Austin & Kate Mackintosh- Austin and Kate began serving in Northern Ireland in August, 2019. Their first assignment was working closely with a local church, but after a short while God led them to a youth ministry organization called ‘Exodus’. With Austin’s background in youth ministry, Exodus is a natural fit and their mission is to see young people across the island of Ireland become disciples who make disciples.
Austin’s primary role with Exodus, is to create a leadership development program that he can use to connect with high schools through the country. This will help to better connect Exodus with more students, and create more discipleship opportunities. Kate will continue to take the lead on managing the kids and home, and continue her relational ministry engaging with other moms during the week.
The Mackintoshes moved to Northern Ireland with 3 children, but now have 6! Their daughter, Emma, is 16 and a junior in high school; their sons, Sean and Case, are 7 and 5 respectively and currently attend a local primary school; and, last but not least, just a couple of months after moving to Ireland, triplets Fynn, Lain, and Evan were born and they just recently celebrated their first birthday.
Chris and Rachel Conley- Chris and Rachel had served as missionaries in South Africa, but due to the Pandemic, there ministry moved back to the US as they continue to work with Internationals. They live and serve in Northeast Philadelphia, USA, with their two children, Evie and Jonah. Philadelphia is one of the most diverse places in the USA and their region is primarily Arabic-speaking North Africans and Middle-Easterners. They work with a diaspora team there to reach Arabic speakers with the Gospel, mobilize believers and work towards eventually planting a church.
Chris works with an established Arabic church to teach young adults, and also teaches ESL classes. Rachel is a doula and childbirth educator, serving immigrant and refugee families in the area.
One of their biggest projects is building and maintaining a community garden. The house they purchased in the city came with a large plot of land. Many of their immigrant friends love to grow their own vegetables, and their quality of life is diminished when they live in cramped quarters with no yard; land is difficult to find in the city! For years, Chris and Rachel’s yard was an overgrown neighborhood dump. Now, it will be a place of life where all are welcomed to make things grow, sip tea and have meaningful conversations.
Pancho Francovich: Viva Global Membercare– Pancho works & mentors with Spanish speaking pastors around the globe. Many missionaries feel alone & not equipped to deal with the pressures of their ministries. Pancho provides support in a mentorship ministry. Pancho will also organize mission trips for Woodlawn Baptist Church to these different locations to provide encouragement and help for missionaries around the world.
Pancho introduced two different ministries in Spain to a group from Woodlawn on a mission trip. There are people at Woodlawn that continue to support these Spain ministries.
Berenice Salce in Spain- Berenice (Bere) Salce is a Latina pursuing social justice for women and men being trafficked in Southern Spain. She stands on the front line fighting the systems that exploit women and personally rescues and places women in safe houses. She started Project Perla in 2013 after having served in Spain since 2003 with abused women and children with physical challenges. Bere is from Laredo, Texas, the daughter of a pastor, loves her dog “Chugo” and loves eating “churros.”
Ministry to Muslims in Spain- Jesus and Lily are from Mexico and went to Spain to serve as missionaries. Their ministry is in Roquetas Del Mar and they minister to Muslim immigrants by teaching Spanish classes and starting a church.