Hillside is currently supporting the following Missionaries:
Carol Magnusson with International Training Partners
David & Phyllis Enns with World Team-RBMU International in Singapore
Brenda Ziska with G.E.M.-Greater Europe Mission in Austria
John & Mel Bjorgen with Converge Worldwide-BGC in Guadalajara, Mexico
Michael & Athena Kantartjis with One Challenge in Athens, Greece
Robert & Katherine Rodgers with N.I.C.E. in Lacey, WA
Valen & Carol Straley with InterAct Ministries in Kamloops, British Columbia
As well as the following Missions:
This Week’s Missionary Focus:
Winter Update on the ministry of John and Mel Bjorgen, in Guadalajara, Mexico, with Converge Worldwide Mission
Mel writes that the last couple of months have been difficult and joyous in different ways. The church plant that they have been working on for the past two years has permanently closed its doors. The national pastor that they were partnered with is also the Mexican director of another ministry focused on orphans, at-risk youth, and community development which was growing rapidly and he realized he could not do justice to both ministries. That left a very small congregation of seekers and new believers but no mature leaders outside of themselves. With one year remaining on their assignment they decided the best way to serve their congregation was to help integrate them into other healthy churches and continue to minister to help them grow in their walk with Christ.
They held the second Winter Gala, which is a magical evening for the families (children with disabilities) for them to feel loved and valued and just enjoy the time together. A pastor friend shared a Gospel message of the hope we find in Jesus Christ. About 300 people attended, which is double the amount from last year. (The Bjorgen’s son, Malachi, has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. Malachi, and many others enjoy a wonderful evening dancing with their families in their wheelchairs, all dressed up fancy, and savoring a marvelous evening like none other).
The ministry hasn’t gone the way they had planned but they know that God is in control and their time in Mexico has not been lost. They have seen salvations, baptisms, growth and change in the hearts and lives of the people they’ve been ministering to, and that part of the story continues on, even when other chapters come to a close. Pray for John, Melissa, Evangeline, Ellis, and Malachi in this time of transition and ongoing ministry.