WCC regularly supports ten missionaries and ministries located throughout the world, each of which are focused in ministering to specific areas to present the Gospel of Jesus. Many of these ministries have been around for decades, and we are proud to be a part of the supporting the ministry they do. You can find out more about our missionaries below.
Benevolent Social Services of India
(Emrys and Usha Rees)
A second-generation missionary, Emrys and wife, Usha Rees continue the work of the Benevolent Social Services of India, Inc., started by Emrys’ parents, David and Lois Rees. The Rees's are involved in preaching the gospel to Hindus, Muslims, and nominal Christians. Their mission emphasizes strong mentoring, leadership training, discipleship training, and strengthening of the congregations in both urban and rural areas.
At the Leprosy Hospital founded by David Rees, now consisting of 40 beds, they minister to leprosy victims, people living with HIV/ AIDS, and people suffering from tuberculosis. More recently, the emphasis has been focused on prevention of deformities due to leprosy. The Indian government has approached them and is funding an AIDS Counseling Center at the Leprosy Hospital. Their work also includes home and community-based care, outpatient care, inpatient care, and the prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Through the organization, The Love in Action Trust, started by Emrys and Usha Rees, they are able to help orphans, widows, and the very poor obtain basic education and later, job training. They have concentrated their evangelistic efforts among least-reached people groups, who have only a handful of literate people. Therefore, Emrys and Usha have started a very successful literacy program in many villages, enabling these people to read the Bible.
Over 1.2 million children are trafficked each year for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Conservative estimates say that of that number, over 400,000 are boys. They are abused and raped because of the greed of “owners” and the lust of “clients.” They need to be rescued and healed.
Tragically, there has been almost no help or hope for victimized boys anywhere on the planet. Blackbox was created to change that. We believe that healing is not only possible, but that it MUST be an option for these boys.
Established in 2010, Blackbox International is a faith-based, Christ-centered, not-for-profit organization that exists to holistically rehabilitate sex-trafficked boys age 16 and under.
Blackbox provides a critical care component for boys rescued from sex trafficking. Our first home is now operational in the Dominican Republic.
Blackbox helps the boys find healing from their past, joy in their present, and purpose for their future. We believe that they will not only be restored from the hurt and confusion that has been inflicted upon them, but also that they will one day be men who change the world.
www.blackboxinternational.org | PO Box 188, Joplin, MO 64802 | 417.208.9380
Christian Evangelistic Mission (CEM)
CEM has served the great state of Iowa for many decades - planting churches across the state (and stretching into neighboring states when the need arises) with one goal in mind: to help people "have the freedom to connect with God through His Son, Jesus Christ."
Excerpt from the CEM website:
The population of Iowa is currently over three million people with only 123 independent Restoration Movement Christian Churches. We need to plant churches in our big cities and suburbs. For example, in the Greater Des Moines area only 1 in 10 people go to any kind of church of a population of about 600,000. We also need to start new churches in the country. One third of our state population (3 million) live in small towns of less than 2,000 people. That is one million people scattered in rural areas. People in Iowa need Jesus.
Since 1957, CEM has a proven track record of starting new independent Christian churches. Our board of directors is completely voluntary so that all monetary gifts given to CEM go toward the church planting process. The executive director, Mike Knight, spends much of his time traveling throughout the state seeking church planting opportunities by making new relationships and building existing ones. He is also available to churches for encouragement and leadership training. He also encourages and follows up with our new church planters and invests in recruiting potential planters. Our church planters’ salaries are paid by CEM for at least two years. This period gives the internal structure of the new church time to prepare to take over this responsibility.
www.cemchurches.com | PO Box 1445, Ankeny, IA 50021 | 515.802.5127
Christ In Youth (CIY)
For more than 40 years, Christ In Youth (CIY) has called students and leaders to boldly live for Christ through the hope of the Gospel message and a call to Kingdom action. By amplifying the call of Christ on student lives, three generations of servants, workers, missionaries and church leaders have responded to that call and populated the harvest field.
Today, CIY works in partnership with the local church, providing more than 100 annual program events for students and leaders across the United States and in more than ten foreign countries. CIY believes God has uniquely and specifically equipped every student for Kingdom work. In response to His call, students can actively serve in the harvest fields of their families, schools, churches and communities- not someday- but TODAY.
Within the next decade, more than one million students and leaders will be impacted worldwide through CIY's programs, curriculum and resources in an effort to turn the Millennial generation into a movement of Kingdom workers, responding in faith and in service to the call of Christ.
Christ In Youth believes that the Bible is the full and final inspired Word of God and is infallible as an all sufficient rule of faith and practice; in the deity and full authority of Jesus Christ; the faith in and obedience to Christ and His teaching is essential for salvation. We also believe in the virgin birth of Christ, His blood atoning death on a cross, and the bodily resurrection, the final judgment, and a literal heaven and hell as taught in the Bible. We are committed to the restoration of the New Testament teaching, principles and practices.
www.ciy.com | PO Box B, Joplin, MO 64802 | 417.781.2273
If you put all the Deaf people in the world in one country, it would be the third most populated country in the world. Deaf Missions exists because only 2% of these Deaf people around the globe have been introduced to Jesus. That means 98% of Deaf people have yet to experience salvation in Him.
It is our vision to see the lives of Deaf people transformed and impacted through God’s Word in their native and heart language – sign language.
That vision drives the three ministry priorities of Deaf Missions:
We TRANSLATE – our top priority is translating all of God’s Word into American Sign Language (ASL) by the year 2020. This will give Deaf people their first ever complete Bible in a sign language!
We TRAIN – the Deaf Missions Training Center (DMTC) trains and equips men and women to be more effective church planters, leaders, preachers, Bible translators and missionaries.
We REACH – our staff and students utilize the ASL Bible, Daily Devotions for the Deaf, and other resources as they go out and reach Deaf people with the Gospel message.
Through these three priorities, Deaf Missions is IMPACTING the lives of Deaf men, women and children around the world!
www.deafmissions.com | 21199 Greenview Road., Council Bluffs, IA 51503 | 712.322.5493
Good News Productions, Inc. (GNPI)
WCC is proud to have been supporting GNPI since the beginning of their ministry over forty years ago. Throughout those years, GNPI has maintained a high level of excellence in producing content that communicates the Gospel in a relevant way. The global reach that GNPI has continues to grow, thanks to their strong vision and commitment to spreading the good news of Jesus.
"GNPI produces culturally relevant, Biblically based content in digital, video, and print format to accelerate global evangelism. GNPI helps people access the Gospel in their native language in a way they can understand." - www.gnpi.org
www.gnpi.org | 2111 N. Main St., Joplin, MO 64801 | 417.782.0060
Mision Caribe is a non-profit organization based out of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We are glorifying God in Honduras by planting seeds and growing them in faith, love and service to touch a hurting world. Mision Caribe exists to teach the Gospel and to help meet the physical needs of the people of Honduras. We also provide spiritual and physical nourishment to our brothers and sisters. For years, God has allowed us to meet those needs through the churches in the communities in which we work. We have planted seven churches, which are now thriving in La Victoria, San Lorenzo, El Paraiso, Villa Franca, Los Jutes, San Jose and San Luis. We are actively training and equipping leaders of the church to serve in the Christian ministry by teaching classes and holding seminars.
In addition to fulfilling spiritual needs, we meet the physical demands of hunger, clothing, and housing for the poor in Honduras. We have established feeding programs, organized teams to build homes and other construction needs, and have many other ministries that allow us to be active with youth and show love to our community.
www.caribbeanoutreach.net | PO Box 76, Carterville, MO 64835
Nebowa Christian Camp
Nebowa Christian Service Camp was formed in 1950 by a group of independent Christian Churches from Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa wanting a place where their youth could attend camp. The name "Nebowa" is formed from the names of the states and Nebraska and Iowa. Blue Lake, an old oxbow of the Missouri River and located just west of Onawa, Iowa, was the perfect location. On the northeast shore of the lake sat a five acre peninsula owned by the Reynolds family. Its only use was a cow pasture and they gladly allowed the camp to utilize it. Mostly donated labor and materials were used to construct the chapel, dining hall, and dorms.
The flood of 1952 wiped out the camp, and the area churches were forced to start over again. Gradually over time, other buildings were added to the camp including a new chapel, bunkhouse for the staff, a health station, shop, and sleeping quarters for the manager.
With the addition of a storm shelter in 2009 (used dually as the new chapel area) and most recently a brand new dorm building completed in 2017, Camp Nebowa is taking great steps to continue reaching new generations for Christ. WCC supports the camp both by regular giving as well as sending students from our area to camps throughout the Summer.
www.nebowa.com | PO Box 222, Onawa, IA 51040 | 712.644.7772
Leroy & Gayle Randall
Leroy Randall was born in Minnesota and spent his childhood in the United States and in South Africa, where his father, Dr. Max Ward Randall, was a pioneer missionary. Following his graduation from Minnesota Bible College, Leroy married his college sweetheart, Gayle. He had ministries in Minnesota and Wisconsin and then spent ten years in Zambia teaching and preaching and establishing churches.
Leroy pastored a number of churches in Western Australia before planting Endeavour Christian Gathering (where he now serves as Associate Pastor) in 1999. He is a gifted expositor of God’s Word with a deep passion for global missions. Leroy recently published his second book, “Livingstone’s Rifle” – a collection of stories dealing with the extraordinary period he spent in Zambia.
Leroy and Gayle Randall have four children and twelve grandchildren.