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons).  They recently moved to work at a Women's and Children's Hospital in West Africa.

West African Development Ministry

West African Development Ministry
  • West African Development Ministries partners with Ministère Chrétien de Développement International  in Burkina Faso since 2007.

    Joan Peterson and her African colleagues are working among the Samogo people in the northwest of the country. 

    A Church has been founded in the village of Kawara with on-going evangelism and discipleship training.  Community development projects include Secondary Education and Health Care.

    Joan is helping to coordinate the administrative side of the ministry, participates on the worship team in a local Church in Ouagadougou as well as teaches music and English lessons.

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