International Ministries

Meet Our Missionary Partnership Team

January 29, 2009 Journal

Although my endorsement with International Ministries has been official for a few months now, this past weekend made my endorsement feel very real.  On Saturday my Missionary Partnership Team (MPT) met together for the first time for our orientation. After just a few short hours with a handful of individuals who have agreed to hold my hand along the way and pray me through this journey, it finally feels like the next phase of the journey has begun. Our time together was a physical reminder that although God calls each of us to unique ministries, we are really members of a global community participating together in God’s plan.

Our orientation brought together folks from four states and was a unique mix of physical and virtual “togetherness”. We met along the banks of the Tualatin River and were joined “virtually” by our teammate Steve. His video conference presence gave us a taste of what it will be like as we continue to function as a virtual team dispersed between three states and two countries over the next 5 years.

I’d like to introduce you to our team and invite you to join us as we begin this journey together. International Ministries formally calls them my Missionary Partnership Team I would call them friends, mentors, cheerleaders, family.

Susan Chambers hails from McMinnville, OR where she is an educator, avid volunteer, and somehow manages to enjoy the great outdoor opportunities of the Pacific Northwest. Susan will serve as our team Convener.

Kent Harrop of McMinnville, OR is Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church McMinnville. In addition to pastoring, Kent is husband and father, and is enthusiastic about encouraging young leaders to serve. Kent offers pastoral care and encouragement to me as well as a wealth of ministry experience.

Lisa and Helios Ovando join us from West Linn, OR. They bring creativity and plenty of energy to our team and will share their fantastic story telling ability to get just about anyone excited about missions. They will serve as Mission Energizers.

Amy and Steve Joh hail from Sunnyvale, CA and are committed to finding effective and innovative ways to keep communications and prayers flowing to and from El Salvador. Steve and Amy are both involved in full-time ministry in the Bay area.                 

Laura Kushner of McMinnville, OR (yep, she’s my sister) will help me to make smooth transitions as our relocation manager. Laura is another Pacific Northwest outdoor enthusiast and is dedicated to environmental awareness, education, and conservation.

Our team looks forward to sharing with you along the way as we grow, learn, and passionately serve God, neighbor, and one another.



on behalf of our MPT

Susan, Kent, Lisa, Helios, Amy, Steve, and Laura