Ron & Amy Townsend South Africa
We are going to serve the least of these in Cape Town, South Africa. The children of Masiphumelele live each and every day without hope and wondering how they will survive. We are starting an afterschool tutoring program and a feeding program which will allow us to build relationships and show them where their true hope comes from.
The Gideons International
The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While they are known worldwide for their work with hotels, they predominantly share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices. To date, they have placed 1.9 billion Scriptures and are on their way to 2 billion with our support.
What is known today as Caribbean Ministries Association began in the late 1980’s as a series of short-term mission trips from Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Lighthouse Baptist Church in the settlement of James Cistern in Eleuthera, Bahamas. After experiencing first hand some of the struggles of these believers, the church elders began to ask for additional help.
Over the course of the next decade, with the assistance of leaders in the local Brethren assemblies in Eleuthera and Nassau, the concept behind Eleuthera Bible Training Center (EBTC) took shape, culminating with a grand opening in the spring of 2002. In 2004, EBTC graduated its first class of pastors: 10 bi-vocational men from the island, representing 7 different churches and 5 different denominations, who persevered through 500 hours of coursework in biblical studies. Each one testifies of how much better equipped he is to shepherd the people of God in Eleuthera.
In 2005, CMA added Nicaragua missionaries, Carl and Kathy Most who were involved in youth leader training in partnership with the Nehemiah Center in Managua. Since then, Carl and Kathy have seen this training expand and multiply to other parts of Nicaragua, including León and Esteli.
Today CMA has expanded to many islands and countries throughout the Caribbean and Central America, and continues to look toward the future of providing accessible and affordable theological training.