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Servant Leaders in Action: Ministry & Missions

Chris_LaPelHIU Alumni Presented with Ministry Award at Spirit of Hope

In recognition of their outstanding work in the missions field, Keith (BA ’86; MA ’90) and Kathy Ham (BA ’88) were honored with the Ministry Award at the 2013 Spirit of Hope Celebrity Concert & Awards Gala.
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Chris_LaPelCrossing the Killing Fields for Christ

At first glance, Christopher LaPel’s (MA ‘94) life seems fairly ordinary. He loves God, is committed to serving the Lord, and is a leader of two dynamic ministries. "My heart just wants to share our Lord Jesus Christ," said LaPel. Make no mistake, though – there is nothing ordinary about Christopher LaPel.
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PoverteesTees for Poverty

"Our story didn’t really begin with a light-bulb epiphany, a voice in the wind, or anything exciting like that," said Tyler Patterson. Instead, Povertees began with a simple question: what does it mean to live and act out equality and justice?
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Elizabeth (Creech) Shafer (BA '04)Challenging Teens with a New Vantage Point

Sex. It's a topic a lot of people would shy away from but not Elizabeth (Creech) Shafer (BA '04). She is addressing the issue of teens' sexual activity and the impact sex has on them through a program called Pure Sex, as a part of her new organization Vantage. "I am passionate about teens knowing their worth," Shafer said. "I believe that one of the reasons that the STD, pregnancy, and pornography statistics are so high among teens today is because they lack self worth."
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Stephen Pate (BA ’07, MA ’11)Urban Ministry at Work

Stephen Pate (BA ’07, MA ’11) spent the summer before his senior year at Hope International University (HIU) serving as an intern with Tumaini International Ministries in Kenya. He never expected to discover during that time that he wanted to devote himself to pastoral ministry but that’s exactly what happened. “The call was more intense than it had ever been before,” he said.
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GirlfriendFormer Hope Student Co-Founds Women's Ministry

Like many people in the Christian community, Lisa Jernigan and Patty Wyatt saw a need that was going unmet and felt that someone should do something about it. In 2000 they decided to found an organization focused on serving and empowering what they consider to be an overlooked and underutilized group in the church: women.
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Photo - Trevor Smith (B.A. '10)Pocketful of Hope

Even before he graduated from Hope International University (HIU), Trevor Smith knew his education was paying off. The 22-year-old received his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies in May 2010, but he began preaching at Lake Elsinore First Christian Church (LEFCC) while he was still a student. more...

 

Photo - Steve Carter (B.A. '92)Fostering a Transformational Community at RockHarbor Fullerton

Steve Carter (B.A. ’02) serves as the Campus Pastor at RockHarbor Fullerton, where he teaches, leads, and walks with people as they grow closer to Jesus and experience Him in new ways. RockHarbor’s north Orange County campus began in February of 2010 and meets in HIU’s Auditorium. more...

 

Photo - Ian DiOrio (B.A.'05)Called to Invest in The Postmodern Subculture

Ian DiOrio (B.A. 05) is known for his ability to reach today’s generation of young adults by preaching God’s word in a unique and compelling manner. He serves as the key leader of Eastside Christian Church’s thriving young adult ministry, Eastside AfterHours, and is guided by his conviction that God has called him to invest in “our postmodern subculture, sharing the love and grace of Jesus with those who are hurting and searching.” more...

 

Photo - Jeremy JerniganPreaching For a New Generation

Jeremy Jernigan (BA ’06) has initiated a new method for reaching the generations of youth and young adults immersed in the postmodern culture. Electrifying rock music, heavy fog machines, pulsing strobe lights, and jean-laden pastors are blended with sound scriptural teachings to create an atmosphere where people who are spiritually desensitized more...

 

Photo - The Ham'sServing in the Slums of Africa

Keith (B.A. '86, M.A. '90) and Kathy (B.A. '88) Ham have spent seven years working with the Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF) in efforts to help the poverty stricken in the Mathare slum, one of the worst slums in Africa. more...


 

Photo - Arty VanGeloof

A Servant's Heart

Arty VanGeloof (BA '82) is recognized for his work as a Family Pastor at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton, CA. However, his title only hints at the scope of his influence for God's Kingdom. He has been instrumental in beginning formal ministry efforts to the poor in Placentia and Fullerton, as well as significant missions work in Kenya, Africa and Rosarito, Mexico. more...

 

Photo - Gayla CongdonBuilding a Sustainable Ministry in Mexico

Gayla (BA '77, MA '89) and Scott (MA '89) Congdon founded Amor Ministries over 25 years ago out of their passion to serve poverty-stricken families in the slums of Mexico. Through Amor Ministries, over 12,000 homes have been built, over 200,000 volunteers have served on short-term mission trips, and over 4,000 churches have participated in these projects. more...

 

Photo - Cristina Suarez MordenlanderHope for the Children

Cristina Suarez Morgenlander is currently in her second year at Hope, where she is studying theology so that she can begin preaching. She has spent the last fifteen years of her life helping others in need. Her effort to help others has been recognized by numerous organizations more...

 

Photo - Jennifer Hope WebsterConnecting Ministries Worldwide

Jennifer Hope Webster (B.A. '86) is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Christian non-profit organization, Chat with God.org Ministries, Inc. Chat with God began in 1999 and officially became a non-profit in 2004 more...

 

Photo - Joni and Nangsar Morse

An Exemplary Work

Joni (MA '83) and Nangsar (AA '82) Morse have been based in Chaing Mai in northern Thailand since 1975. Joni and his wife, Nangsar, decided to use northern Thailand as their new base of operations for working among the tribal peoples of Southeastern Asia. more...

 

Photo - Larry and Judy NiemeyerHarvest Heralds Serving East Africa

Over 35 years ago, Larry (BA '64) and Judy (BA '70) Niemeyer began their missionary service. Two years in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) ended unfortunately and they returned to the US in 1969. more...


 

Photo - Bob CarterBible Translation around the World

Bob (BA '82) and Amy Carter have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 29 years, and during that time Bob has worked in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Americas. more...