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Meet our missionaries and catch a glimpse of what God is doing through Missions Door. Every day we hear incredible stories of how the Gospel is reaching new places and transforming more communities. When you sign up for our monthly email, you’ll be the first to receive encouraging stories and prayer requests from around the world.

A God-Inspired Love for Big Cities

For as long as he can remember, Mark Marchak has always loved big cities—the people, the diversity, the hustle and bustle. It was a passion for him to visit major cities, and he was especially drawn to New York City (near where he grew up as a third generation Russian).

Living through the 60s and 70s, Mark saw dramatic scenes of injustice. Poverty exists around the world. Segregation was finally outlawed by the Civil Rights Act, but severe discrimination still remained. Laws could change but society would not. With changes in immigration laws, the nation was a cauldron of demographic shifts and growing injustice.

Many churches in urban areas were unable to survive during this time.  They were simply unable—or most likely unwilling—to adapt to the overwhelming demographic changes.

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The Guatemala Story: How God used One Family to Impact a Nation for Christ & His Kingdom

How does God work in our world? Throughout history, God has called and empowered ordinary people to follow Him and impact the world with the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Guatemala story is no different. One family in Guatemala holds this testimony, as their obedient steps of faith opened the door for thousands of people to receive the gift of the Gospel. It all began with Otto and Rosa de la Cruz accepting God’s call in 1990 to plant a church in Belize. For three years, the Lord was carefully preparing them for what lied ahead, and eventually He led them to return to their home country of Guatemala. No one could have ever expected the successful ministry that Otto and his family ushered into Guatemala, but the miraculous works of our God were soon to be displayed.

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A Bridge between Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Along the highways and inside the towns, signs are posted to encourage people in the Navajo Nation to stay home. “STAY HOME, PROTECT YOUR FAMILY”, many of them say. Aggressive measures and curfews have taken place among the Navajo people to protect themselves from the virus. Even so, COVID-19 hit the nation’s rural people particularly hard this year. In May, the Navajo Nation surpassed New York state for the highest infection rate per capita among any other U.S. state. They have seen almost ten thousand cases and over 500 deaths as a result. Much of the tribal elders and leadership have tragically passed away because of the virus.

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Following a Divine Path

The Lord has been carefully preparing him for the next step throughout his life. Now, at Missions Door, we are thrilled to announce John Benza as the newest member of our Strategic And Leadership Team (SALT). John comes from a background of quick acceleration in the business world as well as ministry. After faithfully following the Lord’s direction from business to ministry, and from California to Colorado, John has been led to Missions Door to serve as the Vice President of Partner Relationships. We are so excited to introduce him to you!

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Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

The month of May sparked a movement like never before seen in the United States. A snowball effect from racial injustice exploded through the country and every media channel was spotlighting protests and riots. The movement fighting against racism has left an impact on the country, and it includes Missions Door missionaries.

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COVID-19 Among Campus Ministry

Learning to adapt has been the anthem in many of our lives over the past few months, and universities are certainly not immune. Fervent efforts by Campus Ambassadors, such as missionary Devynn Brankel, have gone toward adapting to the new normal under the shroud of COVID-19 and encouraging university students to continue pursuing the Lord in community and in His Word.

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A New Reality

In a country already paralyzed by environmental devastation and economic turmoil, Haitians are just not ready for the despair that Covid-19 brings. It’s a troubling time for people and the church across the country. But with despair comes a stubborn thirst for hope, and wills that are ready to surrender to something bigger, something greater, than a global crisis. Herode Guillomettre (or Pastor Guillo, as he is known) is a missionary in Haiti who has had countless encounters with people ready to quench this thirst.

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Mentoring and Discipling Amid Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and tighten its grip on the United States, economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal predict 14.4 million jobs will be lost in the coming months, and unemployment could soar to a record 13% by June. That is a grim forecast, considering that in times of crisis, seven out of 10 American families are one paycheck away from homelessness.

Lisa, who serves as Discipleship Director at Agape House in Prescott, Arizona, has a message of hope for families in distress. Yes, things are uncertain, but God is not. Things are changing every day, but God is the same — yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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My Fruit Grows on Your Tree

Paul and Jean Biggers have a very pragmatic approach with their amazing ministry that’s been helping people find and follow Jesus for more than 20 years of service with Missions Door. “We intentionally make time and space to connect with people who do not know God, and in a non-threatening environment,” Paul says.

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