RMPC serves as the feet of Christ through a supporting and sending missions ministry. We regularly send short-term teams to visit and work with the missionaries we support. These are the missionaries and institutions we support:
Mark & Megumi Bocanegra—Japan
Here is an update from them:
In the month of January, the Oyumino Christ Church Session and our MTW Keiyo Team officially confirmed our family’s desire to do church planting in the future in the East Tokyo/Chiba region. Because of this, there will be several new developments for us:
- In order to prepare for the church plant, we will be transitioning from “Short-Term” (2-3 yr) missionaries to “Long Term" (Career) missionaries March 2019. (FYI - We have personally have a long term call to Japan, but we were short-term missionaries because we wanted to apply to a PhD program after 2 years).
- If we are approved as long-term missionaries this March 2019, Megumi and I will return to the US in the Summer of 2019 to report to our supporters of our transition, to recruit a new team, and to find new partners for this next church plant.
- Furthermore, we will be beginning talks with a potential partnering churchin February about the possibility of a new church plant. The hope is to form a specific plan and schedule for the new church plant so that we can present it to existing and potential partners.
- Since Oyumino Christ Church has formally approved our desire to be sent out, I will be ending my time in Oyumino when we return to the US.
- If I get accepted to my PhD program, I will return to the US to do my PhD program while reporting, recruiting, and fundraising during the 4-5 years of studies. Then, Lord willing, I will return to do church planting and to support theological education. If I do not get accepted to a PhD program, I hope to use the next year or two to fundraise for the next church plant.
Things we’d like prayer for
- Develop our trust and love with our existing partners – Please let us know if you want to meet up! (Or we’ll just email you )
Logan & Molly Copely—Training Leaders International in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Buzz & Ruthi Curtis - Diaspora Project, California
The Curtises have been involved in church planting with OMF International since 1980. Once long-time workers in Thailand, they are now settled in Los Angeles launching new outreach ministries with the Thai people who live in the LA area. Direct contact can be made with Buzz and Ruthi by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt & Brenna Elder - Hope Church at ASU Campus
Good News Club - Henry Elementary School
Our own member, Gale Brown, serves on the team that ministers at Henry Elementary School through Child Evangelism Fellowship. They meet every Wednesday after school to share the gospel with children. They know that often times what the children are learning in the Good News Club is taken home and shared with their parents.
Jerry & Karen Knight (African Bible University) - Kampala, Uganda
Jerry serves as a professor at African Bible University (ABU) in Kampala, Uganda.
David and Julie Lindberg - Church Planting, South Jersey.
Josh & Alli McArthur - 6:8 Ministries in Costa Rica
Josh and Alli McArthur have three energetic little boys, Caleb, Micah and Judah. They are passionate about teaching, and modeling the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Costa Rica. Their call is to reach the young so that they can be instruments of change in their own culture. They moved to Costa Rica in July 2014, and spent a year in Alajuelita where they are getting adjusted to the culture, and building their language skills. They are now living at the Living Waters Children's Ranch. They have completed all the necessary steps to adopt a child from Costa Rica. (They are waiting to adopt "Shels" and cannot post her face - which is why they have covered it.) Josh is the Director of Living Waters Children's Ranch. He manages and leads missionary team, ranch staff, ranch development and community ministries.
Mike & Erin Pettengill - Director, Mission to the World (MTW) West Coast Office
Mike Pettengill has lived most of his life in California. Before his call to full-time missions, he worked in the California State Senate and was a ruling elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Sacramento. Mike graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife Erin launched MTW’s team in La Ceiba, Honduras, before moving to Central Africa to launch MTW’s ministry in Equatorial Guinea. Mike works now as Director of the West Coast office of MTW, recruiting, training and mentoring new missionaries as well as promoting the spread of the gospel through the missions efforts of local churches. His region covers California, Nevada, and Arizona. You can find out more about the West Coast office and sign up for their monthly newsletter here.
Luciano & Luciene Pires - Porto, Portugal
Luciano and Luciene Pires are the founders of a home-based Christian Institute focused on Apologetics and Evangelism, called Colloquium and have been PMI Missionaries since 2001. Their mission at Colloquium is to plant churches by presenting the truths of the Gospel in a way that will challenge the hearts and minds of this generation, especially university students. They are also actively engaged in Christian leadership training. Thus, their passion is to reach out to non-believers and to equip Christians to live all of life under the Lordship of Christ. You can sign up for their monthly emails by emailing Luciano at email@example.com.
Joel & Jessica Rinn - Ferrara, Italy
Joel graduated from Covenant Seminary with an M.Div. in 2003 and is ordained in the International Presbyterian Church, a small European denomination. Jessica has a BA in Bible Theology and is a native Italian. Jessica does translating and editing work for a Reformed publishing house in Italy called Alfa & Omega. After spending three years in the city of Ferrara, Joel and Jessica are now in the city of Verona, where they intend to plant a gospel-centered Presbyterian church. Verona is a fairly large city in northern Italy best known as the hometown of Romeo and Juliet. They have four children: Nicolas, Emeline, Anaelle, and Etienne. To discover more about recent ministry changes, watch their slide show here. You can also request to receive their monthly newsletter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John & Cathy Rug (MTW) - Viña del Mar, Chile
The Rugs have been involved in church-planting in Chile since 1986. Currently they are working with the Viña del Mar church planting effort. They minister the gospel to some of Chile’s “disposable” peoples, including the blind and deaf. In order to facilitate a church-planting movement that includes this largely overlooked group of disabled people, the Rugs minister to them, their relatives, and friends through a special project called CEMIPRE. This is a resource center for the uniquely-abled, in cooperation with the church-planting effort, helping the body of believers cross special needs barriers with the gospel of Christ. They have 4 children: Ana, Elena, Benjamin, and Juanita.