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Financial Support

We currently financially support over 30 active missionaries representing at least 11 countries. During Missions Month we collect a special “Faith Promise” offering that supports specific missionary projects and/or local ministries. In addition, our students and adult leaders go on summer missions trips and raise support through our congregation.

Global Missions

Student Mission Trips

Each summer the Brandywine Students offers short-term summer mission trips for students in grades 7-12. For more information about these trips please contact Melissa Stein.

SALT

The SALT (Support and Leadership Training) ministry is designed primarily to develop an effective theological education program for leaders and pastors who are unable to attend Bible schools and seminaries. They serve in South America and Europe. Learn more about SALT

Global Media Outreach (GMO)

GMO uses social media and online connections to share Christ throughout the world. Global Media Outreach exists to share Jesus online, grow people in faith and connect them to Christian communities. Technology reaches into countries where missionaries can’t go and helps new believers grow in places where a mention of the name of Jesus can lead to death. Volunteers, apps, social media, a secure response system, and online advertising come together as a new model to share Jesus with every person on Earth. Brandywine attendees serve as online missionaries through Global Media Outreach. For more information about Global Media Outreach or to volunteer, please contact the church office.

February Missions Month

Each February Brandywine focuses on missions. We have guest speakers, missionaries, a missions dinner and opportunities to get engaged.

Learn more about 2022 Missions Month

God has placed our church in the Brandywine Valley to be a lighthouse for Christ. We have the opportunity to engage the nations right at our doorstep! This year’s theme is the Sent Church, with a focus on local church mobilization and Gospel partnerships in our city.

We will slow down and take time to begin dreaming and praying on how we can mobilize our church locally for the Gospel. The teachings, prayers and conversations throughout the month will converge on a renewed awareness of what it means to be a Sent Church.

SERMON SERIES: THE SENT CHURCH

The series will draw upon accounts of the early church from selected passages from the Book of Acts. We will explore how the early church was characterized by courage, curiosity, committed prayer, and cultural awareness. We will consider how we are living out our mission to help more people find and follow Jesus.

Missions Dinner and Kids' Missions Program

Tickets for the Missions Dinner are now on sale. Join us on Friday, February 18 at 6pm for an Americana dinner. The theme of this year’s Mission Dinner is Sent Locally and highlights is our new Pastor of Church Mobilization and Groups, Terry Foester. Come get to know Pastor Terry and what “mobilization” is all about.

Our local Gospel Partners will also be in attendance at the Dinner. This is a great time to connect with them and learn about their ministries.

We are also having a Kids’ Missions Program following the meal for kids in 5th grade and under. Sign up for the Kids’ Program when you register for the dinner.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, February 11. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Capacity is limited, purchase your tickets now! Tickets are $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per family.

We need volunteers for the dinner and the Kids’ Program. If you are able to volunteer, please let us know when you register for the dinner.

If you cannot attend the Missions Dinner but want to come for the Q&A portion of the evening, you can join us in the Sanctuary at 7:30pm or view it on our website or on Facebook.

Missions Dinner Menu

  • Philly cheesesteaks
  • Chicken cheesesteaks
  • Mac & cheese
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Salad
  • Potato chips
  • Cookies/brownies
  • Lemonade/ice tea/water/coffee
  • Vegetarian/gluten-free/dairy-free menu option available – request at registration

Adult Sunday Classes During Missions Month

The Adult Sunday Classes will take a two-week break from their regular class topics and examine living the sent life as a believer and how we, as Brandywine, can more intentionally live out our faith in our everyday surroundings. We will also Begin to unpack what it means to mobilize together. Pastor Terry is teaching on February 6 and Pastor Nate is teaching on February 13.

Faith Promise

Faith Promise is an offering taken annually to support special missions projects. The money is supposed to come from “found money” (a tax refund, overtime work, etc.) or as a conviction from God that you should give a specific amount to His work instead of spending it on something else.

The 2022 Faith Promise will assist refugees from Afghanistan who have been relocated to Delaware. The 2022 Faith Promise goal is $20,000.

In our Ruth sermon series, we saw how Boaz demonstrated God’s “chessed” or “lovingkindness” in how he cared for Ruth and Naomi. Our pastors challenged us, as the body of Christ, to embody this same chessed to those in our community. Like Boaz, we have a timely opportunity to extend both financial and tangible assistance to a group of vulnerable individuals and families who have arrived at our doorstep from Afghanistan.

We will be working with a local resettlement organization to help to meet the basic needs of Afghan refugees: food, clothing, housing, translation services, transportation, education and more.

The Faith Promise offering is being collected through Sunday, February 27, 2022. You can donate via:

  • Giving online via credit card or ACH. Select “Faith Promise” as the Designation when giving.
  • Check payable to Brandywine with “faith promise” written in the memo line. Checks can be placed in the offering boxes at the back of the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings or mailed to Brandywine.
  • Cash in an envelope with “faith promise” written on the envelope. Place this gift in the offering boxes at the back of the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings.

Supported Missionaries

Brandywine partners with churches, mission boards, and other parachurch organizations in local and cross-cultural outreach. Below is the list of missionaries supported by Brandywine Valley Baptist Church.

Missionaries are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Gabe & Judy Agostini

Mission Organization: SALT and Ripe for the Harvest
Location: Delaware, United States

Gabe is the Director of SALT (Support and Leadership Training) Ministries and SETE (Seminary of Theological Education by Extension). These ministries train/teach church leaders in Latin America and South America and facilitate short-term missions trips.

Steve & Rochelle Anderson

Mission Organization: Prison Outreach of Delaware, Inc.
Location: Delaware, United States

Steve ministers at two correctional facilities in Delaware where he leads programs and Bible studies with an emphasis on making disciples for Jesus Christ. Steve also leads an aftercare group that meets weekly to provide support for men recently released from prison.

Swede & Judy Anderson

Mission Organization: Cru
Location: Colorado, United States

Swede and Judy minister to students at Colorado State University.

Raphael & Karen Anzenberger

Mission Organization: MissionGo
Location: France

Raphael is an evangelist, speaker and author, serving globally with a passion to raise a new generation of young apostolic leaders. Serving as an international consultant and teacher, Raphael focuses on evangelism, church planting and missions, apologetics, and leadership.

Jeana Beno

Mission Organization: InterVarsity (IV) Christian Fellowship
Location: Delaware, United States

Jeana is the Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Delaware and the Eastern Shore. She recruits, coaches, and mobilizes staff and student leaders to grow Bible Studies and outreach as well as developing rapport with administration at the University of Delaware, Del Tech, Wilmington University, Delaware College of Art and Design, and other colleges and universities in the Delmarva area. 

Kathy Bergmen

Mission Organization: Wycliffe Bible Translators
Location: Michigan, United States

Kathy is a typesetter for New Testaments and other scripture translations in the indigenous languages of Peru. 

Ron & Char Bystrom

Mission Organization: Cru
Location: New Jersey, United States

Ron and Char serve college students and staff in the Mid-Atlantic Region with a focus on international missions sending. Ron also helps provide oversight to the 79 university ministries and a specialist focus to six international partnerships around the world.

Colleen Caskey

Mission Organization: InterVarsity (IV) Christian Fellowship
Location: Virginia, United States

Colleen is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for InterVarsity’s sports ministry at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the University of Delaware.

Thangi Chhange

Mission Organization: Converge Worldwide
Location: India

Thangi is a linguistic consultant and makes alphabets for people groups who do not have a written language. She also trains translators and assists churches in production of Christian and educational literature.

Keith & Marti Franchois

Mission Organization: WEC International
Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Keith and Marti work with various Middle East organizations, concentrating on getting the gospel to the more transient / nomadic people groups.

Al & Mary Ginter

Mission Organization: Entrust
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Al and Mary are involved in a training ministry to neighboring countries to help equip local pastors to be able to better serve their people.

Valik & Natasha Grushetskyy

Location: Ukraine

Valik is the Pastor of our sister church in Reya, Ukraine.

Pattie Harris

Mission Organization: Cru
Location: Delaware, United States

Pattie is the Northeast Regional Rep and Prayer Development Specialist for the Great Commission Global Prayer Movement. She mobilizes and trains people and churches to expand the discipline of prayer. Pattie also works with Global Media Outreach, a ministry using the internet for evangelism.

Jim & Lynne Head

Mission Organization: WorldTeam
Location: North Carolina, United States

Jim is the Pastoral Care Coordinator for WorldTeam missionaries serving in North and South America. He also offers pastoral care online for practical help and support. Lynne travels with him and assists when missionaries come to their home for help.

Kristen & Rodney Huffty

Mission Organization: Young Life
Location: Scotland

Kristen and Rodney are the Country Directors and Developers leading the Young Life Scotland team. Their mission includes training, mentoring and nurturing Young Life Scotland staff; growing volunteer leaders; developing strong relationships with Bible believing churches; participating in ministry to secondary and university students; and creating a culture of generous giving.

 

Liz Kealy

Mission Organization: Cru
Location: Massachusetts, United States

Liz is the Leadership Development Director for the Cru in the Northeast region. She ensures that gospel living and leadership development is happening at every level among the interns and staff; and recruiting and developing new team leaders.

Allen & Sharon Mercer

Mission Organization: Pioneers
Location: Hungary

Allen is a leader of a multinational church-planting team in Northeastern Hungary, which seeks to equip Hungarians to lead a dynamic church planting movement. Allen serves as a pastor/mentor and assists in other ministries. Sharon is a full-time mom and part-time mentor for women in her church.

Steve & Mary Njenga

Mission Organization: David’s Hope International
Location: Kenya

Steve works in the village of Eburru, Kenya with Camp Brethren Ministries (CBM). Much of this work is focused in church planting, care for the destitute and orphans, education through the CBCS Elementary and High School, health services through CBM Medical Center and discipleship ministry training.

Esperandieu & Dianne Pierre

Mission Organization: Cru
Location: Haiti

Pierre is the National Director of Haiti for Cru, overseeing Cru staff and ministries. His ministry also includes evangelism and discipleship through English as a second language (ESL) and humanitarian projects. He and Dianne founded Nehemiah Vision Ministries reaching Haitians through compassion projects including a Christian school. 

Jay & Kelley Reapsome

Mission Organization: Cru
Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Jay and Kelley are part of Cru’s Bridges Ministry at Penn State University. Their ministry focuses on reaching, building and equipping international students for Christ.

Miguel & Faithe Saccsara

Mission Organization: Empowering Quechuas
Location: Peru

Miguel and Faithe minister to the Quechua people in Peru. Some of the tools they use to reach people are futbol club, evangelistic English, technical training, and Adventure Ministry.

Tim & Gervais Santa Barbara

Mission Organization: Prison Outreach of Delaware, Inc.
Location: Delaware, United States

Tim is the Aftercare Associate and ministers to men recently released from prison. He also runs a weekly Bible study called Broken Beginnings.

Juan & Melissa Santafe

Mission Organization: Avant Ministries USA
Location: Colombia

Juan and Melissa are building relationships and working with small groups and house churches in the hope of eventually planting a church in Colombia grown from these small groups.

Tim & Kathy Sheetz

Mission Organization: Handi*Vangelism Ministries, Int.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Tim is the Founder and Director of Handi*Vangelism, Ministries Int., a ministry to people with disabilities and their families. They provide discipleship, provide opportunities for fun and fellowship and help bereaved parents through the grieving process. Kathy is editor of the newsletter, teaches Bible at Handi*Camp and provides hospitality for support groups.

Rio & Renata S.

Mission Organization: International Partnership Associates
Location: Southeast Asia

Rio and Renata develop partnerships of churches and mission agencies in reaching Muslims in Southeast Asia with Interdev Partnership Associates. Rio is also the pastor of a small congregation in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Scott & Jen Thomson

Mission Organization: Cru
Location: Connecticut, United States

Scott and Jen are the Directors of the Cru ministry at the University of Connecticut. During the school year, they lead staff, interns and students seeking to introduce others to Jesus, helping them grow in their faith and sending them out into the world to do the same. When school is out, they create ministry opportunities to help students develop a heart for the world.

Percy & Carol Valiente

Mission Organization: Serving in Missions (SIM)
Location: Peru

Percy and Carol are church planters involved in starting a new church called “Christian Community for the Family.” Percy ministers to men through The School of Biblical Manhood while Carol leads a women’s Bible study and is a children’s Sunday school teacher.

Missions Committee

Our Missions Committee is dedicated to praying for, serving and being liaisons for our local and global missionaries. For more information about this team contact Brett Dorsch.