And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:18-20
Our Lord Jesus was clear in His intention that, although the Father sovereignly elects those He desires to save, we are to serve as His instruments in sharing the Good News with those who do not know Him. At Hope, we are growing day-by-day in our discovery and understanding of the implications of this calling we have to be evangelists for Jesus Christ. The call to evangelism is for all of our church family, not only the pastors and the ruling elders. In order help all of us be more faithful as Gospel-sharers, Hope Presbyterian Church has established an active Missions Team, is striving to develop more closely personal ties with its missionaries, and is pleased to be involved in two fresh outreach opportunities – one in our local area and the other in the Caribbean.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” — Mark 16:15
Involvement in Hope’s Missions Team is available to all of our members and we are constantly looking for new persons to become involved in this vital Gospel-centered facet of our congregation’s ministry. The Missions Team meets as needed to discuss the financial and spiritual needs of the missionaries we presently have relationships with, to consider new missionaries for support, and to prayerfully seek the Lord’s provision and protection on their behalf. Our Missions Team also invites missionaries to speak at our Sunday school and morning worship services, and regularly shares table fellowship with our visiting missionaries.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. — Acts 1:8
David and Stacy Bergmark (MTW Missionaries to Sweden): David grew up in Skelleftea, Sweden. He came to the United States for a semester of high school. The dry spiritual climate in Sweden led him to return to the States to grow in grace. He majored in Christian Philosophy at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. David was actively involved in RUF at Belhaven and the youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. David went on to receive his seminary education at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson.
While in the U.S., David and several Swedish students began praying consistently for Sweden. It was during this time that David began to sense God’s will for him to be a missionary. His heart is drawn to his home country, where less than 4% of the population attend church.
Stacy was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After being saved at a young age, she has continually grown in the Lord. Stacy has always been actively involved in the church and started contemplating world missions as a result of numerous short missions trips, as well as a year mission trip to Russia.
David and Stacy were married in May of 1998. They have now returned to Sweden and are involved in leading a church plant there as part of their greater vision to see a new Reformed church movement develop. Their team’s vision includes campus ministry, sports ministry, and a classical Christian school.
Andy and Sue Peck: Andy and Sue Peck have served Wycliffe since 1987, first at the JAARS Center in North Carolina and then over nine years in Peru. Andy specializes in computer support, helping translators and administrators use computers in the task of Bible translation. They are now in Orlando, Florida, for the educational needs of their children and working at the Wycliffe office. Andy will be managing the programming department as the administrative software is updated. Sue is an accountant and will continue with special project reporting and finance as she did in Peru.
Sneeds: The Sneeds have devoted themselves to work in the Middle East. As such, their actual names and other details about their mission are not made public in order to help insure that they are allowed to continue serving in-country.
Pat Wood (Presbyterian Evangelical Fellowship): God reached Pat Wood as a young mother. Regrettably, following a divorce, Pat turned away from God into deep rebellion for 11 years. God, in His wonderful mercy, drew her back in 1984. Since that time, Pat has served Him as Lord of her life. This commitment to the Lordship of Christ has resulted in her directing a women’s prison ministry based in Atlanta.
Freedom Ministries, founded in May 1991, is a team of women teaching basic Bible truths and establishing believers in their faith, thereby equipping them to have freedom in Christ, II Corinthians 3:17.
Certified by Prison Fellowship, the State of Georgia and also by the American Chaplaincy Training School, the ministry averages 30 sessions a month in several state prisons and county jails; and participate in three-day prison crusades throughout the Southeastern USA. Their desire is to be willing vessels, quick in obedience to our Lord.
HIS ministry – HIS provision – HIS glory. Romans 11:36