We are involved in the ministries of missionary families in various parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America by sending financial support, correspondence & packages, and support teams to help with several types of projects. The Cedar Grove International Ministries team meets monthly to coordinate these activities.
CEDAR GROVE MISSIONARY FAMILY
Mike Silva International (MSI)
Mike Silva and the MSI International Team are committed to communicating the Good News about Jesus to people around the world through outreach festivals, conferences, and music events. Mike has to date shared the Gospel with an estimated 4 million people in 30 countries. The team works directly with local Bible-believing churches to bring the Festivals which include mass-outreach 2-night events, pastors and leaders conferences, sessions for women, business leaders and children.
Compassion aide is a key component of the festivals, as MSI meets practical needs in needy communities. Cedar Grove continues to have a dynamic partnership with MSI in involvement of individuals and teams with several past evangelism festivals. Plans are underway for Cedar Grove to take part again with a Festival in 2012.
Brad & Susan McFarlane (Wycliffe Bible Translators)
Brad and Susan McFarlane, working with WBT in partnership with Yajasi in Indonesia, help provide aviation transportation to remote locations. Brad serves as an instructor pilot and carries the role of flight coordinating for the aviation department. Susan is a homemaker and also does some nutrition counseling and education. Their children Kelsey, Amber, and Taylor attend Hillcrest International School (HIS) and are in 9th, 7th, and 5th grade.
Dr. Alvin & Laurie Thompson (CAM International)
Dr. Alvin and Laurie Thompson serve with CAM International, appointed to the Central American Theological Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala. They are involved in one of the most effective ways of ministry, according to 2 Timothy 2:2, a ministry of multiplication on the faculty of the Seminary teaching and training men and women who will be leaders, reaching their communities and making disciples in the Church in the Spanish speaking world. Alvin has developed the Masters Degree in theological studies that is conducted via the Internet. Since it’s inception it has consistently grown to include a complete masters program and a two-year under graduate degree and is currently providing ministry training in a dozen countries. He is currently the administrator of the program as well as one of the participating professors.
Kim & Jenny Garrity (Greater Europe Mission)
Kim and Jenny Garrity have been serving with Greater Europe Mission since 1984, living in Germany and Belgium. Kim serves with EuroTeam, leading construction and service teams that assist Christian camps, schools and churches throughout all of Europe and North Africa. Jenny is an author (primarily historical fiction) and is in the leadership of a German/English women’s Bible Study. Their kids have all attended the Black Forest Academy, where Kim and Jenny also volunteer. They have lived since 1997 in Kandern, Germany, close to the Swiss and French borders. Jenny’s parents attend Cedar Grove, having grown up in the Bay Area.
Michael & Darylin Battermann (Serving in Mission)
Michael and Darilyn went to Kenya with SIM (Serving In Mission) in 1995. They worked among the Daasanach in remote Northern Kenya for 12 years, evangelizing, discipling and mentoring the Daasanach believers through Sunday services, weekly Bible and literacy classes, and monthly gatherings for Biblical teaching as well as in many practical ways. Darilyn worked with the Daasanach translators to complete, in draft form, many of the N.T. books, and Michael facilitated that by homeschooling Alanna and Doran until they went to Rift Valley Academy in 2006. In September of 2007, they began serving as dorm parents and teachers at RVA (Rift Valley Academy, A boarding school for Missionary Kids). Along with loving and caring for their dorm girls, they also teach elementary school music, various Sunday schools classes, Bible and mechanics in the high school, devotions for the national workers, and mentor high school kids. They continue to travel north to the Daasanach during the school breaks in order to teach and encourage the believers on in their faith. They have four children: Alanna (‘95), Doran (‘97), Tiara (‘02), Landon (‘04).