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Rushton’s Hope – Ron and Wanda Cook, Griffin GA

Rushton’s Hope was launched from Oak Hill Baptist Church in 2007 out of a dream by Ron and Wanda to impact lives with hope in Christ from the inner city to the international in obedience to the Great Commission. We are providing real, relational, and reproductive multicultural, mentoring, mission opportunities “from the steeple to the people”. This includes a variety of weekly/seasonal activities/events touching a multitude of souls since the launch.

New Mercy Baptist Church – Pastor Grady Caldwell, Griffin, GA

New Mercy Baptist Church is an inner-city ministry composed of a body of believers in Jesus Christ that demonstrates the redemptive power of God’s love by manifesting the principles of the Kingdom of God that will affect individuals, families, and the community.

Christian Women’s Center – Becky Smith, Executive Director,  Griffin, GA

The Christian Women’s Center is an interdenominational Christian outreach to women in crisis.  We offer a 12-month residential discipleship program to women believing they can be restored to physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness through Christian discipleship.  We provide certified Christian trauma counseling, addictions group counseling, Biblical studies, mentoring, life skills, job rehabilitation, community volunteering, health/dental care (by partnering with professional in our community) and individualized programming for each resident.

Habitat For HumanityMark Staples

Griffin Area Habitat for Humanity (GAHFH) shows the love of God by building or rehabilitating houses for families that are living in substandard housing. We sell the house to the family at cost and no interest on a 30-year loan. Mark is the Executive Director and Contractor for GAHFH.

Mark and his wife Barbara celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

West Central Integrated Treatment Facility, Zebulon, GA 

An integrated treatment facility for female probation violators with co-occurring conditions who receive mental health and substance abuse treatment; housing 194 individuals at maximum capacity.

For more than 12 years Oak Hill has been provided the opportunity to share the love of Christ with not only the inmates but the staff and officers as well. “Our mission at the Prison is to be Jesus to them. There is a common, human need for love and compassion which allows the ladies to be open and honest about the changes they are seeing in themselves through Christ”. In addition to providing emotional and spiritual support, this ministry provides for physical needs as well in the way of Bibles, card supplies, food, music, clothing & shoes, glasses, books for the library, and many more things.

Georgia Mountain Resort Ministries (GMRM) – Keith Ivey, Helen Georgia

Keith is the director of Georgia Mountain Resort Ministries (GMRM). GMRM is a year-round evangelistic outreach to the people who live, work, and play in the Northeast Georgia mountains. Through partnerships with local churches and mission teams, GMRM utilizes every opportunity to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the area.

Keith and his wife Amy have four children – Jacob, Katharine, Laura and John Mark.

Raceway Ministries Atlanta – Connie Yancey, Executive Director

Based on 1 Peter 4:10, Raceway Ministries Atlanta trains, equips and mobilizes believers to utilize their God-given gifts to intentionally cultivate relationships with unbelievers, demonstrate God’s grace to a watching world and join God in what He’s doing in their communities.  We utilize Atlanta Motor Speedway as the focal point and training ground for the impact of this ministry locally and globally.

Seven Wells – Paul & Elisha Sewell, Georgia Tech

Paul & Elisha serve at Georgia Tech and in Midtown Atlanta to raise up and train young adults to go and bless the unreached nations with the Gospel of Jesus. We also welcome and reach out to the 140 nations that are at Georgia Tech.

Global Gates – New York City and other Gateway Cities

The mission of Global Gates is to see gospel transformation of the world’s most unevangelized people groups who have come to global gateway cities, and through them reach their communities around the world.

There are over 69 Communities of Unreached/Least-Reached Peoples in Metro New York. After many years, most of these people group communities still have no church and little to no gospel witness. We pass them everyday, precious souls hidden in plain sight behind walls of strongholds, built up through years of misunderstanding and indifference. It is high time to change this situation! Lets see what the Lord does when we commit to being part of something so vital and incredibly bigger than ourselves!

Graceworks – Scott Kirby,  Alaska

After founding Global Partnership Ministries over 25 years ago to help respond to the newly opened doors in Eastern Europe, Scott moved to Alaska 10 years ago and started GraceWorks. This summer GraceWorks hosted 882 volunteers representing 70 church/school groups to work in parks throughout Anchorage and served over 13,000 meals to disadvantaged kids.

Scott and his wife Connie live in Anchorage.

Operation Mobilization – Haiti

OM’s ministry in Haiti is multi-faceted. We have been working there since a few days after the earthquake in January 2010. We have obviously switched from pure relief and development to a more holistic ministry approach. We provide training for pastors, work with the Hope for the Children orphanage through child sponsorships, and help establish micro-businesses – specifically raising chickens to not only feed people but also to raise funds for the salaries of teachers at a school we work with in Merceron. We have begun recruiting for foreign missions and have a few Haitians in the pipeline for future mission service.

Hopegivers International (HGI) – Samuel and Shelley Thomas,  India

Hopegivers International’s passion is to fulfill its God-given mission of redeeming children through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and raising them as “arrows of God.” Along with a heart for orphans, Hopegivers ministers to and assists dowry castaways, lepers, the blind and children with AIDS.

Over 50,000 churches have been planted through the ministry of Hopegivers, along with 190 schools, 53 Hope homes and over 100 Bible colleges.

Pastor TeoFil Mihoc – Jibou, Romania

Pastor Teo has pastored Jibou Baptist Church since 1997 and has been the president of the Cluj Baptist Association since 2007. Their vision is to plant a new church in every village in their area and help these churches mature. They have planted 11 churches in the past 15 years.

Teo and his wife Camelia have two children Daniela and Emanuel.

IMB,– David and Ann Boyter, Culiacan, Mexico

David and Ann have served with the International Mission Board in Mexico since 1986. They reach indigenous farm workers in the migrant farming area of Culiacan, and make disciples who can take the gospel back to their communities where they, too, will make disciples.

David and Ann have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Open Doors – Ministry to the Persecuted Church

For over 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world’s most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement and Christian Community Restoration.



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