International Partnerships

Thanks to the generosity of the LifeSpring congregation, we are able to support these global missionaries:

Bob and Amy Carter

(South and Southeast Asia and Jerusalem)

Focus: Bible Translation

Bob works with translation teams and trains translation consultants. As the Director of the Jerusalem Center for Bible Translation (JCBT) he oversees the Center, where Bible translators from many cultures and countries come to study and learn.

Both Bob and Amy are multiplying their expertise that more least-reached peoples will have God’s Word in their own languages. LifeSpring and the Carters have been partners since the mid-1980s.

Affiliated with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Seed Company, and Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators.

Tavriski Christian Institute

(Kherson, Ukraine; the country of Georgia, and two countries in Central Asia)

Focus: Church Leadership & Missionary Training

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. 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.”

Since 2022 TCI’s efforts have included humanitarian relief for those displaced by war.

Missions of Hope International

(Mathare Valley, Nairobi, Kenya, and rural areas of extreme poverty in Kenya)

Focus: To transform lives through the hope of Christ.

MOHI was founded in 2000 by Wallace & Mary Kamau to bring the hope of Christ to 3 million people living in extreme poverty.

They use a holistic strategy to educate, empower, restore, and redeem. This includes church planting, operating medical and dental clinics, providing HIV/AIDS care, and training adults to operate their own businesses. Their goal is to establish 100 schools, planting 100 churches and educating 100,000 students.

LifeSpring partners with a MOHI school and church in an area called Kosovo, one of the neighborhoods in the massive Nairobi slums. LifeSpring families are currently sponsoring over 200 MOHI children at the Kosovo School and other MOHI schools in Kenya.

To learn more about sponsoring a child at Kosovo visit: Lifespring Child Sponsorship

Lakeview Bible College & Seminary

(Chennai, India)

Focus: Training Christian leaders who will transform their communities to reflect the values of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom

Lakeview Bible College & Seminary provides men and women with a life-transforming education that equips them to effectively impact their communities for Christ. In addition to acquiring a deep spiritual foundation based on Biblical truth and committed discipleship, Lakeview’s residential students obtain direct hands-on experience ministering to local and cross-cultural communities through weekend ministries and summer internships. Their time at Lakeview prepares them well to share Christ’s love and offer of salvation in their workplace and local communities.

Lakeview also offers dual-degree programs in partnership with the University of Madras, on-line certificate and diploma programs, and training seminars and conferences for Christians working in the marketplace.

LifeSpring has supported Lakeview Bible College & Seminary for ~30 years, since Peter & Cathy Ignatius, members while students at Cincinnati Christian University, returned to Chennai to assume leadership of Lakeview.

International Friendships, Inc.


Focus: To extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence for Jesus.

IFI Cincy is a community organization that works in partnership with universities and Christian volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars, and their families. They seek to help international students and scholars meet practical needs and develop relationships around social, cultural, and spiritual interests. IFI Cincy partners with local churches and other non-profit organizations to provide custom opportunities for local groups to engage in international student ministry.

LifeSpring has had members involved with IFI Cincy since its establishment in 2004. They work with international students studying at the University of Cincinnati in a variety of ways, including being Conversation Partners, hosting dinners and leading Bible studies. With Lifespring’s support, IFI Cincy desires to see God’s love extended globally in partnership with spiritually vibrant international students.

Daniel and Noelia Irwin

(Granada, Spain)

Focus: Establishing a sustainable disciple making movement


With a passion and calling to reach people with the Gospel of Christ, Daniel and Noelia Irwin serve with Team Expansion in Granada, Spain. LifeSpring began supporting the Irwins in late 2020. While Daniel spent a portion of his growing-up years in Spain, Noelia is a native. Reaching the people of Spain for Jesus and engaging in disciple-making are natural ministry objectives because of the Irwins’ background.

Daniel and Noelia apply a unique strategy of “Media to Movement” to reach others. Utilizing social media to consider their needs provides greater opportunities to reach receptive people for Jesus and begin discipling them. Posting thought-provoking content on social media, translating for the BibleProject, and conducting prayer walks in their community are only a handful of the ways the Irwins are “using media to grow the Kingdom.”

International Conference on Missions (ICOM)

A conference of the Christian Church/Churches of Christ, ICOM exists to encourage, equip and enlist workers for the harvest.

Making Disciples


We pray for our global partners and for those who will become believers through them. As Jesus taught us, “…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matt 6:10)

If you sign-up to lift up our partners in prayer, you will get updates by email every few months of their current prayer needs. If a partner has an urgent prayer need for a particular situation, you will receive notice of that as well. You may print out emails you receive and keep it by your Bible so that you will remember to pray for them regularly.

Please do not post any information you receive about our partners on social media or forward the prayer emails to anyone without permission. The nature of their work may be very sensitive, and persecution is very real in their parts of the world. Knowing specific needs can help us pray effectively but can put the work of God at risk if gets into the wrong hand.

The church is to pray that God will:

  • Send out workers into the harvest – Matt 9:38
  • Open a door for His message – Col 4:3
  • Give them words to tell about God without fear – Ephesians 6:19
  • Spread His message rapidly and that it would be honored – 2Thess 3:1
  • Protect believers by the power of His name so that they may be one – John 17:11

Our partners working internationally need strong prayer support for:

  • Wisdom regarding where to focus their time and energy,
  • God to bring into their lives people who are open to hearing about God,
  • Protection in their struggle against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil. (Eph 6:12)

Go out into all the world and make disciples of all nations.

— Matthew 28:18