International Missionaries

International Missionaries

International Missionaries have always been a very important part of our stewardship responsibilities.  For more detailed information regarding our Missionary Support, please contact committee chairs Kent and Dianna KoebkeNewsletters from our missionaries are posted under pictures if applicable.

For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” Romans 10:13-15 (NRSV)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior and that all people everywhere are called to place their faith, hope, and love in Him. –From SHPC Statement of Faith

The International Missionaries Committee has oversight of foreign missionaries, i.e. selection, monetary support, and development of relationships.  -Committee Mission Statement

Please see our printed pamphet for information about our missionaries in the Middle East

Andrew Attia – London
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Andrew Attia grew up in the Middle East in a multicultural city and family, moving there with his family when he was three. Andrew is currently living and working in London.

“I share the gospel through outreach, follow up with those who are interested, and begin to develop relationships where the Bible can be introduced.  There is a vision for raising up disciples who will then become leaders and share with their own family, friends and nations of origin.  God is working to reach London for his Glory!”

Christmas Card address: 116 Bramley Rd. London W106SU

Botho & Gisela Heinz – Germany
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Botho Heinz, missionary with Theologischer Schulungs-Service e.V. since 1990, began a missionary career 1977 in Neues Leben. He has worked with Familienradio (today erf-South Tyrol /part of TWR) as editor and founded Theologischer Schulungs-Service.  He received his academic training at Freie Theologische Akademie and graduated as MDiv.His ministry with Theologischer Schulungs-Service started out in Soviet Union and was focused for years in Russia and Ukraine. In addition he has developed ministries in: Poland, Hungary, Austria, Romania and Croatia.  Furthermore he has ministered in Kenya, the U.S. and Canada through affiliation with World Reach.

 Christmas Card address:  P.O. Box 26155, Birmingham, AL 35260

Don & Charlene Woods – Mongolia
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Charlene and Donaldson Woods are third-generation teaching missionaries of their family to Asia from the Presbyterian Church, having lived and served in Hong Kong, China, Mongolia and Samoa. Now semi-retired they are directors of the Presbyterian Mission to Mongolia, a small non-profit organization authorized and licensed by the Mongolian government and supported by local churches and the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.  PMM and the Woods serve a Gobi Desert region larger than Texas, providing support for the recently emerging Mongolian church (no denominations yet), training lay pastors, providing “moving” or yurt churches, assisting homeless children and seniors, and supporting basic health care services and education for those who have had neither. They also work among severely handicapped children, including the blind and those with neurological disorders.  PMM teams consist of volunteers, often supported by local churches, with team size limited due to accommodations and travel vehicle limitations in the Gobi Desert region. Charlene holds degrees in Christian Education and Early Childhood Education, and Don, Theology and Technical Education. They have attended Erskine College, Princeton Seminary, the University of Illinois, and Kansas State University).

 Christmas Card address:  P.O. Box 4, Montreat, NC  28757 

Andrew & Iris Bornman – Mexico
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Andrew and Iris Bornman run the agricultural program of the Community Health Evangelism team. Andrew works with native communities training them in better agricultural and animal husbandry techniques. Andrew and Iris have four children.

“Our intention from the beginning of our ministry here in Mexico has been to combat malnutrition among the Tarahumara through teaching agriculture, and to take advantage of every opportunity to call men to repentance and salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ. This remains our purpose.”

 Christmas Card address:  4001 114 Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Sebber Banda and Rev. Carlos Faquione – Mozambique
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The holistic evangelism project in Mozambique’s Tete Province is transforming thousands of lives. This ministry has helped the Presbyterian Church of Mozambique establish more than 80 new congregations in the last 20 years. These churches continue reaching out to their neighbors, sharing the Gospel with those who do not know the Lord.

Sebber Banda assumed the leadership position of the Holistic Evangelism Project after the sudden death of Rev. Nedson Zulu in November 2018. Sebber has led the Health Awareness Campaign for many years, is familiar with the work, and is also extremely qualified.

Rev. Carlos Faquione serves as the Assistant Project Director. Carlos has a long-time relationship with the congregations of the Tete Province and is well known and respected. He also trained under Nedson for several years.

 Christmas Card address:  The Outreach Foundation, c/o Barry Long, 381 Riverside Dr #110, Franklin, TN 37064

Tim & Debbie Dunn – Brazil

Tim recently retired from Delta Air Lines after a 22 year career.  He has long been committed to God’s mission in the world, and he developed a passion for the Brazilian people through Debbie, the daughter of PCUSA missionaries.  After being ordained as a PCUSA Minister in 2007, Tim was called as the part-time Associate Minister of Multicultural Ministries at Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia.  Tim is continuing his education through the Doctor of Missiology program at Fuller Theological Seminary.  His desire is to be used by God to help the Brazilian Church grow through evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, church planting and mission mobilization. Debbie is a career music educator who has taught choral and general music in public and private schools at elementary and high schools. She has also served in a number of churches where she has led children’s and youth choirs.  Debbie’s desire is to help children praise God. As SEPAL works to increase the number of Brazilians serving cross-culturally and strengthen the leadership development and care, not only of these missionaries, but for Christian leaders throughout Brazil, the Dunns will be contributing in significant ways.

Christmas Card address:  11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024

Bob & Kristi Rice – South Sudan

Bob and Kristi began  as mission workers of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2010-2017), where they served with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC). They are still with the PC(USA) currently serving in South Sudan. Bob and Krist bring a passion for evangelism, equipping leaders and building up the Church.

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Christmas Card address:  205 Lake Shore Circle, Bloomington, IL 61704

John McCall – Taiwan
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John travels throughout Taiwan teaching courses on ministry and spiritual formation to pastors and lay leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan.  He helps pastors find encouragement and challenges by helping them develop intentional communities. He facilitates mentoring relationships between older and younger pastors, as well as churches seeking to serve the growing population of urban aboriginal people who have left their villages for jobs in the cities.  He also teaches courses at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Taipei.

Christmas Card address: No. 20, Lane 2, Sec. 2; Yang Teh Rd, Shihlin; Taipei 111 Taiwan

Jack and Carolyn Brakebill – Cuba

Carolyn and Jack Brakebill have been going to Cuba for over two decades. Their activities include: Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Preaching, Teaching, Counseling, Advising,
Planting Churches, Founding Home Cell Groups, Identifying Sites for religious activities, Visiting in Homes, Praying with Christians and Non- Christians alike,
Supervising “physical education” Sessions, and Visiting the sick and elderly in hospitals and in their homes.