An Answer to a Need

When Michael and Beth Dennis came to The Master’s Seminary, they were open to serving as missionaries, but it was not a specific ministry goal. However, during his first semester, Michael listened as Pastor John spoke about the need for well-trained men around the world and how there were not enough TMS graduates to respond to all the requests for help. Michael began to think, “I’m willing to go. In fact, why would I not go?” That day was an important step in the process of the Lord leading Michael and Beth toward overseas ministry in Colombia.

Hovig and Sveta Bajanian met in Yerevan, Armenia more than twenty years ago—the same city where they are now headed as missionaries. Hovig was born to Armenian parents in Beirut, Lebanon, and came to Canada in 1990 where he began to serve in an Armenian church. Over the years, the Lord laid on His heart a desire to serve in pastoral ministry and eventually he became the senior pastor of his church. About three years ago, after receiving his D.Min. from The Master’s Seminary, Hovig became involved with some translation projects with several other Armenians. These relationships led to an invitation for Hovig and his family to consider serving the Lord in Armenia. While Armenia has a rich history of biblical influence, Hovig and others have recognized a great need for pastors there to be trained in expository preaching. Now the Bajanians will be part of the answer to that need.

Right now, there are eight missionaries-in-training who have been approved by the elders to be sent out through GMI. The Lord has drawn each one to this work in different ways, but they all share a desire to see His Word proclaimed and His name glorified.

Each of these families is currently raising financial support in order to move overseas. We’re grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to participate in the Great Commission by supporting them. As part of our commitment to stand behind them, a portion of our Faith Promise giving will be used to help them get to the field. We invite you to pray for the Lord’s provision and blessing on their ministries.

If you want to learn more about partnering with these families through prayer and/or giving, visit gracechurch.org/prefield or call the Outreach office during the week at 818-909-5700.

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