Ron & Edna | BELIZE
Ron and Edna Juran serve in Belize through a diverse range of ministries. They help needy students with scholarships and tutoring programs. Ron does prison ministry and conducts a Bible study at a re-entry house for men coming out of prison; and Edna conducts a Bible study at a Christ-centered pre- and post-natal care pregnancy center. Men and women have been led to the Lord and families restored through the ministry of Ron and Edna in Belize.
Cristina Peña & Milly Bello | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Cristina Peña was a member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle when she felt the call of God to return with her daughter Milly Bello to her native home in Santo Domingo. There she started a church in the living room of her old home. El Tabernáculo de Salvación y Alabanza is now a beautiful congregation that ministers to its community through medical clinics and other outreaches. Several years ago, el Tabernáculo established a work in an impoverished rural area outside Santo Domingo called the 36th Kilometer.
Rhayna | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
As a member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Rhayna felt a call to missions. In 2008, she left for the Dominican Republic and has been serving there since in various capacities under the leadership of Brooklyn Tabernacle missionaries Cristina Peña and Milly Bello of El Tabernáculo de Salvación y Alabanza. A teacher by profession, Rhayna wants to open a Christian school in the future to provide valuable opportunities to the people in the communities where she serves.
Romeo & Glenis Smith | GUYANA
Longtime members of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Romeo and Glennis Smith returned to their native homeland of Guyana several years ago to start a ministry home for street children. They teach the children God’s Word and provide them with food, clothing, medical care, schooling, and instruction in personal hygiene. The government provided the ministry with the land where they built dormitories and a kitchen, chapel, dining hall and guest house. The ministry also began a primary school that is now accredited.
Beverly Roberts | GUYANA | TIGER BAY
A former reading specialist for the NYC Department of Education and longtime member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Beverly Roberts returned to her native homeland of Guyana in 2016 to start a food/nutrition program for some of the poorest children in the neighborhood of Tiger Bay in Georgetown. Working in partnership with local churches and ministries, Beverly’s desire is to feed the children spiritual food as well as the physical food they need to concentrate and do well in school.
Patricia & Abhi | INDIA
Patricia worked full-time for a Christian campus ministry and served in various ministries at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, including the prayer band, the young adult ministry, and the missions ministry, before moving to India to train Indian students and ministry workers to reach out to India’s large concentration of international students.
Bonite Affriany | HAITI
A registered nurse by profession and a member of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Bonite Affriany returned to her native homeland of Jacmel, Haiti, years ago to begin a children’s program that quickly expanded to a church with a number of outreaches, including educational sponsorships for children and adult literacy programs. Bonite has also built a Children’s Center that provides a home for needy children and meets their physical, educational and spiritual needs.
Elsie Lherisson | HAITI
Originally from Haiti, Elsie Lherisson had a successful career in New York and was attending The Brooklyn Tabernacle when she felt called by God to return to the capital city of Port-au-Prince to start a children’s ministry. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, which left more than 1.5 million people homeless, the ministry house became a disaster relief center for the community. The ministry has served the spiritual and physical needs of more than a thousand children and young people since 1996.
Moffat & Rosemary Phiri | MALAWI
Moffat Phiri is a native of Malawi who has been planting churches in Malawi for over 20 years. In 2001, he and his wife Rosemary, who is originally from Missouri, began a church in their home that has since grown to more than 500 members. The ministry now includes many community outreaches, including a learning center, a medical clinic, and a community care center with a wide variety of humanitarian and development programs, including a food program for children and senior citizens.
David & Linda | MIDDLE EAST
David and Linda were the first ministry workers sent by The Brooklyn Tabernacle overseas. They serve the Persecuted Church in a “restricted nation” region that is hostile and suspicious of followers of Jesus. They have led many to Christ, and this has led to persecution against the believers and against their own family. Their vision is to see people from all nations and all walks of life, regardless of social status, whether rich or poor, male or female, all walking under the banner of Jesus Christ.
Marsha | MIDDLE EAST
Marsha worked in finance for several years before going to Bible school. While in Bible school, she began to feel a burden for the Middle East and for the Kurdish people in particular. In 2014, Marsha joined The Brooklyn Tabernacle Missions Ministry and also started teaching English to people from Middle Eastern descent as a volunteer. She has since moved to the Middle East and is ministering among the Kurdish people at a local community center, sharing the love of Jesus in word and action.
Jamie & Sandra | MIDDLE EAST
Jamie and Sandra served in The Brooklyn Tabernacle Missions Ministry for several years. In 2019, Jamie and Sandra moved their young family to the Middle East to serve the Syrian and Iraqi refugee communities alongside a vibrant local church. Sandra is a registered nurse serving in a medical clinic, and Jamie is a licensed social worker and fitness coach developing programs to meet the needs of teens and their families and connecting them with appropriate support.
Mark & Gail McKeller | NAVAJO NATION
Mark and Gail McKeller were longtime members of The Brooklyn Tabernacle serving in the youth and children’s ministries. Over several years, the Lord began to give them a heart for Native American ministry. In 2004, they went to Arizona to work with children and young adults at a predominantly Native American church in Phoenix. In 2006, they left to serve as youth pastors at Broken Arrow Chapel on the Navajo Reservation. Many of the young people to whom they minister come from troubled homes.
Theresa Fewell | NAVAJO NATION
In 2007, Theresa Fewell gave her heart to Jesus at a Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas program attended by her and others from the drug treatment center where she was staying. She soon began serving in ministry at the church. During a mission trip, she felt a call to serve the Navajo Native Americans in Arizona under Mark and Gail McKeller. Although Theresa’s move was at first hindered by the coronavirus outbreak, she has since joined the McKellers at Broken Arrow Chapel in the Navajo Reservation.
Alland & Marilyn Ildefonso | PHILIPPINES
Longtime Brooklyn Tabernacle members and deacons Alland and Marilyn Ildefonso returned to Marilyn’s hometown in Pila, Philippines, to do evangelistic and humanitarian outreaches; and this resulted in a church plant that is now the Agape Tabernacle. The ministry has a food program and a prison ministry, provides disaster relief in communities affected by annual typhoons, and provides other humanitarian relief for children and the elderly.
Linda Smith | RWANDA
A photojournalist by trade, Linda Smith founded a ministry in Rwanda called “Through the Eyes of Hope,” which provides cameras and photography classes to orphans and young people as a way for them to earn money for school fees and food. Photography also enables the children to document their lives and provides a platform for sharing the love of Jesus. The photography classes are integrated with Bible studies and have expanded to schools, hospitals, and community centers throughout Rwanda.