Missions

Matt. 28:19-20, NIV

Jesus has commanded us to make disciples of all nations, and that is why we are passionate about missions at E-Free Church! Currently we support over 40 missionaries in over a dozen countries worldwide, and we want to keep sending more.

Sending Missionaries

If you are considering missions, whether for one week or the rest of your life, we would love to hear about it and see how we could be part of your sending team.

Download the “Short-term Missions Application” if you are going on a short-term (less than 2 years) missions trip and are looking for financial support.

If you are going to serve long-term (over 2 years) and are looking for financial support download the “Long-term Missions Application

Please Note:  Only fill out an application if you have already made contact with an E-Free Missions representative who has invited you to do so.  We don’t want to waste your time.  Thank you for understanding that all resources are finite and must be prioritized.

How to Be a Part of Missions from Home

Missions is not just about the missionary halfway across the globe in a remote location surrounded by bugs and humidity. It is about understanding God’s love for the world, His unwillingness that “any should perish.” It is about supporting those whom God has sent to minister directly with the lost. It is about reaching out to the lost whom God has placed around you. Here are some practical ways to participate in missions right here in Bozeman.

Read biographies of missionaries. Read about other countries and cultures. Read the newspaper. Learn about the world beyond your doorstep. Read the missionary letters that are posted on the bulletin board at church. Visit the church library.

Study the Bible and learn what it has to say about reaching the lost, about serving and loving one another. Apply what you learn in your life.

Missionaries are far from home, often in a different culture. Letters and emails are a welcome break. A simple card on a birthday can mean a lot. When writing, be careful about what you say to missionaries in sensitive countries. For email, keep your notes small and personal. Missionaries abroad may have to pay for download time. Plain text is fine, but watch images and attachments.

Missionaries always need financial support. The funds they raise cover both their salary and their ministry expenses. There are regular needs and special onetime needs. Any gift, no matter how small, is appreciated

Take advantage of opportunities to meet missionaries who are passing through. Get to know them, their ministry, and the people they minister to.

When missionaries on home assignment come to visit they need a place to stay. For those who have a prolonged visit, they may need furniture and other basic necessities during their stay. Missions & More (Ann Yocom, 587-2919) meets regularly to sew for the benefit of missionaries overseas. Joining the Missions Committee (Kate Holiday, 406-586-6918) is another way to serve missionaries.

There are many opportunities to meet missionaries where they live by going on a short term mission trip or by visiting a missionary during a trip abroad. Even one week will take you out of your comfort zone and give you a taste of what missionaries go through. Local ministries can always use volunteers.

The two main prayer requests for missionaries are the missionary’s personal walk with God and the openness of the people they are ministering to. If you do not know what to pray, pray through scripture such as Philippians 1:9-11. Come to the missions prayer time during Sunday classes to learn what is happening in the lives of our missionaries and to pray for them. Pray for the missionaries listed below. The more you are involved in learning about missions and missionaries, the better informed your prayers will be.

Missionaries

The Bartkoskes

These missionaries serve with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ ) in Central Asia. They are leading the LLM team (Leader LedMovements) that includes ministry to Business Professionals, Family Life and Athletes in Action. They provide business training in areas such as strategic planning and effective team communication skills. They host short term teams of professionals to conduct business training in a number of areas to enable companies to be more successful. She also is involved as PTA chairperson for an international school with 20 different nationalities. They are helping lead a HomeBuilders group as an outreach to families they have met through business trainings, Toastmasters, and the school. Their son attends Montana State University with a presidential scholarship.

The Bensons

The Bensons

The Bensons spent 28 years serving in Asia with OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship). Arnie’s new role is a missions consultant. He is working with churches to help them improve their mission efforts. OMF offers free consultation including a number of workshops like missionary care, how to do short-term missions well, how to use stories for evangelism and missions, how to raise awareness and excitement in the congregation for God’s heart for the nations, etc. Lora Jean is a ministry coach. Her role is a contact person for those seriously considering long term missions. She walks alongside these new workers, helping them find the best place of service and answering many questions along the way.

D. Berglund

D. Berglund

This missionary is working in Asia Pacific with New Tribes Mission (NTM) translating God’sWord into the Semandang tribal language. She spends time in jungle villages in order to be closer to the people to whom she ministers. Translation work is a slow process. A rough draft of the text is prepared, followed by extensive checking to ensure correct comprehension and content. Part of this checking involves translating back into English for consultant checking. After the draft is checked by the consultant, it is handed out to the people. When they begin to understand the scriptures in their own heart language, the work is well worth the effort. A vital part of her work is her team of native girls/ladies helping with the translation, some of who have become computer proficient. The complete Semandang New Testament will be published and  dedicated in the summer of 2017.

Doug and Nancy Berglund

Doug and Nancy Berglund are serving in a mobilization and equipping ministry in Asia. They have worked with NTM at the training school for Indonesian nationals. Their work now includes field leadership of community development and discipleship programs. The program trains Asian church planters in community development to help villages in remote locations. The goal is to see the Asian churches equipped and prepared to carry out the ministry of church planting. Currently churches are being planted among several people groups in Asia. There are plans to expand into new people groups in partnership with Asian churches in the region. The harvest potential is overwhelming but the laborers are few.

G. and P. Berglund

The Berglunds work with New Tribes Mission (NTM) in Asia Pacific. G. began working with the B. people, a remote tribal group with a population of about 90,000 people. However, due to security and transportation issues, the team had to leave the area. In the meantime, he had been teaching at the NTM National Training Center in Asia Pacific. G. traveled to the interior regularly to encourage and train the believers among the B. people. Conditions changed in the region and the Berglunds moved their family to live among the B. people in fall of 2010. In 2011 they had to undergo an emergency evacuation due to the serious illness of their youngest. They returned in August 2012 to a city where they help new missionaries get oriented and learn the national language and culture. P. is teaching full time at the international school enabling them to continue financially with NTM.

ron and nita

Ron and Nita Berglund

Ron and Nita Berglund are missionaries with NewTribes Mission (NTM) in the Asia Pacific area. Ron was the NTM field chairman for the region for many years while they lived in a Semandang tribal area. The Dyak people, who live in the region, consist of 85 distinct tribes each with its own language and culture. NTM works with more than 10 of these tribes. Their goal was to help establish viable churches which are now reaching out to others who do not yet know God and who are without hope. Ron and Nita have transitioned into “retirement”, and moved to Sheridan WY, but will return often to the Asia Pacific area to help continue to work in the area of church planting and development.

Brohaughs

The Brohaughs

These missionaries live with their teammates among a tribal people group in West Africa. He works with the men and government in tackling the local erosion problem. This has led to a tree nursery and a village tree planting committee responsible for planting thousands of trees, which led to welding steel tree protectors and bicycle repair. She takes care of their children while spending time with the women and children and also ministers to the sick through care and prayer.

John and Helen Dekker

John has officially retired but continues teaching cross-cultural communication of the Gospel. He uses the example of the Dani church to encourage the church in the two-thirds world to reach those who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ. He is not traveling as much as before. John is also in the process of writing down his teaching and missions knowledge to pass along to future generations.

Jon and Molly Engel

Jon and Molly are missionaries with Cru at MSU. Their goal with Cru is to help students come to know and love Jesus, build them up in their faith, then send them out into the world to have a kingdom impact wherever they are going.

Ericksons

Jim and Melinda Erickson

Greetings from Lorain Ohio.  God has taken us on quite a journey these past 20+ years that Bozeman E-Free has walked with us.  When we forged off to seminary in South Carolina, you were with us. When we were church planters in the Philippines, you were there.  When God took us to Mumbai, India to work with Muslims, you followed us, and when we came back to the States to live with Melinda’s dad for the last few years of his life, you were with us then, too.

Jim began discipling men one on one in India and since our return, we have been engaged in one on one discipleship wherever we have lived.  Here in Ohio we continue to disciple several men and women between us, and don’t anticipate ever stopping.  Jim is in touch on a weekly basis with the two, Ha and Mohammad, whom he discipled in Mumbai.  We are engaged with our church here in Lorain in a new church start, and one on one discipleship there will be our ministry.  We count nothing more important that we could be doing in these last years of our lives, than helping people draw nearer to the Lord as genuine disciples of Christ.  That will continue to be our passion until we are no longer able.  …in His service.

Kirbys

Matt and MeeHee (Lisa) Kirby

Matt and MeeHee  Kirby were asked in 2012 to serve as directors for Cru at MSU. Their goal at MSU is to win students to Christ, build them up in their faith, and send them out to make a difference in the world. During the school year Cru holds big worship services at E Free on Wednesday nights.

Brett LaShelle

Brett LaShelle

After working for 30 years as an Associate Pastor at E-Free Church and believing there was no more effective way to reach the world for Christ than to reach those God was bringing to Bozeman from other countries, Brett made a lateral move to work on the campus of Montana State University to reach international students with the Gospel. These students often return to their homes with their US degrees to become leaders in their field of study and so there is no better time to reach them than while they are here so they can become Salt and Light for the Gospel when they return.

Montana State is the temporary home to approximately 700 international students, many coming from countries which are hard to reach through traditional missionary means like China, India and the Middle East. Brett loves people and Gospel of Jesus Christ and finds no greater joy then watching the two come together.

Thank you for joining us in reaching and changing the world by volunteering, praying and giving financially to support the work of ISI on the campus of MSU. We appreciate you!

Rick and Laura Leatherwood

The Leatherwoods are now working globally to help record the word of God into the many unreached language groups that are oral learners. They also conduct storytelling workshops, teaching evangelists and pastors to use oral Bibles and storytelling to spread the gospel. This is a continuation of the work that they were doing in West Africa and Ethiopia.

McKenzies

Josh and Brita McKenzie

Josh and Brita McKenzie received their theological and missional training from To Every Tribe in 2015. Prior to this, Josh was an engineer with a highway construction company for 12 years in Montana. The McKenzies were appointed as missionaries with Reaching and Teaching in June 2015 and are currently serving in Cusco, Peru. Their desire is to train Peruvian pastors, leaders, and missionaries to reach the unreached with the gospel of Christ and to entrust this teaching to faithful men who will be able to teach others (2 Tim 2:2). They are especially eager to train and disciple pastors and leaders in the rural areas of Peru where there is little access to sound theological training. They have four children: Daniel, Clara, Paul, and Evelyn.

Pat and Tammy McLeod

Pat and Tammy McLeod

Pat began attending E-free in 1979, the week before he committed his life to Christ. He considers E-free pastor Chris Blackmore (who performed Pat and Tammy’s wedding in 1983) a life-long mentor and spiritual leader in his life. Pat and Tammy led the Cru ministry at MSU for twelve years before moving to Boston in 1999 to help lead the Cru Boston ministry and serve as Harvard Chaplains. Boston is host to 43 colleges and universities consisting of 250,000 students, including 50,000 international students. They have helped launch campus ministries in Asia, Europe and Africa. All four of their kids (Chelsea, Zachary, Nathaniel and Soren) were born in Bozeman and dedicated to Christ in Efree. In 2008, Pat and Tammy’s son Zach suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that left him with serious physical and mental disabilities. Their journey into the world of ambiguous loss is the subject of their book, Hit Hard: One family’s journey of letting go of what was—and learning to live well with what is.

Oberlys

Dave and Libbie Oberly

Dave and Libbie Oberly have worked as staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at MSU since 2003. They initially focused on rebuilding the IVCF chapter at MSU. It was a difficult process, but God was faithful through it all. God taught the Oberlys many lessons in patience and perseverance and enabled them to develop skills and ministry techniques. Prayer has been instrumental in the process as well. One of the tools Dave uses on campus is Groups Investigating God, a Bible study for those who are not yet believers to investigate Christ’s claims in a nonthreatening environment. During this time the chapter grew to over 100 students. In 2011 Dave was given the position as Montana Area Director.

Runias

Lauren and Connie Runia

Lauren and Connie Runia serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in their Vernacular Media Services Department, serving translators in 93 different countries with their audio/visual skills. From July 2009 to July 2010 they assisted Bible translators in Papua New Guinea, doing audio recordings of the translated Scriptures and video of the Jesus video and other Scripture videos into many tribal languages. After their return to Montana they have been working remotely with JAARS International, the support arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators. They make short term trips to the AsiaPacific field every year as needs arise.

Linda and Ron Sauke

Linda works in resource development and acquisition for EQUIP which is a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America, Reach Global. She also coordinates Outreach English Classes. There is a huge interest in learning English around the world. The EQUIP team focuses on equipping local churches and missionaries to serve in fulfilling The Great Commission. When not traveling, Linda works out of her home. Her responsibilities also include developing and acquiring resources for short term teams, missionaries, and local E-Free churches. She had a major role in launching the online missions course Kingdom Expansion 101 and other training courses that introduce missions to churches and individuals and help them use English Teaching around the world.

Schwartz

Dwight and Maria Schwartz

Dwight and Maria serve with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), working with graduate and professional students and faculty members at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the Baltimore, MD, area. The JHU Graduate Fellowship meets weekly for singing, prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. They engage in a variety of other fellowship and outreach activities designed to appeal to and minister to graduate students on campus. Maria is involved on a volunteer basis with this group, as she works full time at Loyola College. In 2010 Dwight became the area director for the Mid-Atlantic area for IVCF’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries.

David Sodergren

David Sodergren leads the outreach to international students on the MSU Bozeman campus through International Students, Inc. (ISI). At any one time there may be over 400 international students here at MSU. They are the best and brightest from their countries, many of which are closed to traditional missionaries. David and the other ISI staff reach out to these students to befriend them and share the love of Christ with them. They help them get settled on campus and provide Friendship Partners, and  also offer activities to help them get to know each other and to meet and make friends with Americans.

The Uraimovs

These missionaries work with Athletes in Action (AIA), a ministry of Cru (was CCC). They are currently in Central Asia. Their focus is on training and personal development of students and coaches in a way that shows Jesus. They use the avenue of sports to raise up and train Christ-centered laborers to reach Central Asia and the world. They reach out to athletes on all levels, developing friendships, and discipling new believers.

Workmans

Dan and May Workman

The Workmans live in Rennes, France, and serve with Cru (was CCC). Dan directs the local campus ministry in Rennes, where there are 60,000 college students. Dan is also involved with internet ministry, using Cru’s site EveryStudent.com. They use a number of ways to reach out to students: short films, photo questionnaires, the internet, and outreaches to the homeless. May also leads a recently formed technology team that servesFrance nationally. Their first project was to completely redo Agapé France’s internal and external web sites, a big undertaking. In the summer of 2015 she received a master’s degree in IT.

Organizations

Hope of the Nations’ focus is education, specifically teaching the Kingdom of God to bring hope. The medical ministry extends their reach to the remote villages along Lake Tanganyika to further spread the Good News. This is a legacy of the Ramsey’s medical mission there.

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The Sacred Portion Children’s Outreach (SPCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Bozeman, Montana. It is a faith based organization with a mission to create better environments and brighter futures for children without families. SPCO partners with the Rehoboth Children’s Home in the Philippines to care for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, abuse or neglected. New facilities construction, staff training, administrative guidance, and the development of early education programs are some of the ways that SPCO has helped to make the Rehoboth Children’s Home a place of quality care for children who need a safe haven while an alternative plan is being made for their futures. On the home front, SPCO is licensed as a child placing agency with the state of Montana, able to conduct home studies for families wishing to pursue international adoption. It is also Hague accredited and authorized by the government of the Philippines to place children from that country for adoption. SPCO has a special concern for older, waiting children and has been operating a summer hosting program for school age orphans since 2002 with many of the children finding love and permanency with an adoptive family as a result of their hosting experience.

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