Rick and Ruth Odess

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Unlike most missionaries that are called to a particular location, Rick and Ruth lead short-term mission trips to wherever there is a need and the Lord leads them. So far, this has included Central America and inner-city North America. They have also participated in STM trips to South America, North Africa and Cambodia. They are looking forward to leading trips to additional Mission Door missionaries in Mexico, South America, and other regions of Africa. Collaborating with indigenous missionaries and local churches to understand their vision, they endeavor to help North American Christians serve their Majority World brothers and sisters, while they expand their own horizons and view of Christ and His people.

Faith Story

Rick grew up in a modern Jewish home, attending synagogue only occasionally. In his teens, he was confronted with the claims and reality of Christ, along with evidences of pure love and acceptance. In responding to Christ, he became complete in Him. Jesus has been his constant source of comfort through life’s ups and downs. Ruth grew up in a Christian home, and accepted the Lord between the rows of carrots and corn in the family garden. She, too, has relied on Jesus for strength and stability through life’s twists and turns. The Lord brought the two of them together as only He could.




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Learn more about where this ministry happens

In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast

Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.

The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.

The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.

Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.

Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.

Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%



Ministry service area:
Specialized Ministries

Ministry location:
New Hampshire, United States