SALT (Serving Arabs Leadership Team) Ministries
SALT's mission is to proclaim Christ to Arabs and make disciples globally
SALT vision is to make Christ available to Arabs worldwide in their native tongue through an online virtual community. It is our hope that through this safe and protected online environment Arab Christians Leaders will be adequately equipped to grow God’s church in Arabic speaking communities.
-George and Heather
HOPE2 unofficially started in the bush of Liberia in 2005 when three men from Muncie, Indiana made a trip to the west coast of Africa. Sam Wrisley, Dave Rawls, and Doug Marcum traveled with another ministry to help lead and teach at a minister's conference in Liberia, a small country of three million people who, just a few months earlier, had ended a devastating 14 year civil war that left the country with little to no infrastructure, or hope. The men all had the same response upon coming home: we have to help.
In 2007, another group returned to again minister at the same conference to share in the leadership training. The two trips, plus two years of praying, led to a calling on several hearts to help one of the Liberian ministers and his congregation, who desperately needed a building to meet in for church. The result was The Amazing 80, a call to have 80 individuals, churches, or businesses give $1,000 each so an $80,000 building could be constructed for this church. The response led to a building which exists today for Monrovia United Christian Church. The work had just begun, as the vision became much greater.
A larger group ventured to Liberia in early 2009. A medical clinic, women's conference, vacation Bible school, and water system construction were all on the agenda. Broken hearts and a desire to do more is what the team brought back to the United States. Later that same year, the Amazing 80 vision expanded to become HOPE2 with a purpose to "water the thirsty" through the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
HOPE2 was officially recognized as a not-for-profit entity in May of 2010. Land was purchased in Marshall in early 2011, which today is the site of our Hope Center, a multi-purpose facility used to house teams, provide residency for Liberian team members, and host group events for training and teaching. In 2015, a school, Hope Academy, was built on this land providing much needed education to children in the area.
Today, HOPE2 continues to grow our vision of providing hope to the people of Liberia. Safe water systems, education via the Hope Academy, leadership training, medical clinics, seminars to train teachers, helping orphanages, and providing jobs are just a few of the ways HOPE2 is serving this war torn country.
This is our story, our history. We desire to provide true HOPE by helping the Liberians sustain their life through both safe and living water. We are now accountable because we have witnessed their suffering. This is just the beginning. We hope you will be a part of the next chapter to Water the Thirsty.
Our vision is more than just supplying safe water;
HOPE2's vision is to culminate a renewed sense of hope in the Liberian people through safe water, medical care, education, and training. This results in better health and stronger leaders for a healthier and stronger Liberia.
In Proverbs 29:18, the Lord says, " Where there is no vision, the people perish." We certainly understand the gravity of the moment, but are not lost in it. Driven by the vision of a hope-filled Liberia, we labor on. Our ministry seeks to meet poverty's aggression with a clear vision for the future. Hope loves in the moment while it inspires the future.
Sam Wrisley is originally from Vestaburg, Michigan. He has been married to his lovely wife Kathy for twenty-three years and they are blessed with three amazing kids; Taylor, Silas and Mason. They currently live in Muncie, Indiana. Sam attended Great Lakes Christian College as a non-Christian and surrendered his life to Christ while there. He graduated from GLCC in 1993. He started Harvest Christian Fellowship in Muncie, Indiana in 2002 and is still the senior minister of the congregation. Sam began traveling to Liberia, Africa with a group of ministers in 2005 which led to the founding of the non-profit organization HOPE2 in 2010. He currently serves as president of HOPE2 and travels to Liberia, Africa four times a year to serve.
Rio Bravo Christian Ministries
In the early 1990's I was chosen by the eldership of Central Christian Church in Rockford, IL to be Mission Committee Leader. After getting information on all the missions we supported at that time, I decided that it would be good for us to not just be sending funds to those missionaries but actually develop a more personal connection with our mission works in foreign lands. I connected with Mexico Border Christian Ministries, of Piedras Negras, MX and their Director, Mario Calderon. In a short amount of time, we took a team of men to work there. We did mostly construction type assistance with their needs. For the next six years I took teams of men, women, teens and combined groups to work in Mexico with that mission. This particular work was in church planting, preaching, teaching, radio and tv ministry, national conferences and camps. At the same time, the short-term work with teams going there from the U.S. was taking a major amount of time and energy from the missionary, Mario Calderon. In 1996, I spoke to Mr. Calderon to see if it would be of help to him to have my family and I move to the border to help him with the influx of short-term teams. He was having about 25 teams a year. He cried at my suggestion and said he had been praying for many years for help. I was currently providing for our living by working in my own construction and remodeling business and felt I could bring that expertise to the work in Mexico.
After prayer, conversation with my wife, telling our children our thoughts, and going to the elders of Central Christian Church for their input, we were commissioned by that church in the Spring of 1997 and left for the field of service in Mexico in June of 1997. The time from talking to our elders to being commissioned was about a year. During that time we spent meeting with interested people and churches about the work that would take place there raising supporters for prayer and finances.
My main responsibilities were with the U.S. Short-term teams and the building projects in Mexico not only with Mexican Border Christian Ministries but also with other area churches. After three years with MBC, we departed and began a new ministry more directed at church planting, preaching, teaching and training on a local level in the north border area of the state of Coahuila. Our departure was amicable with Mario Calderon and he has long been our mentor as we continued to serve in Mexico as co-workers on the Mexican border.
In 2001, we began ministering as Rio Bravo Christian Ministries along the north border of Mexico in the state of Coahuila.
Our scripture used for service was primarily, "Therefore, encourage and build each other up." I Thessalonians 5:11. Our primary focus was to assist in strengthening the church in that area. Our areas of ministry are: New Church Planting, Preaching, Teaching & Training, Physical Resource Assistance, and Intern Training.
Since 2001, three churches have been planted. Growth has not been huge in each one but those who have come to Christ are faithful and diligent. The Guerrero Church of Christ and San Carlos Church of Christ, which were begun by Rio Bravo Christian Ministries are both independent of RBCM of both funds and leadership and are independent. The third church, The San Antonio Church of Christ in Acuna, MX is only a year old.
We started construction and development of a Christian Camp facility, Rancho San Jose, in rural San Carlos, Coah., MX about ten years ago. This camp's purpose is to teach others from Luke 10:27, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;' and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself." All events held at that location: summer camps, retreats, bible studies, training seminars and life skills training is done from that location to the area churches and uses Luke 10:27 for the purpose of service at that location.
One of our primary focuses in this ministry was to reach men with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The camp/ranch facility in the ranching community of San Carlos has made it possible for us to reach out to the men with various manly type activities. We began several years ago with Bow Shooting Competitions, meals and a preaching to build relationship with the men in the area. One most recent men's weekend seminar focused on fishing both physically and for men spiritually and had over 40 men and sons in attendance.
Four years ago, I moved from full-time directorship and we invited a local Evangelist in the Acuna area to become our Field Director. Antonio Preciado, who was and still is an Evangelist at the Del Centro Church of Christ in Acuna now directs all ministry done on the field. He is a self-taught Evangelist by studying God's word.
While I am still Director in whole of this effort with guidance of our mission board, our long-term goal is for me to step down completely from this mission effort and for it to be under more National Directorship after the proper people and resources are in place for continued ministry there in that Mexican border area.
Our camp has a caretaker with family that live at the site and care for the site. Gerardo (Gerry) Romero and his wife, Lupita are both graduates of Colegio Biblico in Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras, MX. We also are attempting to do some agricultural work there to help bring in funds which in time, we hope will help make the camp self-sustaining. At this time we have a cash crop of hay and cattle. I work directly with Gerry on the agricultural aspects of the work there as he did not have prior experience in that area. Gerry is an excellent Evangelist with a profound testimony of God changing his life and he shares it freely with others both those at camp for our scheduled events but also to those who work part-time with him. He recently brought a laborer to an awareness of Jesus Christ and the young man gave his life to Christ and was baptized back in the summer.
David Gonzalez, he is a graduate of the Bible College in Central, MX, his wife, Silvia and three boys are located at the San Antonio Church of Christ in Acuna with that new church plant. It has been slow work but currently there is one woman involved in bible study and several children.
The Ministry of Rio Bravo is still under the guidance of the Eldership at Central Christian Church as well as board as required by law for a 501c3 status. Our board members ae both elders at that congregation.
We continue to put the preaching of the gospel and the teaching/training/nurturing of people in their growth of relationship with Jesus Christ at the fore front of our ministry.
God has been very gracious to us throughout the years and we have stories we can tell of his working in people's lives there in Mexico primarily because of the prayers, encouragement, and support of others. Because of that spiritual investment for the past 20 plus years, there is a vibrant body of Christ, living, serving and telling others of the gospel in Mexico.
Elder Orphan Care
Elder Orphan Care exists to provide help and hope for older adults in need. In so doing it is our joy to share God’s love in both word and deed.
We have been serving a large elderly population in Romania since 2011. We partner with national servants of God who rescue elderly and frail from extremely challenging situations and give them shelter, medical care, nutrition and love in their later years. It is our privilege to come alongside them with encouragement, prayer, teams, funds and resources.
In 2017 we began helping older adults in need in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, where Elder Orphan Care’s office is based. We partner with local senior-serving organizations to meet a variety of practical needs while providing support and building friendships with individuals who are isolated and often extremely discouraged.
As God continues to write our story we hope to expand our reach to serve more of our world’s rapidly aging population, advocate for their care, and encourage others with what we are learning along the way!
When Kim Jackson began praying for “a new adventure” in the fall of 2010, she had no idea that God had Elder Orphan Care in mind!
She is an unlikely candidate to lead a ministry to older adults. Kim graduated from Lincoln (IL) Christian University in 1979 and served for many years as a youth worker in several churches, and worked at Standard Publishing Company in the Vacation Bible School department.
Kim’s also had the privilege of “bragging on the Lord” in 30 states as well as Ukraine, Haiti, Guatemala, Venezuela, Romania and Canada.
Kim grew up in Palestine, Illinois, lived in Virginia, Ohio and Florida, and has enjoyed calling Concord, North Carolina home since 2007. She travels to Romania 2 – 3 times a year with mission teams to serve the elderly and frail and encourage EOC’s partners in ministry. She also travels widely within the United States, raising awareness and resources for Elder Orphan Care.
She enjoys writing and has been published in several periodicals including The Lookout, Christian Standard, The Upper Room, YouthWorker Journal, and ReachOut Columbia.
Kim is grateful that God answered her prayer for a new adventure by launching Elder Orphan Care! She prays that in the years to come EOC will continue to bring glory to God and help and hope to older adults in need, where He leads!
Asian Children's Mission
Kathy is passionate about missions and serving God both here and abroad. Her knowledge of nutrient-dense foods and their impact on health has led her to focus on improving nutrition for orphans and students in ACM facilities. She and her husband, Gene, live in Denver, CO. They have served on the mission field in Mexico as well as Myanmar. In addition to improving nutrition for the ACM's children, they are intensely involved in the Joshua School for Special Needs Children. This is a new work of ACM in Mandalay, Myanmar and it is hoped that this will be the model for more Joshua Schools in other parts of Myanmar in the coming years.They have four grown children and five grandsons.
-Kathy and Gene