Currently, Lifespring has six strategic partners serving in various places around the world:
“Go out into all the world and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:18
Bob & Amy Carter
Focus: Bible Translation
Location: South and Southeast Asia
Lifespring has partnered with the Carters since the 1980s, initially to help translate the Bible for the peoples of the Solomon Islands. Now, as a Senior Translation Consultant, Bob oversees translation teams and trains translators, multiplying his expertise that more least-reached peoples will have God’s Word available in their language.
Tavriski Christian Institute
Focus: Church Leadership & Missionary Training
Location: Kherson, Ukraine; the country of Georgia, and two Islamic countries in Central Asia
With the collapse of Communism and the opening of the former Soviet Union states, Lifespring sent a missionary family in 1994 to forge a partnership with two Ukrainian churches. Because of rapid church growth, TCI was launched in 1997 to train pastors, church planters, and church leaders in Eastern Europe.
TCI grew, and was approached by Christians in nearby post-Soviet countries in Central Asia to establish extension schools, of which there are now three. Through the years, many Lifespring members have traveled to Kherson and TCI, and our church remains a critical partner.
The mission of Tavriski Christian Institute is to train “competent and spiritually mature Christian workers who are able and willing to respond to the needs of the church and society in both the spiritual and the social sphere.”
Missions of Hope International
Focus: Child Sponsorship, HIV Ministry, Sustainable Development, Community Health Evangelism, and Church Planting Organization: The Hope Partnership (Missions of Hope International and Christian Missionary Fellowship International)
Location: Mathare Valley, Nairobi, Kenya
(MOHI) was founded in 2000 to bring the hope of Christ to 3 million people living in extreme poverty in the largest slum in Africa. Its directors and co-founders, Wallace & Mary Kamau, connected with CMF missionaries, and in 2007, CMF invited American churches to partner with the growing work.
Lifespring was among the first to accept the call. Since then, MOHI has launched 16 faith-based grade schools with over 12,000 students (many of whom go on to high school and college), planted multiple churches, ministered to health needs including providing HIV/AIDS care, and facilitated business development through microfinance and job training.
- Dick Alexander, retired Lifespring Senior Minister, is now a CMF consultant with MOHI.
- Dave and Nancy Moore, Lifespring members, founded Africa Fire Mission in 2014.
- Robin Cox, Lifespring member, brought Days for Girls to the MOHI schools in 2015.
- Lifespring has organized many short-term mission trips to the Kosovo school in the Mathare slum in Kenya since 2008.
Africa Fire Mission
Focus: Committed to building and increasing the sustainable capacity of fire departments across Africa.
Location: Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zambia
Africa Fire Mission was founded in 2014 by Lifespring members Dave and Nancy Moore. The organization exists to provide fire departments across Africa with equipment and training to keep their firefighters safe and to help protect the communities they serve. They also work with existing missions in order to equip them with fire prevention and community fire response strategies.
Peter and Cathy Ignatius
Focus: Church Leadership Training, Church Planting, and Community Health & Development
Location: Chennai, India
Peter and Cathy were married at Lifespring in 1985, and were sent two years later to take over leadership of what was then Madras School of Evangelism, founded in 1979.
The school has since grown into Lakeview Bible College and Seminary, a multi-faceted, fully accredited college and seminary, offering undergraduate training and a Master of Divinity program. As directors of ServAsia, Peter and Cathy lead LBC&S, oversee a media ministry (Xpressions), and facilitate church planting (SIGMA). With extension centers now launched, ServAsia’s work impacts 17 states in India and 7 nearby countries.
Jim and Judy Dye
Focus: Church Planting, Evangelistic Outreach
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Jim and Judy Dye have been on the mission field since 1972. In recent years, Venezuela has become increasingly violent and unstable. Living in this difficult environment, the Dyes continue to plant churches, hold outreach events, and host missions conferences.
Bill and Verna Weber
Focus: Missionary Care & Leadership
Location: Western & Southern Africa
Bill and Verna Weber serve as Regional Directors for Western and Southern Africa for New International (NI). Their main focus is on member care for the missionaries serving in these parts of Africa. As Regional Directors they also help NI missionaries with strategy, effectiveness, personal well being, family care, and financial accountability. They also assist in vetting new recruits to the NI organization, consult in matters of Human Resources, child protection and safety, missionary families, and missionary kids. Bill and Verna served as full-time missionaries in South Africa, taught missions and ministry courses in Bible Colleges and Seminaries, and are uniquely qualified as missionaries who serve missionaries.