In the fall of 2021, Hope Church began a partnership relationship with Iglesia Bautista Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower Church) in Chicá, Panama under the umbrella of EFCA's Global Fingerprints program. As a church, we have sent short-term missions teams to Chicá and we also currently support 41 children in their neighborhood. The church there connects with these children regularly to help assess and provide for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, all with a focus on sharing the love of Christ and the Good News! It's our goal to grow this relationship to build a true ministry partnership and continue to send short-term teams regularly as we minister together in Panama and in Iowa. We are so blessed and excited to see what God has in store as we grow deeper with them!
update (SumMer 2023)
Romans 10:13-15 says: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
At Hope Church, it’s our desire to support missionaries in different regions of the world both financially and prayerfully. We want to make the greatest use of the Lord’s resources, being good stewards of what is entrusted to us through congregational giving. We believe the focus of our missions support should lean toward missionaries who are involved in mission work that multiplies their impact through things like church planting, training and equipping leaders, and other work that leverages their gifts for broad impact.
Andres & Kayla Barreto
World Reach in Bogota, Columbia.
Andres grew up in Columbia and studied with World Reach. They are recently married and beginning this new assignment with World Reach.
Their focus is mainly on equipping and developing leaders through Bible institutes, outreach and evangelism in the local church and church planting through the formation of small groups.
Ritch & Susan
ReachGlobal, Czech Republic
Ritch and Susan live in Czech Republic, where they are responsible for church planting ministries. Ritch leads seminars on this topic all over Europe.
These two enjoy their five children who are now all young adults. Ritch is from Iowa and Susan, Minnesota.
Barry & Karla Hannant
ReachGlobal & Immigrant Pathway in
San Antonio, TX
New Mexico Immigrant Pathway helps immigrant families secure adequate incomes, stabilize their finances, accumulate savings, raise healthy, happy, strong and academically achieving children and reside in vibrant and economically sustainable communities.
Barry helped oversee Hope’s new addition to the Kennedy Campus as a contractor. Barry and Karla are originally from Nebraska - guess Cornhuskers aren’t all that bad after all!
ReachGlobal, Mexico City, Mexico
Jared supports church planting, international discipleship through an organization called Avance & local university outreach ministry through English clubs & Bible studies.
Jared is the grandson of long-time Hope attendees Wil & Nan Anderson who were also missionaries in South America for decades! Jared is the grandson of Hope attendees Will and Nan Anderson.
Steve & Jill Schmidt
Serving with Cru, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Steve leads operational teams across the US to enable as many college and high school students and faculty to hear the Gospel both domestically and internationally.
Both Steve and Jill are from Iowa and Jill grew up attending Hope Church.
YWAM in Louisville, KY and internationally.
Kate grew up at Hope Church and accepted Christ through our Youth Group. She is following God’s leading and exploring the mission field through various assignments with YWAM (Youth With A Mission).