Global Mission Partners
Woodlands works with individuals across the world who are pursuing a vision to bring God's love and care to the nations of the world. We call these people our Global Partners.
In some ways they are very ordinary every-day Christians, in other ways they are brilliant and courageous adventurers. Find out more about them and the work they do below.
If you have any questions about our Global Partners, how to support them or want more information on them or short term-mission trips opportunities, or would like to join the monthly Global Partners prayer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex & Caroline Foote (Paris, France)
Alex and his French wife, Caroline, were invited by the oldest Protestant church in Paris to assist with their growth in 2007. The church has expanded from 30 to 300 in the last 7 years, with Alex as their student Pastor.
In September 2013 they accepted a call to move help the growth of a struggling Lutheran church in the Paris suburbs.
Caro has started studying theology at the local protestant college. Alex continues to manage a major website, Theospace, a theology platform, as well as ZeBible, an ecumenical online project for encouraging teenagers to discover the Bible in the French speaking world.
They have three boys, Nathan, Reuben and Lyle.
Cath O'Shea (Bucharest, Romania)
Cath is serving in Bucharest, Romania where she works at The Refuge Centre which is a Christian organisation that works alongside orphaned and abandoned children. She helps teach the children English, with homework and doing other administration duties.
She is also a part of International Bucharest Church where she teaches Sunday school and is part of a bible study group. Please pray for Cath to remain faithful to God's calling, see his provision for all of her needs and for future direction.
Debbie Wright (Berlin, Germany)
Following the Woodlands annual week of prayer in January 2008, Debbie felt a call from God to move to Germany. She joined a year-long discipleship and ministry programme and is now part of a church planting team for the central Berlin area.
Debbie runs an outreach home group and is involved in prophetic evangelism and 24-hour worship (BURN), linked to Teen Challenge and the Vineyard church.
Berlin is a highly significant city in the new unified Germany and a financial world leader. It has also attracted communities from over 80 different nations, with around a quarter being from places where there is no established, indigenous Christian presence.
Fritha Woodley-Rios (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Fritha is from Bristol. Some years ago she went to Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America. It is a vibrant and growing capital (over 2.5 million) but has one of the highest levels of violent crime in Latin America.
Fritha serves with the poor, alongside her husband Carlos, caring for children affected by poverty and violence. The thousands of youth and children who inhabit Guatemala City streets do what they can to scrape by - begging, selling bananas for a few pennies, salvaging what they can from the garbage dump. Some join gangs and turn to crime.
In October 2010 Fritha and Carlos opened a day-centre, in partnership with a local church, for children in a slum called La Verbena. Called Sonrisas or "Smiles", it promotes the overall development of these children, providing a safe place where they can get fed, have fun, learn about the Bible and receive love and acceptance.
Joshua & Sarah Rutere (Dodoma, Tanzania)
Joshua and Sarah, along with their small children, Grace, Ezra and Rebecca, are Woodlands' newest Global Partners having recently moved to Dodoma, capital of Tanzania. Although Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, it's beginning to move forwards in leaps and bounds.
Joshua is using his recent PhD research on 'Christianity and Culture in East Africa' to lecture and mentor at Msalato Theological College. MTC is part of of St John’s University of Tanzania, which trains and influences future ministers of the Tanzanian church.
Richard & Margaret Kemp (Montpelier, France)
Richard & Margaret Kemp serve in France where they have lived since 1994. They are currently involved in church planting in Montpellier and the running of an inter-church Christian coffee bar, called Chez Théo, in the city centre. They have a heart to make the good news about Jesus accessible to all and to see greater collaboration between churches. To this end Richard currently chairs the city pastors’ fraternal.
Samm & Andy Cheesman (Szeged, Hungary)
Samm and Andy are located near Szeged, a large city in the south-east of Hungary. They are both actively involved in the workings of the local university. Samm is an assistant law lecturer and Andy is the International Chaplain.
The main work of the chaplaincy is to help the large international student community, and it runs an International Christian Fellowship (ICF) group. Members meet weekly to eat, chat, pray and encourage each other, as well as learning about Jesus. The group consists mainly of university students from all over the world, and the meetings are in English, as this is the common language.
Andy is also an Assistant Pastor and Elder at the the local pentecostal church of around 50 people, where he teaches at homegroups and at the church. He is responsible for the worship and is looking to expand ministry into evangelism and school outreaches.
They are currently living the good life by trying to be self-sufficient, wherever possible. They live on a farm 20km from the city centre, with goats, chickens, dogs and rabbits. They also attempt to grow lots of organic fruit, vegetables and grains and make their own meats, cheese, drinks and other bits.
The Arévalo-Squires (Lima, Peru)
Dennis and Charmian are the pastors of Centro de Fuego church in Lima, Peru. Dennis is Peruvian, born and raised in Lima, living through the times of the Shining Path as a teenager. Charmian is from Bristol but has been in Peru for 18 years! They have 4 children Elliot (14) who is a keen worship leader, football player and mathematician. Emily (13) who wants to play professional women's football and loves children and babies, Francesca (9) who is very outgoing and loves the pool and Louie Joy (2) who everyone dotes on and loves Peppa Pig.
Their vision is to see Peru reached for Jesus even to the furthest tribes in the jungle through vibrant spirit-filled churches and the participation of the whole body of Christ each person with their own giftings. Part of their role is coaching upcoming leaders to fulfill their potential and be released into both full-time and secular ministry.
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